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The car came off the chassis table last week. The rear setup is now going in. They cut out all the old mounts for the lower link body mounts to get all the mounting points where we want them. Instead of one mounting point we will have multiple to give more adjustability.
Here is a picture of the engine bay minus the drivetrain.
I hope to have more pictures of the rear suspension later in the week.
Here is a quick video or the bottom of the car. Front suspension is done and Work has started on the rear. It took a lot of work to get out the old suspension brackets and mounts. Starting from scratch for the new torque arm. Should be a beast when it is done.
The torque arm is now in. The panhard bar is almost done as well. The axle bracket just needs to be welded on and a little boxing on the frame side.
It looks like there will be a bit more work to do on the rear shock mount plan. Originally they were mounted on the front of the axle but the chassis guys said that it is better to have them on the rear of the axle. The plan is to remove some sheet metal and modify the floor of the car to make it happen. It won’t impact the rear seat but may require a new mounting setup for the sway bar. Two steps forward and one step back.
The rear end is now in. We still need to put in a new sway bar but have to order a shorter bar to fit where we want to put it. It will be mounted in front and above the axle. It will make running the exhaust much easier. A new bar was ordered from Ron Sutton Race Technologies and should be here next week.
Flanges and tubes have been ordered for the headers but I have all the rest of the parts we need for the exhaust. We also ordered a new core for the radiator. Now that the new front suspension is in it created a lot more space for a radiator. We should be able to fit a core that is about 6” taller. We will also channel the air from the radiator and scoops into the radiator and coolers by fabricating some ducts.
There is a lot of details going on now. I am glad to have the guys at Rhom Innovations and Ron Sutton collaborating to help me come up with solutions that are aesthetically pleasing but more importantly functional.
Here are a couple pictures of the axle in place less the sway bar. Some sheet metal work is still required. We will also tie the upper shock mount into the cage for additional support.
We have the oil and transmission coolers mounted. I will have to put some sort of protective screen on it still but is should work well.
Here is a close up picture of the upper shock mount. It has a pretty heavy duty sleeve in it for strength.
Ron Sutton brought up a concern today. He questioned the long-term durability of the aluminum lower link bars and panhard bar. Some new bars are now in the way with the help of Dave over at Ron Sutton Race Technologies. Those guys, along with the fellas at Rhom Innovations have been fantastic to work with.