Landrover Restoration

October 1, 2008

Building the Tray

Filed under: Body Work — Steven Rowlandson @ 7:17 am

The first step to building the tray is to come up with a design. Having never build one, nor paid particular interest in how they are built, I sort the advice of a few friends. Michael was kind enough to mock up a design for me which ‘looked the goods’.  I have sent off 2 quote requests for the steel, the first one coming back as $408 which was great as i had a budget set aside of $1000 for the tray. I have the water tank, air tank etc ready to mount under the tray once it is completed.   The basic design is: 2x 75mm ‘C’ Channel to bolt the tray to the chassis and lift the tray up off the chassis. These fle a little to avoid fatigue, apparently. 50mmx25mm RHS to become the ribs that the aluminum checker-plate will bolt to. The 2 sides are also 50×25 RHS. The roll bar behind the cab will be 40×40mm SHS with a piece of 1.6mm flat sheet folded to be the head board. Some 22mm tube will form the rope rails. The sides will be made from 25mm angle iron and wooden inserts to give it the period look. I still ‘may’ replace the checker-plate floor with timber. A decision to be made closer to completion. At this stage I don’t think i’ll fold a sheet to be the back of the tray as the lights on the Landrover are already mounted to the chassis and the tray isn’t going to overhang the chassis by more than 40mm or so.  So far Speedy Steel in Airport West is winning the race for the best, cheapest, most professional steel supplier, having my quote returned in just a few hours of email which i thought was fantastic.  

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