There may be trouble ahead

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Re: There may be trouble ahead

Postby wolf » Fri Jan 25, 2019 4:41 am

Also trussing along the sides to the firewall since I'll be doing a LOT of floor mods...

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Re: There may be trouble ahead

Postby rizzo » Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:52 pm

Yeh looks like its good and sturdy i assume your planning on doing all the mods and metal work on the spit, ive been adding steel to the front legs and had been concerned about things moving, but all good.

Decided to beef up the inners of the front chassis legs.

Ive plated over the subframe mounting as they will be solid mounted so the extra thickness wont be an issue.

Made a start on fitting the battery cable and then onto the brake pipe, with the exhaust so close to the body and chassis rails i had to reroute slightly to avoid excessive heat, although they will be shielded aswel one way or another.
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Re: There may be trouble ahead

Postby rizzo » Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:00 pm

Surprizing myself at how much there is still left to do, as the engine is so tight for space the bulkhead needed some heat shielding so no time like the present to sort it out.

i found the cheapest place was CBS this seems to be good quality stuff, but it took me waaaaay more time than i thought it would.

some more heat shielding to do on the battery cable yet.
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Re: There may be trouble ahead

Postby Kraken » Mon Jan 28, 2019 1:03 am

Keep at it Bill, won’t be long until you have the best Viva on the planet! Absolutely no detail overlooked.
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Re: There may be trouble ahead

Postby wolf » Sat Feb 02, 2019 1:46 am

rizzo wrote:Yeh looks like its good and sturdy i assume your planning on doing all the mods and metal work on the spit,


Yes, as much as possible. I'm too old to crawl underneath, so it's much better to bring the mountain to Muhammad.

Couple more pics to show what I'm up to (I'm trying hard to not hijack your thread, but may be failing):

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Re: There may be trouble ahead

Postby lord13 » Sat Feb 02, 2019 8:59 am

Jeez how much have you cut out???

What's going in there???
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Re: There may be trouble ahead

Postby rizzo » Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:16 am

Kraken wrote:Keep at it Bill, won’t be long until you have the best Viva on the planet! Absolutely no detail overlooked.

Thanks, well you think you have covered most aspects but things keep cropping up :)
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Re: There may be trouble ahead

Postby rizzo » Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:25 am

wolf wrote:
rizzo wrote:Yeh looks like its good and sturdy i assume your planning on doing all the mods and metal work on the spit,


Yes, as much as possible. I'm too old to crawl underneath, so it's much better to bring the mountain to Muhammad.

Couple more pics to show what I'm up to (I'm trying hard to not hijack your thread, but may be failing):
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I wish i had used a spit at the start of my restoration, i'm not exactly a spring chicken either :D so it would have made it easier for me aswel lol.
Have you just cut the arch out there or are you into the boot floor? i assume it will be tubbed?
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Re: There may be trouble ahead

Postby StefanM » Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:26 am

Why not put the battery cable inside the car instead ? Must be much easier to protect ?
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Re: There may be trouble ahead

Postby wolf » Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:06 am

rizzo wrote:Have you just cut the arch out there or are you into the boot floor? i assume it will be tubbed?


It's still very much up in the air on how much I'll have to cut and move around. Getting the rear suspension instant centre to a reasonable position is priority #1, and it very much depends on the ride height, which then determines if I have to raise the trunk (sorry, boot) floor, and go to full replacement rear tubs. My hope is to only have to modify the existing inner wheel housings (basically square them up to the inside shock tower wall) but it already looks like I will have to notch the existing rear frame a bit too. I'll be making an all new crossmember and using coilovers for the rear suspension, so the existing shock towers can be filled with tire. Once I get the 9" axle housing narrowed and in there to see where the suspension mounts end up, I'll have a better idea of how much more work is ahead. As for the wheel arches (if I understand that term correctly), I only have to stretch the front of the wheel opening about an inch forward (just the part below the SL side moldings), and that's quick and easy. The tires are only 26 x 10", so they're not pro-street monsters, but they sure do look big on this little car.
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