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PostPosted: October 24, 2009, 10:57 pm 
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I can't post Autocad files here so send me a personal message with your e-mail address and I will send you the Autocad files.

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PostPosted: December 12, 2009, 10:19 pm 
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I can’t believe it’s been a month and a half since my last post though my work has kept me pretty busy. Anyway I have taken the frame off the build table, built a 1” lower angle and tube support under the transmission and along side the engine and cut the tube that runs under the bellhousing to lower the engine.
I cut down the steering rack and mounted it. Trimmed and mounted my seats but am unhappy with them so I will probably get something else.
I bought two pinto motor mounts from NAPA for $38 and finally got the engine/transmission mounted today and am setting up the steering shaft to clear the future headers.
I picked up a two stage dry sump pump that came from a formula ford for $136 and I think I’ll build an aluminum pan to replace the steel one as I’m to happy with that either.


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PostPosted: December 13, 2009, 8:38 am 
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Well done. You could add a few lightening holes with a hole saw in the flanges and clip a couple corners on the base plate on the mounts if you want to make them works of art.

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PostPosted: December 15, 2009, 10:57 pm 
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The problem with asymmetry

I am laying out my dash and I can’t figure how to get the top and bottom to look good as the transmission tunnel is offset to the right. Any ideas?


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PostPosted: December 15, 2009, 11:47 pm 
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I think you'd either want to move the gauges over and center the whole thing in the offset area, or make sure the offset is really obvious so doesn't just look 'off'. If that makes sense. :)

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Ditto on center the cluster over the trans tunnel. Make the oval large enough not to obscure any cluster indications, then add fillers around the panel to make the cluster appear oval (green).


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PostPosted: December 16, 2009, 11:20 am 
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Move the cluster in front of the driver.


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PostPosted: December 16, 2009, 11:15 pm 
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Thanks for all your replies
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Move the cluster in front of the driver.

I can't it won't fit.

Miatav8,MstrASE,A&P,F wrote:
Ditto on center the cluster over the trans tunnel. Make the oval large enough not to obscure any cluster indications, then add fillers around the panel to make the cluster appear oval (green).

I love that idea! Always had a soft spot for the ellipse.
I'm going to work on that, if I can't get that to work I'll try the large offset method.

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PostPosted: December 24, 2009, 10:55 pm 
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No work today so I worked on the dash. I'm using some 3/8 sch40 stainless pipe and I could not get the tight bends and it's not quite even but I think it looks OK.
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I also switched the steering to above the frame and I was able to retain the tilt though it is upside down.
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Someone on the list was conserned about the speedo cable so I thought I better check. It looks like with a 1in. bulge in the panel I won't have a problem.
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PostPosted: December 25, 2009, 8:10 am 
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That looks good and even; much better than the shape of the cluster.

Did you make the black boot on the tilt lever?

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PostPosted: December 25, 2009, 2:32 pm 
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Actually that's the end of the existing lever. I just cut it and moved it over and down.
My thinking on the gages is to use what I have and later spend the money and get some good ones. With the dash split I can just make a new section for the gages.
Awhile ago I modified my seats to fit but I'm not sure if i will use them as they are not the same style. I was able to retain the tilt on the drivers side without the spring but there is not much room for the belts.


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No work means no money so I'm adjusting the build schedule a little.
I picked up some free 20 ga. stainless steel and thought I would use some for the floor. I know, I know it's to thin but I think I can make it work. I made a couple of forming tools, one for putting some creases to add a little stiffness and a flanging tool for holes.


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I could never make money at this! I've been working on my dash and thought I should post some pics.
I'm working on the gage panel now and will post on the soon I hope.
I'm not sure about the engine turned stainless for the panels they will probably be to bright and I might paint them in the future.


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I have an engine turned stainless dash in my car and its not that bad.

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Wow. Just awesome. I'm pretty jealous right now. I like the collar on the steerwheel. How'd you make the rounded bevel when its also bending the other way (does that make sense?)

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