Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Development Chassis FOR SALE

Ideal base From which to build a special.
During the development of the Ibex F8 we produced a number of chassis for various test activities. Used to develop the assembly and weld processes, this chassis has now served it's purpose and therefore offered for sale as a 250S bare chassis, complete with doors. This chassis has NOT undergone any physical testing. £P.O.A. contact@ibexvehicles.com for further information.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

IBEX 300S 5 Door Station Wagon

4.6 V8 Auto
35" Cooper Discoverer STT tyres
Front and rear ARB diff locks
Centre winch system with Warn 9.5XP

Monday, 19 September 2011

How We Build Them

Stage 5. Galvanising

After lots of careful welding (we have to be sure not to distort or introduce too much stress into the structure) the whole chassis frame is hot dip galvanised. The frame is completely immersed in a bath of molten zinc. The chassis is designed to allow zinc to flow into and out of all sections, no matter what angle the chassis is at.

Unlike zinc plating, galvanising creates iron-zinc alloys at the surface of the steel, these gradually become pure zinc and then, after reacting with the air, layers of zinc oxide and zinc carbonate form. Even if all the zinc coatings wear away, the surface alloys are corrosion resistant (this is the shiny black you sometimes see on galvanised railings that are constantly grabbed by sweaty hands.)

Another benefit is that the process stress relieves the structure but this is where careful welding is important to minimise distortion.

Is it worth it? It's an expensive process but in over 20 years of galvanising Ibex chassis, we have never had a corrosion issue.

Friday, 9 September 2011

LRO Show

We will be joining the Ibex Owners Club at the LRO Peterborough show on Sunday.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Latest Event Spec Ibex

Very cool RC Ibex tray back. Full event spec. External Cage. Fully independent suspension. Massive 70 (mm) mud terrain tyres. Pictures courtesy of Jack Barber, the worlds youngest Ibex owner.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Stolen Ibex

Ibex 250, No. 7F079 was stolen from West Wales last night. Please contact Ibex Vehicles or the police if you have any information as to its whereabouts. More details and pictures will be up soon.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Open Top 5 Door Anyone?

This will end up as a Station Wagon but, I always liked the idea of a 5 door open top. The photographs don't do the colour any justice!

When I build an Ibex for myself I can never decide which body style I want or need.  I decided to make sure that every cab style can be interchanged. So, if I get bored of my pick up, I can go and  fit a hard top. Or go for a soft top for those warm summer evenings.... We sell all over the world, not just the UK, so that last suggestion isn't as daft as it sounds.

Friday, 12 August 2011

LR Max Show

At the final hour, we have decided to visit the LR Max show this weekend. Two Ibex F8's will be on the Ibex Owners Club stand on Sunday.

Monday, 1 August 2011

How We Build Them

Stage 4. Main Assembly

The major sub assemblies come together to add superstructure to the ladder frame. We use some jigs here to square everything up but, this is still basically a 3D jigsaw puzzle. Tack welded only.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Billing Show Latest

If your name's not down you're not coming in...

First they cancel the Owners Club stand, now they take the Ibex off the LRO stand. It seems we are not on the list. Nothing to see here I'm afraid.

How we Build Them

Stage 3. Ladder Frame Assembly

The main assembly starts to come together with some jigs. Chassis rails are located on a base plate with the cross members self locating and helping to square up the assembly. Just a few tack welds are used to hold the whole thing together. Structure for the centre winch system is also welded in place at this stage.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

How we Build Them

Stage 2. Chassis Sub Assembly.

Fine tolerances from laser cutting allow sub assemblies to be almost completely self jigging. At this stage, the only fixtures required are a base plate that provides a flat surface and location via dowels. (Normally, the base plate would be a tripod so that it stays flat regardless of unevenness in the floor) We assemble the side frames complete with the door structure to prevent distortion and maintain accurate door fit. Structural members of the chassis rails pass through the box section to increase rigidity. Just a few tack welds are required to hold the sub assemblies together. This means that very little heat goes into the structure that would otherwise cause distortion.

Monday, 4 July 2011

How we Build Them

Stage by stage progress of a typical Ibex build, showing how we create these machines.

When a customer places an order there are a few choices to be made: Fully built or bodyshell kit, engine and driveline type, standard vehicle or modified. Because every Ibex is built to order we can accommodate most customer requirements, from high speed racers to special role utility vehicles. Suspension modifications are proving popular at the moment but, in this case, we are building a standard vehicle:

Ibex 250S Open Top, bodyshell kit.

Stage 1. Chassis Build. Raw Material
Almost all of the chassis is made from laser cut, structural mild steel. All features required for the subsequent assembly are incorporated into these laser cut blanks. Any special features required by the customer can be incorporated at the design stage and included in the raw material. Laser blanks are folded into open sections as required.

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Billing LRO Show 2011

We will have 2 Ibex F8's on the Ibex Owners Club stand at Billing LRO show this year. 16th and 17th July. Pop over for a chat.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Number 1

This is Prototype No. 1. Used as a mule vehicle to trial and develop different designs, processes and configurations. It has already been fitted with several different engines and gearboxes (we've timed an engine/transmission assembly swap down to 1.5hrs) and has been rebuilt with different body panels and components far too many times. It has been an invaluable tool in the development of production vehicles and is finally being retired to a life of hard use on and off road.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Judge Dredd

Reminds me of the taxi from the movie. Maybe we should design a forward control?

This picture does give an idea of how much the corners of the bonnet taper in. The idea being that the first thing to touch an immovable obstruction is the tyre. (The mudguards can be removed if you want to get really serious.)

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Not so Stealth

We nicknamed it Stealthibex because of its angular shape and blacker than black paint job. Thing is, it seems that if you want to get noticed, get a Stealthibex. You can't drive down the road without everyone stopping and staring. Some with a look of excitement on their faces, some with fear, most with shock.

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Need for Speed

If Staffordshure 4x4's 500hp Ibex is too much to handle then here's something for sale that's a little more tame but still pretty quick ;) I know it's not an Ibex but it's still a 4x4, just.
Details to the right of this page.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Vacation of a Twisted Mind

With a weekend away to recharge the batteries I think I have managed to put Ibex out of my mind for a couple of days... No chance! My sub concious wont rest and comes up with more design ideas. Thankfully it didn't let me know these ideas until Sunday night so, I least I got to think I had taken a weekend off. I wonder if that means the weekend is tax deductible?

Thursday, 5 May 2011

New Approach

90 Degree approach and departure angles, even with front and rear winching capability. Tyre OD is 34" with room to go larger.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Al fresco

The sun is shining and the birds are singing so Ibex building outside today. Might get a bit of glare off the aluminium though.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

A Couple More Pictures

Massive ground clearance with standard suspension and 35" x 12.5" Cooper Discoverer STT tyres mounted on Silverline 17" Black Sport alloys. You can just see the lightweight aluminium fuel tank tucked away behind the sill. Designed so that the heavy duty sill hits the deck before the tank.
The underside of the chassis rails are profiled to help prevent hook-ups on radius arm brackets. Additional underfloor and steering arm protection coming soon.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

True Colour

We painted it and didn't like it so, we painted it again and now it looks smart. If it stops raining long enough, we'll drive it out into the sun and take some pictures. The forecast is good for Thursday.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

More Power

Their previous Ibex was a work of art and at 470hp a bit of a monster too. Their new Ibex, the first ever production Ibex F8, is coming together nicely: http://www.staffordshire4x4.com/blog/  A more sedate Td5 lies under the bonnet but they tune-up nicely!

Friday, 28 January 2011

Wide Boy

It all fits together, which is a big relief. There's every reason why it should, the parts are faithful to the CAD data and everything fitted on screen but, given the huge amount of work to get this far, bolting moulded parts together is a nerve racking process.

Time to change the tiny wheels for something a bit more suitable then back to the paint shop.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Mean Machine

It's been a long time coming and a challenge to manufacture but, finally, it's here. The CAD model promised something special but it didn't prepare us for the real thing. We think it has a certain presence. It fits perfectly and is amazingly stiff and light. Just a few more bits to bolt on then it's back to the paint shop.