! yeah it has been a very scary and rewarding project and starting with such a mess and building it from there makes it that much more satisfying....specially seeing peoples reactions!
Caper50-i wouldn't say I'm not afraid....but i also don't let fear hold me back...what's the fun in that!
2nd 66-The Frame is 2.5"x2.5" box with 1/8" wall, the fish plates are all 1/8" plate. my plan was always to drop a BBF in it and so i had planned to do a lot of chassis stiffening from the start, once i decided to go with the full frame it was a given that id have enough strength to harness the 460. surprisingly after each rail was completed they weighed in at 63lbs each.
Feb 28 2017
I ended up making it out to the garage today and finally tackled the vent cowl....this was a very worrisome section of my build...and with good reason, a bunch of the firewall flange is rotted out swell as the corners of the cowl drains
BUUUUUUT with my "all or nothin" attitude with this build i decided to bust out the plug weld cutter and go to town.....SOOOOOO MANY FLIPPING PLUG WELDS
the Tuna can is open....as i hold my breathe and hope for the best
PHEW! the lower pan was in excellent condition considering the rest of the car. just a bunch of leaves and sand from my blaster. needless to say this made me very happy!
with the direction i am heading with the car i decided to cut the "top hats" off and cap them with some plate and i will be designing and building and airbox that will actually mount from under the dash and utilize the vent cowl, i tacked them in real good and the seams will be covered with Seam Sealer (What do you all use for brush on Seam Sealer?)
once the top hats were sealed up i decided to repair the rotted corner, with a bunch of individual small pieces trimmed to fit i cut the rot out and added my fabricated patch.
next will be patching the left upper corner of the cowl.
the left lower corner of the cowl was just as bad as the right side so it will be nothing to patch that up.
that was my day in a nut shell haha, a lot of sitting and thinking about what i can do to be different than other builds. Tomorrow ill patch the corners and start building a new flange for the upper cowl to replace the plug weld pelted factory flange.
thanks for reading guys