It's now four months later, and I'm finally getting a little work done on the car again. These past couple of days I figured out where and how I was going to mount front shocks on this car. The pics should explain it, and once I have shocks I can build the upper mounts. I went with those Competition Engineering 3 way adjustable ones. They look like they'll fit, ha ha
I spent my labor day making a frame for the cooling fans. It's basically done, but I don't have all the fasteners I want to use, so it's mocked in place for now, complete with clamps holding the bottom.
Minor update on the '55 today- I made the cable straps for supporting the cowl. I ended up turning my own bungs that I welded onto my hoop supports using leftover material from the original 1957 truck axle drag link that's under my car. That must have been made with some hard material because I had a difficult time tapping it to create threads to bolt into. I felt like I was going to break my tap, so I had to go really slow and make very small passes and constantly oil it. I added some eye hooks to help keep the cables in control when the cowl is down, and they see to work well. They barely deflect the cable when the cowl is up, so very little tension is on them.
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.