Welded in the passenger side connector today. Then cut out the tunnel.
I will be keeping this section, it is done alright and seems to be 'enlarged' for a bigger trans already. I will be trimming it up cleaner, this is just a rough cut.
Current state pic. Passenger frame boxed in and connect fully welded in.
The tunnel, you can see the many patches on top of patches to make up the tunnel shape. Again places seem cut and stretched to accommodate a bigger trans.
The cross member was cut out at one time. Then replaced really well.
There was only one spot weld holding what was left of the cross member to what was left of the tunnel. Once I popped the cross member out there was a more recent patch in a perfect shape for a shifter to pass threw and in about the right spot.
So Its got me to wondering if there was a V8 with a manual in this car already at some point. I am going to take a closer look around the pedals to see if there are any signs of another pedal being in there at some point.
Besides some trimming and cleaning I think I am finally at the point where I quit going backwards. The next step right now is the cross member. I will use the chunk I saved out of the tunnel for a general template for the new one. Looking up specs it seems the aod and c4 are close in length from flange to mount, I believe only 5/8-3/4" difference. So I guess I will keep the new cross member in the same place as the old one, just better and a little more clearance.