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Old 01-07-2019, 04:28 PM
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Three pictures taken today. The first two are of some 4 1/2" stainless round tubing being made into oval tubing to better fit under the Cutlass. Much thicker than exhaust tubing at almost .125 it takes a bit of force to oval them without crushing them. As you can see we used the tubing bender to flatten sections of the tubing. That piece on the ground is half way done. As you can see one side is more pointed than the other. So we will run them through again with the other side down and the oval should be pretty equal.
These oval tubing pieces are going to stiffen the chassis, hold several more body mounts, hold the transmission mount AND the exhaust will go through them back to the cross brace in the back and from there back to 3 inch stainless exhaust kicking up over the axel and on out the back.
I tried some different square and rectangular stainless tubing but it did not fit like I wanted and cost over $450. So Rick, the ever resourceful scrounger goes out to the metal rack out back and produces this tubing. A friend built a new house and cut down his old volleyball nets, these were the poles. BTW they are seamless tubing, not welded.
The other picture is my latest score a 2013 6 liter out of a Chevy 2500. I got good news today when I went over to pay for the core at the dealership. Turns out to be $400, not $600 like I thought. Such a deal! I bought $50 of BBQ and took it to the shop for lunch.
As we get back on the chassis work I think you will finally see how the PWTBs fit into the entire chassis to strengthen the chassis and to slick up the underside.
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I thought you might enjoy seeing this 37 Pontiac sedan. Built in this shop from a nice stocker to a really nice ride. Front and rear suspension upgrades (4 link and coil overs and a Mustang type from setup. Has a 455 Pontiac (of course) with a 700R4 and dual quads. Gets around 17MPG on road trips and it has been on some long runs all over the USA. Now having a Vintage Air system installed, Rick is a dealer for Chizenhall who we have known since he and his brother Gordon were college kids hanging out with the San Marcos Texas rodders 50 years ago.
A note on the oval tubing, started 4.5 inch and down to just over 3.25 and I am sure we can get it down to around 3 inch thick which is target height.
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Pictures taken today of the PWTB being fitted under the passenger side. The other picture is of a Moser A car 9 inch housing that I am working on for a friend on here with a 65 Cutlass.
Notice the bright aluminum dog bone on the rear. That is used to depict pinion center, pin location and exact axle lengths when shortening a rear. This rear is for a 68-72 and is 61 inches wide from axle flange to flange with Torino ends and drum brakes. The housing itself is 56" wide plus the 2X 2.5" offset with Torino ends gives 61.
I am going to narrow it an inch per side and set it up for 98-02 Camaro discs just like my Cutlass has. The Strange axle set for a Camaro that I bought on here will furnish one of the axles and brake backing plates, it is exactly the right length.
I will get some proper lighting set up tomorrow and take some more pictures.
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Some pictures taken of the floor cuts to allow the oval frame/exhaust tubing to fit under the car and not hang any lower than the frame rails. The rear floor pans are the lowest spot on the floor pan and the only place we had to cut the floor. We did have to notch both body braces and "move" some spots a bit with a hammer. Also the T400 case is now in place and you can see that there is plenty of clearance.
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Pictures of the 9 inch housing, the dog bone and how to measure axles accurately. Note the tape on the dog bone showing 26.25" that is to the bearing outside. Then see the axle with same measurement showing that the dog bone works. Such a deal!
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Rick using the plasma torch to trim out some floor board material for the driver side frame/PWTB. Second picture showing the two oval frame members where they will be welded in. The bottom is exactly the same height as the frame rails. Diagonal bracing will tie into the boxed area of the frame rails. The transmission mount will be short,bridging between the two oval frame rails and will also help stiffen the entire chassis. There will also be some more tie togethers farther back, including a drive shaft safety loopand a rear loop that will also be another body mount. Floor board repairs and strengthening and adding more body mounts will follow soon as we continue to pick at my car between other real jobs at the shop.
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PS That is a 1939 Chevy panel wagon behind my car. Chevelle front clip with tall spindles, tubular a arms 1LE Camaro brakes. Roller cam Chevy 350 with 5 speed and 12 bolt 3.73 chevelle rear end.

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