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post #44 of (permalink) Old 10-24-2013, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
Paul L
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Test Fitting - Part 1:
I started by checking just the wheel arches against the newly fitted suspension lowering block.

As expected, the studs extend beyond the line of the bodywork.

Which means I will need to modify the original cover plate to fit.

That shouldn't be too difficult (famous last words ), but it is a job for another day.

Then the arches came off again, so I could slot them into the rear framework before fitting.

The good news is that they go together quite well.
The bad news is that they are now both heavy & awkward to fit.
But after yet more huffing & puffing there were in place.

Also as expected, the front of the hand brake panel was sticking up.

This is because the rear frame is deigned to sit on the chassis, not the arches.
Which means that the "feet" for the frame work need to be shortened.
( Which, in turn, would allow the arches to tilt forward to the right level. )

So out came the angle grinder & off came a small section of frame/feet on both sides.
( I wanted to make sure I had plenty of box section left to work with. )

This will allow the arches to tilt & I will weld them back on when everything else is in the right position.

With the feet removed, the next area to foul was highlighted, the "ribs" on the arches.

No room to get a grinder / hack saw in there without removing every thing again.
So I uses some metal "snips" to cut two slots and bend the metal out of the way for now.
( Sorry about the poor photo. )

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