Got out in the shop for a little bit this evening. Mission? Remove under seat toolbox. Got it out after a little bit of persuasion from the cutoff wheel. As typical, there was a shoddy repair at some point. Glad to get rid of that.
A little progress this evening... It took forever to clean up the edges in order to fit everything in. Years of rust, rot, and undercoating needed to come out in order to get a decent fit that will weld up okay. Slow and steady wins the race.
Driver side floor pan welded in. The glare from the light makes it look horrible on the transmission side. Also, as shown in the pics above, I had to leave the area bordering the transmission hole because the new floor pan just had a raw edge that did not contour the existing floor.
thanks! I don’t have the parts for the heater. I just have a heater out of my 78 that’s pretty roached out. I won’t be putting a heater in the rear. Just one in the front. I’ve sold the small block Chevrolet to a friend of mine.
After a long day of work on this Wednesday, I decided to take a break from it over the holiday weekend. Now I'm back at it, and got just a little accomplished this evening. With the driver's side lacking only a little finish work, I decided to start on the passenger side. Got my bad floor section cut out, and removed. Kind of a pain removing the section that was spot-welded to the support channel, but it finally gave up after some persuasion. Cut my new panel to fit, and trimmed a few additional places to get it in. That's about all the time I had, so I shut it down for the night. Didn't get the new panel welded in yet, but there's always tomorrow.
Man, I don't know if I'll ever import another engine for something like this. I've imported a few non-automotive things in the past, and it wasn't too much trouble or money. This was an absolute PITA, and customs/cargo company just hit me up for over $1200 in fees.
My original plan for the transmission/transfer case, was to go with an H55F/Split Case Combo. However, after pricing that out the other day, I'm considering alternate plans. I priced it out on Cruiser Outfitters' website, and for what I wanted, it was nearly $8000. It was $50 alone just for the transmission ship knob. Well, that's just not going to happen for me for a transmission/t-case setup. I'm open to other options if anyone has any suggestions. I was wanting to go with a 4:1 t-case, but I'm sure I don't necessarily need it to be that low for what I will be using it for. I just really liked that ratio on my Samurai.
On a side note. My 1HDT should be arriving tomorrow. I'm going to stash it in a pallet rack at work until I'm ready for it. I'll try to take a picture or two.