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Galvanised Chassis or Not?

 
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V8GPC



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 2:41 pm    Post subject: Galvanised Chassis or Not? Reply with quote

Has anyone had a Galvanised Chassis? What are your thoughts?

Mine is at the point where it could do with some cleaning painting and waxoyling; but the time; and cost if done by a professional - may not be worth it? (espeically if when cleanning i find the tin owrm has been at it)

Richard Chassis sell a 50th Chassis for 1350; and next door can fit it for 1500; with a few extra bits thrown in (poly bush etc.) for about 3,000 or so its sorted for life?

although mine could carry on for the next couple of years; and there are worse out there - its piece of mind? (especially as its a hobby car and kept in the dry now.)

Gary
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Albert McFly



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you have the money and keeping the car I would say yes everyday its a no brainer.

The one thing I cant get over is the quoted 'fully restored' 50ths that haven't had a new or galvanised chassis put on them, surely its only 'fully restored' with this done!
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What puddle?



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First of all, a galvanised chassis isn't the end of it. The galvanisation is a process which degrades - a coating that degrades rather than the steel underneath degrading. After a while it looks awful. So you want it painted immediately after it has been galvanised. This means first washing the dirt off, then using 'T-Wash'. This turns that lovely shiny surface dark grey. You have to apply that all over - don't miss anywhere. Then you wash that off, then you etch-primer it. Finally you spray it any colour you like. All these processes should be done in warm, or even hot weather. Alternatively, Richards will send it to a sprayer for you. It will cost 480. The chassis itself isn't 1,350 I'm afraid, as that's without vat and delivery (if you need delivery). The total cost of all that I have said is 2,300. The only reason I know all this is because...

In my opinion, there are refurbishments, restores and full restores. A full restore would be to take it to a virtual new car, so would include new chassis and perhaps new bulkhead. Of course, the engine remains. I have been toying with the idea of a restore ever since I bought mine, but lately have been looking seriously at a FULL restore, or even building my own 90.
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Adbseries3



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If your own chassis is in good shape no sense in changing, just spend the money on properly protecting it. Will buy a lot of years of professional protection and keep it original.
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