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04-07-2013 06:57 PM 1930u Fabricating for Panhard Bar
One of the items Iíve been waiting to install is the panhard bar. I had thought it out when the frame was bare but wanted to have the suspension loaded with the body, engine and trans in place before making up the track bar. Since Iím using the old school Olds/Pontiac rear end I have limited space under the carÖso I knew this was going to be a chore to make sure there were no interference issues when the suspension loads and unloads.

I started out with a piece of 5/16 plate steel and decided to make a rod end mounting bracket that would bolt right on the front of the 3rd member. I made a rough pattern using card board stock and then used a torch to cut the raw shape. Then I transferred the pattern shape and mounting holes onto the plate steel using an old Bridgeport mill I bought a few years ago. Iím still learning how to use the mill and this may be the best part Iíve made so far. It took me a long time to get the plate all trimmed, drilled and slotted to fit the front of the third member but I got it done. I used a shock mount stud as the main pivot point placing it in the center above the axle housing.

Here are this weekends Panhard pictures.


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04-03-2013 06:26 PM 1930u Bulk head connector
I plan to use this bulk head connector. The top two ports are for the A/C lines leading to and from the evaporator unit and the bottom ports are for the heater hoses. It is also possible to disassemble the connector nipples and install them individually at different locations on the firewall.


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04-03-2013 06:17 PM 1930u More A/C work and line routing.
The grill shell fits really well. I have several and the best one is metal instead of fiberglass. Iím going to try and form the grill mesh into a convex shape around the condenser. This will permit the grill shell to fit closer to the radiator mounting brackets and reduce the amount of metal I will use to extend the grill shell towards the engine. It will also make for a stronger overall assembly.

Also once I cut the A/C hoses to fit I will mark their position in the bead lock fittings and the local NAPA store is going to crimp them all for me.


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04-03-2013 06:01 PM 1930u- More A/C work and line routing
Now that everything is mounted I have started to figure out how to route all the barrier hoses. At first, I thought, I was going to have space issues and was thinking about using the reduced barrier hose and was really worried about the lines in and out of the condenser but so far so good. Iím not really trying to hide the lines and fittings but I did want to make sure the grill shell would look okay. Just a clean look without having the lines exposed.

I have a lot more work to do and will extend and lengthen the grill shell to hide the radiator mounting brackets and the condenser lines. I think these pictures will get the point across.


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03-23-2013 08:42 PM 1930u Remounted the A/C unit
I pulled the Super Frost unit back out and re-installed it. I like the horizontal position much better. I'm also going to use under dash mounted A/c diffusers. I can adjust the evaporator very easily. Now that it's all mounted I can work on the line routing.


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