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Old 11-11-2020, 12:01 PM
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Post Miura Station Buck Assembled

I had some space open up in my garage and I could use some shape information/measurements in the door area so I decided it was time to assemble the complete Miura station buck. As a reminder, this station buck is composed of 4 modules and I’d only assembled 2 of those modules to-date.

Main body module:

Rear clip module:

I haven’t mounted the rear opening hammer form yet. It will take some work to figure out how best to do that so I’ll wait until it’s needed to do it.

Complete station buck:

There’s a bit of conflict between the legs on main body module and rocker panel module. The rocker panel module is sitting about 2 or 3 inches aft of where it should be until I do some cutting on stations to remove the conflict. My gut feeling is that I’ll most likely use these modules separately anyway so I decided not to break out the saw just yet.

It took about a day and a half to assemble the station buck. It took this time because all the joining slots needed to have the ends squared out, CNC router bits only make rounded corners. Stations in curved body areas needed to have edges round off with router. The station center defines body skin height and station edges in curved areas were above body outline, in other words too high.

My impression now that the entire buck is assembled is that the car’s overall length and width will be bigger than I was expecting. That’s not a bad thing; it’s just that I hadn’t yet formed a visual in my head for the actual size of a 105% Muira. Looking at a 3D model rendition on a computer screen doesn’t really give you a feel for the actual size of the car.

I had been looking at an original Muira SV last week, knew mine would be larger and now that I have a visual, it’s clear how much larger. I did take overall length and width measurements from the station buck and they are spot on for what they should be. I guess this really shows yet another value from having a full station buck prior to shaping up the body panels. I will now have a more realistic visual in my head as to what the actual panel size should be.
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