The chassis is finally finished and ready to paint and it's only taken me 6 years to get to this point. It's been a long road but I'm starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel. I did all the welding with my gas torch and Nickel/ Bronze rod, the same method as Caterham still uses today. I like welding with the torch, it just has a good feel.
At this point (finished) the chassis weighs 145lbs. I've welded on every bracket, tab, do-da I can think of. I don't want to do any more welding after I paint. (What are the chances of that?)
A few days later I have it painted. I've used a blue Hammerite from Sherwin Williams Industrial coatings line. Paint and Primer are about $90 for a gallon of each. This is a pretty good produce and I think it will work well.
Por-15 is a more popular chassis finish but I didn't want black and the stuff is pretty nasty to apply.
I took a que from most of the manufacturers of Sevens and used an aluminum floor. I bought 16 gauge hardened aluminum for the floors and the rear bulkhead. this stuff won't bend so it was ideal for these flat surfaces. I cut it with a pair of electric scissor type shears.
I drilled 1/8" holes used my clecos and square drive self tapping screws. Seems to work OK for the Stalker guys. I also applied a polyurethane adhesive to the rails.
Well, the chassis painted, the floors finally in along with the bulkhead. Another big step that I've been dreaming about for some time.