Drag Racing Tech - My Cowl & Radiator support removal pictures




SMKN TA 95
12-20-2006, 02:52 PM
Here lately, I decided it was time to finish up the rest of the fabrication on the front end of my car. To fit my Victor Jr, 2" spacer, and Wison Dominator flange TB, I needed to remove the cowl/windhield area. Alot of cars have it slightly trimmed to fit, but IMO that looks like crap that anybody can do.

I cut out the amount that I needed, and then welded back in a new piece of 16 ga steel. It wasnt too bad, but it wasnt the worst thing I have done to this car. I had a friend come over and weld up the sheet metal since I havent welded too many things that thin. Thicker stuff is fine, but this thin metal is a PITA to weld. I have since gotten the area all filled and sanded down, primed and ready to be painted. Looks alot better now with the filler and primer all on it.

I also cut out the lower radiator support too. I wanted to run a different radiator so it needed to go. Just a few days ago, I had the tubing bent and installed it. I will have some pictures of that up soon too.

BTW, I did everything except for the welding part as I dont have that much experience welding sheet metal

http://www.9handsracing.com/brian/Frontend%20Fab%20work/DSC01332.JPG

http://www.9handsracing.com/brian/Frontend%20Fab%20work/DSC01334.JPG

http://www.9handsracing.com/brian/Frontend%20Fab%20work/DSC01335.JPG

http://www.9handsracing.com/brian/Frontend%20Fab%20work/DSC01337.JPG

http://www.9handsracing.com/brian/Frontend%20Fab%20work/DSC01338.JPG

http://www.9handsracing.com/brian/Frontend%20Fab%20work/DSC01341.JPG

http://www.9handsracing.com/brian/Frontend%20Fab%20work/DSC01342.JPG


SLowETz
12-20-2006, 03:47 PM
THAT's :pimp: :cool:

fitz98ta
12-20-2006, 03:56 PM
thats a lot of tape!!!!!! :)


lookin good man


crazboy99
12-20-2006, 04:04 PM
looks like my roommates car....its been like that for about a year...looking good...bet youll be done before he is

mdacton
12-20-2006, 04:15 PM
very nice work...But damn you got $50 in tape
looks good

stevemilz
12-20-2006, 05:50 PM
Here's mine with a 2" Spacer

http://img65.imageshack.us/img65/4638/stevemill1dg6.th.jpg (http://img65.imageshack.us/my.php?image=stevemill1dg6.jpg)

http://img65.imageshack.us/img65/5136/stevemill2ft8.th.jpg (http://img65.imageshack.us/my.php?image=stevemill2ft8.jpg)

stroked30th
12-20-2006, 06:22 PM
I've just recently finished my cowl as well. I'm also cleaning up the left side of the cowl; that area is a bit harder to form the metal to.

By the end of the weekend I hope to have a smoothed out engine compartment, all holes have been welded and smoothed. Should look real clean when painted.

tektrans
12-20-2006, 08:06 PM
VERY nice work.

Brady
12-20-2006, 08:49 PM
Wow, did you have Todd come over and tape all that up? Looks :cool:

We did ours a little different, we block ours off at the firewall, that gives us plenty of room for a distributor... apples : oranges :)

http://teamprickracing.com/firebird6/DSC01639.JPG

http://madmancoracing.com/firebird6

SMKN TA 95
12-20-2006, 09:32 PM
Wow, did you have Todd come over and tape all that up? Looks :cool:

We did ours a little different, we block ours off at the firewall, that gives us plenty of room for a distributor... apples : oranges :)

http://madmancoracing.com/firebird6

Actually, I got that idea from when I made a visit to W2W to drop the motor parts off :judge: I wanted to use something that the hot metal filings and welding slag wouldn't burn through as easily. Paper does work good, but I wanted my windshield to look normal too....meaning no burn marks.

It was only about $5 worth of tape too :jest:

I was thinking about doing what Brady did on his car, but I only needed room for my Wilson TB up top. This will work fine for what I am doing :chug:

Beaflag VonRathburg
12-21-2006, 01:12 AM
thats a lot of tape!!!!!! :)


lookin good man

No this is a lot of tape:
http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q170/blueTapeS4/taperear.jpg

Looks really good. What's the deal with running a different radiator? Do you plan on some route of forced induction that'll interfere with the stock unit? Or are you just going to a smaller lighter weigh unit?

SMKN TA 95
12-25-2006, 09:33 PM
Here are a few more pictures after I did some body work. I have used a special filler to fill in most of the holes on the shock towers, and to fill in the low spots on the cowl area.


http://www.9handsracing.com/brian/Frontend%20Fab%20work/cowl1.JPG

http://www.9handsracing.com/brian/Frontend%20Fab%20work/cowl2.JPG

http://www.9handsracing.com/brian/Frontend%20Fab%20work/cowl3.JPG

http://www.9handsracing.com/brian/Frontend%20Fab%20work/cowl4.JPG

Rogue86
04-24-2007, 04:50 PM
I know I'm bringing this thread back from the dead, but could you tell me what kind of filler you used to fill in the holes in the shock towers?

Phil99vette
04-24-2007, 05:04 PM
Ditto, what kind of filler did you use?

Rogue86
04-26-2007, 03:37 PM
I'm still interested in hearing about this filler. I'm going to start doing a bunch of engine bay work soon and would like some details

SMKN TA 95
04-26-2007, 09:39 PM
Ditto, what kind of filler did you use?

Sorry about not seeing this.....I havent logged onto the site for a few days as I was finishing up the race car :judge:


I don't remember off hand, but I know the filler is still out in the garage in the cabinet. I will check tomorrow and respond back. I got it through my uncle as he owns his own bodyshop. He gave me the plastic filler to use, and then he did all the paint work.

You guys will have an answer tomorrow :chug:

DSG
04-26-2007, 09:45 PM
Looks Great...

SMKN TA 95
04-26-2007, 09:49 PM
I guess I forgot to post pictures after it was painted :bang: It has been painted for a while now...so long that the car is done and driveable now :devil:


http://www.9handsracing.com/brian/Frontend%20Fab%20work/DSC01472.JPG

http://www.9handsracing.com/brian/Frontend%20Fab%20work/DSC01474.JPG

I have more but I cant find them :bang:

brandonppr
04-26-2007, 11:36 PM
What do you do about the water running down the windsheild while you wash it and when it rains?

97blkz
04-26-2007, 11:55 PM
Hawtness!

phoenix
04-27-2007, 06:59 AM
wow looks great! want to come over and do mine :-p

SMKN TA 95
04-28-2007, 06:02 PM
What do you do about the water running down the windsheild while you wash it and when it rains?


This is a RACE car :) This car will NEVER see rain or water :judge: No issues for me there.


As for the filler I used, it is made by Marson, and it is called a "Platinum Glaze"


All you need is their cream hardner to make it work. the more hardner you put in, the faster it will dry (ie 5-10 min)

Or here is a link to it also Marson "Platinum Glaze" (http://www.bondo.com/catalog_item.asp?itemNbr=63)