I have been asked several
times to describe how I mount my hard plastic bodies. So it is time to go over how I like to mount them.
For my cars I like to use
4 side mounted brackets that allow the body to float on the chassis. This helps to isolate the body from the chassis and allow
the car to run smoother and handle better.
The first thing to do is
set the body on the finished chassis and set the wheel well clearance for the front and rear tires… This lets me see
how the body will end up sitting on the chassis and how well it looks.
|you can see the rear rod sticking out on top of the rear wheels
Ferrari I used a .055 rod set over the center of the rear wheels. And on most cars I use the same size rod on the front too.
But with the Ferrari there are two duck vents that raise the front up too much, so I used some brass sheet stock to fit under
nose of the car as a shim to lift the nose to the right height.
use any size rod you want, I normally use anywhere from a .047 to .062 dia. Rod to set my wheel well clearance to the look
that I like..
need to locate where you want your mounting brackets to go.. Try to give yourself
about a half inch or room between the brackets outer edge and the wheel wells.. You’ll see why later.
time to make up the brackets. I use a ¼” wide strip of .032 brass, And drill a 1/8” hole and space them 1 ¼’
nuts I like to use 2-56 brass nuts and flat head screws. I have found that the 4-40 nuts are just too big for the space I
have to work with.
the nuts to the brass strip.. And it is a good idea to have a 2-56 tap on hand. As a rule not matter how careful you are you
will get solder in the threads and the tap will clean it right out.
Now mark your chassis for
where your 3/32 drill holes will be. And mark them in ¼” from the outer edge of the chassis.. The 3/32 holes will give the screws room to move and allow the body to float on the chassis when you back
them out ½ a turn..
Body Mounting Part 2