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post #16 of 240 (permalink) Old 12-08-2012, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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Removed alot of the left overs from the quarter skin. I am going to have to patch the sail pannel where the inner seat belt attaches to the car, it is just a little thin in places. Removed some rear seat brackets, and the outter seat belt attachment plate. Got the area marked where the new inner wheel house will be sitting, and started removing the parts that are in the way. Removing 2" kinda gets the seat belt bolt hole about 1/2 way, the other side lost it's attachment point, this one will as well. Hopefully I'll get this part done before 2013, maby...
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post #17 of 240 (permalink) Old 12-18-2012, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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Was working on the frame notch, and trunk floor area this afternoon. I was able to get a little done, it was fun though. Made the outter frame filler, and tacked it into place. Removed the old trunk floor, which I used as a template to fit the new inner wheel house, and to help mark the new trunk floor. Cleaned up the frame rail and got it ready for some rust preventer on the inside. Went ahead and made the inner supports for the frame rail, and got them prepped with some weld through primer. Trimmed and test fitted the new trunk floor, which turned out nice, and it actually lined up with the gas tank holes, which is a plus. I have the rest of the year off of work, so I should be able to get some things done, hopefully...
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Welded my "gussett" into the frame rail, along with the internal beef up plates (@ the seams). Cleaned up my mess, and put more weld through primer on. Finished trimming and swiss cheesing the trunk floor and temp installed it with some self tapping screws. RE....installed the gas tank, and it is ready to be welded.
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Wow! I had forgotten about this thread, I haven't posted anything in over a year and a half.

Guess I'll hit some of the highlights...

All the metal in the rear is all completed
Installed convertible inner rockers and torque boxes
One piece floor pan



Ordered suspension stuff from SoT and mocked it up







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post #20 of 240 (permalink) Old 01-30-2014, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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Update continue...

Got some custom hoops



Some seats



I have been working on my cowl area for what seems like forever. I have the dash and all the other crunchy components bolted in place so I can route chassis beef up parts (Cage and such) in place. I have been using SN-65's chassis beef up recommendations for a guide. I will be working on bars in the very near future, so I'll attempt to keep this posting up to date a little better
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post #21 of 240 (permalink) Old 01-31-2014, 10:25 AM
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Wow, those wheels are nice! CCW?

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post #22 of 240 (permalink) Old 01-31-2014, 10:59 AM
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The wheels look like Formula 43's. Sweet build with some VERY high end parts! Keep the updates coming.



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Chillininnh, you are correct, RAD 14's in 18 x 9.5 / 18 x 12 ought to be just a little contact patch.

In the quest to fix the cowl area, I ended up replacing the lower A pillar (door hinge mounts)



and added some bracing to the cowl area, to hopefully make it just a little stronger




Cowl bracing with a pice of 1" x 1.5" x 0.120" wall tubing rolled to fit the upper firewall contour. I added threaded inserts for the export brace to bolt to.



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Working on seat risers lately. I had to chop my stock height seat risers an inch to gain a little more head room. I also had my seats made with a 5th seat belt slot, so the last time I had all of them in place, I marked the area where I wanted to put my seat belt mount. I rolled some 12ga CRS to a 4" round collar, and made four discs to use as big washers. I cut a 4" hole in the riser, fitted the collar and riser in the car to get an accurate position to mark the collar. Once it was all trimmed, I welded one of the discs in place and tacked the assembly to the riser.



Checked the fit just one more time, then fried the collar to the seat riser.



These risers had a brace in them, like the factory ones, which I had to remove to cut the risers down. I thought it would be fun to "slightly" modify them, and reinstall them. After a little bit of trimming, bending new tabs, and some de-burring it is just about ready to weld in place.



I need to finish the rear section as it needs some adjustments as well.
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Finished the rear brace modifications and fried it all in place.



Stuck the assembly back in the car to make shure it still fit. It did need some slight tweaking to make it sit flat to the floor, which was easy to do. I sheet metal screwed the riser back to the floor pan to drill the hole for the seat belt mount. Once it was all drilled and reamed to 7/16" I had to bolt it up to see how it fit.



There is a duplicate disc on the bottom that will sandwich the floor pan and be welded in place. I have the lower seat pans that will be installed at a later date. (just like a convertible) There might come a time that this mount might need to be accessed, so I plan on cutting another access hole in the lower pan, just in case. Hopefully the passenger side will be easier, since I have one to go by.
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Great build!

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Looks great!

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post #29 of 240 (permalink) Old 02-04-2014, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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The passenger side pan went much faster, since I had something to go by



It is all welded up, front and rear. Just needs a big hole and some braces, it will be ready to install, finally...
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Worked on my center beef-up that I removed from a new '68 convertible one piece seat riser. Thought I only had a little trimming left to do, NOT! Since I removed 1" out of my stock seat risers, they are about 3/4" narrower front to rear, so this thing had to shrink as well, or look stupid. After beating and cutting this poor thing to death, this is how it ended up.



I still have some filling in to do on the bottom side. I attempted to bend down parts of the original seat riser and not have a weld seam across the entire part, but it didn't work out that way. Kind of a shame to chop up a $150.00 seat riser, and this is all that is left of it. Oh well, it will serve it's purpose. The parts clear the seats, finally, still tight, but it will work. Get a few more fill in parts made, and it is prep and weld time. I will be glad to get this part of my project behind me.
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