So for those that follow the progress of the MRGooozie as Larry calls it, here is the latest. Saturday morning I went into the shop and started marking the areas that may be an issue with getting the Fiat to drop down over the MR2. Larry arrived and I gave him a marker and we went to town. Surprisingly we found only a few areas that needed trimming. The strut towers needed to be trimmed back about an inch and a half so that's where we started.
Towers are welded back in place so that the structural integrity was not compromised.
A simple but effective fix to make it fit.
At this point we started lowering the Fiat down, taking great care so we didn't smash any thing that might still be in the way.
At this point we had to maneuver the rear of the fiat over the frame in order to drop another four inches.
We are so close so we decide it's lunch time.
After lunch Larry and I did another inspection to find what might be hanging up the last two inches of the project. At this point Judy makes some rude comment about another two inches! Thanks to Judy by the way for being totally patient and awesome, she took some wonderful pictures while we were puttering around in freezing conditions.
We found one culprit, the internal frame of the Fiat door jam needed to be trimmed back about an inch on both sides.
Grinders are so cool! until your fingers get in the way, fortunately not today.
We are trying to save the original MR2 center column and incorporate it into the design. This would be an engineering marvel if we did. This would allow us to use the original MR2 fuel tank in it original placement which will give us 5 more gallons of fuel storage over the the original Fiat gas tank.
Welding in some 1" straps to temporarily attach the body down so we can move the whole car as one piece.
The plan is to create a step side entrance for the passengers in the back of the car.
One thing I didn't expect is that when you blend a Fiat Multipla with a Toyota MR2 you get a Volkswagon Beetle on hormones...
Stat tuned in for the latest. Also look at Larry's blog in the next couple of weeks to see the second project we are creating.
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