Page 2
Home Up Products Projects How To Events Photo Album Other Fabrication Our Shop Tools Our Other Toys Product Reviews For Sale Links Guest Book Contact Us




I will be covering the first custom pan here, and Mark will cover his pan on his project page.


The custom pan during several stages of buildup.  I may have taken a bit of a slow route, but I am very pleased with how it turned out. 

oldpan01.jpg (98107 bytes)    oldpan02.jpg (90739 bytes)    oldpan03.jpg (95751 bytes)
Above shows the beginning of the old pan removal from the front and rear torsion tubes.  I chose to cut off the rear frame horns that the transaxle sits on, because I plan to incorporate a new set into the new pan.


oldpan04.jpg (94512 bytes)    oldpan05.jpg (98900 bytes)    oldpan06.jpg (97288 bytes)    
Here are a few closeup shots of the frame horns being cut away from the torsion tube.  The rear pivots for the IRS will stay there, as they are in good condition still.

oldpan07.jpg (97368 bytes)    oldpan08.jpg (97418 bytes)    oldpan09.jpg (106808 bytes)
Final steps before completely cutting off the old pan.


readyjig01.jpg (94725 bytes)    readyjig02.jpg (90963 bytes)
I have the old pan removed and bolted on a '65 king/link pin front end.  The front torsion jig was also moved forward 4" to give clearance for longer front trailing arms, and larger tires in the future.  The pan jig is adjustable so that when Mark builds a pan for his Manx, he can pull the front torsion back the required 14.5 inches. 

At this point I got the material to start building the tube pan.  I am going to use 1.5" x .095 wall DOM tubing for all of it.  Mark plans to frame his with 2" square tubing.  

The next step will be to get some tubes bent.   Finally get to use the tube bender that I built a few months ago.  

newpan02.jpg (86926 bytes)    newpan04.jpg (89987 bytes)    newpan06.jpg (93865 bytes)    newpan05.jpg (91460 bytes)
Here is how I am utilizing an angle finder to tell me what the angle is, as I bend it.  The angle finder has a cheap magnet on the bottom the has just enough grab to keep in attached to the tube.  The other item I used, but did not get a picture of is the level that I place on the tube behind the bending die.  This aids in keeping the level indicator absolute to level.  I just need to push down or lift up on the rear section of the tube to bring it to level to check the bend angle.  Very simple and cost effective!


newpan07.jpg (99532 bytes)    newpan08.jpg (88191 bytes)
One small design flaw is the fact that I have to get a buddy to help lift the 150+ pound bender up high to get compound bends.  Actually having it up this high is nice.  It allows for easier operation than sitting on the floor. 


newpan09.jpg (103536 bytes)    newpan10.jpg (99017 bytes)    newpan11.jpg (102797 bytes)
With the first two tubes bent to match the outside bends of the bug body, and the center tubes bent up, and travel all the way to the back to create new frame horns. 



Jump to Page ,1  ,2  ,3  ,4  ,5  ,6  ,7  ,8  ,9  ,10  ,11  ,12  ,13


For problems or questions regarding this web contact .
Last updated: February 27, 2014.

All content on this website belongs Blind Chicken Racing and it's employees.  All use without prior permission is expressly forbidden.  Violators will be prosecuted.