here's a project that helped me realize some things can't be saved,
by me anyway.
means nothing without basic construction techniques.
at the frame had the rails underneath the rear end.
A definite MC Escher design.
They settled with an almost rigid rear suspension,
leaving barely an inch of travel.
so yeah full rigid.
slowly attracting $1000's in work and parts.
and these tacked patch panels made it less floppy.
You saw the bar above resting on the radius rods,
right in line with the imaginary driveshaft.
I'm sure it would have been modified later.
welded to the once rusty inner panel.
At this point the body was raised up about a 2x4 width,
this allowed beefier mounts to line up with the subframe,
while the grille shell lined up with the cowl top.
most likely cause it was resting on the frame,
that's without the driver and the rest of the car parts.
and this was the easiest solution.
a quick cut and paste.
the spring was finally free,
to settle 3 degrees the wrong way.
The decision was made to fix it,
nothing worse than spring bind on a suspension.
rotate these barely welded spring perches.
I noticed these crazy cracks in the casting!
The vice mark clues were easy to deduce,
the shop had torch bent the perches,
a bit past the comfort level.
Especially since the insides were rotted!
If these broke,
the frame and engine basically scrape on the ground.
Not called a suicide front end for jokes!
following the same attention to design of the other cut out work.
Why waste a 2 foot section of miscut thin square tube from the previous try?
Just add an inch on each end!
And why weld both sides?
Nobody will see it,
especially when the outside is ground smooth.
the crossmember was fit and welded.
Yeah crude but effective.
It looked cleaner after the grinder!
Fat doubler plates beefed up the wishbones.
The perches were welded upside down,
so the spring wouldn't hit the tie rod.
Amazing this re-work was all done accidentally,
what if it wasn't fixed?
to do the roadster later.
Earlier pics didn't show the rear sag.
Four inch spacers were needed to set it level.
especially cause the rear suspension used a 2" front spring.
and used to thicken the rear frame rails.
Definitely has clearance now!
The next shop can't say this won't be strong,
which was reused for the fuel tank mount.
I had to do something fun.
but rubber rake couldn't stand the bed full of parts that will be added by the next shop,
Lone Wolf Chop Rodz.
Expected time to the road is 2 weeks...
and glad to have caught a few problems that would have sidelined James to the hospital or worse!