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  1. Also, trying to backtrack the exact sequence of events in the crash that f***ed up the old shock tower is exiting in its own way!
  2. Hmm... You might be on to something. I quickly went out and measured some angles with my phone and it might looks like both frame rails are twisted out slightly at the top, possibly more on the passenger side, but everything below 1 degree. Another think to keep in mind for sure. The mounting surface for the upper control arm on the old tower were also pulled out approximately 1/2", so that would also explain a twist in the frame rails. Readjusting the twist should be the last thing to do, right? Cutting, bending and rewelding the shock tower to replicate the relative angles on the driver side tower > welding the shock tower to the frame rail > twisting the frame rails with the tower so that the export brace fit. Horizontally not that bad, but vertically pretty bad since the driver side frame rail pointed up by about 5/8" in the front. I had the cahssi aligned by a professional 2 years ago, so the cross measurements and datum line measurements should be as good as they can get without risking making them even worse. My crossmember (or rather the frame rail bolt holes) measures 29.4" C-C, +/- 0.1". So that might also support the theory of twisted frame rails. This is why many brains together is superior to a single lonely one. :)
  3. If I push in the tower until it touches the rear fender apron I get pretty close to your number, within 1/8". Originally the car had the 2-piece export brace, which I don't have around at the moment. I don't really think those are a good way to get a reference point though. I bought a 1-piece, but it's not perfect eighter. The mounting surface at the cowl point upward towards the front a fair amount and if I align the tower according to RPM's numbers above the brace still wants me to pull the towers closer together by an adittional 1/2" to 3/4". The center-to-center distance between the inner most holes on the brace is 30.6", if someone wants to compare.
  4. I'm working on replacing the passenger side shock tower since the old one was twisted and had a crack in it. The new shock tower looks good, but have some minor issues. The biggest is that when I have it positioned and flush towards the frame rail and the lower control arm mounting point is in perfect position the part above the frame rail lean out by about 2.5 degrees compared to the driver side tower (0 dergees). Just pushing the tower inwards at this point means that the gaps towards the frame rail increases and the lower control arm mount gets lower. Not good either. No matter how you turn you still have your ass behind you (swedish proverb). My current plan is to make a relief cut across the inner structure (red) and try to bend the tower inwards across the top of the frame rail (green), and then just weld it together again. Just writing this to check with you guys if you think it's a good idea, or if there is some better way to adress this.
  5. I've read the article and skimmed through the study and have a couple of critiques. "Well, how about that..." A car and motor magazine is highlighting a "study" about how electric veicles is dirtier than classics.That doesn't mean that what they are saying is wrong, just that it should be a warning sign, and that you should take what they write with a grain of salt. Who or what is Footman James? It's a "Classic Veicle Insurance Specialist". Hmmmm...... Bias anyone? The "study" is in no way a scientific study meant to be published in a scientific paper. There is no summary, no goal of the study and way to many subjective hearsay sprinkled throuhout the "study". It's an "Indicator report" as they say themself in the closing page, probably meant to get a grasp on their customers and possibly as a commersial. A classic car releases less CO2 per year than what it takes to produce a new electric veicle? Well, no shit! Apples to oranges. The biggest thing you could do when you buy a car if you are enviromental consious is to buy a used car. And if your wallet is a concern that car will most likely have a combustion engine. At least for now. The battery will need to be replaced within 46 years? There have been studies on Tesla batteries and that they retain 90% of their capacity after 200 000 miles. 46 years is a long time and I just have a hard time imagining most EV reaching classic status irregardless of the battery. Who in their right mind would replace a cool classic hobby car with an soulless EV?
  6. Good to hear. The crossmember is staying as it is then, which makes everything abit easier. I will have to replace the front fender too so I'm not sure how useful this is for my specific case. It's a great tip though.
  7. I'm about to replace the radiator support and at least the right front inner fender because sometime in the past the car was in a crash and had the right front corner pushed in, and then pushed out again with a crude method, most likely a BFH and a prybar. What would be the best way to aling the radiator support? Just try to use the same cross measurements as the left side, or install the hood and try to line it up relative to that? Any other tips? Also, the radiator support crossmember have had some rough times too, but nothing that I think would need a replacement since it really can't be seen from the outside. Lets just call it battle scars. :) I have had the frame aligned and I'm also afraid removing the crossmember will release some tensions and make a replacement a pain in the a**, but I'm uncertain what some of the holes are for since I can't remember when I picked the car apart. What are the three bold holes in the middle of this picture for? Do they need to be straight? I should probably make a project thread someday too... :)
  8. Ok, I don't think I can get better information than that. Thanks!
  9. As nice as it would be to order some of those front fenders, I feel like the money could be placed better at the moment. Will keep them in mind though. Regarding your rear flares, you say you haven't mini tubbed the car. What did you do about the outer wheel well? Is the fender lip similar to stock?
  10. People get organ transplants and hip joint replacements all the time to be able to keep on living a healthy life. Keeping it original is only special as long as you are able to keep it on the road in a fun and safe way. Even if you freshen it up and replace some parts it's still the same car. I'd say go for it and make it the car you always wanted! You only live once! :)
  11. Since my rear fender lips have rusted and needs replacing and I have an extra pair of front fenders I thought that maybe I should try to flare them abit, but I'd like it to look like they could have come that way from the factory. If they turn out bad nothing is lost and I get another chance to decide what I want after I've replaced the rear lip. If they turn out good I can just replicate it again and just keep the extra front fenders as they are. The mild flare that some Trans Am cars have look mean! Anyone have any information on how they were made? Dolly and hammer? Example of the look I'm after: https://silodrome.com/ford-mustang-boss-302-trans-am/
  12. Casgar

    Rally Sweden

    I might have been abit unclear, the last video is not mine. I just thought it was cool. :) Here are some of mine. The first if of a WRC II car, the rest is WRC I. https://imgur.com/KZRNoMO https://imgur.com/QDdYwnK https://imgur.com/6K6Q5Wb Don't forget to turn on the sound. My phone's microphone doesn't do it justice though.
  13. Casgar

    Rally Sweden

    For the first time since it started in 1950 the yearly World Rally Championship in Sweden have changed location because of lack of snow in recent years. The new location is further north in my hometown, so of course I had to go. Only 3 top teams, Ford, Hyundai and Toyota. 380hp 1.6l turbocharged engines with an electric motor of 130hp. I've had really fun the last couple of days! Remember that almost all the roads are regular gravel country roads or access roads for forestry industry.
  14. If I had a real GT350, had no plans to ever sell it, and wanted it go be more compedative I would at most upgrade it with bolt-on stuff, or maybe, MAYBE, minor welding. Lowering the seat platform to be able to fit more comfortable, yes. Rising the transmission tunnel to fit a different transmission, maybe. Removing the shock towers and installing a different crossmember and suspension, BIG NO NO. Whatever you do the car will be worth less. Money aside, I think you should at least reflect on that it's really a rare piece of car history that you are trying to modify. If I had way more time, money and skills, and I REEEALY wanted a bad ass GT350 I would probably get a random shell and make into a GT350 clone. Something like this:
  15. Merry Christmas! Hope your bellys haven't bursted from all the christmas food. :)
  16. That's actually a good idea too. My current tank (and car) has been sitting in a garage for 15+ years, but I don't actually know if the tank is solid or just dirty. Lot of gunk in there at least. If I clean it and it's ok the Holley alternative is cheaper both in initial cost and in shipping since it's a much smaller piece. And free choise of tanks in case I have to replace it, which I can buy over here with not too much of a price difference. What do you think of the HydraMat? Is the mat placed across the bottom?
  17. I have a hard time justifying a tank that cost double of what the Tanks Inc cost, especially since I'll have to have it shipped over to Europe too. Though good to hear that the lines fit even with floor on top. I've read some threads that are not very positive about Spectra tanks. Gunk that clogged the filter in just a few hours, etc. Though that might have changed, I don't know. Thanks for the info. Aeromotive does sound most interesting so far. 2 gallon less isn't that big of a deal. Or I could just buy the tank and pump separate. Doesn't seem to be that much of a price difference.
  18. Yeah, I know. Its an awesome car! What I meant was that I'd personally prefer a hybrid that I could drive to the next city without having to recharge.
  19. Going to have to replace my current tank sooner or later and I was wondering if anyone have any experiences with eighter one of these? Aeromotive Tanks Inc Both tanks suppport my hp goal (4-500hp), and both have some sort of baffles. The Aeromotive have the line exits at the stock position, but can only be had in -69 size (20 gal) and not in -70 size (22 gal). The Tanks Inc is ~100$ cheaper. I'm planning on putting some sort of flat floor in the trunk. Will the inlet/outlet on the Tanks Inc interfere with that if you assume the bottom of the floor is on the top of the frame rails? Is any of the baffles better? Any input is appreciated.
  20. I'm just waiting for the new ZF 8 speed automatic to start appearing in junkyards so I can make a hybrid with 200 electric horses! :) https://www.zf.com/products/en/cars/products_55041.html Production starts in 2022 though. :(
  21. The sad part is that even if one party is to split right now I don't think its possible to change much until after at least another 2 elections. In my view splitting the Republican Party would be a disadvantage for them in the short run, but keeping it together would be a gamble. The same can be said for the Democratic Party too, except it would be an even bigger disadvantage for them to split right now. In the long run, however, I think it would be a win for everyone if any, or both parties would split. Kinda like the free market where you need to compete to stay relevant. Its easy to stay in power if you only have to push in one direction, and only having two options to vote for is only slightly better than what the worlds 3:nd largest economy have.
  22. Casgar

    Skynet's coming.

    Based on events and inventions throughout all of human history, the anser is never! If by "true AI" you mean something like in "2001: A Space Odyssey" then yes, that would be bad. I don't really see how we can avoid creating something like an AI eventually though, especially since the advancements in computer power increase the rate of progress in all scientific fields at an exponentially rate far greater than anything before. Humans are not very good at working all together for a common goal, so even if we can see something bad coming (which I think is especially hard when everything is going so fast) I'm not sure we can prevent it. And I don't neccesarily mean AI Overlords kind of bad. The video had me fascinated and smiling though. :)
  23. I don't have anything as good as the "Merry Christmas"-thread to share, but here's to a better year than the last one!
  24. I don't know what type of vaccine is going to be distributet in the US, but here's a short description of how the current vaccine candidates in Sweden (and EU in large) work: I share your concern, especially since I heard in the beginning of the year that an optimistic timeline for a new vaccine was 18 months at best, but from what I understand that timeline was with a traditional type of vaccine where you are injected with a veak version of the virus. This new type of mRNA-vaccine is apparently easier, and therefore faster to produce and can also be made to target the virus more effective. The technique in and of itself have been around for decades, but have never been approved for humans, not because they have failed initial testing, but because there haven't been any canditates. So for a vaccine for humans its pretty new, and probably needs alot of testing. The problem that I see is that you can't know beforehand what the best way to go is. As stated in your link, a lockdown can be very effective at fightning the virus, but so can a non-lockdown or a vaccine be too. For everything to be as effective as it can be everyone must have the same goal. If there is alot of distrust in the goverment and the vaccine distributors (unfounded or not) then the population will be divided and both a lockdown and vaccine will be less effective than it could be, assuming both are effective. As an example, Sweden and Japan are both countries that didn't do an outright lockdown, but Japan still has 5000 less deaths (8200 vs 3100) in a population of more than x12 that of Sweden (10M vs 126M). The Swedish goverment said that mask were inneffective in the beginning of the pandemic, while mask were almost universally in Japan. I'm not saying that is neccesarily the only reason, only that there are so many variables that can affect the outcome. Incompetent leaders, fake news, culture, slow reaction time etc. The list is long. We'll see how the testing goes. I'm sceptical but hopefull. Aside from Wikipedia here is some more flesh if someone want to engross yourself into the mRNA-vaccine. https://www.nature.com/articles/nrd.2017.243
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