So my spring break was no where near as productive as I had hoped
I was kicking ass and everything was going smoothly. I dropped the tranny and was changing out the clutch when I run into a big problem. The clutch pressure plate won't fit my flywheel!!
This was two saturdays ago so I had to wait until monday to get feedback from them. They tell me to send it back to them asap so they could figure out what was wrong and get back to me. I call them today and they still haven't taken a look at it, they have had it since last wednesday. I never hear anything bad about marlins customer service, but this sucks.
Anyways beside the unfortunate circumstances with marlin, I still managed to get some work done. I started to cut a new tunnel to fit the duals for the flat belly, also made seat brackets for the Civic Si seats i got, And started to make the cross-member.
here are some pics...
this is the center plate I made for the crossmember. I plan on cutting this to fit in the tunnel nicely, and then run it down into a piece of 2x2 which will go frame rail to frame rail.
Here is what the inside of the cab is looking like. I have the center cut out for the most part. I also put a couple coats of herculiner down. Im thinking that I want to frame the hole out with some angle iron, and then make a top piece that would be fully removable so that you could see the entire drivetrain from inside the cab. I don't know what an advantage of this would be, but I also don't see a disadvantage
Here is the drivetrain with the duals on. While it is nice to see this, it really sucks that it isn't under the truck. I was going to clean it up all nice but I dont really think it is worth it when it is going to get dirty anyways.
Also, one other thing, Im not positive but I dont think i will have to mess with the horse collar
On the 3rd gen xtra cab it looks far enough back that the drive shaft will clear. Im not sure if I will be going to a one piece drive shaft or not but i think i will be ok either way.
here is the under side. the rear out put flange ends at where the belly is cut, and you can see the horse collar is a ways back.