Gusseted and painted the front trans mount and then test fit it. Looks and feels like it will work.
Since the holes in the old mount were sloppy for this gauge of rod, I decided to bush it.
The bronze guides fit perfectly in the trans mount holes and tightened up the construction admirably. Also means the threads on the rods won’t chew those holes up.
Now all that remains is to shim the 1×1 square tube into the bigger square tube sub frame. I guess I’ll weld it in there and along the bottom of the frame horns, to make everything as strong as it can be.
Also need to shim the sway bar bushings a little and snug it all up. Then we should be ready to take out the shift rod and shorten it.
Meanwhile, also got these new urethane rear motor mounts modified and installed.
Those notches ought to meet the bolts that hold the adaptor to the Suby block, and the engine ought to fit now. I just hope that clown-shoe yellow urethane really is stonger than stock, as advertised. I have my doubts.