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429MII

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Got the mounts tabbed up for the mid plate which I had custom made. Will try to get some pics later today. I put small urethane bushings between the mounts and the frame. Trying for a firm mounting but with some give, as its a street car and I don't want to have to replace fillings in my teeth from having them rattled and buzzed out. So far trans mount is rubber, and engine plate mounting is rubber so hoping that will take up the vibrations. Still waiting on my sheet metal for the firewall. Once that is in, I can start fabbing the headers from the kit I bought.
 
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A couple of pictures, not super interesting lol, but progress none the less.
Mounted mid plate. 1/2" bolts through the sub frame rails into 3/16" steel 2x2 angle that I built the brackets from. I cut apart poly Alden shock bushings to use as insulators between the brackets and frame.
The mid plate is fastened to the brackets with bolts and mounted solid on the engine side. The bolts I have in the pics are 1/4" for now, only because the 90 degree air drill I have that is small enough to get in there only takes bits up to 1/4". Next time I pull the engine out I will redrill and use 5/16 bolts. There are 3 per side and grade 8, which should be ample considering all the other mounting points the engine and trans have now.
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I have made a cardboard template of the new firewall and am working on transferring that to some 20 ga steel today and get that tacked if possible. As I have mentioned earlier, I do not want to cut more sheetmetal out of the front inner fenders etc. until I have some firewall structure put back in. It seems really sturdy but i know there is a point where if you take too much out it loses strength. It would be only temporary, but I want the car to stay square while I do the mods without welding in a bunch of temporary supports.
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Man I can't wait till all this crap is done so I can do something fun like build the engine lol.
 

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Also,
Have a look at this pic of where the roll bar sits. This is where it ends up and it seems weird to me.
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Not so much where it sits in the car on the upper part but look where it ends up on the floor.. seems to me it should sit further back, but there is no way it clears the roof and headliner if I tried to move it back. I have no points of reference because my interior is not in, so maybe it's right I don't know.
I'm reluctant to make the mounting holes until I am sure, so its just sitting in there right now.
sorry for the blurry pics, I will get some better pics to replace those later...
 
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Here is another pic I took showing how close stuff gets in the engine compartment lol... i still have to fit clutch stuff in there somehow on the small piece of real estate left in front of the driver...20200125_211954.jpg
 
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Looks like no room for master clutch cylinder maybe go cable?
Would also like to see roll bar (autopowr?) hook to leaf spring / subframe spot some how.
Your right on more mockups being needed.


yea for progress!
 

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Screwed some of the trans tunnel pieces on...I don't have enough clecos lol...
Rough pieces in place then will take them off and final build and weld together. The black after the tunnel is original tunnel that its screwed to.
The other side will be a whole lot more work as there is gas pedal and shift linkage clearance issues over there
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The top line looks crooked, but it is not. It's folded at a 45 degree angle and then a side to side angle needed to clear wiper mechanism.