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  1. #181
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    The cutting out has commenced! Thank god for angle grinders and plasma cutters!
    Will see how it goes and will post some pics when appropriate.
    BTW, I have a spare 40 amp plasma cutter if anyone wants one. Only a cheap Chinese thing but it works. Free to a good car building home. (I haven’t used it since I bought my RTech one)

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    Yeah!!! Chop Suey!!! Interested to know how you have secured the position of the wishbone mount - I guess you've jigged it into position prior to removing the beam?
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    I could do with the cutter Chris unless you have any other takers

    Will be your way next month but not until then

  4. #184
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    You’re welcome to it. No problem, it’s been sitting under my bench for a while so a bit longer won’t matter! I have a load of spare tips for it too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bannon View Post
    Yeah!!! Chop Suey!!! Interested to know how you have secured the position of the wishbone mount - I guess you've jigged it into position prior to removing the beam?
    Progressive cutting and welding in new. Nothing has moved yet! Will post some pics tomorrow or soon.
    I think it will all work out ok. Have tried to get a plan in my head!

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    Thanks, appreciated, I will talk to you nearer the time I come down, I think about the 12th June from memory.

  7. #187
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    One side is done! Here are some pics

    Cross members cut out to allow the gearbox to drop. I have put a new one in just in front of the flywheel/adapter plate


    I then made up a new member to brace behind the wishbone mount and to take the wishbone mounting load. You can see I have run the plasma cutter through the plate that holds the wishbone mount but only on the back. I cut it because access would be tricky after the new member was welded in

    Note the little 'sculpt' to allow the bellhousing to drop in to the space

    When the lower member was welded in I cut out the outer face with the plasma cutter




    Plenty of room to drop the gearbox 40mm



    continued in next post.......
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    Dax with 1964 Dual Quad 427 and Toploader box

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    continued from last post.............

    A bit of stainless bent in place to tidy it up


    And welded in


    All in - i'll tidy up the top when I take the engine out and have more space



    Still got some tidying to do but some progress at least! Just need to do the same on the other side now!!!
    Probably should have worn gauntlets! There are that many little burns on my arms I look like a heroin addict! Welding underneath and upside down is not without challenges!!
    Onwards..................
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  9. #189
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    Fantastic work! Totally the right thing to do, I bet you can feel that already. Nothing worse than wishing you'd done something a different way when it's too late to change it. Great job.
    I'll update my hardtop thread later - been doing a bit myself...
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  10. #190
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    Great work, definitely the correct thing to do. Really looking forward to following this thread and seeing the progress.

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