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Old 09-06-2016, 03:36 PM   #271 (permalink)
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Then I mounted the Firebird radiator support to the brackets. (It is the part that holds the front of the fenders in place, and where the hood latch parts are mounted.)



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That's awesome seeing the Firebird nose on there.... but the picture I left in your quote shows quite a lot of misalignment of the Firebird radiator hole and the Prius radiator. Are you planning some sort of ducting there to help with cooling?

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Old 09-06-2016, 05:50 PM   #272 (permalink)
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Are you planning some sort of ducting there to help with cooling?
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Old 09-06-2016, 07:32 PM   #273 (permalink)
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That's awesome seeing the Firebird nose on there.... but the picture I left in your quote shows quite a lot of misalignment of the Firebird radiator hole and the Prius radiator. Are you planning some sort of ducting there to help with cooling?
Actually the core support is about an inch too high in that photo. I realized after the bumper was on that I had left the old rubber supports on the bottom that should have come off first. (D'oh!)

And yes, there will be both ducting and bracing between the Prius structure and the Firebird core support, plus the original baffling between the core support and the front bumper assembly.

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Cool. At least some of my ancestors are Slavic too. (Bohemian)

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Mostly a clean up weekend so I could walk through the garage without tripping on anything.

I'm still uneasy about the added length to the nose, but I don't see any way around it since the bumper brackets are already only an inch away from the frame lifting points on the Prius v.




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What about a 69 nose? Do they have a bit more room?
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Nope. The '69 was basically the same car face-lifted. It even uses the same hood.

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can you shorten the brackets for the nose mounting?

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It's hard to tell from the photos, but it appears the nose could move back at least 4-5 inches. Is there a way to shorten the bumper brackets, or another point where they could be attached to the Prius frame? From what I can see in the photos, it appears the prius frame mounts are even with the radiator/hood mount, but the bumper mounts extend out another 8 inches. Could you modify the nose to mount in a different way to the steel frame at the front of the car (by the radiator)? Perhaps even a couple of steel angles welded horizontally across that metal front piece could give you a different mounting point to use.

With the extended nose, you might be able to borrow some styling cues from the Dodge Superbee. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodge_Super_Bee
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2.5 pages in, I realized you missed your calling in life. Both the musclecar lover in me and the Prius-hating genius in me say this is the most perverted concept ever, but somehow you manage to present it in such a way that i keep reading the next post, then the next, and so on. I will post again after i read the rest of it, then sleep on that.

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