(L) Shortening the frame
(C1) The front end partially welded in place
(C2) Note how the front end sway bar attachment frame had to protrude above the pan.
It is solid - just not pretty yet.
(R) The frame in profile with the front end in place
(L) After lots of measureing and noodling, here is where I think the body must go on the frame.
The frame by itself is shown below. The scale when printed is 1/24th.
Oh - that big black thing over the engine is the original air intake/cleaner.
Obviously is has to be replaced.
(C) This telephoto of the front end is used to determine how much wheel travel will happen for a given shock/coilover travel.
I have decided NOT to use springs because I cannot confidently predict ride height and travel. A coilover allows some adjustability.
For the record, my datum is the center of the disk brake - the part the wheel bolts onto. It is 4-15/16" in diameter.
(R) Since I am using the existing rear suspension and rear drums, the problem is how to fit the new wheels.
That means determining backspace. The magenta is the new wheel, gray is the old.
The new wheel will require a 3/8" thick spacer to keep the same distance from the IRS member.
(L) The chassis after cutting out the floor pan and cross frame members.
The new channel up front and side rails are in place.
(C) Side view showing how the side rails look. They are 3-1/2 inches in height.
(R) ...And with side rails all around and the new floor pan in place! It looks very good! And strong, too!
(L) Before/after showing the effectiveness of an hour of DeKote deruster.
(C) The first trial of the ultrasonic cleaner and Green Cleaner on the drive shaft bolts.
1= 1/2 hour, 2 = 1 hour, 3= 1/-1/2 hour plus rotating parts, 4 = 2 hours.
The parts were greasier than they looked in #1.
(R) The '92 Celica seat
VW 412 Transaxle
(L) 412 transaxle - left side
(C) 412 transaxle - right side
(R) 412 transaxle - top side
(L) 412 transaxle - underside
(C) 412 transaxle - front
(R) 412 transaxle - rear
Comparing the 412 transaxle (gray) to the 901 transaxle (black line).
Centering on the clutch shaft, note that the CVs are slightly misaligned vertically.
But the BIG problem is the 2-3/4" difference in vertical positioning of the shift lever.
That means having to drop the shift rod to the gearshift, or rais the engine in the bay.
No can do!