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

(QUICKIE UPDATE....) While doing some other welding, decided to add some "stops" to the front door side bars. Cruising on the street with the bars in place, it's common not to put the pins in, just pull the bars closed and shut the doors and go cruising....

Decided I needed to put some "stops" on those bars, so if there was a side impact out on the street with no pins in those bars, they would still provide the needed protection. Cut some heavy wall 1-1/4" tubing in half and welded it onto the side of the bars at the slotted end. They will now only go so far on side impact when the pins are not in, much safer setup! I could have welded some stops inside the male piece on the cage hoop (where the bar fits when closed) to provide a stop there also, but with the seats etc already in the car, this was much easier to do....

Now for some smoothing and paint, and good to go! This will be much safer.....



Original Post for this page: Got the cage pretty well finished, here's how it looks at the front seat right now, it's pretty dusty, needs a good cleaning, this shop is open air, and it's been plenty windy lately, lot of dirt and dust blowing through the shop....

I setup the controls right where I want them, the pedals, steering wheel, shifter, all fit me perfectly....

Still don't know what that thing on the tranny tunnel is for, we think it must have had an 8-track in it at one time....

I'll probably mount a couple of gages there, a couple of the less important one....

It needs some gages, looking at fabbing some "pods" to moung on the dash, but that's down the road a ways....

The rear seat needed to be modified to fit with the "minitubs" and the cage....

A section of seat bottom frame and a row of springs was removed on each side and the frame was welded back together....

The back of the seat bottom now fits nicely between the "minitubs"....

But the sides of the seat bottom by the doors was hitting parts of the cage and the rear door bars, so that part was also removed, narrowed, and fitted to fit over the raised portion of the floor under the seat. It clears the swing up door bars nicely now....

With the door bars in the up position access to the rear seat is easy. Now I also have to narrow the back of the rear seat to fit between the minitubs....

Reworked the sides of the seat back to clear the cage bars and fit on the "mini-tubs"....

Threw an old furniture packing quilt on and we're "Good to Go"....

Now we're gettin' ready for some vinyl, this pig is gonna have some tasty innards....

But first some nasty work with the wire brush, a paint brush, and some POR15....

Think I got as much on me as I did on that cardboard.....

But, once we got some red vinyl and black thread on them they really started to make this old gal look like a french whore....

Hey, I'm ready for that....

So then I stripped the front seat down, wire brushed it to get all the loose rust off (by hand, no power tools here), then hand painted it with POR15......

Previously I had beefed up the floor bolts and brackets, "upgrade" is the word of the day....

And then set it back in place to see what else it neaded....

It definitely needed some solid support on the back of the upper seat, so I welded in some 1/4" plate, threaded it, and welded a nut on top of that, checked it with a tap to make sure the threads were lined up, painted it, and put it back for another check....

Still had some scrap left over from the original rear spring shackles (first cut of that went to the driveshaft safety hoops), so they became front seat upper supports....

Here it is all bolted in place and primered, still needs some flat black paint....

Now it got pulled for more of that french whorehouse upholstery.....

Now I have some upholstery on that front seat too....... Put some finished holes in the seat for a five point safety harness, will order those later, just before my first run at the track, as those are dated, so I want the latest date possible just before heading to the track....

Ain't gonna try to explain, but had a fire, was welding the holes shut on the firewall, looked up, and the windshield was filled with flames, with smoke pouring out the windows....

Tossed the welding helmet, grabbed a hose, and lucky it had a nozzle on it, set it on fine spray (close to a fog nozzle, I've been a firemen in my past....) and put the fire out....

Was faced with this when it was done....

My buddies and I pulled the seats out and cleaned up the smokey mess inside the car....

And stripped down that front seat, and reupholstered it, it looks just like the first time, can't tell the difference, except the car still stinks of smoke!!!



More Later....

Here's some links to other pages:

Fabbing A Pair Of Driveshaft Safety Hoops

Putting Together The Fuel System

Patching Up All The Sheet Metal Holes

More Body Mods, Trimming The Rear Seats fo Fit....

Ten Point Cage Build for a Four Door, Two Main Hoops.....

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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