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Old 06-19-2020, 12:40 PM   #744 (permalink)
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torsional rigidity

Originally Posted by Bill the Engineer View Post
Glad you like it! Good questions. Kind-of jumping ahead in the story...

First some diagrams:

I have made strategic measured cuts in the Firebird floorpan so that it keys into the Prius V floorpan like a jugsaw puzzle. The transmission tunnel and driver's seat supports will have numerous areas where the two car floorpans are welded together. The Prius V floorpan is unmolested and retains its full strength. The Firebird structure will just add to it. It is easy to see where the white areas protrude into the Firebird's sheetmetal. I am doing a similar thing between the two firewalls and in the rear of the car.

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In the past, automotive journalists have reported that in many instances, American Sunroof Corporation was directly responsible all the structural engineering and modifications leading to the creation of convertibles added to a makers product line. The Firebird may be no exception, and lend to, and not detract from the Firebird/Prius marriage.
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