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Old 08-31-2011, 12:52 AM   #1548
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Cage Install Continued

Hey All...

Well, I was able to get back to the shop today, after dropping Debbie off at work and Satchmo at the Vet's office...

I worked on finishing the main hoop install. It went pretty well, other than putting a couple of things back in the wrong order...

Let me say, this cage is a very precise fit and very well built... Measure/mark, check and recheck everything three or more times... It's a lot easier to get it right the first time...

So far... so good...

As I said, I have the main hoop fully installed with bolts as is done with the five or six point in bolt in cage.... Now, we'll fit the front shoe on each side and then the door bars, the halo, the down pipes and the tunnel braces... Still quite a bit of work to go, but... we are getting there... Though it is installed with bolts at this time, we will weld it in at the base plates you can see in these pictures, the front shoe plates, and of course the rest of the bars used to complete the cage... There are also the tunnel brace pieces not seen yet that will be welded in... These provide lateral stability/rigidity and protection from side impacts intruding into the passenger compartment...

In the following pictures, you can see the reinstalled quarter trim pieces. These are the pieces that have to be cut to allow the bar to go back to the inner wheel wells. Cutting them out was easy with a small air powered reciprocating saw... The instructions were very easy to follow for this step.... but again, measure it multiple times to insure a proper fit...

As you can see, the rear seat has been completely removed at this point, to allow for an easier install of the quarter trim pieces... It is a tight fit....

The seat will be reinstalled for the time being until I decide how to manage the rear seat delete... It will include a firewall of some type and finished trim so it doesn't look like the rear seat is missing...

If you look at the back part of the upper quarter trim, you'll note the holes in them... This is where the rear seat shoulder pieces came out... I have removed any and all seat belt components as I can promise with the eight point cage, there will be no room for anyone back there.... and you would have to be a serious contortionists to get back there anyway... I still have to put the hanger clips back on, as well as lots of other items...
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Old 08-31-2011, 01:21 AM   #1549
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Old 08-31-2011, 08:41 AM   #1550
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Old 08-31-2011, 08:54 AM   #1551
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Old 08-31-2011, 11:27 AM   #1552
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Old 08-31-2011, 11:58 AM   #1553
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Old 08-31-2011, 12:10 PM   #1554
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I'll be there but not running, just supporting my H-Town friends...
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Old 08-31-2011, 12:16 PM   #1555
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Knee won't be ready or car?
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Old 08-31-2011, 12:48 PM   #1556
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The crossbar has two sets of what looks like bolt holes. Is that where a race harness bolts into? Or does a harness go to the floor?

Looks good in there!
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Old 08-31-2011, 12:56 PM   #1557
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The crossbar has two sets of what looks like bolt holes. Is that where a race harness bolts into? Or does a harness go to the floor?

Looks good in there!
Good observation. My racing harness simply slips over the center bar...interested in finding out what that is.
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Old 08-31-2011, 01:32 PM   #1558
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The crossbar has two sets of what looks like bolt holes. Is that where a race harness bolts into? Or does a harness go to the floor?

Looks good in there!
The car won't...

There are some amazing people collaborating on Brandi for my mile run and that is the primary focus at this time...

Still being on the stock diff doesn't help either... If I launched hard enough to keep up with you Russ, I'ld leave lots of junk iron on the start line...

As for the boss mounts on the cage... yes, those are for the harness shoulder pieces...

A harness that goes over the shoulder and to the floor behind the seat isn't a good idea... In a hard frontal impact, the body mass moving forward causes the shoulder straps to pull down and the end effect is that the seat can break and your back is folded in half... the wrong way...

I opted for the eight point cage and as there are two door bars, there are mounts for two sets or restraints...
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Old 08-31-2011, 03:22 PM   #1559
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The car won't...

There are some amazing people collaborating on Brandi for my mile run and that is the primary focus at this time...

Still being on the stock diff doesn't help either... If I launched hard enough to keep up with you Russ, I'ld leave lots of junk iron on the start line...

As for the boss mounts on the cage... yes, those are for the harness shoulder pieces...

A harness that goes over the shoulder and to the floor behind the seat isn't a good idea... In a hard frontal impact, the body mass moving forward causes the shoulder straps to pull down and the end effect is that the seat can break and your back is folded in half... the wrong way...

I opted for the eight point cage and as there are two door bars, there are mounts for two sets or restraints...
Lookin' good R.

Now get some padding for that big 'ol cranium of yours and you will be good to go !!
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Old 08-31-2011, 03:27 PM   #1560
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The car won't...

There are some amazing people collaborating on Brandi for my mile run and that is the primary focus at this time...

Still being on the stock diff doesn't help either... If I launched hard enough to keep up with you Russ, I'ld leave lots of junk iron on the start line...

As for the boss mounts on the cage... yes, those are for the harness shoulder pieces...

A harness that goes over the shoulder and to the floor behind the seat isn't a good idea... In a hard frontal impact, the body mass moving forward causes the shoulder straps to pull down and the end effect is that the seat can break and your back is folded in half... the wrong way...

I opted for the eight point cage and as there are two door bars, there are mounts for two sets or restraints...
No problem bro...I'll get you a pit pass so we can hang out.
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Old 08-31-2011, 04:43 PM   #1561
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As for the boss mounts on the cage... yes, those are for the harness shoulder pieces...

A harness that goes over the shoulder and to the floor behind the seat isn't a good idea... In a hard frontal impact, the body mass moving forward causes the shoulder straps to pull down and the end effect is that the seat can break and your back is folded in half... the wrong way...
You are so right. An improperly mounted harness will do more harm than good. This can't be posted or mentioned too often. Great post!
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Old 08-31-2011, 05:05 PM   #1562
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Old 08-31-2011, 08:18 PM   #1563
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Lookin' good R.

Now get some padding for that big 'ol cranium of yours and you will be good to go !!
I'm going to look into some grey leather to cover the padding... or maybee black leather... not sure which yet...
or I can just wear a turban.... not.... lol... not me, no sir...

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You are so right. An improperly mounted harness will do more harm than good. This can't be posted or mentioned too often. Great post!
My brother told me about an accident he witnessed many years ago in round-e-round where a guy had a harness mounted to the floor board behind the seat... it wasn't a pretty situation... and the driver spent the rest of his life in a wheel chair...

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Thanks, and on one of your first post... cool. Stop back by as things are changing all the time... There are some amazing builds going on around here... and lots and lots and lots of reading to occupy you if desired...
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Old 08-31-2011, 09:45 PM   #1564
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