Got the fenders, core support, and valance bolted on the car. Spent most of the afternoon on Saturday putting the hood together. The guy I bought it from disassembled it for shipping. Wasn't sure whether the hood would win or me. Finally got it together and on. Now I have to measure and plan how to get the radiator in.
Now that the MII hats are in their final resting place, the inner panels had to be cut to clear the new front suspension. I did the passenger side first. When I finished, I realized I could have been a bit more surgical. The driver's side went quicker and I think it is cleaner. When I finish them, they will look the same but the passenger side will probably take more work. This all leads up to the modification of the core support so the radiator and engine will clear each other.
Don came over after work. In short order he burned the MII hats to the frame rails. I will do the body and non-structural welding, but I prefer to have a pro do the critical welding like the front suspension. Anyway, we double checked the measurements before he started. We also checked them afterwards. Everything was within 1/16" or so. Don and I agreed it is probably better than most new cars. I can move on to modifying the inner fender panels now.
Removed the motor mounts. They are going to move back about 1-1/2" and were in the way of the new location for the MII hats. Measured, checked the shocks, measured some more, and then tack welded the hats in place. Then I did some quick and dirty checks of the camber and caster at ride height. If this didn't nail it nothing will. Don will be by tomorrow after work to finish welding them in place.
In preparation for moving the engine and tranny back, I trimmed out the cross member to clear the TH350 pan. The whole K-member is toast and will be replaced, so I gas axed it. This will let me mock up the engine location. I will replace it with a custom built piece once I am sure of where it will go.
Well, I haven't been able to work on the 41 for almost 3 weeks now. I finally told the contractor that I would be taking vacation time to help him finish our house. We got the walls finished. I did the tile work. My wife and I got it painted with some help of our friends. The carpet is finally in, so the furniture gets moved back this weekend. The outside still need to be finished and painted. I had to take all the trim off the north wall and re-do it.
I am going to fit the MII hats to the frame this long Labor Day weekend. Don will weld them permanently next Tues.