SE5a A-post dimensions / diagram

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SE5a A-post dimensions / diagram

Post by DarrylWebb » Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:22 pm

Brian (b.c. flat hat) prompted me a while back for dimensions of the steel A-post, as he spotted I've been repairing mine.
We both reckoned it might be useful to have the drawing available for future reference.

So here it is. The drawing is in PDF format, so you'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is freely available. The diagram is spread over 5 A4 pages...you'll soon see why. :)
Make sure to print the pages at full size (pay attention to the print properties). You'll get the outline in life-size. There are enough markings to line up the pages.Then get out the sticky tape. With one big piece of paper, you'll be able to trace out the shape, and can forget the dimensions. :D

I have deliberately omitted the hinge bolt holes. The dimensions varied from one side to the other on my car, so goodness knows what they're like on different cars.
I'd recommend checking the position of the square cutouts for the hinges on your own car also, just to sure.
So unless the GRP is a serious mess, I'd rely on the existing holes to mark up the new steelwork when offered up.

I hope this proves useful. If anyone uses it, let me know how accurate it turns out to be. Standard disclaimers apply :w
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Re: SE5a A-post dimensions / diagram

Post by Roger Pennington » Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:01 pm

Looks good :) I've "stickied" it for future reference :wink:


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Re: SE5a A-post dimensions / diagram

Post by DarrylWebb » Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:21 pm

Cool. Thanks Roger.


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Re: SE5a A-post dimensions / diagram

Post by Pepe » Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:58 pm

VERY nice!

a big THANK YOU from myself!

That'll be of use probably next spring :)

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Re: SE5a A-post dimensions / diagram

Post by toolmanchris » Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:08 pm

Did the fix on my car a couple of years ago, wish these plans were available then as I had to guess what it looked like based on the crumbling mess that remained and created a template from a cornflake packet!
If anyone needs any pictures to help them take a look here :)
http://www.toolmanweb.com/scimitar/Bodywork.htm


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Re: SE5a A-post dimensions / diagram

Post by b.c.flat hat » Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:34 pm

How do, everyone. Darryl, I copied the drawings last night, put them together and the result is brilliant! A huge thankyou for taking the trouble to do this, it will undoubtedly be very useful to loads of scimmy owners in the future. Your name will live on in the healthy "clunk" of doors shutting elegantly!
Well done! Regards, Brian.



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Re: SE5a A-post dimensions / diagram

Post by peter freeman » Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:00 pm

Every little helps as they say - don't have a 5 myself currently but it may be the same as the Coupe - or near.



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Re: SE5a A-post dimensions / diagram

Post by DarrylWebb » Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:17 pm

8) Great stuff, Brian. I'll be keen to see how you get on when you offer it up to the car. That'll be the Confirmation of the Confection :wink:

Peter, I've no clue even if the '5 is the same as the '5a. I hadn't thought on the Coupe. 6-series are definitely different - it's a lump of box section.


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Re: SE5a A-post dimensions / diagram

Post by Pepe » Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:42 pm

I am thinking whether or not it makes sense to collect more metal-works drawings?

Wondering if somebody has the Sill reinforcement parts measured up to sticky it to here?

Or whatever metal there else is hidden in the fibre....


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Re: SE5a A-post dimensions / diagram

Post by DarrylWebb » Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:45 pm

Valid suggestion, Pepe.

The sills are probably the other main candidate. If I hadn't come up with a plan with GRP, I'd have wanted those.

The radiator/nosecone support is another.

For completeness, there's steel tubing in the A-post running above the window line into the C-pillar, and across the car behind the rear seats, and a strip in the little vertical strip in the front valance. These are probably all manageable from steel stock. Ask me how I know about these :(

And some people claim the shell is scrap but the chassis is saveable :)


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Re: SE5a A-post dimensions / diagram

Post by Pepe » Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:04 pm

o gosh...

Thanks for this!

I started a simple drawing, see attached, planning to update:

So do I get it right, that there als is Tubing from the A Window frame over the doors to the C Pillars.
Where is the strip in the front Valance?
Is there also on tube around the front window and for the rear hinges?

Edited picture and added front valance vertical sheet and smaller roof tubing. Roof tubing extended into C Pillar and front

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Re: SE5a A-post dimensions / diagram

Post by Coupe Racing » Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:12 pm

There is also smaller diameter tube running from the bottom of the "A" pillar and right along the roof to the rear of the car


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Re: SE5a A-post dimensions / diagram

Post by Pepe » Fri Apr 19, 2013 7:11 pm

added:

anything else?


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Re: SE5a A-post dimensions / diagram

Post by DarrylWebb » Sat Apr 20, 2013 9:21 am

The tubing in the roof-line follows the line of the tail of the roof gutter at the C-pillar i.e. it drops down rather than go to the tailgate as in your pic.
At the base of the A-pillar, it extends 12 inches along the contour of the front wing :

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But having to repair too much of that probably means the shell IS scrap. Mine appears to have been damaged due to cracked A-pillar as a result of frontal impact.

Anyway, if we're talking about templates for steelwork, I'd say the sill is the next useful one.

Also for completeness there's the second piece of the A-post, but it doesn't seem to rot as quickly as the main section?

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Re: SE5a A-post dimensions / diagram

Post by Pepe » Sat Apr 20, 2013 4:23 pm

again drawing corrected... These "other Piece" not the compley one: Where exactly does that go?
i was thinking there is only the trapezodial shape part...Is the more simpler one with only one hole bolted agains the other?

Any Scimitarian done the Sill drawing?? :)


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