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Today 03:35 PM
496CHEVY3100 Could be worse late model Vettes and Canaros you have to pull the body off the frame to replace engine and on the vette ,you have to separate body to change the clutch or trans,
Today 03:31 PM
123pugsy
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Originally Posted by John long View Post
On many of the older cars, Ford included, the transmission came out through the floor board.



John
Holy snap! Thru the floor??? Crazy!
Today 03:30 PM
496CHEVY3100 With a Hurst or Muncie shifter you would not need one ,buy with a 5 speed or 6 speed from a late model with shifter in top of transmission case it would be MUCH easier, ,similar to the 72 chevy truck I am working on now ,,I pulled the motor and tran as a unit ,but I replaced the engine ,the transmission would NOT go back in had to remove the plate so transmission would go high enough without shifter base hitting floor

also bellhousing bolts are easy to reach especially the top.
Today 03:21 PM
John long
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I'm just curious as to why the tranny would need a removable cover.

Do standards have something that is impossible to reach or something?
On many of the older cars, Ford included, the transmission came out through the floor board.

I have not measured close enough to know if there would be any issues with the Chevy but I doubt it.

John
Today 02:11 PM
123pugsy I'm just curious as to why the tranny would need a removable cover.

Do standards have something that is impossible to reach or something?
Today 12:58 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by 1971BB427 View Post
Can't believe how close your repairs are to finishing the major rust issues! Amazing how much you've gotten done in such a short time!
Just wondering, when you start a project like this, how you decide where to begin? I'd still be looking at it, and trying to figure out what part to start on!
Sorry but I overlooked this earlier.

My first priority was to create a solid foundation to build back too. That is why I started with body mounts and inner rockers as well as removing and replacing the lower inner quarters. Once there is structure available to build to, the panels can be fabricated and fitted.

John
Today 12:55 PM
boothboy When the first Mustangs came out I remember having to beat the crap out of the floor with a rubber mallet to keep the floor pans from making noise. I often wondered if the owners wondered what all the small dents were all about.

BB
Today 12:50 PM
John long
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John I think you are right on the money as to why Chevy did not create a removable panel on the floor. Convertably need as much metal integrity as the can get. Driving down the road with the floor going "pluuk-pop" is a tad annoying.

BB
Thanks BB. I do like the detail in it anyway. If for some reason it ever haves to be opened up it can be done in such a way that it looks factory instead of cobbled up. In the mean time all the strength will still be there.

John
Today 12:40 PM
boothboy John I think you are right on the money as to why Chevy did not create a removable panel on the floor. Convertably need as much metal integrity as the can get. Driving down the road with the floor going "pluuk-pop" is a tad annoying.

BB
Today 12:24 PM
John long Ok. I know you guys are just dying to know what I did.

I took my template and laid out a pattern for removable cover which can be cut out at a later date.....transferred that to a piece of 18 ga and roughed in the trans hump.

I believe I will leave it at this for now and Epoxy prime the three pieces before I punch the holes for the plug welds. That will give me fresh clean metal to weld through.

John



Today 10:36 AM
John long
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Originally Posted by 496CHEVY3100 View Post
John ,you should not need the access panel ,Chevys with a Big Block and a 4 speed Never break ,do they,
There you go. I like the way you think.

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That's what anti-seize is for. I doubt John's car will see enough weather to rust much either.
Good point and I used quite a few nutcerts in the roadster. The one disadvantage is they do not allow the panel to sit all the way flush. I am more concerned about the cowl rigidity than anything. To put a V8 in an old Chevy requires cutting the vertical supports off the firewall. Not good on a convertible with no roof for support. I am going to try to compensate for that when I get out to the firewall body mounts.

Even though the car will not see a lot of moisture, I don't like the idea if water running into the over lapped area either.

John
Today 10:17 AM
Too Many Projects
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nutsertsare great but tend to spin out when they get rusty so Jclips would be my choice no special tools just drill a hole and slip the clip over the edge ,you would also have an adjustable threaded hole for the bolts to help with lining it up..J clips are the threaded clips used to mount fenders on ...
That's what anti-seize is for. I doubt John's car will see enough weather to rust much either.
Today 09:15 AM
496CHEVY3100 John ,you should not need the access panel ,Chevys with a Big Block and a 4 speed Never break ,do they,
Today 08:47 AM
John long I really appreciate the input on this guys. It is cool to hear all of the ideas. I went to sleep last night thinking about what I wanted to do here.

I wondered why my convertible did not have a removable trans cover when many of the Chevies did. I think maybe GM did that to increase the rigidity of the convertible cowl section.

Here is what I think I will do. I am going to take my stepping die on my bead roller and "emboss" an area that would be the removable portion of the cover but not cut it out. If the day comes that I need to take the top off I will cut it out with my plasma cutter. I can then make a "lid" for the opening and install it with drill screws, J-nuts, nutserts, or whatever.

Hopefully, this leaves the maximum strength in the cowl and still provides access in the future with a finished look if needed.

I will post pictures for your thoughts.

John
Today 07:50 AM
1971BB427
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The front pans are fitted and I have the transmission hump template ruffed in. it appears this section is going to be very straight forward.

John



Can't believe how close your repairs are to finishing the major rust issues! Amazing how much you've gotten done in such a short time!
Just wondering, when you start a project like this, how you decide where to begin? I'd still be looking at it, and trying to figure out what part to start on!
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