Here are some shots from Salt Flats Speed Shop. The coupe is back under the knife. I've got a great feeling about the progress so far. Chris, from SFSS, is quite an impressive metal man.
As I now understand, chopping the car this way allows for less distortion by keeping the welds near the belt line.
Here's the inside, unfinished.
I was a little skeptical of using after market sheet metal parts, but this lower panel from Mac's fits pretty good.
Here's the relief cuts that'll make the pieces go where they're intended.
I've got an original 1932 tank and a lot of times original pieces don't fit perfectly in an after market frame. I've heard about guys having to grind some of the frame rail to get them to fit properly. That's not the case with the Ionia frame... the tank dropped right in and the only thing keeping it from lining up was the steel tubing coming out of the pickup, a pretty simple fix.