Today I tacked the spring perches to the axle after setting the pinion at the (hopefully) correct angle. I happily discovered that the driveshaft, the original, but with a new yoke at the front for the 4L60 trans, is now an inch too long. This is a good thing, as it needs to have a new yoke at the rear to accept the correct cross for the new axle, so it's good it's an inch too long!
The new axle, an '93 Roadmaster wagon with limited slip, is just over an inch wider than the original. While the tires clear the inner fenders OK, the fender skirts don't. So, I trimmed the lip back at the bottom, leaving only 1/4", removed the center clamp rod, and made a simple bracket at the back to bolt to the bottom of the quarter panel behind the wheel opening. It'll work, just have to have a 7/16" wrench to unbolt it.
I may modify the wheels by moving the rim inward on the center to get a little more clearance if need be, but I won't if it's not needed.
Next week I can get the driveshaft done, rebuild the brakes and hopefully get it back together. Has to be done by the middle of May for our first trip towing the trailer.
I guess I coulda added a pic of the car now, w/s chopped and ready for paint/final body work. The original top, which needs to be chopped, and have the rear window area reworked, is way back in a corner. Out of sight, out of mind...
I've got too many projects. Just got my "new" car, an '06 Merc Milan finished up, and have the Diamond T all apart, getting ready to start blasting the chassis and suspension parts. The 6.0 is out, been soaking it with degreaser, anticipating getting it cleaned, painted and detailed so it can go back in once the frame is painted. The wiring I have all sorted out and labeled, so I think I'm good to go there. You'd think that would be enough, but NOOOO...
I've been thinking about what to do with the T'Bird now that the w/s is chopped, er, actually, sectioned down into the cowl. It looks great, but now the question is, "What to do with the top?"
I really, really, REALLY don't like the lines of the original top with it's huge, thick "C" pillar, which will look even worse with the 2" chop. In addition, the little ledge or whatever, above the inset rear window, looks wrong now to me as well. What to do?
A great artist here in Michigan, Steve Brown, is working up some sketches for me, to help out. Looks like I'm going to do something like an early 60's Caddy top and back glass. Here's some intial artwork...
This morning I made the brackets for the '47-53 Chev pickup bumpers I got from "Chevs of the '40's". These things look GREAT, look like they were made for the Diamond T body. Perfect chrome, I am very impressed with them. Best part, $300 bucks for the pair, brand spank'n new!
Just came in from modifying the front crossmember to accept the LS1 'Vette motor mounts. These have big rubber/oil filled biscuits which need a flat pad to set on. Happily, the enginde set right on top of the new crossmember. All I had to do was notch it, hammer the top section down flat, box it back where the notch is, and now, drill the holes for the single thru bolt.
Also boxed in the notch I'd had to cut in the rails to clear the exhaust manifolds. Looks much better, like somebody cared, rather than hack out a section with the torch. Who, me?