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Old 02-27-2017, 05:11 PM   #81
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Do not drill thru the frame and use long bolts. This causes the frame to collapse in-between the bolt and nut. Google nutsert. Get some and install them. Or weld on the cross member bracket's
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Do not drill thru the frame and use long bolts. This causes the frame to collapse in-between the bolt and nut. Google nutsert. Get some and install them. Or weld on the cross member bracket's
My welding skills suck, so I'll check out the 'nutserts'...and perhaps just thread the oversize holes with a tap and put oversize bolts in the crossmember brackets. Shouldn't be necessary, though, if the provided bolts weren't getting stripped trying to get them started. Made in China? The self-tapping bolts that I used for grounding the battery, engine and body to the frame didn't strip when I put them in...made in USA?

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Finished installing the trans crossmember and the driveshaft. Got the driveshaft cut exactly right, it dropped right in. Ended up using 5" bolts and going completely through the frame on the pass side for the crossmember bracket. The driver side was easier. I drilled the frame to slightly undersize for the self-tapping bolts, then ran a die through the holes and pre-threaded them. Had to use a crescent wrench to turn the tap, with the floor board so close, but it worked.

Moving on to wrapping up the wiring to the starter, cut and terminate the hot battery lead, change out an instrument cluster gauge, and finish the Ididit column wiring. Then it's off to get a new exhaust system...if it starts.
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It's surprising how much needs to be extended or moved or added just for changing from a 6 to an 8. The car is back to normal ... fighting every step of the way. I HATE automotive wiring!
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Waiting on parts again. :-(

Me (to Summitt rep); I have an Ididit column in a '57 chev with a Grant steering wheel. Can't install the wheel without the install kit. The Grant site has dozens of installation kits but doesn't tell me which kit is right for this wheel and column combination.
Summitt rep; I've checked and you need the install kit #XXXX.
Me; Fine, let's get that.

Received kit #XXXX yesterday. It's for a golf cart!!

Back to Summitt..."Sorry about that. We'll get the correct kit to you by Wednesday". Where do they find these sales reps?!?!
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