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    Hi, chatting away with a mate yesterday and he mentioned he was going to get his old Herald out of storage. but the car has serious chassis rot and bad previous repairs to the main rails that need repairing before it hits the road. To repair the chassis it would need about 3ft cutting out and replacing with a new section but we wont be able to get the curve that it came from the factory with so it would be a straight section let in instead. we couldn't work out weather this be classed as a repair or a chassis mod ?

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    repaired ,as long as wheel base does not change ,but take pictures on repairing history.

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    DVLA / DVSA say to OEM standard spec, point to be argued if/ when it came to light . If it's staying Herlad body less chance than if it's being rebodied .

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    if it's a channel section can't you cut slits in top and bottom or whatever to add the curve and reweld it? it's only metal after all. neil.
    need a job done on your project? i may be able to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mygasser View Post
    if it's a channel section can't you cut slits in top and bottom or whatever to add the curve and reweld it? it's only metal after all. neil.
    yes its doable with a lot of cutting and welding to create the double curves . or possibly have the sections lazer cut n welded together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kapri View Post
    DVLA / DVSA say to OEM standard spec, point to be argued if/ when it came to light . If it's staying Herlad body less chance than if it's being rebodied .
    Original 1200 body. he was thinking of doing an mx5 engine swap in the future.

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    if the chassis does not follow the original lines how are you going to fit an original body ???

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    Yes agreed it would be tight, I know the front footwells would be an issue but they need repairing anyway so that problem could be overcome with said repairs. I think it would be only an inch 2 max away from the original lines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oilyT View Post
    I think it would be only an inch 2 max away from the original lines.
    I would think best to work within 3mm, I do.................

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    Quote Originally Posted by 296moon View Post
    I would think best to work within 3mm, I do.................
    I can't work to such loose tolerances .
    it's not my car I would either get a repair section lazer cut or a section from a donor chassis . The main point of the question and why I asked was what if a chassis was repaired in a certain way legally where new rails or repair sections are not readily available or hard to recreate in a om factory way .

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