Hi Archie, I didn't want to start an argument, I am just trying to help. I realize you didn't ask for any, but I think a forum like this is the place for that sort of thing. I did acknowledge that you put a lot of thought into it, but when there's something this important it can't hurt to hear a few more ideas. I have seen tanks, dropped them and replaced pumps. While you've shown that the front filler really wouldn't work, you didn't respond to my suggestion to place it in the back. I'm curious why you wouldn't you do that? I'm sure that you are already planning to put struts on the louvers, so it would be fairly easy access. The only issue is whether there's a trunk that you could place it adjacent to, or build some sort of enclosure for it so that gas isn't spilled on a hot engine, which is obviously not a good situation either. BTW I would have not responded at all had this not been a safety, rather than design issue. Thanks, John
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Glad to see the owner is happy! I am very sad as I know that the end of this thread is near. I am going to miss my daily visit to this thread. I can't wait to see what comes out of Archie's shop next. This one will be tough to top but Archie and crew have what it takes to do it. Thanks Archie for sharing all this excellent work. A lot of us have learned a great deal from this thread.
Since the last update, we've taken the interior back out of the car. We also took the metal inside door framework & sent them out for Powdercoating.
I've meda a list of all the items we need to finish the car & all the things we need to do yet..... When we finish something we check it off, when think of something that's not on the list we add it to the list.
All of the parts we need to finish the LS3 6 speed are here & we're working on installing them.
We've finished the plywood pattern for the rear window, I'll drop it off to get an actual window made next week.
Friday, Rob got a lot of the wiring done on the engine & a lot will be going on this next week.
We are pushing to try to get the engine all hooked up & the exhuast on it & try to fire it up by the end of next week.
I expect that I'll be updating this thread everyday next week. By the end of the week I hope to be posting up a U-Tube video of the first starting of the engine.
Rob working on routing the harness.
These harnesses are designed for front engine rear wheel drive cars. So some of the wires need to be re-routed so that it looks good when we're done.
Most of those wires are laying down out of the way in this pic. The electronic gas pedal has been mounted & the ECM will be in the original Fiero location & all the wires from the LS3 harness that needed to be in the interior have been run thru the bulkhead.
We still have to mount the fuse/relay panel, then it'll be time to work what is left of the Fiero harness into this.
I just had an insane thought streak across my mind.... 180 degree headers.
I understand how much room a proper setup like that takes, but I think the sound would be so worth it - especially considering the lengths you've gone already - to make this a brilliant car. Maybe I'm nuts (don't tell me if I am - I'm enjoying myself too much ).
Can you see the light at the end of the tunnel yet?
YES, the light it a lot brighter after all the stuff we got done last week.
We got all of the driveline in the car this week. It still needs some detailing & a bunch of test driving but the driving will have to wait 'til we get a bunch of smaller things done.
We still have to do the wiring for everything in the interior & all the lights. We've already started wiring up the gages.
We also need to find & mount some struts to aid in opening the front & rear clips. We have to build some wheel well liners to cover a few open areas under the car. We've got to undercoat/insulate the underside of the body with some lizard skin. Mount the mirrors & screens. We have to make some slats to copver the 2 openings in the hood, make a shroud for the radiator, hook up all the door & window hardware we made. We have to modify the seats to try to get them a little lower in the car. We have to make some adapters to mount the spinners to the wheels. We have to mount the exhaust tips we picked out & send the exhaust system out for ceramic coating. I already have the rear window made for the car & we have to mount it. We don't have any OEM windshield rubber , so one of the big things we have to do is mount the windshield.
So it still looks like we have a lot to do but we can see the light.
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Gonna try to bring this thread up to date tonight.....
During the last few weeks we've been working in a lot of areas of this car.
My post a few days ago talked about a few of them.
This post is about making the grills on the top of the front clip.
In making the grills for the top of the nose, there are several things to consider..
The back line of the openings are straight & the 2 pins that hold the grills together are parallel to the back line of the opening.
The front line of the opening is at an angle to the back line & is slightly curved.
The breakout line near the front of the slats is parallel to the front line of the opening.
This is what we're trying to duplicate....
We made these out of 1/8" x 1.5" 6061 aluninium bar stock. We needed 27 slats for each side & no 2 of them are exactly the same shape so a CNC made part was out of the question. It would be imposible to make them one at a time so I made them in a block of 27 at a time. Because different features of each part are based on different locations on the part, I needed to use 2 sets of locating (tooling holes). One set of the holes are also going to be the holes that hold them together when assembled. Those holes are the holes we will machine the back end of the parts from. The 2nd set of holes are off the part (will be cut off before the parts are finished) & will be used for cutting all shape of the front of the part & the location of the breakout on the top of the part. There will be one shift of the parts to make the front end of the parts follow the curve of the front line of the opening in the front clip.
The tooling I have for mt Bridgeport is limitedl so this is how I had to do them.
Earlier in this trhread we showed the seats for the car. they are theplastic racing seats that you can buy from several suppliers. We trial fitted them and build a mounting system for them & the customer had them upholstered.
When he was here several weeks agoto check the car out, we had him try the seats on for size. It was decided to try to modify the seats & mounting system even farther to maximize the headroom.
Rather than experiment with the seats that had already been upholstered, we bought another plastic seat to experiment with.
This week Kris got a chance to do that.
And he made a new mounting plate that would use the same sliders that we had originally used...
We trial fitted it & it looked like we had gained about another 3/4". Once the mods were approved by the customer, we finialized the mounts & they looked like this before painting...
Then we set out to modify the good seats.
Then with the painted mounts on them....
You can compare the seat location in this picture to the 1st pic in this post.