Hi everyone. Iíve been lurking on here for a while reading everything I possibly can and today finally decided to sign up and post.
Iíve been thinking about a cheapish economicalish fun rod to put together. Itíll probably remain on paper for quite a while (my Plymouth being the big project) but thereís no harm in playing with the concept.
Iíd like to build a reliant scimitar (probably pre 72 se5) based 32 roadster pick up. Gary at Bay Area Rods has virtually all the body parts around at a very reasonable price, and his jalopee is very much like I see mine (maybe channelled a little lower with a chopped front grill Ė not sure yet).
The 8 points I intend to keep are chassis (5), engine (1) gearbox (2)
I understand that removing the outriggers would be deemed acceptable as they are for supporting the body as shown here (and in numerous pages on the-ace etc):
Re-bodying: a definative thread - NSRA Forum
Where my Scimitar project would differ from a lot of the others I have seen is in the front suspension. Iíd plan to use a traditional I beam set up with the axle in front of the grill and a transverse leaf spring behind it (like Jimmy Shineís channelled 34 pickup):
'Bare Nekid' Bare Metal 34 / BareNekid1.jpg
This would also lengthen the wheelbase a little improving the look and weight distribution. There would be no additional chassis structure (transverse spring possibly bolted to front cross member?) and no cuts have to be made.
My concern is:
A: The DVLA/VOSA would see this as extending the chassis, even though it hasnít been touched, and
B: Iíd have to (like to) remove the shock towers.
It would seem to me that the shock towers are no longer structural if they arenít supporting any shocks and therefore that comes under the suspension mod, but Iím interested to see if the DVLA agree. Also, isnít the VIN for the vehicle mounted on the shock tower? Any ideas?
Also, what do the DVLA think about cosmetic chassis rail extensions? The Volksrod Jalopee has these cosmetic rails and increased wheelbase (as do a bunch of VWs) and they seem to get by without problems.
Sorry for the long post but at least the infoís there and I can prove Iíve read all the links!
Thanks a lot,