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I need an ls and a 6 speed in my life
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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 06-20-2015, 12:07 PM   #12
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"Firewall out.... firewall mounted things installed."

Um.....

I guess it makes more since if you know that the brake master was on the frame rail in these cars and the clutch pedal was a rod that wend through the floor to the clutch fork. So we need to have firewall mounted brake and a hydraulic clutch so we needed to build bracing and stuff under the dash to support all of that.


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I need an ls and a 6 speed in my life
Yes, yes you do.

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I used to drive a '48 Olds. I'm familiar with under the floor mounted pedals. And I hate 'em.
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Updates

All the photos are here and then a few extras
http://gallery.nerdrods.com/Projects.../01/index.html

The Drives doors are a bit of a mess. We're trying to save it but we cut the best parts of 3 different doors together and the skin is still a bit worrying and we might have to break down and replace it.





The Cab Firewall is also mostly done, I wish I had more photos of the process but I've had my own pile of stuff to do.




The Floor is roughed in and there are several things to note on this.
1) This is the lowest the body can sit on the chassis.
2) The Engine is higher because of the Truck oil pan so we clear the ground but still have room under the car without having to buy a new oil pan. Not good for CG but hey its a truck not a sports car.
3) The drive-shaft only hit the body by a 1/4 inch so the 6" tunnel is over kill but it was easy and looks good. We might start offering all these sheet-metal parts for guys wanting to do their own slammed stance and you can use a live axle and still make it all fit and clear with this same body.







We also started piece milling our suspension from the pile, notice the 96 and 89 knuckles.



And we've got location figured out for the fuel neck through the body. I'll be right along the floor.




That's got to go.



And finally, DANG Shes going to be low. With the Suspension loaded the center of the wheel will be in the center of the lower door hinge.




More soon, I've got one frame to wrap up and ship out before I can finish up the D3's frame. Also for your guys who ask about mig welding a frame, I'll MIG and time lapse as much as possible on this frame.

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Just a quick FYI for some guys who've asked questions about the project, the goal is cheap not crap. So while we are reworking and saving things we would other wise tell someone to toss when the D3 is said and done I hope for it to be a 40-50k dollar truck for no where near that much in it and a project that most guys at home can look at and think "I can do that" for most of the project.

New photo gallery,
http://gallery.nerdrods.com/Projects/03_D3/02/

We picked up a NICE set of 2011 Mustang seats from a local guy who pulled them for race seats. These would have worked very well if they were not as thick in the back. If we were running the automatic we would have used these guys for sure but with the stick there just wasn't any room to work the pedals comfortably. I'm 6'2" with a 36" inseam so I'm the measuring stick for this stuff.




So I had this set of Corbeau racing seats that were to narrow for us fat boys (I'm 250 38 waist and Jim's 210 with a 34 waist so not that bad) and so Jim took the skin off and bent the bolsters out. We're also going to cut it down a bit and make it more shapely for the truck but the key thing is that this moved the driver back just under 6 inches and this will be Dad's new daily driver so it needs to be comfortable.




Aerodynamics and heat reduction mods!



We're blocking off the vents inside the truck and by opening this whole slot up along the dash the vent will now function as a heat exit for the truck giving a high rear location for the under hood to escape. This will stop air from going in the radiator and out under the truck where it will create lift. Next dad's also going to add a lip so that any water coming in will run off the sides instead of onto the motor.


And he's cutting an a smooth section of dash to clean the insides up a bit.


More soon,
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Never saw this before. Keep posting it up!

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My buddy Tyler did a cartoon rendering for Dad's truck, she's going to be so evil when she's done!



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Update time.

Easy viewing gallery link here.
http://gallery.nerdrods.com/Projects/03_D3/02/

I've been working on a timelapse of Dad's frame simply because I'm MIG welding it. We get a lot of people who think you can't MIG the frames simply because I don't. So this one get's the end if its assembly MIG'd. Here are a few stills from the timelapse process.

















Dad's got the clutch pedal worked out and mounted. Its all out getting powder coated










Suspension is all powder coated and getting ready to go together and the sheetmetal list is getting shorter. A customer got new doors and gave us his old ones so Jim has another door to cut pieces off of.









We also have a new toy in the shop that's probably going to end up on Dad's truck to make it a bit more fun. He turns 70 in November so I think he'll enjoy it.

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Powder coat Primed the cab so we could get as much of the tiny hard to reach inner spaces covered with the elector static powder. All under the dash and in every nook and cranny was the main goal.




Firewall mounted battery box with mounting for the Infinity Power System Power Cell and Master Fuses


Dad starting on the body work for all the little dings that couldn't be hamerd out


I'm almost finished with the frame and the time lapse. I hate MIG welding because it doesn't have the artistry of TIG and the welds will never be as good but it is much faster.



And my brother Billy has been assembling the suspension as well as helping dad with the powder coating and prep work.


More soon I should be done with the frame later tonight and we hope to blast and powder coat it this week.

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