In this shot you can somewhat see the joints where things were glued together:
Here is the opposite side:
Top View so you can see the curvature of the sides:
Here is a shot of the body next to the reference pic that I used to get all of my measurements and calculations from. It looks like it is close enough to the actual body. Now I just need to work the window details as well as a few other minor things I need to change up:
I had to add this picture because I wanted to show everyone how much was actually cut out from the original body...lol:
Alright Fellas... I got some more bench time tonight and was doing some more hacking and shortening the body. So the over all body shape is complete but Now I need to work on the window area of both sides as well as opening up the window on the door. but I will say the hardest part is done on the body I think...lol. I will let the pics show the story. So I had forgotten to take pics of marking the doors up to shorten them but here they are after they were shortened:
As you can tell here by the daylight between the gap of the door and body that the door spaces needs to be shortened:
I started out once again my marking the areas that I wanted to cut out:
On the first side I forgot to take pics when I hacked it up but as you can see here I have hacked the other side up in to the pieces you see here and the piece that is on the chassis has been glued together: using Weld On #3:
Here is the body after it has been shorted and both sides glued. I had taped it to see what it looks like together as well as to let it dry over night:
Bob... thank you. it was alot of hacking and iniwwd my rqzor saw for all of it. Right now I am planning on working on this when I get home afyer work today. I was going to take pics of the steps on how I will shorten the lenght of the body and share that with everyone.
Brad... Thank you. I got really cut happy wait till you see the pile of parts I have cut off...lol John... Thanks Brother... No way will I ever be as fast as you. Dave... Thank you. Clayton... Thank you very much.
Well Fellas I still have more to cut and I am trying to get myself motivated to work on it tonight but I am struggling at the moment.....
So I did the same thing for the sides of the body and the doors. I started with my 1" wide 3M blue tape and also added a 1/16th fine line tape next to it. then added the Tamiya 6mm wide tape next to that:
I removed the inner tape pieces to reveal what will be cut away:
Here area all of the pieces after doing my cutting with my razor saw:
And Now here it is somewhat together. At the moment it is just held together with the Tamiya tape and will be glued Together:
Alright Fellas.... Its that time for another update on this bad boy. So over the weekend I finally got started on Chopping up the body to get the body work going. Although I still have some more work to finish up the body. So far the Body has been narrowed 3/8" and it has been chopped 1-1/16". I still need to shorten the body by 3/4" of an inch but this one may be a little more tricky.... going to take a 1/4" from the center and then 1/4" from each side. Anyway I will let the pics tell the story of what I have done. Hope you all enjoy....
Well here I started out by doing a quick drawing of a side view of the body to get an idea of how much I was going to have to chop and change things:
Here I have laid a piece of 1/4" fine line tape (the blue) Then added 1/16" fine line tape next to that then the Tamiya 6mm tape on the outside of that:
I removed the 1/16" and 1/4" tape and what you see between the Tamiya tape will be cut and removed to Narrow the width of the body:
Dave... It is so great to see you back at the bench. I just love your work. I am going to be following this build for sure and am already stoked for your next update. I love what you have done so far. your machining just blows me away. I still need to purchase my Mill.... Really wish I had the extra money to get it now. Also I need to get you a call soon so we can catch up.