It was interesting, let me put it that way. The actual welding I had done by someone else. I was not about to trust this job to my 110v MIG (or my novice welding experience for that matter). I had my guy completely weld it together except for the base. Then I took it down to the powdercoating shop and had them bake on a nice fire-red color. After that it was brought back to the welder to have the base secured. One word of caution. If you care about your interior panels, make sure they are in place *before* the welding commences (cover them with rags so they don't get melted by the sparks, blaa, blaa, blaa). The reason for this is so that you do not have to worry about fitment after the fact. I had one hell of a time putting my interior 1/4 panels in place because they were removed for the welding process. The carpet installation was pretty straight forward. Just make sure that you take your time cutting the holes, otherwise you are likely to cut too much off and it will look like ass. If you are keeping the rear seats (keep in mind they will only be there for looks if you have a cage installed), then all you have to do is cut some semi-circles into the aluminum backing to clear the bars. One word of caution here - make sure that you cover the cut edges of the seat back with plenty of duct tape. I didn't the first time around, and I managed to scrape up my nice shiny new powdercoating job really good. Anyways, it was a really worthwhile project overall. It really sets the car off, and I feel alot safer now going in to a power slide or whipping around a bend at top speed. >
I don't have subframes in there (yet), but I did notice the stiffness improve. The car feels alot tighter, and there doesn't seem to be as much of the body-squeek when you go over bumps in the road. I imagine a good part of this sensation is due to the fact that I have a piece of steel tubing pressed against my side. Also the 5 points contribute a bit too. Of course if you go with the swing-outs you are naturally going to lose some of the body stiffness.
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