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Trickyh
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Narrow Track Body

Post by Trickyh » Wed Dec 19, 2018 12:32 pm

I've been working on and off on the Sankey, but now coming to the point of realisation that the body is toast (probably). Its had too many bodged repairs and the dreaded rust has got into all of the angle joints, so there's nothing to weld too.. :( The chassis and underpinnings are all great, so I'm at a crossroads on what to do next...

So options are:

Bin it out on ebay as a decent chassis, cut my losses and start again
Try and find a local body shop who can patch it up
Try and fabricate a body myself out of steel or ali(?) with my limited welding / fab skills
See if there are any bodies out there in better nick than mine (rarer than hens teeth)
Get a whole new body re-fabricated

What do you guys think? I'm just after an occasional workhorse, nothing concourse etc..

I'm even thinking of breaking the cardinal rule and acquiring a Penman(!) There seems to a ton of them about, now that Brightwells are banging them out fairly regularly..
Rich aka Tricky

'72 SIII 12V Lightweight

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Re: Narrow Track Body

Post by longlegslandyman » Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:33 pm

Hi I bought a Sankey a year ago and as I knew little about them I was stunned how rust free my tub was.
Turned out my whole tub has been remade they just used the original top capping and spot welded the rope ties on.

Not for the rivetcounter/purist but as im not its a great rust free sankey that will outlast me and looks great .

Looks like a simple job to refabricate if original details is not the bee all end all ,i would get a few quotes as solid and complete
sankeys for low money are getting harder to come buy .
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paul

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Re: Narrow Track Body

Post by longlegslandyman » Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:08 pm

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These show how mine were fabricated the front and back panel have a 90deg bend folded on the sides and bottom edge.

The sides just have a 90deg bend folded on the bottom edge


Another method would be just to cut flat panels and use 90deg angle steel in the corners and along the bottom to hold floor in.

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Re: Narrow Track Body

Post by longlegslandyman » Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:11 pm

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They may help if you decide to go down the fabricate route.

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Re: Narrow Track Body

Post by Bob Fell » Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:03 pm

If you read my thread, viewtopic.php?f=26&t=2099 that's what I did and the company (Manor Welding, Buckminster, Lincs) did a fantastic job, the owner is a perfectionist and replicated everything to the exact spec of the original. With a shot tub, it's the only way to go.
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Re: Narrow Track Body

Post by Trickyh » Thu Dec 20, 2018 2:42 pm

Thanks for the replies fellas

I think im going to speak to my tame fabricator down in Basingstoke and see if they can give me a price

Rich
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