Sunday, April 20, 2014

Visual Progress

This weekend started out with more unconventional jigging.

Once the tubes were all tacked in place, I had to try to figure out how to get the damn thing flipped and rotated to a more useful position.  Needless to say, it doesn't look like I'll be able to maneuver the frame around for very much longer, without the assistance of my hoist.  I would dare say that it's almost starting to look like a real chassis.

One decision I've been mulling over, is how to build the upper portions of the foot wells in such a way that the transmission can be reasonably installed or removed.

As you can see, the shifter stub protrudes up a bit and will probably require a considerable amount of jockeying to get it in and out even as shown with the transverse tube an inch higher than it would ideally be.  One alternative is that once the final transmission tunnel tubes are in place, any tubes in the shifters path be removable.  Eliminating them might work, but would be less elegant as it would require 'creative' bracing for the load paths to return to the tunnel behind the transmission.  Getting the forward tunnel tubes cut and put in place should give me time to formalize a plan of action.

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