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Old 06-16-2017, 01:25 PM   #1
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This winter I have been a victim of the "well I'm already there" or the "won't get a chance to do it again" train of thought, on so many occasions. This is another example.

I really had my heart set on doing the entire undercarriage in Raptor bedliner. So I talked myself into do the mini tubs from Gforce because once it's coated, that's it for welding. Not interested in grinding it off at a later date. Also after not hooking up at all with 740 crank hp last year, and with the motor back apart for aims of over 900 crank hp, I figured I'd need the extra tire in the back.

Once I could see my garage floor thru the interior of the car, I had this feeling that there was no turning back.

I scribed the gforce tubs to the opening I had created. I cut the absolute minimum I needed to so I can try to avoid wrinkled seats. Did a continuous spot weld around the entire joint. No gaps were left anywhere, even in the firewall.




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Old 06-16-2017, 01:25 PM   #2
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I picked up some beige seam sealer. There were no gaps or holes in the welding but I figured it was there from the factory and it should go back in.

These things were going to make road noise bad, so I stripped the entire interior out and hit it with 2 layers of Lizard Skin.




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Old 06-16-2017, 01:26 PM   #3
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I also shot the entire trunk with Raptor bedliner while I was making a complete smurf'n mess.

I didn't really like any of the modifications to the control arms, and I wanted a poly bushing on both points. I also was using the Gforce coilover relocation kit, so most of the load from the front arm is removed.

I decided a sweeping cut, followed with cold formed 1/4" steel would do the trick. I'd fasten it with a double tig pass, and tie the tang into the new metal. After all the welding was done, it was heated to ~650 degrees to normalize the metal.

Media blasted everything, powdercoated it the closest thing I could find to QSM and mounted it up. I also bedliner'd the entire undercarriage (which was the worst experience of my life).

Ended up with 3" of clearance from my 9.5" Beyerns





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I had to cut the panels to fit the new tubs. I also knew a little bit would show so I went to every fabric store and finally found some leather that was somewhat close to a match. Called it good enough. I covered every area I couldn't spray with dynamat. I coated the firewall in dynamat also to try to keep out the noise of the forthcoming Eliminator fuel pump going into a custom stainless fuel cell.

Also layered the inside of the wells with suede so that the Lizard Skin wouldn't wear a hole in my mint back seats.

Got away with minimal wrinkle in the seats. If it bothers me too much, I have a great interior guy who will remove a little foam. If it stays like this, I'll be fine.



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Old 06-16-2017, 01:33 PM   #5
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Man that looks good. I really need to do the same.
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Old 06-16-2017, 02:11 PM   #6
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Man that looks good. I really need to do the same.

Thanks! Crap load of work, but it's not difficult at all.
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Old 06-16-2017, 03:07 PM   #7
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looks hawt. I find myself always pondering a minitub, if I ever do the power adding I plan. Even for 350-400 whp...275's are pretty skinny for spirited canyon driving.
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Old 06-16-2017, 03:30 PM   #8
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Very well executed in all aspects. My hat is off to you sir.
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Old 06-16-2017, 06:09 PM   #9
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Very nice
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Old 06-16-2017, 09:05 PM   #10
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You the man. I mean EXCELLENT work.

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Old 06-17-2017, 04:48 AM   #11
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Amazing vision and work, you da man!
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Old 06-17-2017, 05:08 AM   #12
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Still a bit away from the undercarriage porn photo shoot but it's coming along...

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Old 06-17-2017, 07:46 AM   #13
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Old 06-17-2017, 09:48 AM   #14
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Very nice.
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Old 06-17-2017, 10:20 AM   #15
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Excellent work!
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Impressive! I don't know how you find the time.
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Old 06-19-2017, 02:40 AM   #17
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WOW! Great work
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gawshh that looks amazing. Quite jealous.
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FAN. very nice!
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Old 06-19-2017, 05:37 PM   #20
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Very nice work man


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