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03-Oct-02 Work on the Roll Cage Continues Part 1

Back to my cage!



ImageSince the last update I've planted several trees, found a nice little `93 Honda Accord for daughter number two and shipped daughter number one back to college - after coming back home to recover from mononucleosis (college life!). I haven't had a lot of time to work on Project33 lately but I've been thinking about it all the time. Most of my free time has been spent doing other things that need to be done before the snow flies and trying to get caught up at work. I have to admit that the last couple of nights that I could have worked on the car were spent relaxing. A guy can't work all the time!

Taking time to think things through isn't all-bad either. There are several areas on the car that I'm still undecided about. One of these areas is the roll cage crossbar below the dashboard. Since I can't seem to make up my mind on how to do this area I've decided just to start building the roll cage hoping, maybe it will just come to me by the time I get that far.
ImagePictured here are the mounting plates that go on the floor. They're made from 3/16-inch thick steel and were donated to the project by Maury and Mark from MRI Machine (Big Moe Products). It just took them a few minutes to cut them out with their equipment where it would have taken me hours. Thanks guys!
ImageThe two long plates will mount behind each door and be bolted to the floor at each end with the body mounting bolts. As you can see here we'll need to bend the plates to follow the contour of the floor.

The lower ends of the main hoops will be sleeved to give the cage more strength and to allow us to fine-tune the height of the hoops before welding them. The larger diameter of the sleeve also gives us more welding surface.
ImageThe first mounting plate was bent by hand in a vise, test fitting the piece after each bend until it fit correctly. It was then used as a template for the other plate, which was bent using the same high-tech method.
ImageThe plates required less bending than you would think.
ImageHere are the nearly completed mounting plates ready to be drilled and bolted to the floor.