That turned out to be a beefy piece. I'm glad it worked out for you. I really can't say much on the tunnel support that would help. I would -think- that it's less important since you now have a more robust piece in place acting as both a trans crossmember and keeping the front rails tied together.Got the trans mount tacked up and the car on the ground with the weight of the drivetrain on the chassis for the first time in a while. In the next couple days I will measure the drivetrain angle at ride height. I also have a 15/16 MC from a 95 cobra showing up tomorrow to try out. The reservoir is tilted and will hopefully help out the fact the MC needs to be raised. Thanks to @arcane73 for showing me @j persons post on this mount. It’s a nice piece. What do you guys think of me running without a tunnel support? I’m debating it because of space. I also am not sure it would do very much without the crossmember installed. Seems like it would need that triangulation to be strong enough to make a difference.
I completely agree😂. I knew there would be challenges. It is fun though. Even asked myself if I should just spend the $1500 and do the hydro boost to save the hassle but I don’t think the car needs it and as complicated as it is to get it sorted, I like the simplicity/feel of the manual. I had a fox booster and was about as happy as you were with your power brakes. This setup will rule out the cable clutch though, so an order to malwood will be in my near future.
Great idea in regards to the way you cut the peddle box/assembly. My brain was adamant about not doing that but looking back that would definitely be the easier approach. You will most likely need/want a 1/2 inch spacer to accommodate the possible 3/4 raise at the firewall. That was with leaving the rear box shape the same etc. You will have the brakes sorted soon. Then on to the clutch.👍
I need to extend the firewall end about 1.5”. I will try to have the rise come from that extension. If that’s not enough I will try to Pie cut it after the pedal shaft so I don’t move the pedals up. That said, I haven’t been under there yet to see what’s going to happen. Today was a golf day and then pool. 88* here today. I’ll probably have an update tomorrow.
Thank you! I won’t weld the 3/16” MC support plate to the pedal support until I have the actual firewall mocked up in place. I’ll bolt the plate to the MC and firewall and tack it so it fits perfectly. Should have sheetmetal and hole saws Tuesday. Then I need a pushrod and some machining to the MC so it captures the pushrod and can’t fall out. I knew the brakes were going to be a pain. Should be all down hill after though. Hoping to have the brake nightmare over this month.Nailed it!l. Nice work - great modification/thinking and execution. 👍
I always say the same thing! Even with a half-lift, I still gripe about having so little room to work!Anangryford said:Metal work sucks without a bench vise! I know some people don’t have a garage, and I am a whiner but my limited space is making this more difficult than it should be.
I could use a Volvo pump out of a yard. That crossed my mind too, but I haven't seen anyone do it to know what its like.Can you do away with the ps pump and just run an electric ps pump?
I am running the stock alternator in the factory position using the Detroit Speed alternator relocation bracket. It rotates the alternator closer to the block and further away from the frame rail.While I am working on the firewall, the engine will be out for what seems like the hundredth time. I want to figure out what I'm going to do for the alternator and PS drive while its out. I'm looking at the PBH and Vintage Air but would be open to any others if they're good.
The VA doesn't move the alternator and I'm not sure if it will fit in the stock location. I assume it would because of how high my engine is. I also don't know if I want the power steering on the passenger side of the engine. Seems like routing would be a pain.
The PBH moves the alt to the pass side and puts the PS pump where the alt used to be right near my rack connections. I don't especially like how the alt looks in there backwards but its not a deal breaker. They have a modular ford pump option and a smaller gm pump option. I have no idea which is best.
Anyone use these setups and what do you like/dislike about them? Which pump did you get If you're running the PBH? Which alternator kit did you get if your running the VA? Where did you get PS hoses?
I'm leaning towards the PBH kit except that the AC kit will be by VA and I don't like to mix parts if I can help it. They both cost around $2k for everything.
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