Got a late start. A bit colder than last Saturday.
I determined the e-brake cables are going to have to meet just to the driver's side of the transmission hump. The right cable is just too short to do the frame mount on the driver's side frame rail. Not thrilled about it, but that's the way it is.
So, I had to install the shifter link so that I was sure the e-brake cable did not interfere. A little cutting. A little bending. The Lokar piece is in place.
I am still not 100% sure on how the cables will route. I did run them through the stock mounting clamps to see if this will work. So far so good.
I also checked how much cable travel there is when the handle is fully pulled. Approximately 2-3/4". This tells me how far apart to place the cable mounts and adjustment screw.
I decided to cut the piece off of each strut which had the hole in the wrong place. I cut less than I had marked out last time. New pieces were cut and welded in. The other two holes on each strut were elongated. After all the drilling, cutting, grinding, welding, more grinding, and more drilling, the struts are done. All that is left is to reinforce the tranny mount flange.
I started on the brake cables. They were shorter than I imagined, so I am going to be re-thinking the routing of the cables. Next warm day! Maybe next Saturday although the forecast is for colder than today. I will be glad when winter is over.
Elongated holes in passenger side mount bracket. Drilled all 8 holes in the frame.
The mount flange was cut off and repositioned. The bracket still needs some gussets to finish it. But for now, it holds the transmission up.
The struts were attached. Two holes need to be elongated. The third one is so far out it will take more drastic mods to make it work. I am contemplating cutting out the hole and some of the surrounding material and welding in a new, wider, piece of metal which will allow for the hole to be drilled through base metal, not weld metal. I am going to have to think about this. Cold front coming through but next Saturday is supposed to be nice.
I cut the ends of the crossmember off. I actually thought I was cutting them long and would have to grind to fit. In the end, the driver's side was perfect as cut. The passenger side ended up a bit short. The holes will need to be elongated about 3/16" so the bolts will go through the flanges of the top hat frame. The brackets were tack welded to the crossmember. Don is going to finish weld it for me next week. The pad where the transmission mount attaches will have to be cut off and moved up after the crossmember is bolted in place.
The overflow tank was tweaked and mounted to the radiator. The transmission dipstick was installed by mounting it to the firewall.