NOW we are rolling!
Thanks, as always, to help from my father and brother, things went very smoothly with the cage today. As a nice bonus, Jon Steele spent the day helping out as well. He also brought beer. Jon is a good guy. For those that have been reading along, Steele is responsible for building this website. He deserves a lot of appreciation for his efforts!
So just a second ago I said that the cage install went smoothly today. I was kind of lying. It was not smooth, but the results for the day are pretty awesome. The A-pillar, roof hoop, and main hoop are now all welded in place. For the first time in a LONG time, the car is actually starting to look more complete. The process of getting all the tubes welded in place required some more metal grinding and cutting, tie-downs, and all 4 of us pushing and pulling to get things lined up. When Steele wasn’t busy helping with the cage, he was taking some GREAT pictures. Here are a few showing the welding process:
With all those pieces in place and welded the cage has really begun to take shape:
And that is when things went from kinda smooth, to not smooth at all. I began trimming the sill-bar with my tube notcher and high torque drill. The drill stripped the arbor of the tube notcher, and the drill itself cracked. You get what you pay for, and this Harbor-Freight junk had already exceeded its expected usage. With the roll cage building put on hold, we moved to the shift linkage, drive shaft, front suspension, and front brakes. My Dad also spent a bit more time grinding on the rear of the car where the rear bars for the roll cage will eventually mount. Honestly, it was REALLY nice to get some solid progress on putting the car back together. And after all the welding and cutting and bending and grinding, it was nice to work with parts that just needed a nut and bolt to stay together.
I am really happy with how much we accomplished today, and I wouldn’t have gotten nearly as far without help. Im a little disappointed that the cage work got cut short, but it was also nice to work on something else.
Tomorrow, I am probably going to run a few errands to replace broken tools, and perhaps pick up a used Momo steering wheel. If I am lucky, I will finally get the steering rack cleaned up and rebuilt. But that might be a tall order!