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These photos show the "trunk" floor cut out and the OE rear assembly removed, which is the beginning of the of the process.

More progress soon.


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Side of OE frame


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Looking forward to your new project, Larry. Smile


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Moroso 28" front with Billet Specialties Street lite at approximate ride height


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A better shot of front on my old, trusty, very high milage build tables.


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Moser 9" bare housing with overlength axle tubes. This allows cutting and adding the wheel bearing housing just where I want them.


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The "core"


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Larry did you teach your self how to build race cars or learn at a shop?
 
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Foot, it has been a lifelong teaching process, self-taught with lots of experience about what to do and not to do. By trade, I am a mechanic, owner of Woodfin Automotive, in business for 50 years, now retired with small setup at my home.

I have a natural knack for things mechanical and completely enjoy hands on building and the thought process that goes with it.


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Ladder bars also require a properly setup front suspension..


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This is not a Studebaker...... HMMMM
Did you start another project without finishing the last one?
 
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This is not a Studebaker...... HMMMM
Did you start another project without finishing the last one?


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The Studebaker sold less engine. The LS planned for the Studebaker will be in the Vette.


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My son Jeff and I were just talking about the number of projects we have begun against the number we have completed. It is something I reflect on, but do not dwell long on the subject. The projects finished and raced successfully still outnumber the projects begun, by a large margin, I think all projects serve a purpose, they are all part of the learning experience, all part of the journey.
This Vette project is the first build that has excited me in some while, it has several important advantages. Short wheelbase, engine set back, good aero shape, relatively light weight, it will be a winner!

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I'm surprised there is room for ladder bars.

jmarkaudio's brother has an outstanding '68 Corvette roadster. Not sure who built it, he didn't, but it's a nice piece of work. I think it came out from your way.

He won the Orlando divisional with it last year and was RU in the Open the very next day.
Maybe Mark can post some photos for you to see.


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Yes it will be interesting to see how that all fits my 63 vette with 4-link the bottom bar was 21 inches long and right up againts my low back so...?


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I have been known to build some unusual and trick pieces. The plenary measuring and visualizing show I can make it work. Also, I am open to other ideas. I will reach out to J Mark for his feedback.


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Are you setting this up using the stock trailing arm locations or are you narrowing the frame?
 
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Eman, The ladder bars will be about 3" inboard of the OE trailing arm location. The lower part of the bar will be about 3" below the floor and the upper part of the bar will come just below the floor as it comes past the trailing arm crossmember location. The trailing arm crossmember will either be modified or replaced with a smaller piece. Once it is mocked up, I will post pics. The ladder bar front crossmember will be about 4" behind the transmission crossmember. It is a 32" ladder bar with the front crossmember about 37" ahead of the rear axle center.
Just now I am waiting on the rear wheels so I can double check the tire clearance needs before I start whittling. The tire is a Hoosier 29.5x10.5W . I am expecting to cut out the OE side frame rail and install a new frame rail about 3" inboard. But it may be possible to cut the outer face of the OE rail, narrow it, and plate the outside. Stand by for more info after the wheels arrive in about 3 weeks.

Until then, I am working on other areas. Smiles to all and I like building stuff.


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