Talladega Chassis Buildup
1. We'll start by attaching the oil cooler to the front hoop.
2. Glued on and set aside for drying.
3. Start with your cleaned up chassis.
4. The following steps show how I build up the cage for painting when
the cage is a different color than the interior chassis pan. It is a
little more difficult when this is the case as I will build it so the assembled
cage can be removed, painted, and then re-installed. On cars that have the
cages the same color as the chassis you can simply glue everything in place
instead of taping the pieces to the chassis for alignment. In this photo I
have taped the firewall and right side roll cage to the chassis. Using
liquid cement I glue the firewall and right side cage together. Note - I
used a red sharpie to highlight the glue joints in the following steps.
5. Do the same for the left side roll cage.
6. Install the floor cross bar and glue to the side cages only..
7. Take the dashboard support and glue it to the firewall and roll cage
8. Install the back roll bar and glue to the side roll cages.
9. Install the roll cage front bar.
10. Glue the seat bar to the roll cage back.
11. Install the V bar and glue to the upper right roll cage side and to
the roll cage back.
12. Add the roll cage back bar and glue to the center of the roll cage
13. Install the kicker bars by gluing them to the top of the
roll cage back. Set the entire assembly aside to dry completely.
14. Again, if I was building a car where the chassis pan and rollbars
were the same color, I would have glued the cage to the chassis right
away. I would also attached the other 3 parts shown in the photo below
prior to painting..
15. This is an example of a car I did that for. This is the
chassis for one of the Richard Petty Talladegas I am building. Everything
in this photo was assembled prior to priming and painting. After the paint
dried I brush painted the the pieces that are black in this photo.
16. When the roll cage assembly is completely dry, carefully remove the
3 pieces of tape that are holding it to the chassis and simply lift off and
paint it the needed colors. I usually paint the panels in front of the
side roll cage, the dash support, and the firewall the same color as the chassis
pan will be painted.
Your cage is ready for paint. Now we can flip that
chassis pan over and attach the suspension pieces before painting as well.
Click here to go to the Suspension page.
Here is a quick shot of the chassis sub-assemblies as they came
out of the paint booth. Some detail painting and they will be ready for