Oooh Yay progress. I've made some progress on the car, and Some changes to the garage. I've been getting out to the garage pretty regularly for 1-1.5 hours at a time. One big project was the garage re-org and cleaning. I've got a picture of the material storage cart I built out of extra 2x4's and some scrap plywood. It's been up for a month and it's still standing. I wish it was a little easier to move, as I re-cycled some casters from an old storage rack that were only swivel on 1 end (2 swivel, 2 fixed). Given the racks 12' length it can be difficult to move it around the garage, but I've settled on a place that it works well in so I'll probably be able to leave it there. I really like how much space this clears up despite it's size. It's holding alot of wood/metal and will keep my sheet goods ding free.
It's final position is between the garage doors. The left door is my access door, the right door is rarely used, so I set it up sheet side to the right in between the doors. The subaru Shell got a new dolly that doesn't protrude from the car at all so it takes up a lot less space and goes next to the material rack.
ON to the car!
The steering column has been frustrating to me. It's been one of those mental barriers you build up during the project. There was no clear way to mount the column because I had no space to use the stock mount. I devised a plan and slowly worked on it piece by piece. The issue is to get the column out it has to be lifted about 1/4" to clear the shock mount. This requires either a large hole that can allow the column to lift, or a removable corner of the cars structure. I didn't really have the clearance for that, so I decided to make a removable corner.
Add a little CAD (Cardboard Aided Design)
And you get this
It attaches with 3 bolts into 3 different directions, and is quite stout. Here you can see it's removable an the area that it occupies.
Overall it turned out great and works really well. I will drill and rivet the top of the foot well along the flange, as it makes a flat plane with the rest of the foot well. Obviously it would be difficult to remove the column (the master cylinders and then the top of the foot well would have to come off) but how often do you have to do that?
I also created the diff mounts. They are really simple, and use the same bushing I'm using for the A-arms. The only issue is I have to remove the diff mount from the diff to get the bolt out of the bushing. It's not to big of a deal though. I"m going to add some webbing to the left side of the mount to re-enforce the bushing.
Thanks for Looking