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So about 3 months ago, in a moment of weakness, I promised Damian (damian02civic) I would make him the engine side bracket for his Stiffy. At first I tried to teach him to fish by measuring everything out for it, drawing it to scale, telling him the material he needed and where to go get it done but all I got was ,"I dunno man. I like turtles."

This got old after about the 57th PM. He wore me down and I promised I would make him one. Well, I finally got around to it tonight. Even though Sugar is waiting for some love in the form of a new cylinder head, kpro and some other goodies, Damian's needs came first.

Here's my diagram and a piece of 4" x 12" 1/4"-thick steel.




I don't have my acetylene torches yet, so I put the stock in my vise with a vise grip on top for leverage.






Applied some heat with my propane torch....






And quickly decided that was not going to work. I would have been there all night and there was no guarantee I was even going to be able to bend that 1/4" steel. I flipped it over and drilled the mounting holes instead.....







Measured and cut the plate, got my 90° brackets and got things lined up......






And then welded the fucker together. 1st pass:

 

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2nd pass, some shaping, and the top hole done. I made one more pass with the welder and there is no way this weld is going to break. The penetration on the weld is nice and deep.






Now it was time to notch it to clear the vane on the motor mount. Damian, this was a giant pain in the ass. Yes I know it looks like shit with all the spatter. I'll get to that.






No I mean it. This took a very long time and I didn't enjoy it.





But I soldiered on and look!!!! It fits!!!








Time for a little signature and she's done!!







I need to degrease it and hit it with some paint as this mild steel will rust in a hurry. It's going to be black because that's what color paint I have right now. Looking at the two of them, I know which one I would rather rock on my Civic! Fuck, I'm half tempted to send you my Ingalls one and I'll keep mine!

 

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"The penetration of the weld is nice and deep."

that got me a hard on.

lol.


nice diy!
 

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Hey foos. What did you use to drill on that piece of steel? Nice write up bro.
 

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Foo you are so creative ....:td:
Thanks Cliff!

nice, rep!
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"The penetration of the weld is nice and deep."

that got me a hard on.

lol.
nice diy!
Thanks, that's why I'm here!

Hey foos. What did you use to drill on that piece of steel? Nice write up bro.

Just my regular old hand-held Bosch drill and normal drill bit. Trick is to not spin the drill very fast and to use plenty of lubrication. This advice is pretty much universal by the way. I haven't bought a new drill press yet which would have made this easier.

nice. one of the best diy theads i have seen.
LOL - thanks!
 

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Nice

you should also try map gas. Burns hotter than propane. Not quite as effictive as oxy/ace torch but it's good stuff none-the-less
 

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thats sick man! i like it.....you mind if i steal your plans?
Not at all, PM me your email and I'll send you the .pdf of them. Just print and go, most of the measurements are there, but it's also drawn to scale.

Nice

you should also try map gas. Burns hotter than propane. Not quite as effictive as oxy/ace torch but it's good stuff none-the-less
That's a good idea, thanks!
 

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Looks good, and sure beats spending the big bucks on the prefab one. What are you using for the little 'shock' thing? is there someplace that sells those alone? I had one of these on my old civic and it was pretty crazy the difference it made! Of course I didnt know how much of a difference it made until I took it off when I sold the car!!
 

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Running one of thos harbor freight flux core mig welders?
Nope. Lincoln 125. I've got the gas liner kit for it, but need to buy a bottle still so I can ditch the flux core.

:td: The Foos brand bracket is superior!
Thanks!

Looks good, and sure beats spending the big bucks on the prefab one. What are you using for the little 'shock' thing? is there someplace that sells those alone? I had one of these on my old civic and it was pretty crazy the difference it made! Of course I didnt know how much of a difference it made until I took it off when I sold the car!!
This one isn't for me. I have the complete Ingall's Stiffy (both brackets + dampener). A buddy of mine got one for cheap, but it only had the dampener and the shock tower bracket. Ingall's wants $80 for a replacement motor-side bracket. I think I've got maybe $15 worth of materials into this.

Not too shabby, Clint. It looked a little rough there along the way but in the end it came out great. Good going!
Thanks Carl!
 
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