1972 Nail Project

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Re: 1972 Nail Project

Postby 1972nail » Sat Oct 26, 2013 2:21 pm

Off next week on holidays so started fitting up the engine and front subframe today ready for installation. Fitted the alternator, new engine mounts and my prized S/S copy of the DTV road 4 branch with nice shiny new gasket and stainless bolts. :D


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This is the design that was copied for the Snoot.


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The whole subframe and engine will be mounted on a wheeled trolley and rolled below the shell.


From previous experience the upper subframe mounting bolts, the ones that go vertically through the chassis rail, will be fitted with 8 inch long soft plastic tubes to assist guiding them through the hole in the chassis. :goodideasign:
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Re: 1972 Nail Project

Postby pbottomley » Sat Oct 26, 2013 2:31 pm

From previous experience the upper subframe mounting bolts, the ones that go vertically through the chassis rail, will be fitted with 8 inch long soft plastic tubes to assist guiding them through the hole in the chassis.


That's a great tip fella....Nothing worse than paint getting scratched and or threads mashed up
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Re: 1972 Nail Project

Postby hbpeter » Sat Oct 26, 2013 3:28 pm

Very nice, will stainless bolts be ok for the heat and vibration on the manifold?

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Re: 1972 Nail Project

Postby 1972nail » Sat Oct 26, 2013 5:47 pm

HBPeter wrote:Very nice, will stainless bolts be ok for the heat and vibration on the manifold?

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A2 Stainless are about half way between mild steel and high tensile as far as strength goes. I've used spring washers and thread locking compound as well.
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Re: 1972 Nail Project

Postby 1972nail » Sat Oct 26, 2013 5:49 pm

pbottomley wrote:
From previous experience the upper subframe mounting bolts, the ones that go vertically through the chassis rail, will be fitted with 8 inch long soft plastic tubes to assist guiding them through the hole in the chassis.


That's a great tip fella....Nothing worse than paint getting scratched and or threads mashed up


I find that they always go in crooked and get jammed. The plastic tube stops that completely.
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Re: 1972 Nail Project

Postby 1972nail » Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:51 pm

It's in!!

Open wide.......


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Plastic tubes fitted over the mounting bolts.

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Lower the shell down....and it's there...

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Plastic tubes worked a treat.

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Re: 1972 Nail Project

Postby hbpeter » Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:35 pm

Now your rocking!!

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Re: 1972 Nail Project

Postby Lowestofts danny boy » Mon Oct 28, 2013 11:00 pm

I'm being quite taken by this resto 8) 8) 8) this is the sort of retro I'm planning on
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Re: 1972 Nail Project

Postby 1972nail » Tue Oct 29, 2013 12:15 am

Glad you're encouraged by my efforts. What are you planning? Mine started as a teenage dream 35 years ago!! Now it's a low budget, DIY, see if it works type of build. I hope to show that the late '70's early '80's theme still cuts it today.

So my plans are no modern engines, gearboxes, wheels, seats, etc - build it just the way I planned 35 years ago - with the exception of the colour and a few stainless bolts! :lol:
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Re: 1972 Nail Project

Postby 1972nail » Tue Oct 29, 2013 7:24 pm

Bolted up the gearbox crossmember today and noticed this....

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Hmmm...... A bit tight. Not enough space to fit the security strap on the manifold joint. So I whipped the subframe out while balancing the engine precariously on a jack. A bit of heat and a big hammer and this is the result.

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Back in the car and clearance is greatly improved.

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The security strap got the same treatment as the subframe.... just in case.

I'm glad I didn't powdercoat the subframe. A quick touch up with the paintbrush and all will be fine.
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