November 1, 2010
The Ripper : Transmission Swap P2
UPDATED 01/02/2011 NEW PICTURES AND FAIL VIDEO
Here is a bit of the work on the transmission crossmember. The plan was to reuse the stock mount and modify it to use the new GM style transmission mount that the Tex Racing box has. Engine and trans was stuffed into the car, then the mount was marked where things needed to be removed and extended. The entire assembly was about 3/4″ short from being a drop in with new holes. Oh well.
After marking the x-member, a dangerous air cutoff tool was summonsed to do the cutting. Left a nice clean edge. The emergency brake pivot point was also removed as it was too tall and in the way of the bottom of the transmission mount.
A small plate was made that extended the mount with some suitable bracing and it was all welded back together. The plasma cutter was used to make the nice slots after drilling a couple of starter holes.
Paint applied and all done… Well not quite. After a test fitment it was noticed that when the gearbox was in reverse the shift arm on the transmission was hitting the side of the mount, making it impossible to get it fully into reverse. A run in with the Acetylene torch created a nice pocket (dimple) and problem solved, except for the burnt up paint!
The Ripper Shift cover FAIL video
Those welds look horrible.