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Part 15: Remote Hydraulic Tilt Front Clip III
The front clip -- fenders, hood, and nose piece -- have been welded together. The following pics show the boxed in areas where the front clip will rest in the closed position on rubber cones in recessed steel cups. The steel cups were welded into the boxed clip areas and the rubber cones were bolted to the lower boxed portion at the firewall. The last pic shows the clip in the closed position and fine tuning the gap alignment will be done later. Three inches of sheet metal was trimmed off the bottom fender fronts to allow the front clip to fully open, this also required some trimming in the wheel wells. Here's the front clip welded together.
Here's the upper fender clip areas boxed with recessed cups.
Here's the lower fender to firewall boxed areas with rubber cones.
Here's the clip in the closed position.
Here's the front clip sandblasted, and the fender vents filled.
The left rear fender was widened two inches at the tail light tapering inward towards the door and welded in place. The right fender is still being worked on.
UPDATE: After 5 months of waiting, the custom-made Corvette-style side pipes have arrived from California. They are 4" chrome tubes with internal mufflers and will bolt to the block hugger headers via a homemade collector and flange. I'm removing and replacing each side rocker with a 5" piece of steel pipe cut lengthwise down the middle. Each halved piece of pipe will be mounted concave and welded lengthwise below the doors between the front and rear wheel wells. The exhaust tubes will then mount inside the halved pieces of 5" pipe making the exhaust flush with the side of the car, thus eliminating burnt legs when getting in or out of the car.
Click here for Part 16: Patching, Trimming, and Filling
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