Re: Making some head way on the '66
Thanks guys! I'm pretty proud of the trunk, especially for my first attempt at building a trunk enclosure. But I'm not going to lie, she will be a bit of a pig when it's all said in done. The wiring alone in the car will add several pounds to her, but I knew that going in to this. Between a new updated wiring harness, the EFI harness, transmission harness, digital ignition harness, a/c, cruise, windows, window express modules, locks, keyless entry, push to start, security, power seats, back up camera, retained accessory power module, dual batteries, HID headlights, just to mention a few off the top of my head and then the added hardware... Then with the 4L80e coming in at 60+ lbs heavier, audio equipment, heavy wheels, and several added pounds of undercoating, insulation, and sound deadener... It will be interesting to see where she comes in at, weight wise, when she's done. However, she should be a blast to drive!
The trunk enclosure itself isn't all that bad, weight wise, I designed it in such a way that all of the individual components of the structure use the other to get it's strength. I started with a 1 x 2 sub floor covered with 1/2" chip board, and then an engineered laminate hardwood floor. The floor pieces interlock together to form one large piece. Framed the rest with more 1 x 2's and the panels are 1/4" sub flooring. The heaviest part is the sub box, it's made out of 5/8" and 3/4" MDF. The entire unit, besides the rear panel, can be assembled outside of the car and is free standing. I actually built the enclosure in my office at my house, lol, and then took it to the shop for installation. I covered the entire thing with sub box carpeting, which is very durable, even the framing in the quarters. I was going to carpet the floor but with all the black I was afraid that it would all just melt into each other a little more than I would like. Then I thought that the rich, deep color of the wood would contrast nicely and add something a little different. I'm working on the interior now and I am planning on tying some of the same wood in it as well to kind of bring it all together. I bought the wood flooring at Lowes for $29 and the beauty thing about it is if one piece were to get damaged I can just replace it easily. I probably have a total of $150 in the entire enclosure. I will admit that I probably get the most comments about the trunk, lol. Who would have thought?
But the entire theme, if you want to call it that, for this build has been based on simplicity, at least in outward appearances. The routing of the wires and lines and simple and clean attributes will hopefully will create something in the end that you will find more of the details the longer you look at her. I have a lot of hours in planning and mock up in this build, trying to strike that balance of accessibility while hiding as much as possible. I hope you all like and enjoy looking at her.
1966 Malibu, 540 BBC FAST XFI EFI, 4L80E Trans, 2800 Stall, Quick Performance 59" 9" Ford Rear End w/3.50 gear