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Old 09-13-2016, 04:23 PM GhEttOrAiD is offline  
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Final body fitment is done - everything lines up beautifully. Took way too many weekends to accomplish this, but it worked out in the end.

Floors next - then steering.



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Update:

Floors are in and seat mount/riser have been fabricated.

This was last section standing that I hadn't removed yet. THought about keeping it in as it wasn't hurting anything - but Fuck it...don't cut any corners. Out it goes.


Took longer to do than I had hoped. There was some reinforcement underneith due to seat pan sitting on it that gave me a little bit of a headache. Could have done it in a matter of a few minutes, but I wanted to salvage the pan as much as I could.


Even with bead rolling the floor pans, they needed some substance underneith. Steel had more flex in it than I wanted. I pillaged some flat stock from my ex-wifes father's shop.


Outside of simple straight lines, I've never really messed with bead roller. I may have gotten a little carried away. Especially for something that will be hidden under fat-mat and carpet.






Next up was seating position and height. I figured out where I wanted to sit, and a seat angle that was comfortable. After pulling the seat in and out a dozen times, I figured out how I wanted to make the seat riser/support, and started fabricating. Not the prettiest thing in the world, but it works. I'm going to try to put a skin on it this weekend to dress it up and hide the uglyness a bit. Made 2 of these obviously.






The only problem I foresee is that I had to set up steering with my existing seats, which are stock Model A seats with stock springs. I'm not going to run these seats as I can get my ass lower by using high density foam, allowing me to eventually chop the car. I couldn't chop car with these seats without ruining my head and neck every time i hit a bump. My seating position will change. HOpefully not drastically. If it does, I'm sure I can modify everything slightly to adjust.

Not a bad view from my seat!
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Jesus fuck, is it really you, root?
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what im not root

So, clawmarks and dualboot mean nothing to you?
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We making a love connection in this thread?

Car is coming along great man. I'm still on the fence about starting to mod the hell out of mine. Bonus drops in 3 weeks and I'm having a hard time not wanting to get back in the garage and get down to business. Your thread isn't making it any easier. I miss wrenching...
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We making a love connection in this thread?

Car is coming along great man. I'm still on the fence about starting to mod the hell out of mine. Bonus drops in 3 weeks and I'm having a hard time not wanting to get back in the garage and get down to business. Your thread isn't making it any easier. I miss wrenching...

Shit...you miss it and i'm getting tired of it and burned out. Spending practically every weekend on it. Didn't get to do much this last weekend because i jacked my neck up. Just got steering marked where I need to cut in the frame and thats about it. Won't be working on it this upcoming weekend due to a big car show on Saturday and a scheduled photoshoot on Sunday.

I'll be back to tearing things up, catching myself on fire, and accidental mishaps with cutting stones the week after that.

Once steering is set up, i'm blowing the whole car apart and painting chassis, and maybe body. I can't decide if i just want to paint chassis gloss black and leave body as is for now. Or find a single stage paint in the color i want, paint the chassis that color, strip the body and paint it as well while its off the frame.
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Yeah I know allllll about it. I spent 5 years building up my Lightning and I was in the garage 5 nights a week pretty much that entire time. It's been 4 years though, and I'm still a gearhead at heart. I can't let all these tools get rusty damnit.
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Update:

Steering is in...this was last part of build that really scared me. Used a 1955 Ford F100 Steering box. Its not the easiest, and not necessarily the most attractive, but in the traditional world, its the coolest. Its period correct for a 50's to 60's era build. Some people think the exposed steering arm outside of the frame is hideous...but to others, its cool as shit. I fall into the group where the exposed steering is cool as shit.

I had to cut out a portion of my boxed frame to recess the steering box, and used a wedge to angle it correctly after mounting it inside the frame rails. The steering arm needs to run at 90 degrees, and push and pull in a straight forward/backward motion. This task was a major pain in the ass, and took better part of an entire day to get it done and in. Only missing drag links to attach steering box to steering arm coming off the brake backing plate...should get this week.





The pitman arm was too tight of a squeeze between my wish bones. I had a buddy modify the pitman arm and remove the ball/socket joint, and weld on a tie-rod end. Parts are easier to find, and buys me a little space. We heated the arm up and bent it around and outside of my wishbones. Picture is misleading, it looks like its up against the wishbone, but there is room for tie-rod end.



Next...i don't have before pictures here, but I can find them if wanted - i filled in all of the holes on the firewall...cleaned up nasty cut ones, and made steel patches for bigger holes and all of the round holes with a punch for smaller ones and welded them in, and covered them up with filler and slicked them off. DIdn't do as good as a job as i thought I did. I was happy with the results until i put a layer of primer on them, then my percieved good job ended up looking like dog shit. After an entire day at shop, I didn't feel like stripping it off and starting over and said fuck it and put down a layer of ivory white on the firewall anyway. While there are flaws in it, its only temporary and after stabbing complete motor in there, along with eventual oil splatters, and burn marks from potential engine fires, you'll never notice the flaws.





AFter that, I tackled support and base for wall separating my cab from the trunk. Simple X Pattern for strength and gives me a base for a steel firewall as my gas tank will be mounted in the trunk.



Mounting gas tank was easy, but still took me longer than it should have. I was happy with it though. There is a curve in floor following the frame railes - so I just put 1" steel tubing to take out the curve and give a flat base to rest the 18 gallon fuel tank. As mount holes will be hard to reach, i welded bolts on the bottom going through to the top of the tubing...now all i have to do is tighten a some nuts on the bottom. I drilled 2 holes going through the uprights on the x-support and welded a nut to the cab side on those, so I just have to tighten a bolt on the uprights from the cab. Still going to be a tight fit, but its one less hand needed in a tight space. And hopefully once tank is in there for final time, i twon't have to come out for a very very very long time, or ever again.







Trying to button up the motor now. Needed some clutch parts before putting everything together one last time and putting motor in car for last time. Should have that done next weekend, then will be able to mount the radiator and grill shell. Then headlights after that...once headlights are done, i'll start looking at mounting tail ligths - using BLC 682c headlights, and 46 Buick tail lights. Should be pretty cool as long as i don't fuck it up.

Once lights are on car - i'm technically only electrical, a driveshaft, and running brake and fuel lines away from being able to drive the car. However, there is still much to do.
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When you buttoned up the clutch, what clutch did you use?

You're rockin' a muncie there, so I'm curious as to whether you went mechanical or hydraulic. I'm trying to convert the GTO with its muncie to a hydraulic clutch.
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I'm going with mechanical. Honestly, outside of driving a manual, I don't know shit about how to work on them or anything. This the first time I've ever touched a clutch wirh something other than my foot to a clutch pedal. I have no idea what I'm doing and learning as I go. Parts got delivered yesterday, and have no idea what to do with them. Hopefully I'll be able to figure it out this weekend.
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