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Old February 4th, 2008, 10:33 PM   #81
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I think you should go with option 4. You could probably loose the lower vertical tube, and maybe the upper one too. You are gonna tie the header tube into the dash tube, and the rear hoop will have triangulation, so the upper halo should be plenty strong, I think.

With all the weight reduction, the thing is only gonna weigh about 2000# anyways, so you shouldn't have to worry about too much damage in a roll over, right?
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I think you should go with option 4. You could probably loose the lower vertical tube, and maybe the upper one too. You are gonna tie the header tube into the dash tube, and the rear hoop will have triangulation, so the upper halo should be plenty strong, I think.

With all the weight reduction, the thing is only gonna weigh about 2000# anyways, so you shouldn't have to worry about too much damage in a roll over, right?
LOL, you're right! SCORE rules for under 2000 lbs are like 1 1/4" 0.090 wall DOM right?
I agree with you, the a-pillar support vertical is probably unnecessary, so I'm going to leave it out for now. I can always add on, but taking tubes out is a lot more work. I am working on the seat mounts now, 1 of 2 tubes is in, need a little more bending on the other one, then I move on to the B-pillar X.
Dash bars are in though, looking good- you should stop by sometime and check it out, bring your fabbing hat.
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Old February 6th, 2008, 10:07 AM   #83
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I did a bit more tube work over the past couple days - dash bars are done, I am going to put a sheet of stainless accross the dash to mount gauges in.
I did the two seat mount tubes, and got the drivers side seat in. Passenger side shouldn't take more than 30 min tops to get in.

Next up are the frame tie ins for the front C/O area, A-pillar, and B-pillar. That should keep me busy for a day or so.

Updated to-do list:
-Coilover mount tubes to frame
-Finish cage work inside
-Mount seats
-Fab dash and maybe a console
-Spare tire mount
-Tube work for front sheetmetal
-Radiator mounting and fan
-Bare bones wiring
-Fire up and systems check
-Replace distributor, cam, heads, timing set, seals

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Old February 6th, 2008, 12:28 PM   #84
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looks good man
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Old February 7th, 2008, 09:41 AM   #85
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Thanks Nick, I got the second bucket mounted last night, and the cage seems to be sprouting legs...






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Old February 7th, 2008, 12:43 PM   #86
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Looks good Jeremy, those trips come out yet?
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Old February 7th, 2008, 12:56 PM   #87
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Looks good Jeremy, those trips come out yet?
Thanks Brian, no they are still in there, getting bigger by the day though. Today is 29 weeks 4 days, Sunday is 30 weeks!
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Old February 7th, 2008, 01:25 PM   #88
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Let me know if you will be looking for any other Chevy parts this year. My brother and I are hopefully going to do a major clean up at the old man's house.
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I think I would plate that tube that is welded to the frame.

looks good.
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Old February 7th, 2008, 03:32 PM   #90
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thanks man, I'll let you know- good luck with that!
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Old February 7th, 2008, 05:28 PM   #91
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it is plated, just the plate is a bit small
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Old February 7th, 2008, 06:30 PM   #92
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it is plated, just the plate is a bit small
you've had frame/ tube issues before on the stranger, so i wouldn't worry much
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Old February 7th, 2008, 08:13 PM   #93
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you've had frame/ tube issues before on the stranger, so i wouldn't worry much
With the Stranger the tubes ripped off because I didn't use plates at all, and I used the shocks as bumpstops :tonka::tonka:

Live and learn... plus, the cage will be tied to the frame in 10 places, not including original solid body mount perches. I don't think the body will be coming off the frame anytime soon.
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Hey man lookin good. I think you could heat your garage just from all that welding.

You have made alot of progress since I saw it. Making me look bad, I still have alot of work to do on my Bronco.

I have yet to use that tubing bender you sold me, but I was talkin with a bud last night who needs it to bend a few pieces for his roll cage in his mustang.


Keep up the good work.
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Old February 11th, 2008, 10:22 AM   #95
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Hey man lookin good. I think you could heat your garage just from all that welding.

You have made alot of progress since I saw it. Making me look bad, I still have alot of work to do on my Bronco.

I have yet to use that tubing bender you sold me, but I was talkin with a bud last night who needs it to bend a few pieces for his roll cage in his mustang.


Keep up the good work.
Thanks for the compliments! Hopefully the bender works well for you, I've been borrowing a buddy's JD2 and it kicks ass. Thanks Chadwick! We call it "The Grunter" for the amount of effort you have to put into every bend, but it does make you appreciate the work when it's done

You should come on by sometime if you get bored, I can always use a hand with the cage work. Next up is the c-pillar and the connecting tubes, then the front shoulder harness bars. I am estimating that I will need at least one more 20 foot stick of tubing before I feel good about the cage, mainly because I want a diagonal from the b-pillar to the rear floor, and that's 12 feet right there.

Here's what I got done over the weekend-




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That looks real good.
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Yea I would like to come by and see how the bender works. I have a JD2 also and have not used it yet. I even bought a hydraulic pump for it, just need to buy the ram and hoses and weld up a cart for it.

That will be a spring project for me.


I bought your old bender because it was cheaper than a 1.5" die for mine, but will eventually get a few other sizes. I bought a 2" for my cage. So if you need to use it let me know I am only a half mile from you (or less)
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Yea I would like to come by and see how the bender works. I have a JD2 also and have not used it yet. I even bought a hydraulic pump for it, just need to buy the ram and hoses and weld up a cart for it.

That will be a spring project for me.


I bought your old bender because it was cheaper than a 1.5" die for mine, but will eventually get a few other sizes. I bought a 2" for my cage. So if you need to use it let me know I am only a half mile from you (or less)

You have a 2" die? Nice! I can't imagine bending 2" tubing by hand though. Good thing you got the hydro kit for it. Harbor freight has a great deal on a air/hydro cylinder, I was looking at getting it and modding it to work with the jd2. I think their kit is about 100, but if you use a harbor freight 20% off coupon, you can save a bunch.
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Old February 14th, 2008, 09:57 AM   #100
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More cage work, this time on the rear section. Time for another stick of tubing.





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