New Floorpan installed and test fitting body again.
The top row pictures show the new floorpan. I cut it out of 16 ga. steel. instead of welding it on the car I bolted it by drilling and threading holes in the lower frame tube. That way I can bolt it on and it is as strong as welding but it can be taken off whenever I need to. I know from the last time I build the car that gluing and welding everything solid seems like a good idea when you build it but having to work on it later when something breaks is a real pain when nothing comes apart easy. I primed the bottom of the car with gray primer then sprayed rubberized undercoating over it to protect it. This isn’t so much a show car as a daily driver so undercoating might not be the best looking stuff but it is sure stronger than paint.
The body of the car is back on it for a while so I can line it up and get the lower body bolted down to the frame. I don’t have it shown on the pictures but the upper and lower body is bolted together solid. I plan on putting the trunk lid on it’s latches and supporting the back of it with something. I can then do a final check on getting the body sitting perfectly square then drilling holes in the lower tube and threading it so I can bolt the body down solid to the car. Once I get the lower part sitting square I will probably take the top half off and try and mount up the brakes, shifter, pedals, radiator, steering, and seal the lower section to the floorpan.
The last few pictures are with the trunk lid stuck on it sort of straight. The 3rd from the end picture shows the wheel and how far it sticks out with 3.5 inch backspacing on the rims. I flipped the rim over and it was around 6-7 inches backspacing in the last picture. The tire will just barely be under the car. I can go ahead and order the rims now that I know what will fit. I also have a picture of the clearance on the air filter. with the trunk in place it has about a inch of clearance. Overall everything fits about the way it is supposed to so my only real concern now is with the exhaust and what to do with it.