Nov 2, 2010 update to the Lincoln Mark VII project car

Cage Prep Continues

Time to roll the Lincoln back into the shop.
Tim used the plasma cutter to remove the original cage's feet.
He also used the plasma cutter to form oversized mounting pads for our new Auto Power cage.
Our new upper rear spring mounts: simpler than expected.

Also, a good lesson was learned that night: Wear your safety gear. Steve whacked his face on something and gave himself a nice cut. While it may be impractical to wear hardhats at all times, be careful out there.

Our cage was designed for a Mustang that still has its full interior. Since our car has been gutted, we have more room. We’re planning to lengthen the cage a bit, so we picked up some more roll bar tubing.

First, though, we wanted to beef up the roll cage attachment points. We cut large plates that will go underneath each foot. We also ground away the paint and undercoating so these plates can be properly attached to the floor. That was loud, nasty work.

We also spent some time on our rear suspension. Those upper-rear perches work as promised, and if need be we can easily duplicate them. Our new rear shocks, however, are too short. Solution? Um, figure out what’s up.

Also, a good lesson was learned that night: Wear your safety gear. Steve whacked his face on something and gave himself a nice cut. While it may be impractical to wear hardhats at all times, be careful out there.

Tonight’s dinner: KFC.

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TRoglodyte
TRoglodyte SuperDork
11/2/10 7:25 p.m.

Modern hockey helmet for facial abrasions? "Daddy said son your gonna drive me to drinkin if you don't stop drivin that HOT ROD LINKIN .

mhisstc
mhisstc New Reader
11/3/10 4:32 p.m.

To paraphrase a comment you made earlier that I liked, you said Thunderbirds are fancy Mustangs and Mark VIIs are fancy Thunderbirds, so with that logic, parts that fit on Mustangs should also work on the Mark VII. Yes, to a point. I believe the Mark VII is actually more like a Thunderbird than a Mustang in this respect, and if my memory serves me correctly, the shocks for the Thunderbird and Lincoln are longer than those of a Mustang. That got me to wondering if you are you trying to use Mustang shocks?

Steve Chryssos
Steve Chryssos Reader
11/8/10 8:58 a.m.

Hockey helmet? Nah, Split eyebrows yield cool looking scars.

As for the shocks, we blindly bought some Mustang shocks while at the store. We, of course exchanged them for some longer units.

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