I got some time to work in the garage tonight. I'll start with a picture of the new heater. I realize it's not project related, but I'm happy with how well it works. It's a Beacon Morris BRU75 75K BTU heater. As you can see I hung it from the roof. I'm very pleased, it heats my 24 x 35 minimally insulated garage to ~60 degrees. It had no problems tonight dealing with the 0 degrees with 20 mph winds that we had and keeping the garage at 55 plus. It ran about 20 minutes per hour to keep up.
ON to the Car.
I had worked on figuring out the supernode as I like to call it yesterday, but I failed. I actually had started with the tube indicated with Tape, but It didn't clear the diff. My 1" masking tape had failed me. So that pretty well finished last night, as I got frustrated because I scraped two pretty complicated tubes that took about 1.5 hours to make. Tonight, I came at it from a different direction and triumphed. There is now plenty of clearance on the diff, and I was very happy that I created the 1st tube and then just traced all 4 sides onto the mirror tube and only had to trim it to clear the different weld beads.
I've been really adamant about ensuring that all tube intersections are fully welded, so when I have more than 2 tubes joining, I finish weld 2 tubes and then add each tube on top of them.
The purpose of Supernode is to support the roll bar down tubes, and will be the "back" of the full chassis. Most tubes from here rearward will be 3/4" square, except for the 4 lowest tubes as I plan to have a hitch, and they will create a "cage" for the gas tank. I put plates under the downtubes, and drilled 3 holes in each plate to ensure bonding to the node. I then plug welded the holes.
I then fitted the down tubes, and fully welded them in place, as well as finished welding the last roll bar joints.
I think I've decided before I build the next car, I'm going to take the left over roll bar tube from this car, cut and notch it, and just practice welding roll bar tubes. The welds I've done are ok, but could be loads better.
On a humorous note, Today I got a PM from Locost member RossD and discovered he litterally lives about 200 yards from me, 3 houses down from me on the same street. So that means my garage has a pretty high concentration of Locosters, since my project, and Driven5's project will be going on inside of it, and RossD's project will be <1/4 mile away. It really makes me wonder what may be lurking in other garages in my neighborhood... My next door neighbor has a C5 Vette, across the street there is a 1950's MG TD, and down the road past Ross is a well on it's way 1955 or 56 (can't tell not an expert) restomod Chevy. And that's just the ones I know about!
Anyway that brings you up to date. Thanks for all the interest, I really enjoy hearing peoples responses to the car. It really keeps me motivated to know that so many people enjoy what I'm trying to achieve.