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2 years into my 66 FB build

So I have been working on a 66 fastback C code for just over 2 years now and I'm finally at the point where it's starting to look like a car again. It's the classic build story... it started as a mostly complete car that I was going to get running and work on it as I drove it.
My first purchase was a fuel pump and battery and got the car running out of a gas can then I drove it a few miles only to discover it pulled to the right when going down the road and then hard left when I applied the brakes. Next purchase was an alignment tool and I corrected the pulling to the right and the braking pull to the left was greatly reduced. Checked the alignment once again and it was out of spec. After that I took a closer look at the suspension and found that everything was worn out.
That's when I started reading posts on this forum and that lead me to research how to improve and rebuild the front suspension. It looked pretty good on the outside... from 20 ft away! Here a a few pics of what I started with.
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So after reading "how to make it handle" on VMF I had to purchase an export brace and a straight bar.
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Then after reading more posts on VMF I realized that I needed torque boxes so I started to put those on... but wait I read another cool post about adding stiffness to your car by installing convertible inner rockers. I figured now was the time to add both.
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Looking good. Nice work on installing the convertible inner rockers and 2 piece torque boxes. I guess that means you will be buying new kick panels, door sills, and will be trimming the fastback fiberglass rear inner quarter panels. What are your plans for the suspension?
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I determined the front inner fender aprons were replaced at some time. I ended up removing the front driver side inner fender and the radiator support and replaced those parts with better Dynacorn parts. Before I re-attached the radiator support I spent some time smoothing out the inner fender panels. I added the gussets that tie the shock towers to the frame rails then I welded in the extra plate where the export brace mounts to the cowl. Besides some additional welding of suspension parts that were spot welded my front end should be optimized pretty well now.
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After sorting out the sheet metal in the engine bay and strengthening the front suspension mounting points, I read another interesting thread on VMF called "the best 200 mod ever" and after reading the 70 plus pages I just had to try that on my car. I ended up using the Toyota electric power steering parts and have a lot of info on that swap. I was real happy how that turned out because I kept everything that came stock on the car plus the motor is very well hidden.
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Updating the master brake cylinder, adding a hydraulic clutch master cylinder, plumbing new brake lines for adjustable proportioning valve and making new lines for the 4 wheel disk brakes. A couple pics of the engine bay in primer. I left the radiator support off until the very end. That it made it much easier to get in the bay and do the body work.
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When you decide to do things, you do them all the way! Looks good.
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Looking good. Nice work on installing the convertible inner rockers and 2 piece torque boxes. I guess that means you will be buying new kick panels, door sills, and will be trimming the fastback fiberglass rear inner quarter panels. What are your plans for the suspension?
Thank you, I did trim the fiberglass inner quarters I didn't have to trim off too much material to meet up to the convertible inners. As far as the suspension for the front I decided to do most of the common updates to the stock suspension. One inch Shelby drop, roller spring perches, adjustable lower control arms with rod ends, adjustable strut rods with rod ends, 1 inch anti roll bar, 620lb 1 inch lower springs, Bilstein shocks, quick steer idler arm and drag link, 16:1 steering box and a bump steer kit. It has about 3.5 turns lock to lock with EPS, should be fun to drive. For the rear I just went with 4.5 mid eyes so pretty standard in the back.
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Another suspension component I forgot to mention is the ZRay cross member. It was the first thing I purchased when I started on the upgrade and is a really sturdy part to tie the lower control arms together
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After sorting out the sheet metal in the engine bay and strengthening the front suspension mounting points, I read another interesting thread on VMF called "the best 200 mod ever" and after reading the 70 plus pages I just had to try that on my car. I ended up using the Toyota electric power steering parts and have a lot of info on that swap. I was real happy how that turned out because I kept everything that came stock on the car plus the motor is very well hidden.
I like what you did there. Clocking the motor "up" really tucks it up out of the way

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I like what you did there. Clocking the motor "up" really tucks it up out of the way

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Now that I have it mounted in the car (for hopefully the last time) everything does just fit with enough room for the vent and emergency brake. I mounted the controller on the wiper motor frame and the wire that goes between the EPAS and the controller plugs in like it was made for the car.
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