In which Gidget gets a shiny bottom !
|Front skidplate prior to fitting|
This is a short post (sighs of relief from all !) but I just felt that I HAD to show off Gidget's shiny new bottom ! She has been up at JH Classic Restorations for the past week where Peter, Brett and their staff have worked their magic, making a shiny alloy skid plate that stretches from the very front of the car to the back. If we can build up enough speed, I reckon we will be able to go surfing across the sand dunes of the Gobi ! And I am thinking that we need to get a big mirror to put under the car to show off this shiny piece of art - It is just too good to hide it away underneath the car where no one can see it !!
|Cut outs for diff and UJ greasing|
|Recessed washers for main bolts|
The very front 5 inches of the skidplate are bent up like the bow of a ship, following the shape of the front of the two min chassis rails. This means that if we do hit sand or (god forbid) rocks, the front of the car should rise up over the obstacle. And as the plate doesn't go outisde the line of the main chassis rails, this means that at the front of the car we can still use the original bumper bolt holes (on the outside of the chassis rails) to fit the spot light mounts, tow hook, and front spring / bumper. We will be doing this over the next few days.
At the rear of the car, there is a large hole in the skidplate for the diff to fit through. The Healey is
|Diff skid plate|
|Skid plate fans out at back to protect fuel tank|
The entire structure of the car should now be a lot stiffer, and although the plate is quite heavy (we will get a weight later), it is down as low as it can be, so will benefit the stability of the car.
And that is why we need a mirror - to slide under the car when it is parked so everyone can admire this excellent piece of work. 😊
|Plate under pedal box, & access hole|
|Storage box floors on right|
Now we just need to do the 101 small things that need to be done to complete the car...............
The photos are here :- https://photos.app.goo.gl/SXdfXi5M4NbLi02b2