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TR4/4A Fabricating a metal panel in between the fuel tank and cockpit


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Hi guys - anyone fabricate a metal panel to go between the fuel tank and cockpit?

Idea would be better safety and noise isolation...


Jedi Knight
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I think TOO TALL TIM makes them .


Jedi Trainee
Well I welded it using the the punch-hole and weld-thru MIG spot-weld method.
Since the panel is 1.2 mm you are welding thin to thick so you need the skill/machine to do this.

Bear in mind I use a Surrey back-light and don't know how this would go with a fabric hood.

It makes no difference to fit/remove fuel-tank which is as easy/difficult as originally.

Makes wiring a bit more tricky but hopefully only once.


Jedi Trainee
I rebuilt a complete basket-case scrapper. Thinking about it, part of the reason I added this was to add some flexural rigidity.
This back end was full of fatigue cracks because it had been run without any chassis support.

If you have a sound shell this would be OK if you used pop-rivets.

I sealed ths joints with polyurethane seam-sealer using the "squeeze-gun" tool.
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