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Ivans Locost Build Diary No 1

20 July 2005

 

Hi All

 

This wont be the typical day to day build diary but rather a summary of my experiences in building a Locost chassis from scratch and some of the methods I am using to ease my way through the process I will name the firms in Cape Town where I found what I was looking for and got good service and provide photos of jigs etc that I made.

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE JIGS ETC WORKED FOR ME BUT I CANT BE HELD LIABLE FOR ERRORS, WASTE OF TIME & MATERIALS OR INJURIES THAT MIGHT ARISE FROM COPYING ME OR PROBLEMS WITH DEALING WITH FIRMS THAT I MENTION.. ITS UP TO YOU TO THINK OF ALL THE PITFALLS OF MY IDEAS BEFORE COPYING THEM

 

My Chassis:-

 

I cut the steel using an abrasive cut off saw and took the bits to a professional to weld into the basic chassis on my mark-out board (a sheet of 22 mm shutter board) Cost of welding R1750 I deliberately left out some of the bracing to make straightening easy. It turned out only minor straightening was needed!

 

 

No Im not working in the lounge I just like a comfortable workshop! Actually I temporarily needed my garage for something else and it was raining for 2 days.

 

For the top & bottom rails I used 38 X 25 X 1.6 rect tubing just for some extra tortional rigidity my chassis is 100mm wider and 50mm longer in cockpit.

 

I get my steel from Baldwins Metal Land of Tokai reasonable prices free next day delivery for reasonable orders friendly staff.

 

Regards

Ivan