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03-21-2005 01:49 PM Don Garlits Museum
Break time !! Time to take a quick walk thru Garlits museum. Even on vacation, I can't get away from cars!! (But who would want to?)

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  [Entry #132]

02-09-2005 08:20 AM Getting closer
OK, I'm at the point where I had to decide if I was going to buy floors for under the seats or make them. Recap: At this point, the guys from Bit chen Products have benefitted from me buying:


Front Floorboards (I ended up buying new toeboards, because I originally bought the ones for a stock firewall)

Rocker panels

Inner cowl supports

EMS for the outer cowl supports and rear gravel pan (Not in yet)

I decided to BUY the 1st and 2nd section rear floorboards and trunk floor. Could I have made them? Yes. Would they look as good? Probably not. Although I could bead the pans, they have structurally reinforced pieces that are engineered to fit the tunnel. The tunnel and rocker supports looked like the biggest obstacle. I intend on making a console that extends from the dash to the rear package shelf, so the tunnel appearance wasn't critical, but ..... I think I would have spent more time than it was worth. Besides, if it doesn't look good, I can blame it on someone else! LOL

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  [Entry #131]

02-09-2005 08:11 AM Firewall primer
This shot showed the drivers side done, but not the passenger side. I felt it was relevent only to show the welding around the perimeter. The cowl flange was originally on the outside, but is now hidden , to smooth the firewall.

In the previous pic, you can see some welding marks, caused from welding the inner flange and additional supports to the backside of the firewall. Every little bit helps make the body strong.

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  [Entry #130]

02-09-2005 07:34 AM A shot of the firewall
from the engine compartment side-

Its not finished. I will be filling in the open areas from the firewall drop legs to the transmission with additional metal. I have to wait until the motor and trans are permanently installed.

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  [Entry #129]

02-09-2005 07:31 AM Through the magic of...
Through the magic of forgetting to take pictures, you can see the passenger cowl support and outer cowl installed, as well as some floor boards. And a quick shot of the Bit chen Products dash

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