Got the steering gear mounted. With a lot of measuring,I was pleasently surprised how close the pitman/tie rod is going to line up. I'll will have to bend it a bit to have it work,but after looking at a lot of photos,this would not be uncommon.
Plus,I like where the gear ended up,but building headers just got a little more exciting.
The nice weather is motivating. I got rid of the "turd" tranny cross member and cut/installed the new one. Now with the tranny angle set,I decided to start working on the rear. MEASURE MEASURE AND MORE MEASURE. First I had to make a final decision on the ride height(of course it is very adjustable,but the pinion wont be so I need to make sure I'm where I want to be).There will be tons more measuring before I commit. I then decided to make the upper shock mount.But the A body Mopar shocks I have are WAY to long. So I'll have to get some collaps/extended measurements and get some new ones. Anyway heres some pics.
So,as you can tell,I'm in-between parts orders.(no money,no order). So I'm taking the time to do some of all the tedious crappy stuff Ive been putting off.
So today I trimmed and welded the inside doghouse to frame.Plus put in gussets over the seams of the frame rail.I also welded out the rest of the notched out area and ground away until I got tired. Still need some more grinding.Hopefully I can get all the holes filled and ground,then clean the firewall area and get it in primer.
So after a nap,Tara and I went back to the shop.I needed her to hold a peice of brass on the inside while I filled holes from the outside.After that,grind,grind,grind. Was out there till 10 pm. Really enjoyed a nice summer Sat. night. And all the holes are filled now.
I must have left the bottle open on the welder,because the bottle was flat today. So that limited what all I had in mind to do.
So I decided to install the rotors. Ive been putting this off,because its a Ford spindle to GM metric 11" rotor conversion.
Didnt have much trouble once I got things going.
First here is a pic of the spindle.
And a pic with the bearing adapter on.
How does the adapter go on you ask?.............
The inner bearing race must be changed also,because of the different bearing size.
How do you remove/install the bearing race you ask?
Then its just a simple seal install,bearing pack and tada!