A Bird and Its Perch.
As you may have noticed in the artist renditions, this car
is going to be low to the ground. Because the Firebird is a uni-body construction,
lowering it is a bit more complicated than on a frame/body car where each
part can be done separate from the other (for the most part).
To begin with, the whole body has to be put on a jig to keep
everything in its proper place when we start cutting apart the rear frame
rails. New rear frame rails will be welded into place once we determine
the desired ride height in relation to the body.
Becaue the Firebird is a uni-body, you can't "channel"
the body to lower it. The lowering has to be achieved by kicking up the
rails in the rear.
The rear rails and trunk floor are completely removed. Without
the jig supports the rear of the car would dragging the floor.
With the old floor and rails out of the way, the rearend/axle
housing are raised into place so we will know how high to place the new
rear rails. The geometry will be checked, too, so we can make sure there
is enough travel in the rear suspension.
Cardboard templates are created and used to check everything
out before being handed over to the fabricators to make the new frame rails.
That looks about right.
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