Adding pics from what I mentioned in my last post- I also cut the side windows from a sheet of polycarbonate and have basically built the window tracks for them. It's like a hemi-dart style and I'll use a seatbelt strap for opening the window. I still have to cut the firewall and do some welding so I won't install these until after that, then can keep this project moving forward.
Small updates. While waiting for the engine to be built I did pick up the trans and clutch parts, and I'm working on the interior a bit- painting the inside area bit better, and adding some foam to the inner panels and roof area. it's a light weight foam with aluminum on it, which I've used before on other cars before. It helps reduce the tinny sound from sheet metal and reduces the heat coming in. I also cut the side windows from a sheet of polycarbonate and have basically built the window tracks for them. It's like a hemi-dart style and I'll use a seatbelt strap for opening the window. I still have to cut the firewall and do some welding so I won't install these until after that, then can keep this project moving forward.
Long overdue for an update. Man, time flies by when one isn't working on their car. OK, so this weekend I mounted the driver side inner window frame, and have ordered some generic window felt that should fit a half inch aluminum u shaped channel. the idea is to make some simple lexan windows like were used in Hemi Darts. They have a strap that locates the window either up or down. If I use velcro I could get more adjustment. Anyways, this is a very low priority, but something that's brewing in the back of my head as I work on this. I also have my rear axle back and installed again, and today I worked on mocking up my steering column inside the car. I also installed the foot pedals- the idea is that my engine should soon be ready and I need to know where I can and cannot cut my firewall out. So by having these parts installed will tell me where to not cut.
Minor things this weekend, I chopped down the attachment tabs on the headlight buckets so the chrome trim bezels now fit without floating in front of the car, and I trimmed back the fiberglass flange on the window and mounted the pass door window trim frame. I should have taken more pics, because there was a little more to it than just screwing it in. I also modified some speed nuts so the screws have something to bite into and epoxied those in place.
I took on a different project today and installed the headlight buckets. My car came with incomplete ones so instead of trying to hunt down parts and spend lots of time trying to restore them I just bought some repops. Glad I did because they're complete, but I'll have to modify the brackets for installing the trim as they are too long. Will do that another day. I also made some metal frames for the inside of the fiberglass shell to act as a big washer and disperse any loads/ stresses on the fiberglass. I wouldn't trust just tiny little washers on the edge of the fiberglass to last long very on the street.