I finished making the transmission cross-member today. Of course I forgot to take photos of the process due to running back and forth from the welding workshop to the car checking the fit.
Still, I made the second bracket, and got it all lined up and welded and then sprayed with more grey primer.
This nearside bracket was complicated to get right. I drilled the holes parallel to the long side of the plate but they are not square to the transmission.
The bellhousing bracket was a lot easier to align as it is square in both directions. I also added the triangular fillets.
It was then painted in black. It would have been fun if I had other colours to highlight the new bits.
When the paint dried I installed it and let it take the full weight of the transmission. It is a little back heavy so it swings the cross-member forward on it’s rubber mounts. Still, the torque brace will sort that out.
I still need the two M10x1.25 screws for the two lower holes. Will I need to cover that splined shaft?
I had to ‘oval’ these holes a little to make fitting easier.
Now, that torque brace…
Ahh, that hole in the suspension cross-member is where the torque brace goes. Except it is on the nearside and there are no mounting points on the transmission on that side.
What to do? What to do?