This is my rig for trying to bend the chassis back into shape. I think it must have been in a light front-end collision at some point in its life as one of the outriggers at the front is slightly higher than the other, causing the bonnet to sit at a funny angle. You can see it in this pic:
I've found the slight deformations in the metal where it's been bent upwards, so I heated it up with the oxy-acetylene, weighted down the chassis with two spitfire diffs, a Jag 5-speed and a random flywheel, and tried to bend it downwards with a socking great metal bar.
Tried heating it up and hitting it with the biggest lump hammer I have, as well as leaning on the bar.
Still no movement.
Then I noticed just how much of the outrigger was disintegrating as I was bashing it, so I started poking around to find out how rusty they are. Turns out they're really quite rusty. And repaired in places with cardboard and filler.
So, the current plan is to chop them open to replace the dead metal with fresh stuff, and also mount the higher one a bit lower while I'm at it.
Also, hopefully the right sized thrust washers will arrive tomorrow so I can press on with the engine rebuild :)