So today I cut out the passenger side rust hole and welded a patch panel in its place.I have some pics but my camera wont sync up with the ancient computer I am using(pentium 4 with 2 gb ram running xp...) so I can't upload pics so be patient with me I'll figure something out.
I also got started on the driver side strut tower drop.Inside the strut tower was a clear and defined area where a second layer of sheetmetal was spot welded to the main layer of sheetmetal that makes up the strut tower.So I thought that was as good a mark as any so I took my dremel with a cut off wheel, and cut through the 16 gauge steel at various points along the seam between the two pieces of steel.After that I followed those cut marks with a sharpie from inside the engine bay and drew a line on the strut tower.Then I measured 7" down from that line to make the second cut line.After that I used my torch and cut out the section of the strut tower that I was removing-keeping either above or below the line so I could grind it smooth to make it 7".I did the same with the strut mounting plate for the strut tower and ground it flush with the second layer of steel.Then I set the front end of the car at ride height with stock tires and 7" of lift and bolted the driver side suspension on to mock up where to put the strut mounting plate.
Then I remembered that the strut is compressed a little bit at ride height.So to compress the strut I am going to remove the spring and duct tape the strut shaft at that compressed length and weld up the strut tower...Now I need to go visit someone I know with a stock brat and ask to measure the compressed length of his struts,that wont happen until monday due to working on another friend's car saturday and sunday .I dunno anyone have a stock EA81 with an engine that they could measure the compressed length of the struts?Or better yet an EJ22 with no suspension lift?
On an EA81 the top spring perch goes like this -\_
If you could measure from here ---^
to the lower spring perch that would be great, in case thats not clear thats the bottom edge of where the top spring holder is tallest.
on the plus side I should be able to upload pics on monday because I will have access to a newer computer.
Edited by Uberoo, 14 March 2014 - 10:53 PM.