I wanted a better oil pan than a stock type to use for the gasser. Since it has no crossmembers I could use almost anything I found. I found a full length summed pan with a screen windage tray.
It also has dividing walls down in the sump with little trap doors to control the oil slosh and movement. So I'm set in the oil pan area. I've gone back to reinstalling the original dash in the car. But because my new sitting placement is so far back, I'm going to close up all the dash openings and not use any gauges etc in the original dash. In this pic you can see where I've cut up the dash to fit around the new steering support. I still have to massage it a little but you can see that the steering wheel will be well back from the original dash. This is the top dash brow or padded top extension piece, stripped of all its padding.
I'm going to use sheet metal to extend that top brow out to the same distance from the original dash that the seats ended up being, which is 10 inches, then build a dash face off of the steering wheel support. I'll build it to cover all of the steering support to you can't see it. I'll build it under the extended top dash extension, and incorporate all the gauges and the speedometer in that. I still have to figure out where I want to place the tach but it will be in a more traditional old school type mount. Possibly off the top of the steeriing column like the old days or up under the new extended top dash brow, kind of hanging in the air. This is the dash as it sets now.
All of the dash openings will get closed up with sheet metal.
I've been beating myself up over a transmission selection. I have a TH400 to build and use, I have a 4L80E to build and use, but I also would LOVE to use a manual trans. Now the dilema. The turbo works best with an automatic to stall up against to build boost for launch. But the fun of shifting a manual is a very strong incentive, although spooling up is very difficult for the strip.
In the mid to late '60'* GM was worried about the GM 3 speed transmissions failing because of the weight of their BOP cars and the torque that the engines made. So they worked with Dearborn transmissions and had them make a GM compatable top loader 3 speed trans. These things are very strong being a toploader trans, the same as the top loader 4 speeds that Ford used in all their hot cars. Now, if I were to forgoe the advantage of the auto trans for spool up and use a manual trans, I decided that I would hunt down one of these transmissions and maybe go that way. The wide gear spacing of the 3 speed would work the turbo between gears better than a narrower geared 4 speed. I contacted a cou[ple of people that may have these transmissions, but most of them said no one wants them so they usually get chucked out. Damn. I was contacted by a guy that had one out of '67 400 Firebird, but he wanted over $300 bucks. Which for a wanted trans is not bad. But no one but me wants one. It'* been setting on his shelf since '68, and he could not sell it, just forgot he had it. But he would not come down in price. I let it go for a while and sent him another message to see if he would reconsider. Still waiting. So I'm going ahead with building the TH400 for full manual, trans brake use. At least I know I can spool up at the strip but I really wanted to shift and bang some gears.
So that'* where I am at this point. Building the trans. Figuring out final trubo placement and which exhaust to use, the headers after modifications, or the Ram Air manifolds modified to run the pipes to the turbos. And building the new dash. Plus, I'm still saddled with a newly built Blow thru CSU 750 carburator. The carb will now become a restriction around 1100 HP, but I have the turbos and the engine built to go for more. I have a full Edlebrock Victor EFI intake and fuel rails to change over to EFI. If I could sell the 750 blow thru it would get me everything I need for the efi except a controller system. Plus I could build the system to run E85 since it has become much more available around here in the last year. And hopefully more as time moves on. You use about 30% more fuel but it is around 105 octane and would allow some really powerful tuning with the turbos. OK done for now. I hope I haven't put you to sleep. Mark L