Kit Car Tube Chassis

This Haynes Roadster Kit Car Tube Chassis is a 440.2

  • 4 inches wider
  • 4 inches longer
  • -0.2 inches less tall

Kit Car Tube Chassis

The gearbox tunnel hasn’t quite ended up as I would have hoped. No doubt it will look better once the front section has been re-added.

I think this exercise has proved to me, why modelling everything in CAD before I commit to steel is good. For some the McSorley 442 works, but for me; with my drive-train; I should have started from scratch. That scrap chassis I bought all them months ago should have been sent straight to the scrap yard in the sky. Not only was it a twisted mess, it was the wrong size.

If I were to start again from scratch I would probably build a 400.

  • 4 inches wider (at the rear)
  • 0 inches longer
  • 0 inches taller

I’m fairly short (5′ 7″) but I can only just touch the passenger footwell bulkhead with my knee straight and my toes pointed. Unless you’re over 6 foot tall, those 4 inches longer are probably a waste.

When I cut the top off this chassis (click here), I also made it possible to move the engine and box backwards 60mm. This gives extra room for the Sierra 4×4 Front Diff (click here).

With the chassis modified, the height between the rear-center of the nose cone to the bottom of the lower chassis rail has also dropped from 536mm to 492mm. Translated this will mean that the Rover V8 engine will stick through the bonnet more than before (click here).

Starting Again - Cutting It Up

It was decided that, although individual measurements often had small errors compared to the drawings, all these minor errors added up to huge errors. There were 27mm differences from one side of the chassis to the other and it had over 30mm of twist. Our goal was to have less ...

Chassis Type

Having quickly established that most pairs of measurements were different, the next task was to check all measurements against those published. In the process, establish exactly what type of chassis I´d purchased. The fact that measurements were different to those published would not be of major concern; as no ...

Chassis Collection

Having debated building a 'super seven' style car for decades, when a chassis came up on ebay with a reserve of only £0.99, temptation and curiosity took hold. The auction finished with only 3 bids at £56.55. Surely this was a bargain??!? A 550mile round trip would answer that. The unfortunate answer ...

MT75 4x4 Haynes Roadster

I've had a trial fitment of the MT75 Ford Cosworth 4x4 gearbox and it was a little tighter than I hoped. The gear selector mechanism; which will be removed and replaced; fouled the tunnel but this was a known issue. More importantly, the gearbox's transfer casing is a little close ...

Haynes Roadster - Gearbox Tunnel

Strength wise, I always thought the standard Locost gearbox tunnel was a neglected area. I've tried to add as much triangulation as I can. Obviously, given the size of the Cosworth MT75 gearbox and the already limited interior space, there were quite a few design limitations. Luckily, the missus and ...

Haynes Roadster - Rear Chassis

Now I have a flat table, progress on the chassis has been swift. In fact I surprise even myself. With only 4 hours work, Saturday and 7 hours Sunday the rear of the chassis has totally transformed. Armed with a bunch of tubes I'd cut and filed during the week, the chassis ...

Side tracked

Not wanting to simply bolt together a bunch of components from a list of donor vehicles, just because they fit, the intention is to use modern suspension analysis software such as Kangaloosh to model all I can. In order to analyse anything, it became annoyingly obvious that I would need ...

Step One

The rear of the chassis originally had the most twist and dimensionally bore little resemblance to the drawings. New tubes were cut, from heavier gauge steel and then welded into place. By entering all of the design into CAD first, it was simply seconds to gain any position ...

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