Progress has been a bit slow recently, been going out to the property a lot and working out there with less time for Delores, but I have gotten a few things done in the recent weeks. Mostly at this point I am cleaning up all the temporary arrangements I rigged up in order to go-kart the thing in addition to cleaning up wiring before I put the body on.
Getting the transmission tunnel in and the cover piece was the first bit of fiberglass I had worked with. Initially I had it fit in without any trimming, but decided to cut about 2 in out of the middle section at the top so that I could squeeze it together and give us more room in the footwells. The tunnel is set up to accommodate a wide array of transmissions and engines, so with a SBC and the tko500 I have, I had plenty of room to spare even after I slimmed it down. slimming down the front meant that the patch cover no longer fit in its grooves and needed to be trimmed down as well. Kristy led that charge by marking out the cover and me doing the cutting/trimming using a jigsaw and a wood blade.
Everything is in now, however I have all of the wires running through a single hole at the front of the patch cover and will need to seal it up with significant amounts of silicone to stop all the heat and any fumes from coming in.
We also installed the driver side seat which as I said in my previous post with the seat rails was a bit more DIY than I was expecting, but once it was all in the driving position is pretty good and I have more leg space than I expected (still not much!)
Last but not least, the grill finally arrived!!! Its a cast/ground aluminum frame with machined aluminum fins, so that meant it was not appropriately shiny for this car. So after a day of wet sanding and polishing I ended up with a result that I am happy with.
Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures of me attaching the radiator and ac condenser, but it all went together fairly well with only a bit of fiddling with the holes to get them all to line up.
As you can see its back on the rack and taped up the grill to protect all my hard work. The next steps are to get the heater hoses all cleaned up and routed through the heater and finally get the AC hoses sorted out and crimped. Once those are done, I am going to try and clean up the wiring and start some of the body fitting.