How are you planning on attaching all of this angle iron? Welding it in place?
What would you attach the angle to on the outer sill/rocker area side of the
spring box? That also looks weak in your pictures. Overall I'm skeptical that
you would be able to duplicate the stiffness to handle the stresses and loads
from the suspension.
-------------- Original message from Michael Rowe <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> > tinydog sez:
> > More mysterious is what you are doing about your rotted spring perches?
> Well, I have cut out all the mess, and it looks more reasonable. Patching
> in a bought hanger is beyond my capabilities, but it looks like I can do it
> with some angle iron on either side of the spring box (where the captive
> nuts should be) and some heavy plate covering the whole area, doubled up
> around the bottom of the box under the angle iron, maybe ~1" bigger than the
> base of the spring bracket. Drill and tap the plates in place of the
> captive nuts. In this way, I would be replacing the stiffness of the
> triangular bulkheads with really thick horizontal pieces. If you experts
> think it wise, I could put a piece off bar stock on the front of the forward
> bulkhead (in the cockpit) for more vertical stiffening. This is not
> authentic, but the cutting and welding require much less skill. Not sure I
> used all the right words, but that looks like it should make sense.
> I have been offered for $100 a really good square-bodied tub with nothing on
> it that can be taken off. At that price, I can cut round wheel arches to go
> with my Bugeye bonnet. But a project of that size is really intimidating
> to a newbie. Somehow, I feel more comfortable getting a running car with a
> good body, transferring its old parts to the current car for resale, and
> putting all of the new and rebuilt parts on the good body (only running
> gear at this point). This path lets me work on one part of the car at a
> time, so I can see how it goes together, etc. All of you experts forget how
> much of your knowledge is a mystery to us newbies.
> What do you think?
> Michael Rowe
> '74 Midget
> Long Island, NY
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