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01-09-2008 08:06 PM Radiator mounting
Photo # 1 - The radiator bracket bolted together and welded to the chassis.

Photo # 2 - Another shot of the radiator bracket. You can also get a good look at the completed "pass through" for the radiator hose (arrow).

Photo # 3 - A shot of the bracket and mounted radiator.



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01-09-2008 08:04 PM Radiator mounting
Photo # 1 - Before fabricating the radiator mounting brackets I must first mount the fan onto the back side of the radiator so I can get it correctly positioned out of the way of the front axles. I fabricated these fan brackets from hardware salvaged from an old hide-a-bed I dismantled. (I never throw ANYTHING away.)

Photo # 2 - Here are a couple more hardware pieces out of the hide-a-bed that I will use for the radiator mounting brackets. I really liked the lower one because of the curve - it adds a little more interest than just using straight flat stock.

Photo # 3 - These are the pieces I cut for the lower portion of the mounting bracket.



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01-09-2008 08:02 PM Radiator mounting
Photo # 1 - The front end design requires that the lower exit pipe from the radiator be positioned at the exact height of the front frame cross member so that the radiator hose can pass directly through the cross member. This is necessary because the scrub line will not allow the hose to pass under the cross member and the axle position will not allow the hose to pass over the cross member - at least not without some very ugly routing problems. The "pass through" provides the cleanest look I could come up with.

To get the water through the cross member I first drilled this hole (arrow) through the frame with a hole saw.

Photo # 2 - I then cut a length of black pipe which will pass through the frame and provide enough length on each side to attach a hose connection. Note in this shot that I have welded and ground down a "blow off" lip around the end of the pipe to prevent the radiator hose from slipping off. I can not weld the lip on the other end of the pipe until it is inserted through the hole in the frame.

Photo # 3 - Shows the tube inserted in the frame and ready to be welded in place. The welded in pipe will prevent any weakening of the frame member resulting from the hole.



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12-20-2007 08:12 AM Overhead console
Photos 1-3 show the framework for the face of the overhead console going in. Note the mounting strip running along the top edge of the console which is flat up against the roof structure. This strip is for securing the front of the head liner. You will also note that the framework has been pre-drilled and taped for screws which will mount the oak face plate and the upholstered bottom of the console. There will be a number of items mounted in and on the console so I want easy access both from the front and from the bottom. In these cases I prefer screws to the more typical upholstery Christmas "trees" or tabs. I have a tendency to break the plastic trees over time and with heavy use (removal and re-installation) and I don't mind the look of nice mounting screws showing in this portion of the car.


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12-20-2007 08:11 AM Drive shaft tunnel
Photo # 1 - Here is a shot of the tunnel from the passenger side. Because the rear end is offset 2" toward the passenger side of the car, you will note a slight angle of the tunnel in that direction. This results in a very tight fit for the passenger side seat. So the tunnel had to be shaped to fit as close as possible to the drive shaft. In addition, when the final drive shaft is fabricated, I will have the shop make it out of smaller diameter tubing than the stock drive shaft I am using for the mock up so that there should be adequate clearance inside the tunnel.



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