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07-07-2004 08:43 AM MII front X-member notes - 2
Here are a couple of photos of a finished installation. As you can see the auxiliary X-bar fits snuggly behind the main X-member so shouldn't interfere with oil pans etc. Once the car is together it is invisible.


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07-07-2004 08:39 AM MII front X-member notes - 1
I have commented on several posts that it is important to mount the strut rod bracket very strongly for safety. Photo 1 is of the raw MII taken out of the host car and ready to install on a hot rod frame. Note the rear X-bar between the strut rod mounts. This is an important piece in the entire system and should be used if at all possible.

Photos 2 and 3 show how I modify the rear X-bar to fit a rod frame. Cut the ends off, bolt them to the frame using the stock rubber donuts and grade 8 1/2" bolts, reshape the bracket so the strut rods go into the stock holes properly then weld a piece of 2" square, 1/8" wall tubing between the ends. This guarantees that the front end will be very strong, safe, and trouble free.


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07-04-2004 07:09 PM '53 AD extended cab how-to27
Here is the wheel with the bondo and ready to prime and begin the finishing process. It will be painted yellow. Note the white areas that are cracks repaired with Eastwood's epoxy putty.



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07-04-2004 07:00 PM '53 AD extended cab how-to26
I got back to the steering wheel project. I tried stripping it with paint stripper but it didn't touch the urethane red I had put on several years ago not the gray stuff that GM put on at the factory. I don't know what that gray stuff is but it sure isn't paint! Only way to get it off was to sand it.

I made an adapter from 18 ga steel. Photo 1 shows drilling a center hole w/ a 1 1/4" hole saw. Photo 2 shows the OD being fitted to the steering column. Photo show the adapter epoxied to the wheel and bondo added to smooth the transition.


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07-04-2004 06:52 PM '53 AD extended cab how-to25
Here is the headliner glued together ready to try in the cab. Once fine tuned, the joints will be bondo'd and smoothed ready for cloth covering.


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