The first weekend without rain in a month meant lots of yard chores! But, I did get in a few hours at the bench this afternoon.
I wasn't satisfied at all with the front angled floor section. It honestly didn't fit worth a damn and because I used thin .020" for the cap and it was flimsy and droopy in the center. I broke those pieces off of the firewall and decided to start over. Part of the problem was the bottom of the firewall wasn't supported or located by anything. I added some small tabs inside both sides of the body to give the firewall something to position against. That allowed me to accurately measure for and fit the new front sloped floor and its supports.
I decided this time around to attach the front sloped floor to the fender unit instead of the firewall. I made the supports different this time so that the back edge of the cap would actually be level with the main floor instead of below it like before. I also made the cap out of sturdier .040" sheet like everything else.
Here's the underneath. I couldn't be happier with the precise fit everywhere this time!
Here's how the floor fits over the engine. Miles of clearance!
With the floor finished I finished the roll cage by shortening the rear angled down bars and pinning them to the floor like the hoops. I also sanded all of the lay out pencil lines off of the floor as they were no longer needed.
I decided to use the seat from Ed. I trimmed 1/8" off of the bottom of it, added a piece of .040" flat sheet across the bottom then made some drilled mounting rails, also from .040". I also added alignment pins which are glued into holes as well as to the insides of the drilled rails.
Here's some full mock ups with the reworked floor, finished cage and seat.
I also decided to put it up on its wheels and set the engine in for a look. It's starting to really look like a race car now!
Lastly, here's one with an AMT '29 Roadster sourced hood which fits perfect.
Next I'll start detailing the interior with pedals, gauges and steering. Stay tuned!
This is looking very good. Nice fabrication on the chassis as always! Those seat mounts look excellent, that kind of small details always improve the overall look a lot. That stance is spot on as well, can't wait to see more pics.