Thursday, December 18, 2008

Finally, someone who knows what they're doing...

Ben: So Chris, we still don't have plans for the roll cage...
Chris: You're right, and we won't have a welder soon either cause I don't have one at home.
Ben: Me neither, what do you want to do?
Chris: Well, we should probably do something.
Ben: Order steel?
Chris: Yeah, how does six 8' sections sound?
Ben: Should do it...
Chris: Roger.

Then we find out the main hoop for the roll cage should be 104", definitely over 8'. Idiots...
Time to bring in a professional.

Enter: SCOTT! He'll also be one of our drivers and is very excited to see his name on the door.

Scott and Chris got the two front bars done last week that go from the floor, up the A-pillar and connect onto the main hoop. They were each bent 3 times.

A couple days later we went and got a 10' length of DOM steel (1.5" OD .12" WT) and all three of us got a main hoop bent and tacked in. It's starting to look like a race car. There's less funny stories when you have someone helping that knows that they're doing so you don't mess up so much.

The main hoop is less than 1/2" away from the roof of the car and is touching the rear outside corner of each t-top opening. We rigged it up so that the t-tops go in with about an 1/8" clearance (some shoving and banging required to get them on) and the locking handle opens while grazing the side bar.

We also tacked in both door side bars. The passenger side bar goes midway up the door, and the driver side bar skirts just below the seat bolster so entry isn't compromised.

We got the seat in and fitting a little better. But here's how it looks like at the end of our term and the end of 2008.

By the way, we got a 96 on our project. So that makes us feel a little better about everything. Here's a little video of the new exhaust and temporarily rigged up gauge cluster. It no longer stumbles at idle and isn't quite so raspy, but it's still pretty damn loud.

Cleveland, here we come. Merry Christmas.

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