I have come to that point in a project where everything seems
to depend on something else being done before I can continue. Case in point is
the front end, I need to get the air bumps installed before I can finish the
painting and start running wires and plumbing. Since the air bumps still haven't
arrived I painted up to the firewall so I could at least start the wiring in the
Before I started into the wiring I decided to pull the
radiator back out to run all of my steering lines and figure out where each
component in the system would sit. I discovered I could not get the radiator
out, there was about a 1/2" interference between the radiator fan and one of the
pulleys. I ended up having to cut the two front flanges off to move them
lower to allow for more wiggle room between the radiator and motor when the
engine cage is removed. Another issue I was fighting was the flange alignments,
despite multiple tack welds the structure still moved around quite a bit when it
was final welded and some of the flanges are pretty difficult to get the bolts
thru. I borrowed a friends gas torch and heated up the joints of the
engine cage when it was bolted together in the hopes it would relieve some of
the stresses in the misaligned tubes. This seemed to work, the bolts are
tight on some of the flanges but do not need to be driven in with a hammer
Here's a shot of the plumbing for the steering. I added
a cross brace that will run under the radiator which will serve as a mounting
point for the steering cooler and a rock light. The steering reservoir is a PSC
8" unit which I purchased thru PORC. This turned out to be a big hassle as
I was sent the wrong unit (the full hydro reservoir should have a -8 fitting
instead of a -6) and after waiting 3 weeks for the correct fitting & hoses to be
sent I finally gave up and went looking for the parts locally.
My two piece front driveshaft from High Angle driveline showed
up early this past week. It didn't look as nice as the rear piece and the
intermediate shaft was not welded concentric to the part that rides in the
bearing so it has a bad wobble. Despite that problem I could still get the
carrier bearing mount fabricated before sending the intermediate shaft back to
get fixed. As you can see the clearance between the transmission and
driveshaft is pretty tight and I had to replace one of the plugs in the
transmission with a flush plug to get as much clearance as possible near the
A shot looking up at the carrier bearing mount.
I started in on the wiring only to realize I needed to get
some of the body panels figured out so I could determine where some of the
relays and fuse boxes would be mounted. In my last iteration I mounted all
the fuse boxes and relays in one central location. Since space is a little
more of a premium I have decided to mount the 3 required fuse boxes and
corresponding relays in 3 separate areas. This will allow me to tuck the
wires and supporting components closer together.
Here are the side panels for the center console.
Update, Memorial Day Weekend - I was going to head out of town
for the weekend but due to some unexpected issues I ended up staying home all
weekend. My air bumps had arrived the previous Thursday so I was
able to finish up the last of the fab work on the front end. I mounted the
air bump mounting cans to the frame using a gusset along the backside and then
added a brace to tie the frame rails into the upper tubing in the front.
The air bump cans are also welded to the new braces on their side.
With the front fabwork done I stripped everything off, cleaned
up the tubing and painted the front end. While the paint was drying I
continued on with the wiring. The PCM that controls the engine was bigger
than expected and it would not fit under the center console like I had
originally planned. I ended up making a mounting bracket that positioned
the PCM to the left of the steering wheel, just under the dash. 3 of my gauges
will sit in a dash panel above the PCM and I was able to mount a bank of relays
and a 120 amp circuit breaker to the master cylinder mount. With no large
firewall in this iteration I will have to get creative as far as the mounting of
the electrical components go.
I am planning on mounting a power distribution point under the
center console along with the relays for the ARB, rock lights and interior
lights. Here's the start of that part of the project.
I also started re-assembling the back end.
Hopefully from this point forward all the parts will be going
on for the final time.