Many racers who buy cars from a chassis builder will buy a rolling chassis. Heck, it saves a bunch of time and you can usually drop your motor in and go. However, it can also be costly and if you already have good parts and only your chassis needs replacing, a bare frame may be the way to go.
1. Champ Pans actually makes a cockpit kit for Mastersbilt chassis. It ships flat and all
Building a Dirt Late Model or any car for that matter from the ground up is a time consuming project but if you have the time you can save some big bucks by doing it all yourself. There are also several advantages to starting with just the bare frame such as customizing cockpit items to your own specifications.
Our new Mastersbilt chassis for Project DLM came to us as a bare frame. When we got it to the Circle Track shop and did the once over we decided to re-powdercoat it in a color that would match the car's design that many of you have already seen. Lasker Powdercoating in Tampa applied the awesome "Booty Blue" (yes, that's the name of the color) and we're ready to get to work.
The very first thing we'll do is build and install the sheetmetal for the cockpit. The seat, wheel, deck, and related items will come at a later date. So, follow along as we show you how we built our own cockpit.
2. Since everything in the cockpit is based off of the floorpan, it has to go in first. He
3. Until that time however, a Cleco holds the sheetmetal in place.
Before bending the fir
4. With the Champ Pans kit held in place we can cut out cardboard templates to create an e
5. With the Champ Pans kit held in place we can cut out cardboard templates to create an e
6. With the cardboard loosely fit inside the driver compartment we can make any final adju
7. We headed over to Dean's Custom Sheetmetal in Dover, Florida, to source our 0.040-thick