The Transmission Tunnel
With the engine and the
transmission in place, we still need to know the location of the
rear end drive shaft connection before we can fit the tunnel framework.
We find that the B-210 rear end seems to be an easy fit. We are
pleased to find that the lower cross member does not have to be
cut. The frame section located behind the seats is strongest if
the bottom chord is left uncut. To maximize interior space we are
fitting the tunnel pieces as close to the drive shaft as possible.
The diagonal frame pieces
that are fitted on either side of the engine add a lot of strength
to the frame. Without them, the scuttle cross member would flex
excessively. We added the diagonal on the right hand side of the
engine, but chose to wait on the left because the location of the
pedals and the steering will determine its location.
It is a lot of fun discussing
possible uses for the top surfaces of the tunnel. After locating
the emergency brake handle, space is left for switches gauges etc.
- maybe even a self stirring drink holder resting on a cam attached
to the drive shaft! (ha ha)