Jackpoints welded, horn pockets in, and some aluminum stuff riveted

I returned to the front of the car after Thanksgiving to make the inner lip for the grill to bolt to, make and install the horn pockets, make the horn mounting tabs, weld the frame extensions and jack points and build the airbox for the oil cooler. All done.


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Frame extensions

Last night I found a couple of 2 1/2-inch tubes from an old treadmill, which I thought might work to nest inside my frame rails to extend them for working front jack points. Today I set about getting the axles and bearings out of them. Spent two hours.

This old treadmill was built right. The bearings are beefy and they’re carried by some kind of super-tough plastic that’s pressed in. I was able to drive the steel axles out easily with a five pound sledge and a drift, but the bearings and their carriers would not budge with any kind of persuasion I could muster.

I tried drilling around the bearing and broke two bits in the plastic!

Finally I hit on using a hole saw. Luckily I had one the right size to fit over the bearing and still fit in the tube.

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