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Old 12-03-2019, 01:30 AM
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A few posts coming up to fit all of this amazing work in.

One of the biggest sheet metal projects is now ticked off the list. Having pushed the motor and gearbox back I've had to recess the firewall 2" to give clearance behind the motor for sensors, wiring and a pair of bulkhead connectors.

Another issue with pushing the motor back is header clearance on the drivers side foot well / kick board. As I've gone to a Wilwood pedal setup I no longer need the additional clearance the factory provides on the drivers side so I have had it modified by the masters at The Panel Shop in Bibra Lake, WA to match the passenger side.

This also means the new firewall can be symmetrical instead of having a step out at the bottom to match the D/S kick board.

The factory floor was removed and replaced along with the reinforced frame mount section being extended in a similar way the P/S was built from factory.




















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Old 12-03-2019, 01:39 AM
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With the floor sorted the guys could move onto sorting out the actual firewall.

It was made out of two pieced formed in a buck (the firewall and recess) then welded, planished and metal finished.

A small section of the cowl area was removed in order to fit the recess, this took a little bit of working out as the Raingear wiper system also required that real estate and on top of that i have modified the cowl openings in the panel to have a more uniform shape (and to get rid of the ugly plastic grill that barely stops leaves!) Thankfully there is just enough space for everything to fit nicely, with 10mm or so clearance between the wiper arm and the firewall / cowl.















Everything was then epoxied and final welded into place.





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Old 12-03-2019, 01:45 AM
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And some final shots from when I got it home, had to throw on the intake and exhaust headers for a bit of a look.

I wasn't completely sold on the shape of the recess at first but now that I have seen it with the intake and manifolds mocked up i'm quite pleased with how its turned out.

The guys didn't have time before the Christmas / new year break to sort out the trans tunnel so i have brought it home to look into the steering components, driveshaft and maybe some wiring / plumbing mock up.

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Old 12-03-2019, 07:49 PM
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Fantastic work on the firewall! Congrats on clearing this big hurdle.
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