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Old 11-21-2011, 06:31 PM
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OK, here's the picture post.

I started the weekend with a simple transmission mount

What Jag gave me to work with


Donor steel


One of the holes is chevy made


Second part


Welded and bolted in place on the trans with rubber pucks mocked up. There will be a body side mounting surface where the silver washer is.

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Old 11-21-2011, 06:32 PM
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Last time I tried a square crossmember and hated it. I tried round this time and didn't really like it much either.



A plain bench seat just doesn't feel right. It needed to be bucket-like.

Time to break out the Horrible Fright pipe bender








Better. ...but I didn't like the tube just going over and tieing in to the frame on the outside







I didn't really know what to do with it back in the corner, so I just bent it down..it will disappear under the seat cushion







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Old 11-21-2011, 06:33 PM
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I realized that I really couldn't finish the seat frame without doing the front half of the spring boxes. They had to be there before the seat gets welded in.

The U-shaped section is where the front of the leaf spring sits.





I doubled up on the spring holder




I went ahead and gusseted the tube that this piece welds to at the front...because I have no idea what kind of loads this suspension places on the frame.









I melted the rubber pad under the spring...oops!
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Now I could put the seat frame in place.







Time to make a second one. ...that is a little skinnier (I offset the engine and the trans to the passenger side so that I have plenty of foot room).







For the heck of it, I propped up a 36 ford truck grill to see what it looked like.



I did more, but don't have pics ...my camera bit the dust at the Turkey Drags on Saturday.
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Old 11-22-2011, 08:39 AM
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Oh yeah, I replaced the melted rubber pads under the front of the leaf spring with a 3/4 eurothane pad (jeep body mount). I put a jack under the rear axle and jacked up the back of the car. The rear rim was about 3 inches below the frame rail without engine weight, gas tank or people. I'm probably gonna have to tweak something to raise the rear enough to be driveable.
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Old 11-24-2011, 04:30 PM
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At the front of the seat, there will be a verticle sheetmetal piece. The sheetmetal will wrap around the corners and tie into a verticle support on the frame on the outside and be the lower part of the driveshaft tunnel on the inside.
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I think that '36 grille looks great!
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This build has came a long ways..... Looking better and better everyday..
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For the heck of it, I propped up a 36 ford truck grill to see what it looked like.



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Somebody posted a pic of a cute car in Auatralia that has a look similar to what I think the 36 truck grill would look like all cut down. What do you think?
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Old 12-11-2011, 11:14 AM
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Oh yeah, I picked up a used single chamber flowmaster muffler that I may use on Roofus. I was sticking it where my dad's hand is in the pic below. I would probably modify the "out" side to have two of the 2" pipes that go through the frame and then merge before they enter the cone shaped tailpipe. For the "In" side, I plan on merging the pipes before they get to the muffler.



I've never put a muffler that close to the engine before, not sure what it will do to the sound/flow.
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Old 12-21-2011, 07:16 AM
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After my camera died, I snapped a few pics with my phone. I just now figured out how to get them to my PC hard drive....

This is where I put a cushion on my "seat" and mocked up the steering wheel again to see how much things had changed from the previous mock up. The real seat puts me farther back than the bomber seat did (a good thing)









Hopefully I will get some quality time to work on stuff after Christmas.
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Old 12-31-2011, 11:18 PM
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Where I started this trip. I decided the drivetrain needed to be tucked up inside the car. I pulled out thje 1.5" spacers that were under the frame.





I went ahead and mocked up the single chamber flowmaster where it would fit under the hood.




I made a hole in the firewall for the steering column




this neat little piece from the jag donor still fits


going from the column to the rack looks like it will be easy


It feels right


I decided that I really needed to know the body shape before I could mount the brake pedals (one of the things I needed to finalize the seat design)

Time for the "real mock-up". I tried the cadillac track nose again...this time I turned the hood around. The lower edge of the hood points toward the cowl now. A front door skin is now the hood. a piece of the rear door skin is the cowl.








The grill looked like it would work.


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Old 12-31-2011, 11:19 PM
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Also, decided to find a use for the fenders










decided to try and use more of the fender. The wheel opening is now the door opening.




The car is 14 feet long! It is starting to look fast.


I wasn't happy with the fender top as a cowl. The transition from hood to cowl to body didn't flow good enough. I went back to the rear door piece.
fender


door








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Old 12-31-2011, 11:20 PM
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I raised the door opening


insert motor noises


The curves all line up


Time to cut down the rear door piece to eliminate the overlap


tacked to the hood (door)






The fender looks good in pics, but the contour under the chrome would be a pain to deal with and it really didn't match the curve of the chassis. Bring back the 1979 jaguar XJS roof




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Old 12-31-2011, 11:22 PM
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It needs hood sides. VW squareback hood to the rescue








This thing is a movie set prop. Only one side is mocked up


side re-positioned








it's got room under the hood even with the raised motor position
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