Richard Stevens

Run32 - Lining Things Up

Richard Stevens
Run32 - Lining Things Up

Extending lower arms is one thing, but chopping out the front upper and lower radiator supports so you can make your own is something completely different. I was debating whether I wanted to do it, but I knew I had to if I wanted to run the stock fan clutch and shroud. At some point, I just said "fuck it" and got the air saw out. In the end, it took me four tries to get it right. But all the designing and re-designing improved my welding and ability to mesure things correctly drastically.

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It wasn't until I mounted the headlights and closed the hood and everything lined up correctly that I was able to breathe that sigh of relief. It's functional and looks pretty nifty. I know a professional fabricator might be shaking their head, but I'm happy with what I was able to accomplish with a cheap welder.

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From the factory, the headlights are supported on the sides by the fenders. This is fine when you're using the factory metal fenders, but I was switching to FRP so I wanted better support. Adding a second bracket to the upper support for the headlight seems to have done the trick. The headlights don't need to be bolted to the fenders at all anymore.

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My goal has always been to keep things a bit conservative and suitable for the street. I did get crazy in a couple areas, but the one-off radiator supports were a necessity to be able to run the PBM mid-mount intercooler along with the stock clutch and radiator shroud. It should make a big difference in keeping things cool, which has been an issue in the past. 

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The picture above shows the hood to headlight line pretty well which is on point. I just had the fender sitting in place and not bolted down so I could judge wheel fitment. After I bolted the Stage21 fender down it only took a bit of adjustment to get everything lined up correctly.