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Day 10

The body arrives. The body arrived ‘assembled’ (or taped together) inside the back of the delivery lorry, and was unloaded piece by piece and ‘reassembled’ in the workshop so that it took up minimal space. By chance, the colour matched the Ducati perfectly, we had obviously made a good choice!

It is advised to maximise the colour of the gelcoat on the car, the interior of the body panels are sprayed black. The yellow looked fairly vivid already, however we chose to leave the painting until after the initial body fit in order to avoid having to repaint areas that may become scratched when fitting and removing the body panels time after time.

Initially we decided to get a feel for the size and final ‘look’ of the car with the body fitted. We therefore did a dry-run of the sides sills, and cockpit centre section to see if positioning etc was easy to do or if any particular problems presented themselves, and if any material had to be removed etc. The fuel tanks (which arrived with the body along with several other parts) were temporarily bolted into position using the threaded fastener supplied, and were secured into position using elastic straps. The side sills were offered up to the car and strapped into position at the rear round the fuel tanks using elastic straps once again.

Using the measurements given in the build manual, the front/rear position of the side sills was adjusted to accurately position the body in relation to the chassis. The centre section required cutting since we opted for the FIA roll hoop on the vehicle, obviously with racing the car in the future in mind. A diagram was supplied from the factory, however marking out the section to be cut proved to be slightly trickier than expected due to the profile of the rear face of the cockpit section. The centre line of the cockpit section was taken from the indentation for the clam latch, and a plumb bob was used to mark the centre line at the bottom edge. The distance to the cut lines either side was then marked out, and the height was marked out using the dimensions given from the diagram supplied. The marking out was done on masking tape that was stuck to the gelcoat, as marking the gelcoat or fibreglass isn’t very easy. A pneumatic saw with a fine blade was used to cut the fibreglass, going slowly to avoid chipping the gelcoat finish. Ultimately this would not matter too much as the allow panel would cover up any rough edges, however I like to take pride in my craftsmanship (since I will know how neat it is underneath!!).

The round corners that fitted round the roll hoop were sanded carefully with a sanding drum, and the edges were smoothed off before fitting to the car to avoid scratching the roll hoop or chassis unnecessarily.

The cockpit section was lifted into place and slid straight into position. The fit to the side sills and the chassis seemed good so the much dreaded thought of large amounts of time spent sanding to get a decent fit seemed to be fading!

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