Over the holiday weekend to work on the car I did some rudimentary work- installing the bumper braces (which didn't align anymore, so I had to cut and rebuild them) I trimmed the center panel in the trunk down to fit, as well as trimmed the brake light brackets to fit (they work now). I started to build my recessed fuel neck area. My goal is to modify this so I can use a modern fuel pump to refuel. I don't like how the fuel pumps (here in CA, anyhow) all have those "vapor recovery" devices on there and make refueling old cars a hassle. I will build more of then when I install the tank and figure out the filler neck. I also trimmed the driver side front wheel opening, and am currently working on the inner fender. I also need to follow through on the fender extension, and then trim the passenger side.
more pics of where this will approximately sit in the car, and attaching it to the trunk extension panel, as well as the leftover pieces from my original tail panel I reccycled into the battery box, and a brace I made for the frame rail to help support the weight of the battery. I also boxed in the middle of the frame rail for additional strength.
It was suggested to me to build a battery box in the trunk extension area. I liked the idea of it- so below is the beginnings of that. I started building a basic box slightly larger than the dimensions Optima has on their website. Only I didn't leave myself enough material so I had to add a bit more. (Math never was my strong suit)
I was able to get back in the garage yesterday and add the bottom to my battery tray, as well as recycle the last of my original tail panel- I saved the pieces in between the tail lights. I used these as supports for the bottom of my battery tray box. I also made a frame rail brace, and boxed in the frame in that area. I also worked on trimming the trunk extension panel to make room for the battery box.
Of course, my Eastwood welder pooped out on me (will deal with that this week), but I still have my Miller so I continued working with that for the day. Hopefully I can get more time in next weekend.