Another day, A little more work done……
I decided how I was going to run the vertical brace (FU2) next to the rearward mounts of the front control arm . Got it? In the book the control arm mounts are welded to these brackets. Not in my build. In fact, the recently mounted oil cooler also interferes a bit with the ideal location for these braces. I ran them about 1 inch behind the mounts to enable access to the mounts using an open-end wrench.
Next I had to figure how to run the side diagonal brace (TR2) past the header. Again, ideally it would be a straight shot. But not with the header I built. I ran up to the header and added an angle from there. It gives me about 1” clearance around the header. Knowing this is not a great thing to do, I added a separate diagonal from the angle, up to the upper horizontal (J2) . It should work pretty slick. The LH side is a bit more traditional.
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I also added some vertical inner supports at the inside corner of the toe board and the tranny tunnel. My design is a bit different from the book in this area (too). Don’t ask me why on this one. It is the way I got the frame. LH and RH sides are pretty much identical. Once all properly welded, some sheet metal magic should finish her up in this area.
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The engine bay diagonal (r) was placed (not welded) on the LH side as it allowed a longer path. Again, it should go further forward on the J2 tube but the alternator and oil pressure sender unit would not allow it. Some builders have run without this piece, at least for a short time. I figure if I add a shorter version, while not ideal, at least it should be better than none at all. I may add another on the RH side just because, although it would be shorter yet. To clear the intake manifold.
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I have worried about implementing these pieces for many months. I knew it wasn’t going to be an ideal setup from the get-go. As I pondered many different designs, many of the “right ones” required redesigning other aspects of the build. So today I had good weather to pull the car into the drive and have some room to work around it. Once I finally decided to cut some steel, it went pretty fast. I think the present design turned out OK for a street car, no?