Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Right, so the cars honestly going to just be a driver, nothing crazy as far as now, as this is my first build. Just the stock 351C with some cams is the powerplant and I'll have to research what manual trans I can mate to it.
So the connection point from where I'm going to cut the car off is right at the firewall, so firewall forward will be gone. I'll post a pic below, but the point at which I am connecting the tubes to is a few inches forward from where the floor support begins. So I'll push a 1/8in thick box thats at least 8in long that I fabricate to fit within the frame and I'll seam weld the tubes to the box... thats once I find the right geometry of the tubes compared to original frame which I just about have. Then I'll just cut a couple spot weld holes throughout the box, weld those up to the frame and seam weld the edging of the box to the frame. After that I'll create a plate for the front of the connection, cut holes for the pipes and weld it up to the original frame to further strengthen the support for the rails.
Vega sounds like you have the experience, does that sound like a proper plan to you, if you can picture it? (By the way, whats up? I had talked to you a lot about bending tube a little while back). I'm working with a guy who has built plenty of drag cars with tubed frames so he's giving tips.
Tubes a 1-5/8 DOM .120 wall for the rails.
I bought this car off a craigslister, (yes sends shivers down your spine as soon as I say that, right) from what I could see looked pretty good, and to quote the seller "theres one hole the size of a golfball in the wheel well, other then that easy project". So... now I'm here... trying to bring her back to life.