This section will cover the mounting of the front shocks.
I had a pair of rear shocks from my Capri that I was going to use for the front, also I had pondered over using a pair of coil overs which were purchased at the swop meet. Decided not to use either, but to use the original shocks that came with the LDV axle. They seem all ok, with no leaks.
The bottom mount was going to mount on the axle spreader plate, photos will make it clearer to under stand the mounting. The top was going to be bolted to a piece of 60mm tube, through a spacer welded into the tube.
The tube supports were set back 6 degrees to help the suspension work, it’s a bit like the forks on a bicycle. If they were 90 degrees to the ground it would hard to control the steering, 6 degrees back make s the steering work.
The tubes were strengthened with pieces of 6mm plate cut with the trusty plasma,and half of a chevy timing gear.
Lengths of stainless steel chain were stretched between the tube supports and to the cross member and then welded in situ. The Shock supports will double for the headlamp supports later on.
Bet you wondered how I was going to fit the radiator, the radiator will be either fitted under the floor or in the boot.
Well short and sweet, that’s it for this part.
The roof has now been chopped, will start part 11 soon to show and explain how I set about the roof chop. It’s always the same once you have done something there always seems an easier way, this was no exception.