Reply to "body repair questions"

Kirk,

Thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge!

The metal work on 5715 has finally gained momentum. There are a couple of topics that I can use some help with.

First, where do suggest body reinforcement be added. An aluminum 9.2” deck height 400 cubic inch Clevor engine with probably about 450HP will be installed. Not a huge powerhouse like some others have installed but strong enough to consider body flex. The goal for 5715 is for it to be a nice street car so hidden reinforcements and/or gussets are OK.

The second topic is wheel positioning to the chassis. Specifically front to back. 5715 is rust free and we don’t believe it has ever taken a big hit. We found a small crunch at the front left corner ahead of the head light that was banged out and Bondoed. There was a repair under the drivers seat that will be redone. Looks like the car ran over something at some point. The car appears to be square. The issue that concerns me is the track dimension we measured. With all new bushing in all the suspension arms and a rough alignment we measure almost 1” longer than the published stock dimension. Everything seems to be symmetrical. Do you have some hard points we could check? Are these cars usually dimensionally consistent? BTW, all the control arms appear to be straight.

5715 has been media blasted so everything is visible.

Thanks,
Mike
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