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.