Today was a milestone.
bowtie6 had a trial fit of body, new frame and ECOTEC engine. The following pictures show what this all looks like.
Yes, there has been some “shaping” done to the body. The area past the firewall was in need of change to make room for the oil filter (on the driver’s side) and the thermostat housing (on the passenger’s side). For anyone thinking about doing this to a “stock” TR6: beware. There will be some work required on the firewall as well as the battery box tray on the stock TR6. Since bowtie6’s firewall had already been modified, this was a small change. Under the experts hands of my cousin Jim Thompson, there was some welding involved and voilà – the engine fits.
Once all that work was completed, I mixed up some of DuPont ChomaOne single stage urethane red paint and the bare areas were re-painted. This took some doing but the result is awesome. Tonight the new areas are drying and the plan is to bolt the new frame to the body permanently tomorrow.
Well… Here is what an ECOTEC looks like in a TR6 with a custom frame underneath it. Note how far back the new engine sits. This change is highly desirable in moving the weight back. This is indeed a great day!