It took an extensive strip-out of the dash to get access
X-brace attached to ‘home-made’ brackets
Cross-section of bracket - three pieces of 25x35 aluminium angle bonded together. Brackets bonded (Araldite) and Jubilee-clipped to the cross tube.
Back to powerplant/chassis
Fitting the stiffening brace behind the dash
Trials & tribulations -
Fitting the front subframe X-brace was a doddle, and the engine bay brace only needed a couple of holes in the engine cover and a simple flat plate bracket screwed to the rear engine bay wall, but this one one was a different story.The strip process took a good day’s work and a few gymnastics to get at everything, and re-assembly was equally slow. The first hint of a snag was finding the metal tray the radio sits on when refitted was hitting the brace, and had to be modified to clear it. So the last job was to refit the radio, which went clonk, and wouldn’t go right in. It appears that the official brackets, when welded to the cross tube, locate the brace that bit further away. A bit more carpentry produced some spacers to fix the radio about 10mm out, and it looks good enough and seems secure. Cusswords put back in the cupboard for future use!
Was it worth the effort? I can’t say there’s a dramatic change, but the car does seem to show some improvement, and it was quite good fun in a masochistic sort of way.
Block of wood used to bash the pieces of angle into the required shape. I passed it diagonally across a 10 inch circular saw to produce the close approximation to the 30mm radius.
Tight fit even with radio moved out.
(Brace now shiny black)
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