I kept thinking about creasing my skull with the tail hook I would have to build for the latch I installed 2 weeks ago. I finally decided to go a different way. So I got a Bear Claw small trunk latch kit.
The bracket was made from a scrap piece of 2 x 3 x 1/8 rectangular tubing. It was welded to the bottom of the cross brace with a fillet across the edge and two rosettes. Simple and easy to make but strong.
The panel removed from the floor was broke slightly. an extension and a couple of sides were fashioned and welded to the piece. A flange of 3/4" wide 18 ga. was welded to the front edge of the floor to support the front edge of the panel.
All that remains is to weld three more flanges to fully support the panel and add some sheet metal screws. The cable will need to be threaded into the channel and attached a bracket which will be welded to the channel. A solenoid will also be added.
It was warm today and I had a couple of hours after work. Decided to build some hood spring tools to save some money over buying them. I got one built and tried out. It works, but I am not sure how robust it is. I don't need it allowing the spring to shoot off once the car is painted. I will probably break down and buy one.
The evening wasn't a total waste. The downstairs bathroom sink has had a loose hot water handle since we moved in. I could never figure out how it attached. Since it wasn't very loose, I just let it go. Tonight, when I went to clean up, it popped off in my hand. So I had to figure out how it worked. Turned out to be a pretty easy fix. The handle is tight now.
I have also attached the dash layout I have assembled. I will be buying the stereo later this week. Next week I should have all the holes laser or water jet cut.
These two cars just jumped out and grabbed me. I don't ever remember seeing examples of these cars before today. I doubt I will ever see them again.
The first one is a 56 Pontiac two door station wagon. Not a Safari (Pontiac Nomad). A true 2 door Poncho wagon. I have always had a soft spot for Pontiacs. No price. Wish I didn't have the 41. I would have brought this one home today!
The other one is a 62 Corvair Monza. 4 speed car with factory air. How many of those were built? How many are left? This is another one where I wished I had the time, space, and money. $1000.