November 11, 2003

To make the chassis as strong as it was when new, we needed to remove some of the fatigued metal. This is the last area that needed attention (this spot in the chassis is where the tail puts extra pressure on the structure and bends it).

The replacement steel has been fit to exact measurements and butt welded to existing surround.

After it's welded, it will be metal finished and primed. The new F.I.A. legal roll bar has to be welded to a base plate. The base plate can be bolted or welded to a bottom plate, which is made a specific specification (size, thickness, and material).

Here is mock of the normal roll bar support (USA type). This type is welded at the top of the shock tower and welded high enough to still clear the tail (this is only a mock to show the owner).

Two more views.

A view from the rear.

The photo on the left is the low bar. When the deck lid is installed, the bar does not make contact with any body work. The arrow in the photo on the right points to the bar installed in the radius of the roll bar (F.I.A. type). The deck lid needs to be cut out so it clears the roll bar.

The arrow points to where the body work has to be cut.

The plates have tape on them for cutting reasons, but you can see the area that needs to be welded to the chassis.

You can see the bar is on a greater angle meeting the radius of the roll bar.

The tape identifies the area that needs to be cut out so the tail will actually close.

The arrow points to material that has to be removed if the high radius down bar is used.

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