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Old 05-04-2013, 06:13 AM   #1
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build my own subframe connectors

So I want subframe connectors on my firebird but i'm not made if money so for$60 in steel I got what I need to make my own. My concern is:

Weld on, of course, but how to know when car is perfectly level.

I'm replacing all the suspension parts so the car is in the air now. Do I set it down after all the suspension is done then weld in my bars or can I do it while its up in the air. I want it to be straight and solid.

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You need to level the car on jack stands, it needs to be level front to back and side to side.
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Jack stands just aren't high enough to work under comfortably. I'm going to have to user some creative method s
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Your not building the SFCs under the car are you? Take measurements, tack them together, test fit them then fully weld them then install. I made my own SFCs when I built my cage. Did it all on jack stands.
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I was going to assemble, tack, remove and then fully weld.

Maybe I need some serious jack stands, mine aren't all the tall.

I'm also wondering:
I'm going to build my SF connectors so they attach to Transmission tunnel mounts, giving me more of an under the body "cage" or X frame situation. Anyone think that's a good idea?

There isn't much structure to these cars and I'd like mine to last, without putting in a roll cage!

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I was going to assemble, tack, remove and then fully weld.

Maybe I need some serious jack stands, mine aren't all the tall.

I'm also wondering:
I'm going to build my SF connectors so they attach to Transmission tunnel mounts, giving me more of an under the body "cage" or X frame situation. Anyone think that's a good idea?

There isn't much structure to these cars and I'd like mine to last, without putting in a roll cage!

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Yea, would be something like this:
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So I want subframe connectors on my firebird but i'm not made if money so for$60 in steel I got what I need to make my own. My concern is:

Weld on, of course, but how to know when car is perfectly level.

I'm replacing all the suspension parts so the car is in the air now. Do I set it down after all the suspension is done then weld in my bars or can I do it while its up in the air. I want it to be straight and solid.

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Make sure yo relax ( loosen and then retighten ) any suspension bolts that go through bushings, with the car setting on the ground, or the bushings won't last.
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Yup that's the frame i'm building. For 60 bucks!

I've got all new suspension parts like new bushings and rubber mounts, so I'll have it completely apart for lowering it to the ground.
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