One rack out and another in

I had thought it would be frustrating to start and end the day basically with the car in the same state, but it wasn’t because now we have steering!

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All this hard work… a few nuts, bolts and a sawzall later…

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And the Corvette rack experiment is out. I should probably go back and redo all those posts saying it was going to work…

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In its place goes an Appleton rack I found for a steal! This is a really nice piece and being a real racing rack there are options to tweak it if needed. Unfortunately only one of the two shipments I was expecting showed up. The rack bracket and longer tiedrod sleeves? Nowhere to be found. Not a problem, we have fire and lots of spare steel! First step was to mock the rack up and clearance the subframe for it.

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Todd busting out the torch.

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Several tries later this is what we ended up with. Lots of slag but that is what a grinder is for.

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Unfortunately the motor had to come out to finished welding. It came out rather easy, but we knew putting it back in was going to be a challenge.

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More test fitting….

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After some clean up we were ready to start welding in the bracket and filler plates.

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Several hours later we had it finished.

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We could not have lucked out anymore on the steering shaft. It lined up perfectly.

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These headers must be reserved for a circle in hell! Sliding the motor back in took about and hour. Bolting up the headers was nearly double that!

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12 hours of work later we have functional power steering! We are almost ready to make the A&M practice next weekend. Fingers crossed we can do it!

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