Dec 15, 2010 update to the Lincoln Mark VII project car

Cell and Seat

Back to the shop.
Here's more or less where our ATL fuel cell is going to live.
The plasma cutter made trimming a breeze.
Our Mustang seat rails positioned the driver too high, so we sectioned them.
To provide some room for the seat rails, we also had to notch and box the floor.
Our alternator bracket went AWOL, so we fabricated a new adjustable setup from an old Triumph Spitfire bumper bracket.

One more task for the night: figuring out an adjustable pulley system for the alternator. The solution involved an old Triumph Spitfire bumper bracket. Seriously.

Time to install the fuel cell. Following SCCA guidelines, we’ll wind up with at least 6 inches between the bottom of the cell and the ground. We’re also going to support the cell with a tough, gusseted cage.

First, we needed to determine the cell’s mounting point. We figured we’d bias it slightly to the right to offset the driver’s weight. Then we cut a hole in the floor with a plasma cutter and stared fabricating our mounting apparatus.

We also spent some time on our seat brackets. We found some factory Mustang sliders that looked close. Turns out they needed some fabrication, as they positioned the seat too high inside the car.

We chopped off the feet and rewelded them to lower the seat. The floor also needed some notching to yield more clearance.

One more task for the night: figuring out an adjustable pulley system for the alternator. The solution involved an old Triumph Spitfire bumper bracket. Seriously.

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amg_rx7
amg_rx7 Dork
12/20/10 11:50 a.m.

I thought this was a LeMons car?

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/20/10 2:41 p.m.

It is. We just don't want to die in it.

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