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    1. 08-11-2016 07:34 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by .LSinLV. View Post
      I hate you and your fabrication skills.



      as always!
      Thanks!

      Left a photo out earlier. New bigger radiator delivered today.

      [IMG]20160811_114808 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]


    2. 08-14-2016 05:08 PM #28
      The Headers that I put together, from a weld up kit a few years back, no longer fit with the repositioned engine. I cut off the flange and used some 1.75" aluminized tubing to slip over the 1.625" header tubes and fill the gaps. It is a snug fit, so no exhaust tubing machine needed.

      [IMG]20160811_102057 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      [IMG]20160814_120916 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      Everything is tacked in place, just need to do the same on the other side and weld it all up. I plan on wrapping the the upper portion of the headers in heat wrap, so no visible signs of the modification

      http://www.BenModified.com

    3. 08-15-2016 03:55 PM #29
      Both Headers are modified to fit the new engine position.

      [IMG]20160815_150754 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      [IMG]20160815_150838 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      [IMG]20160815_150850 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      http://www.BenModified.com

    4. 08-16-2016 07:27 PM #30
      Leak tested the Headers today. After welding up a few pin holes, I sprayed them with a coat of High Temp paint and wrapped them in Header Insulation.

      [IMG]20160816_175933 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      http://www.BenModified.com

    5. 08-18-2016 05:32 PM #31
      Woo hoo car parts.

      [IMG]20160818_163351 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      Driveshaft and a spare set of headers.

      [IMG]20160818_163618 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      http://www.BenModified.com

    6. 08-19-2016 05:59 PM #32
      Driveshaft is installed. Fit very well.

      [IMG]20160819_140109 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      Also got a set of headers for a very good price. They do give me more clearance around the master cylinder, so no insulating wrap needed, but I really like the look of the roadster headers

      [IMG]20160819_140119 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      [IMG]20160819_140143 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      For comparison

      [IMG]20160815_150838 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      http://www.BenModified.com

    7. 08-24-2016 07:03 PM #33
      Started fitting the driveshaft tunnel, checking bench seat clearance. Had to air hammer off some left over spot welded floor.

      [IMG]20160823_161531 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      [IMG]20160823_164337 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      Also cut out a large rust hole and welded in a new panel.

      [IMG]20160824_171433 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      [IMG]20160824_171706 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      http://www.BenModified.com

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      08-24-2016 11:23 PM #34
      Very cool build.

      So, forgive my ignorance but there looks to be a disc brake setup on the driveshaft as it enters the differential. What is that for? Is it the sole brake for the rear end, or are there brakes at the wheels?

    9. 08-25-2016 06:19 AM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by Jettaboy1884 View Post
      Very cool build.

      So, forgive my ignorance but there looks to be a disc brake setup on the driveshaft as it enters the differential. What is that for? Is it the sole brake for the rear end, or are there brakes at the wheels?
      That is the parking brake. The rear end has stock drum brakes with no parking brake cables or mechanism. The rear end was like that when I got it...seems to work well.


      http://www.BenModified.com

    10. 08-25-2016 05:11 PM #36
      Welded in the driveshaft tunnel today along with more rust repairs

      [IMG]20160825_091223 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      [IMG]20160825_091700 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      http://www.BenModified.com


    11. 08-27-2016 07:38 PM #38
      Pulled the bug body off today to clean up a few things

      [IMG]20160827_141508 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      Ran a tap thru all the body mount threads

      [IMG]20160827_145826 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      Applied a thick bead of silicone and bolted down the body.

      [IMG]20160827_165610 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      Next, re-install the doors to make sure the the body is square prior to building a roll cage for it.

      [IMG]20160827_172445 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      http://www.BenModified.com

    12. 08-31-2016 04:46 PM #39
      Doing the rust repairs on the doors before bolting them back on. The passenger side was not too bad, but the drivers will need new metal at the bottom. I used something called Strong Steel Stik from LPS to patch the better door as well as some pin holes around the side rear windows. I decided to try the product due to the fact the the previous owner had filled every opening in the sheet metal with expanding spray foam. This was the main reason for getting the body sand blasted, but unfortunately, some of the foam remains. So in these areas, to avoid starting a fire or creating toxic fumes, I am filling in with steel stik, instead of welding.

      Seems to work well. The large patch at the rear can be welded in.

      [IMG]20160831_130859 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      [IMG]20160831_130852 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      [IMG]20160831_150126 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      I will need to make up a patch panel for this area as well as the supporting metal underneath.

      [IMG]20160831_150138 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      [IMG]20160831_150243 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      http://www.BenModified.com

    13. 09-04-2016 04:52 PM #40
      Started on the rust repair at the bottom of the drivers door. Made up a template and transferred it to metal. Still rough, but getting there.

      [IMG]20160904_115242 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      [IMG]20160904_125434 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      [IMG]20160904_125321 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      http://www.BenModified.com

    14. 09-06-2016 08:06 PM #41
      Started on the inner door replacement sheet metal. Cut out the old and shaped a new piece with a piece of threaded rod and flat stock

      [IMG]20160904_130512 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      [IMG]20160906_093837 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      The old piece as a template, the new metal and threaded rod

      [IMG]20160906_093839 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      Shaping the new metal

      [IMG]20160906_095356 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      [IMG]20160906_095850 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      Making the shape more square like the original

      [IMG]20160906_101151 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      [IMG]20160906_101229 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      [IMG]20160906_101331 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      New inner in place

      [IMG]20160906_112402 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      [IMG]20160906_112444 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      Every thing welded in. Just need a skim coat of body filler on the outside

      [IMG]20160906_173834 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      [IMG]20160906_173923 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      http://www.BenModified.com


    15. 09-11-2016 01:39 PM #43
      Rust repairs on both doors are complete. Re-installed them this morning

      [IMG]20160911_100332 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      Prior to removing the doors, I drilled a small hole thru the hinges, the body and the backing plates to make re-assembly and alignment easier. It worked very well, I was able to re-install the doors by myself with the help of a floor jack and a couple of drill bits. I tightened them down and they shut properly on the first try!

      [IMG]20160911_091623 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      [IMG]20160911_120029 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      http://www.BenModified.com
      Last edited by Ben Modified; 09-11-2016 at 01:55 PM.

    16. 11-17-2016 07:34 AM #44
      Currently replacing all of the brake lines and the master cylinder

      [IMG]20161116_154847 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      [IMG]20161116_154905 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      http://www.BenModified.com

    17. 11-17-2016 07:02 PM #45
      Made up and installed an additional crossmember today

      [IMG]20161117_115715 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      [IMG]20161117_164610 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      Also made a two hour round trip to my nearest Harbor Freight to save $200 in shipping costs on 444 lbs of Tool Boxes. Two 5 ft tall rollaways in a Scion xB

      [IMG]20161117_164547 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      [IMG]20161117_164557 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      http://www.BenModified.com

    18. 11-29-2016 07:54 PM #46
      Finished up all the new brake and clutch lines and bled both systems. Used insulation around the lines that are near the headers.

      [IMG]20161129_131122 by Ben Modified, on Flickr[/IMG]

      http://www.BenModified.com

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      12-01-2016 11:43 AM #47
      Are you self-taught? Keep up the fantastic work

    20. 12-01-2016 12:41 PM #48
      Quote Originally Posted by IwannaGTI View Post
      Are you self-taught? Keep up the fantastic work
      Thanks, yes, decades of doing things the hard way


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      05-19-2017 09:09 AM #50
      This is amazing. Keep up the great work!

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