Today I put another day in on the '55, getting the driver side panel made and started the middle area. Since I'm thinking of putting a fuel cell in the trunk I don't want to have to reach behind it for the shocks, not that those should be a frequent thing to need to service, but I thought I'd have some fun with rear fire wall and make them accessible through the cabin. I'm still contemplating whether to make a door or removable panel or just leave it open. I'm thinking to leave it open as I write this, but in my quick sketch I was thinking about a removable panel.
Taking any available moment to work on this, today I added a cross bar under the package shelf along with some gussets and welded that in. I'll be adding braces to the package shelf to this, too, to help tighten the body up. I figure with all the 'glass parts it'll need all the help it can get. I also tested out my new harbor freight hand brake and bent up some simple braces that a previous owner cut out of this car. I tied them into the tubs and started to make the sheet metal rear firewall.
I made some additional brackets to attach the cage to the body in more places. I like this as it really helps to tighten up the body. Also, last weekend I picked up some goodies from Edelbrock at their annual blowout sale. They had some really good deals.
Here are some pics of the interior patch pieces. I quickly made a cardboard template, used a hole saw to cut a hole in it for the roll bar and used tin snips so I could bend the panel to fit around the roll bar, then bent it back and plug welded it in place.