The basic tube chassis was set on this simple work table and some of the interior sheet metal was checked for fit.  The black panels are a heavy duty composite and serve as a crash attenuating stucture. The tube frame was shipped with these already riveted in place. The window nets were also test fit at this time. It was decided to assemble the car inside out as much as posible to logically make things easier.
The rear firewall was fit checked. Some engine peripherals are hung on the firewall so it's important that it be fitted to the car early in the process.  The car's tin work is pre cut with the mounting holes pre drilled.  It is expected that the person assembling the car drill holes in the chassis and pop rivets the panels in place.

The StopTech crew decided that doing this was not the best way to assemble things from a repairability and maintainability perspective. Instead of using pop rivets, StopTech used riv nuts and small stainless steel button head allen bolts to hold the panels in place. This way any panel can be quickly and easily removed from the car.

You can see the start of mounting the footbox sheetmetal here. You can see the first allen bolts holding the panel in place.  The steering rack was installed at this point.
These fiberglass panels are about a 1/4" thick and are designed to crush in a controlled way in a severe crash to help protect the driver. 
Once the aluminum panels around the footbox were fitted, the steering shaft was installed. 
The steering shaft mounting was redone by the Stoptech crew to have a straighter shot to the steering rack. This reduces motion being lost and friction generated due to U-Joint angularity. This is improves steering feel. 
The AiM MXL datalogging dash, quick release Momo steering wheel, radio and window net mounts were added at this time. 
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016 6:36 AM
About how long did it take to assemble the car? It looks like a lot of things were designed to go in pretty easily.
Mike Kojima
Mike Kojimalink
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 9:39 AM
about 3 weeks of full time work.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 3:10 PM
I know this is professional build, but I still can't believe instructions weren't provided. Looking forward to the rest of the build.
Boxed Fox
Boxed Foxlink
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 8:29 PM
I've been waiting to see what one of these look like with the bodywork off. Frame and tub actually remind me of an SCCA SRF, just with more modern side impact protection and fewer tubes. Very curious as to how the bodywork is attached to the frame, in particular around the doors. I'll be following this one with rapt attention.
Thursday, June 23, 2016 2:58 AM
People overlook fasteners way too much. They are the heart of any and all builds. Good to see some thought went into it, in this build.
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