VARIO – Chassis.
The Vario comprises a spaceframe chassis onto which is mounted a high quality GRP body. The chassis is fully stressed and can be assembled, checked and driven independently of the body. The internal skinning of the body can be by steel, aluminium or GRP depending upon application and budget. Unskinned, the chassis weighs 69kg.
The chassis has been carefully designed so that every item from the Uno is fitted without modification. Additionally, all brackets and captive nuts are fitted, all major holes are cut or drilled. Brackets that hang below the chassis for items such as the exhaust system are supplies loose so that they are not damaged during the chassis manufacturing stage or during delivery.
Virtually every mechanical component from the Uno is used. Engine, gearbox, radiator, cooling fan, front sub-frame, lower suspension arms, steering rack and track-rod ends, front discs, calipers, pedal box, brake servo, steering column, heater unit, gear linkage, handbrake system, windscreen, dash assembly, instrument panel, wiring loom, fuse box, door mirrors, rear torsion beam axle, rear drum brakes, rear springs, rear dampers, fuel tank and lastly, spare wheel.
If your donor Uno is in roadworthy condition (perhaps excluding the bodywork!!), all you need is the Vario kit, about 100 hours of labour spread over three months and your new Vario will be ready for the open road. Take a look at "chassis assembly" to see how the Fiat parts are incorporated.