Can you post some more detailed pictures of how you tied the 'A' pillar into the front of the frame? It looks like you went straight down after the window/door point, and then back up to
I would like to see how you tied everything in, including the 'cowl bar' with the tubes and heims supporting the engine bay.
Also why a solid 'B' pillar as opposed to a solid 'A' pillar with a top bar to receive an 'X' and crossbars to receive the shoulder harness. Easier packaging? Easier to line the 'A' pillar with the front frame rail?
Why a bolt in cage opposed to weld in? I can see why the 'feet' of the cage are essential, but why bolt in? Ease of instalation?
Sorry for all the questions, I'm new to cars and unibodys, but have built a few rock crawlers/tube buggys. Myself and my brother in law are building something similar, but in the '65 coupe flavor. Thanks for the help.
The cage isn't tied to the Monte Carlo bar attachments at the firewall.
Packaging played a major roll in the design. I think Ed wanted a single leg cage simply for looks rather than an "X". I asked the R&D guys about it and they weren't 100% certain the current design would not be added to down the road.
Ed plans on having Ron Mangus do the interior so he didn't want to be welding anywhere near the headliner. The cage will be removed and powdercoated as well. Nice hardware will replace the random zinc in the pics.
I snapped a few pics to show more detail.
Door bar connecting to "A" bar
Under floor plate for "A" bar
Overview of the roof bars from the passenger side
A Couple shots of the "B" bar from different angles
Under floor plate for the "B" bar
The down bars will eventually connect to the coilover crossmember here so you won't see a reinforcement plate underneath.