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Mattt's 1970 RT80 12A Bridgeport TEQ Corona


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So I’ve been waiting for weeks now to get my grill, mirrors trims and stuff back from the painters before taking the car home but he’s been flat out and I’m getting it done for free so I’ve decided while the cars sitting at work to get into the main fabrication work. 
Pulled everything out to start dry icing the floor tomorrow after work. 
Then the plan is to cut the entire gearbox and driveshaft tunnel out, fit all new stuff done properly and that gives extra clearance for the driveshaft when I drop it lower. Then I’m cutting the channel out that runs the width of the car and I’ll fold up a 3mm plate that welds straight to the floor for the seat rails to bolt to which will give me about 60-70mm drop in seat height so my head won’t touch the roof and also stiffen the floor back up since I’ve taken the stiffener out. Wish me luck CDC6CA8C-9FB1-4B02-99A8-F38199CC3849.jpeg.e1158672415465189f836dbcb603ecf3.jpeg

 

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Got this started yesterday. Decided to start with the plates for the seats. So I can tack them in to stiffen things up when I take out the top hat stiffener. Much better seating position now for someone of 6’3” however the mrs might not be able to drive it anymore...

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Managed to get most of another job ticked off over the last couple of nights. Running the handbrake cables internally. Due to the fact that the cables were already rubbing on the driveshaft and that the cars going in for more lowering in a few weeks I decided to get creative. Everything's working nicely. I will have to make up a cover and some little mounts for the cover so that it can be removed if it needs any repairs but the majority of its there. Its nice to be getting these things sorted. Hopefully the cert man doesn't shit himself20210106_202053.jpg.345e635f633c2adb127e8fba10c92556.jpg

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Ok so a bit of a better update. Someone suggested yanking the gear lever while giving the car a boot load and I managed to pop it out of 3rd. I changed out the fluid and found no signs of metal so was hopeful. I realize at this point that the box has issues but hoped if I drove it like a normal human it would suffice until I could get the car legal and then spend money on the fun things like IDA, electronic dizzy, light weight flywheel and new gearbox. Unfortunately after going out for a test drive the noise that I thought was ujs seems to have got worse and once it warmed up it jammed in 3rd again. I managed to get it out again but obviously this is going to be a continuous issue. For now I'll leave it as I need to pull the box and engine out to weld up the inside of the gearbox tunnel anyway so hopefully I can have a nice new box sitting there to swap out. In the meantime I'll push forward with all the other things on the list. I've put off the lowering for now as I wasn't sure where the gearbox was at. Will book it in for middle of the month probably. 

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So I've got a few disgusting ideas rolling around in my head. The first is that I'm going to fit an mx5 IRS set up to this thing. 

Second is I'm considering seeing if I can make the mx5 front subframe and suspension fit so that I can utilize all the aftermarket parts available and also swap to a power steering rack.

Last is I'm considering swapping out the 12a for a beams 3sge with ITB. I feel like the beams might be a more appropriate engine for the car. As much as I love the rota if it goes boom I'm going to have a hell of a time rebuilding it being a 12a. I think the 3sge will be more reliable and have a heap more low end torque. Talk me out of it.......

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