And now for something completely different

corazon

Well-Known Member
#1
I’ve got some good lockdown day job work in the form of a large
project that arrived a week ago.

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It’s a movie car. Was built for a movie called Adventurer:Curse of the Midas Box, starring Sam Neill.
It’s also mostly made of MDF.

My job is to recreate in steel/upgrade and make more functional.

A few days stripping it down with my colleague got it down to its bare bones, hurried construction signs everywhere. It was built for one purpose so can’t be too critical about how it was built, but lots of things left unwelded, and corners cut.

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It’s based on a series 3 landrover, with a stretched chassis. Front wheels are original steels welded into larger steel spoked constructions. The giant rear wheel on the floor is the same design but an absolute monster, very heavy.

It arrived with no steering.
Today we mostly sorted that. It had extremely inefficient linkage geometry which had broken the poorly welded pipe they’d used to extend from steering box to engine bay.

So steering box moved up from pedal area, output shaft extended properly with solid bar going through chassis to shortened drop arms allowing a simple straight and level path for main rod to front in engine bay.

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Plenty to follow!
 

corazon

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#3
It’s my landlord where I have my workshop. He has a lot of interesting vehicles, mostly ww2 era but this came up through a friend and he’s taken a liking to it.
I believe it will end up at the festivals, Burning Man/Mad Max style
 

corazon

Well-Known Member
#4
Got the steering all sorted for moving it to it’s more suitable location.
Shortened the extended drag link, braced the steering box and reset every component in the neutral position.
The new setup is much closer to how it was designed in the landrover now, only with an extended shaft from the box.

Sheeted and seated the cockpit area with adjustable tracks.
Anybody recognise the seat?

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cobraboy

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#7
Bet that's fun to parallel park. I'd love to pop to the supermarket for my groceries in it. :cool:
Along those lines. I have a friend who is ex REME, is a gunsmith and part 5 firearms ticket holder. He used to service army and Suffolk police firearms.
He had a Ferret armoured car, but not any old shell of a thing, a fully operational, all live weaponry, ready to go to war Ferret, and he and his wife used to take it to Tescos to get the shopping. ( True story )
 

corazon

Well-Known Member
#9
It looks like even more fun with the steering arm on the wrong way up!!;)
Lol it is upside down yeah.
But I’m not sure how much difference it will make in this scenario? The lever is doing the same travel only more like 9 o clock to 3 o clock.
We did it for clearance reasons firstly, and to get the thing steerable for moving it.
What was there before was ridiculous..

But will change it if there’s a clear advantage to doing so?

The thing has tractor sized spoked steel wheels welded to original landrover Steels as centres. No tyres, just rolled steel plate and some rubber chocks as grips.
So steering without the vehicle moving won’t be an option anyway..

Jim
 

corazon

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#10
Along those lines. I have a friend who is ex REME, is a gunsmith and part 5 firearms ticket holder. He used to service army and Suffolk police firearms.
He had a Ferret armoured car, but not any old shell of a thing, a fully operational, all live weaponry, ready to go to war Ferret, and he and his wife used to take it to Tescos to get the shopping. ( True story )
Funny you should say that, until recently there used to be a ferret stored in one of the barns here. The 6 cylinder Rolls sounded great whenthe owner visited and fired it up :D
 

corazon

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#12
To be fair that’s how it was oriented when it arrived, didn’t think to jack up the giant front wheels to check right was actually right lol
 

Demetris

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#14
He had a Ferret armoured car, ΄... and he and his wife used to take it to Tescos to get the shopping. ( True story )
We all have, to some degree, a worry about collecting scratches and dents on the body of our pride and joy in supermarket car parks, but your friend has taken it a little too far away. :p
 

cobraboy

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#15
We all have, to some degree, a worry about collecting scratches and dents on the body of our pride and joy in supermarket car parks, but your friend has taken it a little too far away. :p
If you ever met the man you would understand. He has the most incredible gun collection. On my last visit I stood in his strong room holding Winston Churchill's personal Sten gun with a special short magazine. He attends car shows with his Mini called Fred, which happens to be an ex works Cooper strolling about the place wearing a pith helmet, he is truly one of life's great characters.
 

ghce

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#16
Had to download and watch the movie, which I did last night and you can see where the steering breaks in the movie!

Cool movie BTW shame they never continued the concept and made more as was intended.

Graeme
 

corazon

Well-Known Member
#17
I haven’t watched it yet, but that’s interesting that it broke during filming.
They’d used a piece of water pipe welded badly and it arrived just sitting in there, facing upwards attached to drag link.
But it all makes sense now as there is an excessive amount chopped out of engine crossmembers for clearance.
Original angle from low mounted steering box must have been at least 40 degrees to reach the relay assembly
 

corazon

Well-Known Member
#19
Definitely a Corbeau Classic bucket seat, but I think that made it into a quite few vehicles.

Today we got the rear axle out and made a heavy duty I beam chassis support stand. The last couple of feet of chassis are toast, going to make a start on repairs tomorrow.

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corazon

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#20
Rear section of the chassis got rather uprated today


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Working in the sun was a real pleasure. The Mad Max style only really works in the sunshine :cool:
 
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