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    It might be around 1ft or close to it
    I'm not the best welder in the world.... but I'm in the top 5!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bumble bee View Post
    Paul, what is the measurement from front axle centre the front of the chassis. Looking at the chassis and it would be ideal if the leading edge of the chassis not protrude through mu grill.
    If you have time it would be a great help.
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    Do you want the dimension between the centre of axle to the front of the chassis as seen on this picture ?



    are you building something on a Sherpa ?

    regards Paul
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    Its a possibility, I have a gmc pickup body that I want to mount but to use as a truck and not just a rod. So centre of axle to the front of the chassis will allow me to measure the centre of my wheel arch to the front of the wing to see if I have enough clearance without cutting into the chassis which fly's in the face of a re-body.
    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by bumble bee View Post
    Its a possibility, I have a gmc pickup body that I want to mount but to use as a truck and not just a rod. So centre of axle to the front of the chassis will allow me to measure the centre of my wheel arch to the front of the wing to see if I have enough clearance without cutting into the chassis which fly's in the face of a re-body.
    Cheers
    There is approximately 30" between the axle centre and the front of front end cross member.

    it is possible to move the axle fwd by 2" also as the spring lengths are different centres to hangers , I understand the Sherpleys did this to improve the looks ?

    You need to be very careful which model you buy as it was in production for a very long time and came in a bewildering number of variants.

    Mine says 250 CC on V5c which means it was the narrow model and the Chassis/Cab , the 3xx were 'wide' variants no idea what that means dimension wise.

    any more questions please ask Paul
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    Cheers Paul, very helpful, best of luck
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    Hi all

    Well prop shaft problem solved , Wilson drive shafts made me a one piece with a slip joint ...



    Bit boring really as now it is made it sort of just sits there ?

    Next to sort out is :-

    steering - got to be make link between column and steering box
    gear change - got to make custom remote as currently gear change is planned to be at firewall and so no where near seats [ to allow for bigger engine and box in future ?]
    pipe brakes/clutch to new position

    So am going to build mock-up of cockpit with pedals, seats and steering column fitted.

    All for now Paul
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    Getting a bit weary of these mechanical issues so have started on a mock OSB board cockpit.

    Well I have made a few mistakes , however that was the idea , and learnt a lot...



    I could built it in the style of an out and out race car ? these two seats would fit between the chassis rails in the driver/mechanic position giving me a very slim body of about 32" + thickness of 2 sides ?[ Bugatti Type 35 width ]

    However I realised I would have no one wanting a ride of more than 10 minutes as you have to ride in the left-hand seat with your right arm behind the drivers seat , I think I read somewhere in the early Grand Prix cars there was a grab handle on the cockpit wall behind the drivers seat for the mechanic to use , not good in a road car.

    The only reference I can find (Andre Jute - Designing and building special cars ) saying the Edwardian rule of thumb for width was 16" per seat and 4.5" elbow room ? [ as he points out people were smaller in those days]

    that gives 16"+16"+4.5"+4.5" = 41" [ assuming no elbow space between the seats ]
    A Hillman special I found has a width of 43" at the elbows

    43" looks quite wide or is it the barest minimum ? or for 2 seats staggered I may get away with less ?

    is it ok to mount 1 seat on the floor ? with just runners on the drivers seat ?

    Firewall is being cut out and angled foot board added to drivers side [ as I would like a foot bar on the mechanics side ] then pedals fitted so I can see where on the chassis it will end up.

    until I determine the hight of the drivers seat I cannot see how close the firewall can be to it.

    With the seats at this height I think the body height can be at the 54" from the floor , as shown by the dotted line.


    such fun Paul
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    I think my pop seats are 19 inches wide with only an inch between them and not much more to the cage so 40 inches overall should be enough for comfort.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackpopracing View Post
    I think my pop seats are 19 inches wide with only an inch between them and not much more to the cage so 40 inches overall should be enough for comfort.
    Interesting , do you find you are touching shoulders with those dimensions ?

    regards Paul
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    if i remember correctly i think i am at 42 " Paul.
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