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Thread: KMiata SCCA Solo XP swap

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    Project "Bolt-on bumper bar" is underway
    I figure the engine will likely be in and out a bunch with the upcoming project, so I might as well make it easier on myself and be able to pull the engine and trans straight out the front as a package.
    I cut as much of the upper rad 'support' as I could get away with, without affecting the hood pins and bumper-cover supports (the dzus brackets), and will be making the crash bar a bolt-on piece.
    There's so much room for activities!

    ~Andrew
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    Engine's out:



    And the new subframe in. I had to pat my head and rub my tummy and figure out which order the bolts wanted to go in so that all the holes lined up (thanks V8R!!! :diaf but once I figured out which hole was the furthest out and started there, it all bolted in.



    Next I get to figure out if any of the control arms will bolt up...
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    I got the ends of the frame rails where I cut out the bumper bar boxed back in, for both strength and safety working around that area.

    MIG welding thin, old sheet metal with .030 wire is a pain in the ass but I made it work. I need to get a bigger piece of copper to use as a heat sink for stuff like this, but the little Harbor Freight copper spoon did the job.





    And of course, a little "grinder and paint make me the welder I ain't" to complete the look.



    I wanted to finish the bumper-bar part today as well (boxing in the ends, and welding the 'ears' to the bar), but I broke the bandsaw blade (it just never ends...) so I'll mess around with those tomorrow.
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    Finished off the bumper bar side of things today. Welded the ends, then welded the 'paddles' to the bar.

    I'm pretty proud of this one. Turns out, getting welding practice makes your welding better.




    All welded up, with a couple coats of paint.



    On to the next. Probably going to finish up the steering linkage next, then start working on the fuel system.
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