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Old 05-02-2013, 09:48 PM
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I just spend over 2 hours reading this absolutely amazing. Truly something to be proud of.. Your skills are mind blowing
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Feels good to be on it a bit after all the work on the house. Then of coarse had to remove our biggest tree that has died, stump and all. Winched it out of the ground after cutting through all the roots I could find.
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Coming together now.





Decided to add some bracing to increase the torsional stiffness around the drive shaft loop.


There is just enough room to fit it in.


Doesn't look like it but have about 3/4" of clearance over the exhaust.
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Quite possibly one of the coolest builds I have ever seen. Truly an inspiration.
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:22 PM
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Looks fantastic! Whats the purpose of the collar?
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Looks fantastic! Whats the purpose of the collar?
Collar serves a number of things. One it was the cleanest way to get a cross member to the other side without running into clearance problems with the floor by going over the drive shaft, or loosing too much ground clearance by going under. I needed a cross member there to not only stiffen the chassis further, but also to serve as a mounting point for the fuel tank strap and a centre body mount.
Also I am keeping my options open for registration. I can qualify this to be approved under the Club Street Rod Registration. It must be pre 1949 with a separate chassis that is fully boxed, have a drive shaft loop within 6" of the top uni, (to stop it taking out the fuel tank or going through the floor should the uni break), and have an X or K member among other things. This registration saves a lot of money in engineering inspections during the build, just need one inspection at the end, and would would save hundreds each year in renewal costs.
Our government has a build guide for all aspects of the building of a Street Rod that I would have to comply too. The rules are based on sound principles so it doesn't hurt to follow them regardless.
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You sir, are truly a MASTER fabricator.
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You sir, are truly a MASTER fabricator.
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Re: Grand Willys project


Now that I have the centre cross member in, I can now mount off it a mount for the front fuel tank strap. I cut this from the same strap my engine mounts were made from. 6mm thick and has the same curve in the corner as the fuel tank strap. It has been capped both ends and another gusset added in the middle which follow the edge of the pipe and welded solidly to it.


What I also thought was a good idea was to incorporate a centre body mount along the rear of the cab floor. I bought a complete set of rubber 64-67 Chevelle convertible. I much prefer rubber as it isolates the body better from and road or drive train vibration. Also far less stress on the body mounts themselves.


Used a holesaw to match the step in the rubber mount to keep it located. The recess in the bottom of the pressed cup will mean the bolt head is flush and leave plenty of room above the drive shaft


You will also notice two extra holes drilled in the mount. This is to hold the tank strap in place so there is no shear load on the body mounting rubber.


The strap get sandwiched with the lower rubber and mount underneath and the upper rubber above it.


This is what the body mount will bolt into. I decided against bolting the fuel tank strap directly to this as was concerned about fatigue long term with the other fuel tank mounts all being solidly mounted to the frame and the body rubber mounted. Now all fuel tank straps are mounted directly to the frame.


The fuel tank strap used to sit like this but now has been shortened the exact amount that the thickness of the upper rubber is so it can bolt directly to the frame rather than the rubber mounted body.
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Re: Grand Willys project

Sweet baby jesus this is coming along great!
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Took the fuel tank out so I could weld in the last cross member I made.


Can see how there is plenty of clearance over the twin 2.75" Mopar/Corsa cat back system.


I made up a little gusset under the cross member to the top of the upper control arm mount. It adds support to the bracket and I could never get a weld in under there as too tight. Now it is all sealed up.


Decided to add a K member to the frame. This is a requirement should I ever decide to go on street rod club registration here. Its function is to stop the frame trying to turn into a parallelogram under heavy acceleration. Can't compress a triangle.


K member ties into the upper control arm mount and the new gussets I had just fitted too.


The back of the the K member is gusseted, mainly to serve as a mount for the centre fuel tank support.


Can see the reason for the bends in the K member now as it had to go over the fuel tank.


Another thing I did was round the outer corners of the big cross member. Just was annoying me that is looked to 'cut off' compared to the rest of it. Can see how it was on one of the other photos above. As it was already in place, I just cut the corner away and added in a piece from some 4" pipe I had.


Well that only leaves the very front cross member still to do. Will fit that after I have the front clip mounted and the radiator in position to make sure it doesn't interfere with them.
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