I drove mine. A lot. :wink2:
No John... you're not crazy at all! You took the time to make them fit and look right! Hats off to you, sir! Great looking Spider.Mounted New Front Bumpers On My '74 Spider Project. Didn't Use The Rubber Tips That Originally Came On The Car. First Photo Is Of The Bumpers After Initial Install. Second Photos Is After Taking The Bumpers Off, Trimming Back Rubber "Isolators" & Reinstalling Numerous Times. I Copied The Bumper Position Of A '71 Spider. Total Time About 5-1/2 Hours; I've Got To Be Crazy!
Just an indication of the magnitude of the G forces at work, with those Hoosiers! And, we are talking about all those loads going into gusseted sheet metal, however strong it may be. Amazing...Reassembling the rear suspension on the autocross Spider. The torque link cross brace that replaces the T-bar and accompanies the panhard bar broke in two at last week's autocross. The super-sticky Hoosier autocross tires have previously fractured the panhard mount in another location, so there are more forces at play here compared to the road race environment this modification was intended for. My good welder buddy came to the rescue yesterday with repair and reinforcement.
We have another event this Sunday so maybe I can remember to take some Go Pro video.
The chassis stiffener won't make your old Spider feel and ride like a Mercedes Benz 500SL, but it WILL definitely improve it in several ways. It is worth the installation and money. Improves ride, handling and rigidity.Nice. I have cowl shake. I hate railroad tracks.