Sheet Metal / Battery tray
The sheet metal part of this build is nearing completion. The sides of the bed are left and there will also be sheet metal in the engine compartment at a later date once the headers are completed. I am within the two week mark of the Ranchero returning home for paint, wiring, plumbing, engine/Trans, and assembly. The truck will return to Nosnhoj Performance for Headers, finalization, and start-up.
Pete has really utilized his plasma cam machine on many components of this build. Here is yet another piece, the battery tray.
This corner section of the sheet metal in the bed came out great. The other side is a mirror image of this one. All of the sheet metal pieces are like a puzzle they fit together perfectly, but have a certain sequence for removal or installation.
Here’s a shot of the bed completed other than inner bed sides. There are splash pans that go from the bottom of the wheel wells to the back of the truck which are not quite visable in this image.
The front part of the tunnel was re-made to be one piece. It dzus fastens to the floor pan and to the firewall flange. Bringing the entire trans tunnel to a total of two pieces, for easy removal for service.
I could not be more pleased with the sheet metal job Pete Johnson did, Bead rolled and all! To prevent as much rattling as possible, I will be buying stock in rubber washers! I also plan to insulate the transmission tunnel on the under side with a dyno matt type substance.
The Circle track seat was removed in lieu of a wider drag car seat.
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