With my brand spanking new garage overhaul waiting for me, I had a chance to finally dig into the car. I also had a fellow Canadian Batmobile builder drop by to talk shop and get some ideas for his build 🙂
I’ve decided that the milestone that I’m going to try and hit is to have the car “road worthy” by September. This means a laser focus on the essentials to get the car on the road and leave the gadgets as things to work on over the winter. There’s a TON of work to do, but I find that I do my best work when I have a deadline.
First up was cutting out the passenger wall using the leftover plywood from the garage reno. Then I set my sights on starting to create the firewall between the fuel tank and the cabin. I need to make sure there’s a steel splash shield and a dam so that if there’s a rear impact which punctures the tank, fuel doesn’t come flowing into the cabin.
I needed to seal off the openings to the rear and also build a little wall that would still give me lots of clearance around the seat belt recoil unit.
Then I sealed up the back so that it would create a dam or “pan” around the fuel cell in case of a leak.
Last step was to weld in the splash panel where the back of the seats will be.
While I was waiting for the welds to cool off, I decided to finish off the arm rest cavities that will give me a little bit more elbow room.
I still need to run some steel on the top of the angle pieces, and I’ll eventually cut a bolt on piece that will cover up to the top of the roll bar once I figure out my actuator mounting for the canopy.