Yesterday, I stopped by the fab shop to check on the progress of some updates on our little Bronco. It's coming along well. I specified a due date of mid-next week and I think they'll make it. There are some new safety rules this year our truck needed to conform to - the primary one being a firewall between our seats and the fuel cell. Ours will be a multi-piece deal. I continue to be pleased and amazed with Paul at Bent Fab. He is doing a great job considering the multitude of planes and surface discontinuities he has to work with. Being a vintage truck, we want to limit the amount of drillin' and weldin' we do on it, so he whipped out some nice threaded brackets on the CNC plasma cutter to attach the firewall to the cage without turning it into swiss cheese. The clamps are for 1.75" and 2" dia. tubing. He's also doing a new passenger side seat mount, splash guards around the fuel cell fillers, and a rear bumper (stocker) to conform to 2012 rules. This is all easily reversible if desired.
We also happened to notice recently that the re-born www.stroppe.com is offering t-shirts for sale with an image of our truck from the 2010 NORRA race, and a slightly modified image beside it. One of the principals in the operation is one of my editors at Bronco Driver magazine so I figured it couldn't hurt to ask for some shirts, which I did earlier this week. The box arrived yesterday with t-shirts for everyone on our team - including our fueling/pitting/chasing team members.
Only two short weeks before we head to Mexicali.
Firewall construction shots: