2Loose Willy's Gasser Project, ..................... This is the start of the "Body Mods Section" for this project......

I'm just now starting on the cage build, and who knows what else, maybe a 2dr conversion? A chopped top? Hey, around the "Old Dudes" Workshop, anything can happen......

But I kinda like the idea of a 4dr gasser, so am building the cage around the idea of keeping all four doors accessible for the street....

Starting with a bunch of rusty 1-5/8" tubular mild steel spec'd for a mig welded 10 point cage, we started wire wheel scrubbing, bending and cutting, painting, welding, and whatever to get a cage like I wanted in this 4dr 55 gasser....

Got the main hoop in at the door post, and started bending up a second main hoop to fit at the back seat....

As most of you are probably aware, on these cars with the frames set in a bit from the edges of the body, an "outrigger" is required of at least 2" x 3" by 1/8" welded solidly to the frame to accept and support the main hoop. I'll need three on each side, as I am adding a second hoop at the back seat, so both hoops and the front arms at the dash board will need "outriggers".....

These are just "tacked" in place for now, I will cut the tacks and drop the whole assembly (both main hoops and the front arms) down for final welding, much easier at the top inside the car when I drop it down like that, then push it back up into place and final weld the "outriggers" to the frame. The front and rear frame supports can be added in after that....

Added a little "jog" on the rear main hoop to clear the back tire well, yet keep it aligned with the rear quarter panel window post (the "C" pillar)....

After scrubbing the rust off of this steel tubing, bending, cutting, and fitting it, I'm priming it white and painting it flat black before fitting/tack welding it in place. Messy job painting inside the car, so trying to do most of it outside the car. I'll remove the paint at all the weld points when I put it in the car, painting just the weld points inside the car is a much smaller hassle to deal with.....

That's the back seat main hoop, just finished bending/fittins it, and primed it. Some flat black later and it will be ready to tack into place.....

Those square 2" x 3" tubing pieces will be cut and fit for the "outriggers" for this hoop and the front dash board legs.....

(That's another of the "Old Dudes" rigs in the background, a streetable 10 second '59 ford F100 pickup. He put a mustang II front end under it, so I put his solid axle/springs etc under my gasser......)

Got the front dash board legs fitted and primered also, flat black going on after the primer dries....

After getting the two main hoops, and the front dash legs, all connected and welded where I could reach from the inside, I cut the six outrigger tack welds loose at the frame and dropped the whole inside assembly down so I could easily weld the outside of each joint and the outrigger to tube joints underneath while everything was hanging down and easily accessible:

Now I need to cut some thin plates and box off the exposed ends of the 2" x 3" box steel outriggers, no photo of that though....

Back to inside the car....

Final welded those cage junctions, painted 'em, jacked it up into position and welded the outriggers to the frame, then added in the front and rear legs......

Then we took a break to party a bit, play some music and have a toast or two for the project so far..... This old Strat and Fender amp never gets to just sit and rest for very long, usually gets a workout at least once a day.... "Inspiration".....

Got some swing-out end pieces from Chris Alston and welded up some door supports......

Got some primer on 'em, later will add the flat black paint....

The front bars swing out, the rear ones swing up....

Also added a seat bar, just behind and above the front seat....

Some side supports toward the center hump in the car just behind the front seat will be added to the main hoop....

Got some paint on all the new bars, here's some shots of the front bars and the radiator installed, and the rear bars....

Now I gotta work on fabbing a set of fenderwell headers....

Most of this steel tubing is rusty, so I "scrub" it with a wire wheel before I weld it in place. It is a workout, as this grinder puts out a lot of power and that wheel is big! But it really scrubs the steel down to shiney like new appearance!

These are the side legs for the main hoop to go in behind the front seat.

It took a bit of "trial and error" before I got these bars to fit the way I wanted. Still not a perfect fit but close enough. With the side bars bolted in place and these bars in there, the cage has become quite rigid, I don't think there will be any problems with frame flex in this car!

I need to pull the seat out so I can final weld some of these joints, didn't want to burn holes in the seat!

More later......

Here's some links to more pix:

Patching Up All The Sheet Metal Holes

More Body Mods, Rear Seat Mods, Whatevers.....

Adding A Front Sway Bar

Whacking And Welding Some Fenderwell Headers!

Dog Dish Hubcaps? Air Filter Rain Covers? Looks Good To Me........

Setting Up The Rear Axle and Suspension page 2

Setting Up The Rear Axle and Suspension page 1

Cutting A Hole In The Hood, and Setting The Fenders....

Installing The Radiator

Setting Up The Tilt Front End

Setting Up The Steering and Suspension 2

Setting Up The Steering and Suspension

Starting To Fit Some Parts Here and There....

Setting Up The Front Axle 2

Setting Up The Front Axle 1

Narrowing The Front Axle

Found This Ford F100 Front Axle

Assembling The Blower Motor

Reworking an Olds 425 to take a 6-71 huffin on it.

Trial fit for the 6-71, a Don Hampton special.

Pulled apart a '67 Olds 400 motor for spare parts.....

Did Some Porting Work on some Edelbrock Olds Heads

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