NO NEED for you to tread lightly Steve....
John ..... I'm treading light when I ask this
but, is the tube chassis putting the Opel in a build category that makes it a whole lot more difficult of a build ? Would you be able to use some of the components and continue with your original plans ?
Remember the main focus of this build was to drive it and enjoy it. I'm speaking from the heart, because I see it enough with customer cars that are building there own project and end up dropping it off to have work there not comfortable with and when I price out what really needs to be addressed they ether back up on there wish list or bail all together. Really hope this helps
I really think I can speak for EVERYONE
here on GHR that your opinion
is VERY HIGHLY REGARDED!!!!!
In fact for people like me it is something that is becoming a "go to".
Even when we here on this forum do not ask
for your advice & suggestions you step in and take the EXTRA time & effort to explain things in detail in an easy to understand way and in addition you very detailed "post pictures" which is something that amazes me.
Most of the guys on this site have been where I am many times over the years with different or current projects.
My original plan for the Opel was to beef up the back end by adding 2x3 frame rails and adding to the front sub frame .
As it is now the back of the sub frame & unibody have already started to tear itself apart under the torque of the mild SBC that came with the car when I got it.
Once I heard the tube chassis was available for "next to nothing"
I was given the options of using it "for parts
" or using it as is & putting the Opel's body on it.
After a LOT
of time spend starring at the tube chassis even more time using a tape measure, checking, re-checking and comparing ..... the debating back & forth went on & on for quite some time before I made up my mind to do the "body off" and use the tube chassis as is.
Needless to say I was more than surprised that the Vega & Opel are so much alike. Wheelbase, width & length, roll cage height and placement are almost identical. If not for that I would NOT
have considered using the tube chassis as is.
Of course I won't see any of the differences until I get the Opel's body on the Vega's tube chassis.
Another thing that prompted me to use the tube chassis is being able to have a car that is done right
. Without it I would NEVER
be able to build
a tube chassis for the Opel.
with all of the work & potential issues I will have to deal with along with the additional modifications I will no doubt
have to make (or have some one else make them for me ) I will end up with a great gasser
.... and not be restricted by the Opel's current "make shift"
unibody with sub frames setup.
It'll be well worth the work, hassles & time it will take to happen.