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I have started work on the rollcage/chassis stiffeners part of the project, all tubing is 42mm OD 3mm thick, so far i have made the roll hoop section and door bars which have all been tack welded in place, pics to come after the holidays but in the meantime here is the design i am going for.



Note the triangulation back to the rear strut towers, this is where i think it will be needed most.
 
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Great looking build Paul, are you expecting much difference in the handling of the 2?
 

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To be honest, yes, but i have no idea exactly what effect this swap will have at the moment, i have hung the engine much further forward so it has centred the weight better, but then added quite a bit more of it so who knows.
 

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Pics of the first work that has been done on my rollcage... just basic tacking together and getting it to follow the contours of the body for now, i am going to remove the whole thing and pretty it up before final fitting.







Also need to extend two bars backwards to the strut tops, and also thinking of tieing this into the v8 "box" section.
 

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Hi tom, nothing at all lately, i have been too busy in the garage, but rest assured when the better weather comes i will be flat out on the car.
 

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I have a question for all of you V8 guys. How tall are you all? From the looks of all of the pics I see, I would never fit in them and I am only 5'11" with a 32" inseam.
 

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I have the same height and inseam as you and my seat sits in the same location that I had it in before the swap. It is all the way back but what stops it from going further is the fuel tank fill hose. If it would have been a big issue I could have routed the hose a different way.
 

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Just wondering. I drive my MK1 with the seat 1 click from being all the way back. From the pics of V8 MK1s, it just looks like the box covering the front of the engine protrudes way into the passenger compartment.
 

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Scott a stock mk1 seat will not work on my swap, i am just too tall for that, but with a slim backed bucket seat all the way back i fit fine, can folks stop asking if i fit ! I'm 6ft and i do!

Work resumes very soon on this until completion now the better weather is here.
 

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Very awesome. Paul, I saw the Twin Cam 16 sticker by the left taillight. You should put a second one by the right taillight. That way people know you don't just have a 4A-GE and a set of speakers making that noise :). You could show them by blowing their doors off, but that's gonna give a lot of drivers complexes.
 

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Well it was way before xmas 2009 last time i touched the car so i decided to selfishly leave the garage work for one day and do as much as i could to the v8.

After a few hours the engine and gearbox are now out of the car for the final time, only now can you see the structural work to the chassis that has gone on, you can see the new crossmember tied into the old one and the box section from the engine bay side. I have a lot of work to do here, seam welding, sealing and painting the whole bay out before the engine can go back in for the last time. I also have a lot of heat protection and sound deadening to add.





It all needs a damn good clean up as well!

Here is my baby...



Now that it's back out i plan on going to town on it, rebuild it with fresh gaskets, detail everything and port/polish those heads, i have already seen they aren't properly port matched to the plenum so i think i can get some gains in this area.

They look incredibly similar to 3vz ports, so if we get the same 15% gain on this engine with no cats and the standalone i "could" potentially be talking about 400bhp NA :) Although i would be incredibly happy with its stock 350bhp.
 
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