I made a core support, and the support rods to mount the radiator to the car. It's suspended with rubber bushings both underneath and between the support rods to avoid any work hardening and ultimately cracking of the aluminum radiator. I flattened the rod ends down to make the flange areas with a hammer and the help of a map gas torch. I also made the core support removable as well which will make life easier when removing the engine again, or just working on the car. And, I made some braces to support the lower grill areas which will keep them from smashing into the core support itself.
- painted the engine accessory brackets
- made the steel plates for the top of my front leaf springs. I didn't install these as I'm still waiting (on backorder) for the 2 degree shims for my front axle to set the proper caster angle. Current ETA is mid September. I figure I'll do that all at one time.
- installed the rag joint and modified my steering shaft to accommodate. But I didn't like it. The rag joint will need support and bracing, and it created fitment issues, too. I could fix them, but decided to abort. So while looking for a replacement DD shaft, I saw that Speedway sells a collapsible shaft which I like and will fit perfectly in my car, so I'm going with that.
- Located where my radiator will fit. I got lucky with this one. It just fits. Height, width, everything. At the moment I have some brackets welded in for the bottom, and will need some top supports that I'll get to in the near future.
- Fabricated and installed my hoop supports. I'll use these to help support the radiator, and make cables or something for holding the cowl.