|Let's get started with this oddly-shaped hole. I found that aluminum tape - the heavy duty stuff you'd use on ducting - works wonderful for making a pattern.|
|Looks damn near like the same image.|
|So I'd been worried about transmission angles and driveshaft clearance -
I'd seen a video on someone's tunnel mods and they'd not needed to go all
the way back. Let's start with checking angles.|
This is on the frame, which I would *assume* is a level plane to compare everything else to. This is the driver's side, so the frame is pointing one and a half degrees (give or take) down towards the front.
|From the passenger side, and the magnetic base on the output shaft flat, it looks like we're about 2 1/2 degrees *up*. That won't do. There is a quarter inch spacer in the transmission mount though, we can remove that.|
|The driver's side front tire was flat when the initial measurement was taken. Aired up now, looks more like one degree down in the front.|
|Now the transmission shows 4 1/2 degrees down. Possibly more than we'd like, not positive I trust the reading though.|
|With no other changes, the balancer says we're two degrees down (well, plus one degree for the frame) so 3 down.|
|Regardless, it looks like there's going to be plenty of clearance for the driveshaft - this is how much higher it is when it contacts the underside of the body.|
|The little dip below the shifter does not line up with any of the plans and so needs to be cut out (in progress here)|
|My first plasma cut! That's harder than it looks, the cuts were
The pattern wasn't quite right neither - hard to fake it for the curves.
I used 16ga steel for this - this will NOT be weak. Can't really bend it by hand though, so it's the tack-and-bend-and-tack-and-bend method.
I'm apparently still a horrible welder.
Mostly in place on the pass side.|
Yes, removing the transmission will be difficult; possibly impossible without pulling the engine. I do still need to replace the body bushings though, which will give a little more standoff.
|Driver's side will require some trimming before it can go any further.|
This is the point where I ran out of shielding gas, and did not get to the gas dealer in time.
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