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PostPosted: May 29, 2017, 12:33 pm 
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Marcus, that is an elegant driveshaft tunnel you have drawn. But alas, I don't have the right shaped stump in the backyard to pound one out, even with the ss mixing bowl adaptation. :cry:

I have been mocking up a flat-topped tunnel to check for fit, though. No pics yet, but after extensive vroom-vroom testing it seems to work. At 12" above the floor it provides a nice arm rest and decent launch pad positioning. I have some 1" x 0.049" round tube that could be used for the upper tunnel rails which would soften the edges a bit. At 5 5/8" wide, it would enclose the safety hoops and accommodate the driveshaft offset.

Interestingly, at 12" high, the flat tunnel top would provide a continuous flat surface from the dash, under the shifter boot through to the cockpit rear panel, and not require a bulge or salad bowl at the at the diff end. The side panels at the front-end could either dead-head into the plane of the dash support tubes as you have drawn or flair to meet the footwell side panels. At the diff end, the side panels would have to pooch out a bit to accommodate the diff nose mount. This could be a bit ugly but would be hidden behind the seats.

In looking at your drawing, I was reminded of the cockpit brace connection on the lower dash tube. I haven't added that yet. As my shifter is pretty close to the dash, the connection point may have to move to the right a bit for clearance. The cockpit brace wouldn't line up perfectly with the W-brace, but would be close. I'll need to study that.

In the meantime, I'll clean up my tunnel mock-up and post some pics of tunnel v3.0

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PostPosted: May 30, 2017, 7:22 am 
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the side panels would have to pooch out a bit
Tom, for the benefit of the younger, less experienced builders and -dare I say it- those of us less worldly than yourself, I'd like to ask you not to use such highly technical engineering terms in your build log. :mrgreen:

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Any news, Tom? We haven't heard from you in a long time!


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Any news, Tom? We haven't heard from you in a long time!
Esp and Larry, thanks for asking. I'm still here, but the project's been mostly asleep since my post last May (It's been that long? :shock: ) Summer activities, some unanticipated grand-parenting duties and a major bathroom remodel this fall all took their toll on my garage time. You know, "Life..." But I'm close to getting back to it. I even had a stubby driveshaft made so I can focus on getting the tunnel done. And I've have been checking-in on the forum regularly. But I still need to get the garage cleaned up, then back at it.

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I didn't want you to get away with finishing it and driving it around without at least 1 video of it starting up for us. That would have been a travesty! I will eagerly await more updates as we come into prime garage season. :D


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Hey Tom,
I'm pretty sure it's an awesome bathroom re-do. You could do nothing less. Fully understand the 'life gets ion the way' thing. Still don't have any interior stuff done
As far as getting that beast running be sure and give the other Larry, Justin and myself plenty of time to get there. I don't think fireworks will be necessary.
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I don't think fireworks will be necessary.
I'm gonna have to disagree with that statement, Larry... If not actual sky-rockets, then maybe the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders with sparklers? (Hell, I'd make the trip to see that! Oh, yeah, and Tom's car too...) :mrgreen:

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JD, I really like the way you think. But no goats please, just the cheerleaders.

However Tom's car will be a distraction to the rest of the show.

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