I picked up some 20 gauge sheet metal and started the upper and lower consoles for the interior. I thought of 2 ways to do this and I think covering the hump is better than trying to build something to go on top of it. I mounted them with slotted holes to allow for the future installment of the sound deadening and the carpet thickness. I'm about halfway done with the metal fabbing part. There's still 2 more parts to do. After they are made they will be covered with real imitation leather with Cherrywood inserts. The overhead console will have Cherrywood on each side of it but I haven't any idea what I will mount in there yet other than a small speaker. The center piece is for the satellite radio with a spot for sunglasses. This will also be a Cherrywood insert.
Today would of been my Mom's 80th birthday. Happy Birthday Ma!! We all miss you so much!!
I got the motor and trans installed now and the cab on the frame. I wanted to be sure there was plenty of clearance on the firewall for the motor. I also installed the sway-bar. Good thing the Pontiac sway-bar fits. The pontiac one is 1 1/4" thick compared to the stock truck one that is quite a bit thinner around 3/4". Next thing to do is some sheet metal work in the interior of the cab.
Finshed the front of the sub-frame to have the exact same mounting locations for the Rad support, Power Steering etc... Each piece had to be fabricated and it sure took some time around 80 hrs to do. Next is to drop the motor in and fabricate the exhaust system.
Now that the motor work is done I figured it's time to do the front of the frame for the rad & core supports. I took me some time to figure out how to do this since everything will have to be hand made. Its been a slow process but its going good and I have to bend the piece for the driver's side off the frame for the steering box. I got them parcially welded in so they won't distort while I cut for the core supports.
I got the motor and the transmission mounts done yesterday. I had to fabricate my motor mounts (pic has one done the other has to be ground down). I had to cut the trans brace and then box it in for the plate that the trans mount sits in. She is all welded and the motor sit in it perfectly with lots of room for the exhaust etc...