Breadvan_update_053: coachbuilt Breadvan Hommage
Coachbuilt Breadvan Hommage
On the first photo the last stage of the clay model is visible. It is used for measurements, through the tape mould. Then it is used to check the body work. The right hand side of the car is finished in aluminium, based on the geometry of the clay. So, when the right side of the car has been made entirely in aluminium by coachbuilder Bas, he can remove the clay. The corner deleted on the photo will be used for display purposes. It can be seen laying on the floor in the background. The other clay on the side of the car and the roof will be removed and reused on other coachbuilding projects. The clay has been extremely helpful during the car design process. Designing a car is not just done on paper. Or in the computer. It carries through all the way to coachbuilt Breadvan Hommage.
Coachbuilding the Breadvan Hommage
In the three quarter image the car can be seen with a full aluminium body work on the back. You can still see the tape mould laying on the roof. Also the clay above the doors, on the roof, is still there. And the front end of the car has not been touched either, you can see the red paint on the doors, fenders and sills. You can see the body lines don’t exactly fit yet. The coachbuilder work on aligning all panels here. Tape is used to make all lines flow properly. The highlights on the aluminium are very aggressive and harsh due to the contrast in the material. Once the car is painted the look will be much more cohesive. For now the focus is on making all separate pieces of aluminium join. So, the car will look exactly like the clay model was made many months ago.
On the image in top view the tape moulds again can be seen. Also the clay on the left side of the roof is visible here. This material will stay in place until the roof panels have been made. The open view, straight into the guts of the car is temporary only. But it shows the petrol tank in the middle of the vehicle. It will stay there, open for all to see through the rear window. On the last image the left fender has been taken off again. The coachbuilder now is working on joining all panels and making a rigid frame underneath. So panels are being taken off many times before they all are welded solidly onto the car. The frame you see through the rear window is temporary. It hold everything in place so the car will be perfectly aligned. After that they will be removed permanently.