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Old 04-20-2011, 06:45 PM
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I started trying to put the jag firewall inside of my boattail. Jag was at least a foot wider. A sawsall can fix that.













kinda reminds me of beef in a meat packing plant




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Trim some more









Jag heater still fits






No telling how many times I removed and installed the floor and/or engine this past weekend. I quit counting after 15 or so times.

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The pile of parts kept getting bigger and the floor/firewall got smaller.



I decided I need to lower the motor to get the floor to fit better. First I had to install a crossmember unter the motor.



Chassis spaced up 1.5" = motor lowered 1.5"



Manifolds hit firewall now



...and the radiator and steering want to fight over the same spot



But the lower motor could allow a swoopier shape.






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I cut off the cowl too.









Manifolds clear now




I got frustrated with the trans tunnel and moved to the front of the car. I needed more beef to weld the front crossmember to. 1.5 angle attached with a ton of rosette welds.



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Old 04-20-2011, 06:50 PM
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I got tired of drilling holes, so I attacked the other pieces with a grinder. Slots should function the same as holes. Not sure if I can call the rosette welds or not.







Then I fitted the front crossmember better and welded it in.





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Old 04-20-2011, 06:52 PM
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The I dug into the stack of cop car roll bars again and cut out two bends.



and made a sleeve from another piece of rollbar (cut a section out and made a smaller tube)














Firewall is pretty beefy now. ...not sure if I'm gonna use the jag tunnel.







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Old 04-22-2011, 05:58 AM
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I was going to work on my car again this weekend, but......

.....mother nature gave me something else to do.







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Old 04-22-2011, 08:15 AM
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Bummer, hope it works out all well for you and you are sitting on the couch with a cold one by Sunday afternoon.

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Old 04-22-2011, 05:34 PM
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I'm ready for a cold one now! This tree is kicking my tail. ...but it is slowly making its way to the side of the road for the city to pick up. I'm not sure it it will be in little pieces by tomorrow night or not. I guess I will work at it after work next week.





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I've been thinking about the car some more. I was impressed with how well the firewall brace worked out, that I am thinking about using more cop-car roll bar. I was thinking a hoop behind the dash would be good. I want to mount it on top of the next node back from the firewall. It should do a good job of keeping my outer frame rails from ribboning(flexing side to side) and give me a covientent place to mount steering column stuff.

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Old 06-04-2011, 01:04 PM
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I found new Rally pics. I think this thing is going to lean towards being Rally inspired ....again.







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I went to dad's house for the long weekend. It took me quite a while to clear out a path to get the 48 out and free up some work room. My dad is pretty darn productive for a 73 year old....he tore down the wooden deck that was on the back of his house and built this (brickwork, iron railings...all of it)!

The new deck is impressive, but he left a heck of a mess in the shop (it is his shop after all).

I finally got around to my project. I am a little baffled about how to make the transmission tailshaft mount area beefy enough yet still have room for seats. I stuck the seats from the Dodge WWII ambulance in for mock-up. I think these are the same seats as went in the airplanes.




Insert your favorite racecar noises here.
Actually, I was really trying to figure out steering column placement so that I could make motor mounts.



It was not nearly as perfect for the 6' 6" 15 year old.
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I cut up another cop car roll bar for a dash support. Lots of stuff will be tied into this piece.

Here it is being mocked up.
straight up

angled forward



I figured out that I really needed to know what I was going to use for a steering shaft before I could do the motor mounts. I went to pull-a-part and found a shaft from a toyota four runner for the front u-joint and collapsible section and a 70's GM big car for some double D material.

The double D will go in the section next to the exhaust. Damn that is an ugly mock up!

In this picture, the motor is 1.5" too high.

The 2x4 got replaced by bailing wire once the dash support was welded in place


I have plenty of room below the shaft for a motor mount.


The barn was filled with racecar noises

I also dug out the cockpit mock-up pieces that I made a while back.
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Old 06-04-2011, 01:06 PM
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This is the new version of the "thinking chair"

and the views



It is a pretty nice spot to just chill and think up strange **** like this.... a floor buffer grill and wind deflectors (it is cast aluminum).

The center portion would be cut out for the grill shell.

The round part would be cut into semi-circles and mounted on the cowl.

...along the lines of this

I may end up saving this for a single seater build, That way the wind deflector could wrap all the way around the cowl.
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Old 06-04-2011, 03:30 PM
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I bet you were making car sounds while you were there.

Also, double roller gears with 4.6L mustang cam chain for stearing
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