Drag Racing Tech - Pics of pin on hatches.
02-23-2012, 02:43 PM
Hi guys, dug up an old thread about pin on hatches...... it seems the thread has peatered out so I thought that I would start a new one. I sat my VFN hatch on the car yesterday, man the standard one is heavy!!
Just after some pics of how you guys have mounted yours. I need pin on hatches only!!
02-25-2012, 04:21 PM
I posted some pics of the 1st time I saw this setup. I htink it was david lazers all motor car back in 2008 LSX.
I know theirs only been a few threads with this info, search my name if you haven't found them. Ive seen a cool setup on a x275 mustange raccraft is building they took there dzus hood rails and choped them and used them for the pin on hactch. Not a cheap way to go I bet.
02-25-2012, 09:41 PM
Thanks STUDDERIN, man.... I checked out your cam only winter, bitch on a diet. Killer thread just read 35 pages, some good info. Especially the hood, I have a extended sunnaco to mount with the racecraft rails soon, so it was a big help!!
I checked out the racecraft link, nice build! Just dont think it will work for me at the top of the hatch, I have dzus's for the deck ild if you like. I will have to keep looking. If you have any ideas of what threads you posted about the hatch it would be great. You contribute to alot of threads!!
03-01-2012, 03:29 PM
i'm still waiting too.
03-01-2012, 09:32 PM
I'll get you some pics in the morning ;)
03-02-2012, 07:00 PM
03-02-2012, 09:42 PM
SPOOLIN_ NOTCH, Thanks for the pics!! Nice job just, what im going to do..... Have you got any pics of the mounting tabs at the top of the hatch??
03-03-2012, 04:24 PM
No problems, I haven't gotten that far yet lol
I'll try and update this thread as I go.
03-03-2012, 11:00 PM
Cool, looks like your doing a few mods?? What sort of mounting tabs are those?? By the looks you'll be having full tubs!
03-04-2012, 02:36 PM
They are the dezus tabs, the coil overs haven't arrived yet so I'll post pics of them mounted when I get them. everything is kind of in mock up mode right now. Waiting for the anti roll bar to show up and some other little items before we finish the rear section of the cage and tubs.
03-04-2012, 04:44 PM
Check out the Burkhart Kuwati car thread. There are pics of the bird hatch. We also have them for the Camaro.
05-12-2012, 06:17 PM
I thought that I would update the thread abit since I have finished mounting my hatch.
So to begin with I sat the hatch on the car, it wasnt't to bad afit. It needed to seat lower on the rear guards, so I looked....... it was binding on the excess seam sealer. So it was out with the heat gun and chisel to begin removal, then some turps and it was cleaned and ready to go.
Trial fit again, now it is much closer the front portion is now an acceptable fit. So whats holding up the back, the angle of the hatch isn't consistant with the body line. So since i'm repainting it was the body that was reworked in this area.
Right so now segment and tack the quarter. Now that is acceptable but it was still to tight between the quarters only for about 150 mm from the rear, so i called upon my grinder again and from the inside of the hatch area cut it right along the top of the quarter. This alowed me to move the body line in the tight section out only by a mm or so so I could restich the quarter to were I needed it to be. Now that the hatch fits between the quarters correctly It was time to begin mounting it.
For those of you wondering, I did it this way so if I ever need a replacement hatch as long as I use a VFN, I know that it will fit the body!
Prepared the area for welding, and I began to get the deck to mount up first. Made up some Dzus brackets out of some 1 inch angle iron and welded another 1 inch piece of steel to mount my fastners. You need the offset shape to miss the hatch lip and support the deck lid. Here is the first side what I considered to be done.
Ill get back to why I considered it done later!
Same procedure on the other side.
Now to mount the top of the hatch. This is without a doubt the most critical aspect of the mounting procedure. Now as the deck lid is mounted nicely between the quarters and in the right position front and rear. You can establish a height to set the top of the hatch. I made an error here as I assumed the hatch would have gone in under the roof. So I made up some mounts and monted it. It was not right and distorted the hatch imensely. This is were I learned that the hatch had to be lifted so it was just a tiny bit under flush with the roof and also that I needed more support in different areas closer to the top corners and then central support.
This is the correct height.
Here is my bender used to fabricate the top mounts as shown.
So with some resized and repositioned top mounts the top is now good. I just have 2 spare holes in the hatch, which I ordered a gelcoat repair kit for the will reglass and repair.
Those with a keen eye may also see in this pic the last step required to mount it correctly, was the support added on the front of the decklid as it still kept sitting down to low in the quarter.
Now just to finish up stiching the quarters and were good to go.
There you have it guys.
I would not recomend this hatch on a daily driver as it has really no weathersealing capabilities!!
Now I just have to work out a good way to mount the speed glass!! Im sure there are other ways to do it, but this is what worked for me. I hope this helps some of you guys out!
BTW I have probably missed somthing somewere, so if I have let me know!
05-12-2012, 08:13 PM
05-17-2012, 05:05 PM
Thanks man! I hope it helps someone out!!
Nitro Dave's Nitrous Outlet
05-22-2012, 09:59 PM
I like how you fasten the top down. The hatch blew off my car last year due to it only sliding under the roof and not being fastened. It tore up both quarter panels and the hatch.