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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Hollow Strut Progress

The next big task is the hollow struts that will support my taillights and hide the wiring.  I made the main structural part of the struts a few weeks ago.  On Monday, I decided to cut the sides out of 16GA steel.  I traced the outline of each strut onto the steel, carefully marking which was which.

Out came the cutting wheel and sparks flew.

Here are the four sides all rough-cut.

I used my bench grinder to get one piece to the point that I could test-fit it.
 

Now I just need to clean up the other three and figure out how to properly measure where exactly to drill the 1/2" holes since the struts will be secured via the upper shock bolts.  Then I have to decide whether to attempt to weld them myself or take them to a professional.

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