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Old 10-01-2018, 11:41 PM   #1
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Default Fitting clubman flip front urgent help please

Hi

Having had all the body shell work done we have now fitted the front metro subframe.

The next step was to offer up the new arc angel fibreglass clubman front what a disaster it doesn’t fit.

Does anyone know if it is possible to trim the subframe front enough to get it to fit under the flip front?
Can I still use the original engine and gearbox mounts?

Am I better having a removable front rather than flip?

Any help would be appreciated one step forward two back !!!

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Old 11-01-2018, 01:52 AM   #2
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The front cross member of the Metro frame has always been an issue. That's why mine has a forward sloping valance to cover it. I realise this isn't beautiful but it works fine.

If you decide to cut the cross member then you need to replace it with some solid flat bar so that it's close to the exhaust down pipe. It is possible to do this and retain the rear sloping valance. This flat bar is best bolted on as once fitted you would not get the downpipe off should it need it.
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People tend to use the ABS front that has the ST Spoiler moulded in as it seems to give the extra room for the Metro frame

https://www.absmotorsport.co.uk/prod...an-st-2-piece/

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Old 11-01-2018, 05:56 PM   #4
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I shortened the metro frame a bit by chopping off the front bar and re making the engine and gearbox mounting legs, then bolting on a solid front bar. This allows the clubman front to go on, but leaves the bar protruding underneath, hence i fitted a splitter to cover it

I had to cut a section out of the bar to allow the manifold to pass, so i then welded another section of box underneath it at 90 degs to restore the strngth


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Old 11-01-2018, 09:08 PM   #5
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Hi

Thank you for the reply I am now thinking I may go for a fabricated steel front.

It will be bolt on with a removable bonnet for general maintenance.

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I have a welded steel flip front and Metro frame.
I cut the front valance down the seam underneath the sidelights, bent it out to clear the frame, and welded in a fillet piece. Then welded in a plate to give me back the curve, and strengthening gussets inside to make it strong

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Old 12-01-2018, 08:27 AM   #7
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Hi

Thank you for the reply I am now thinking I may go for a fabricated steel front.

It will be bolt on with a removable bonnet for general maintenance.

Regards

Mark
This blog may be of interest

http://www.theclubman.co.uk/project_k8.htm
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