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  • #16
    Yesterday was a good day. Am building frame number 3. Making improvements we have learned from previous builds. We test fitted the body and it went well. All steering, track width, wheelbase and alignment went well. The transmission was too low. Just need to grind off a few tack-welds and we are good.

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    • #17
      Nice work !

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      • #18
        Awesome job. The car looks impressive and your updates cant come quick enough. Keep things humming.
        [COLOR=#333333]It's a never ending battle of making your cars better and also trying to be better yourself. - Dale Earnhardt Sr[/COLOR]

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        • #19
          Originally posted by G35Mike View Post
          Awesome job. The car looks impressive and your updates cant come quick enough. Keep things humming.
          Today we took the body off again to make all of the adjustments to get the ride height etc. where it needs to be. In so doing discovered that one of our QA1 Heim joints was narrower then the others. Ended up cutting off all of the LCA pivots, making 8 new ones that were shorter. Then it turns out that they are 6 mm too short so will be making yet another set. Did get the front steering rack all sorted and tacked in place. Now just need to wait for the new Heim joint and also waiting on die to bend the frame bars. So no pictures today. It would only look like a step backwards.

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            • #21
              Okay, engine and transmission are in. Building engine compartment one tube at a time. It looks like we have sorted most of the clearance issues. Re-formed the top firewall bar to clear valve covers. The oil pan is being re-worked, scatter shield trimmed. The headers clear the new motor mounts. There looks like enough room to run the steering shaft. Next challenge will be the brake master cylinder and brake/clutch pedal box. Won't know until we put the firewall template in.

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              • #22
                Great work on the frame man. Looks good.
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                • #23

                  body went back on today. All wheel alignment looks good and plenty of clearance. Foot pedal and clutch look right. Bars that comprise the sides need to be re-done. Too low and don't follow contour of wall. Also found out that steering rack is not going to work. Went to salvage yard and found a BMW rack that MIGHT work. What a pain.

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                  • #24
                    http://imgur.com/a/sEdNQ

                    new frame is finished now back in my shop.

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                    • #25
                      I have always been in love with the MB Gullwing. Your doing an outstanding job on this build. New Zealand must just be a car building crazy kind of place. I also frequent allmetalshaping forum and there must be a dozen builds from New Zealand. Keep up the great work, really looking forward to following your progress.

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                      • #26
                        http://imgur.com/a/5gcv3

                        Sorting out fitment issues. Built the engine with ARP studs. Now the valve covers won't fit. Also the rear velocity stack hits the frame.

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                        • #27
                          http://imgur.com/a/5gcv3
                          hood on

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                          • #28
                            Gullwing update

                            <a href="https://imgur.com/i4mMFlx"><img src="https://i.imgur.com/i4mMFlx.jpg" title="source: imgur.com" /></a>

                            I haven't posted in a while. Here is a photo of rear.

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                            • #29
                              I copied and pasted but cant seem to get the link to work. Want to see the progress!

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