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 Post Posted: Sun May 01, 2011 7:15 pm 
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Very nice work Todd!!!!!!!!!
Explain the issue with the cage as I have a 25 cage that was just recertified in March and there was no issues...Is
this something new???

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 Post Posted: Sun May 01, 2011 7:20 pm 
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Thanks guys.

The issue some discussed on YB was the secondary door diagonal. One fellow claimed his inspector would not pass a 25.2/25.3 cage unless the secondary door diagonal intersected at the height of the dash bar. Some guys are keeping the secondary door diagonal lower to allow easier access and also clear the underside of the dash. There is nothing in the SFI book stating these bars must intersect. I had our inspector stop by to inspect some key areas I had concerns about and he felt all these areas were legal including the secondary door diagonal placement.

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 Post Posted: Sun May 01, 2011 8:03 pm 
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Hell pretty soon your going to have to climb out the window like a roundy round car [-( [-( =;

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 Post Posted: Mon May 02, 2011 5:02 am 
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10secBu wrote:
Thanks guys.

The issue some discussed on YB was the secondary door diagonal. One fellow claimed his inspector would not pass a 25.2/25.3 cage unless the secondary door diagonal intersected at the height of the dash bar. Some guys are keeping the secondary door diagonal lower to allow easier access and also clear the underside of the dash. There is nothing in the SFI book stating these bars must intersect. I had our inspector stop by to inspect some key areas I had concerns about and he felt all these areas were legal including the secondary door diagonal placement.




Todd, Was that with the 2 pieces of 6" tubing for braces?? So you don't need them it they intersect?

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 Post Posted: Mon May 02, 2011 6:48 am 
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The intersection of bars 12A, 17/17B and 11.

The gussets are 1" x .058, 4" min length.

Again, the SFI book does NOT provide a measurement for this intersection point.

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 Post Posted: Tue May 03, 2011 7:20 pm 
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A little tough to see but no diagonal's here...

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 Post Posted: Sat May 07, 2011 4:48 pm 
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The battery tray and mount are now complete. I got started on the trunk sheetmetal today.

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 Post Posted: Sun May 08, 2011 5:22 pm 
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Not a whole lot of difference to show, but here it is anyways.

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 Post Posted: Wed May 18, 2011 7:39 pm 
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No pics to post right now. Still working on the trunk sheetmetal. It's been slow going as I've lost some work days on the car this month.

I'd really like to try and complete the trunk work this weekend, we'll see come Sunday how far I got.

After the trunk sheetmetal, the remaining work is smaller, simpler projects. Still waiting for the custom window new to show up from Stroud...sure would be nice if that came real soon.

Anyway, probably won't have much to show here on out as the rest is small simple stuff. Will try and post updates when the car goes for media blasting & powder coat.

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 Post Posted: Wed May 18, 2011 9:37 pm 
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Some of us are real interested in the small simple stuff!! The things you take for granted are very useful and interesting to those of us that don't do this for a living, but still want to have as nice a car as possible and do as much of the work as we can.

Thanks for taking the extra time and effort to record your project, I'm sure I'm not the only one who appreciates it.

By the way, you do awesome work!

Looking forward to your next installment.

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 Post Posted: Wed May 18, 2011 9:42 pm 
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Slowpoke wrote:
Some of us are real interested in the small simple stuff!! The things you take for granted are very useful and interesting to those of us that don't do this for a living, but still want to have as nice a car as possible and do as much of the work as we can.

Thanks for taking the extra time and effort to record your project, I'm sure I'm not the only one who appreciates it.

By the way, you do awesome work!

Looking forward to your next installment.


Thanks, I will try and take some pics of the smaller stuff then. To some, they may not see any difference from before though. =;

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 Post Posted: Thu May 19, 2011 7:54 am 
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I don't know if most people realize the amount of time all the little things take to do. When I built the Probe it took less than 6 months for me to build the tube chassis and weld it all up but it took a total of 5 years to complete the car. That time does include a lot of "bigger" parts of the project but it seems like there was always a ton of the "little" things that had to be done.

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Hey Todd I have a wagon that could use some updating ;-) =; \:D/ \:D/

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 Post Posted: Sun May 22, 2011 5:18 pm 
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Update time. Thankfully it was a pretty productive weekend even though I lost a couple hours Saturday due to my daughters birthday party.

The tin work is officially done including the trunk. I was also able to knock quite a few small jobs off the list, so were looking to be in decent shape to finish up fabrication in the next couple weeks.

taking care of some loose ends on the top corners of the package tray.

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mounts for the battery tray as well as the sheetmetal boxes in the corner for the ends of the frame rails.

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trunk floor gas fill hump removed.

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new body mounts.

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angle strips to attach floors.

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small 1/2" chromoly tube welded to hold chute cable to cage instead of zip ties.

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This last pic shows the anti-roll link tubes completed as well as two tubes on the X brace to give me a place to weld tabs for the fire bottle to mount.

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 Post Posted: Sun May 22, 2011 5:40 pm 
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Looking good Todd!!!!!
Question...I was told to never mount the anti-roll bar behind the axle...Best place for it is on center of the axle tube
or ahead of center of the tube...Not saying it won"t work just saying.....

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