After an insane amount of planning, drawing, cutting, grinding, welding, head scratching, the odd drink, and more welding, I’m happy to announce that the interior mods on the FFR Gen-2 Type-65 chassis are complete.
So, what did we gain from all this headache? SPACE.
The driver and passengers seat have been pushed back closer to the rear wheel with some metal and fiberglass reconstruction. We both found that the dashboard felt too close in the stock kit, and given that we want to have more accesories and a custom dash setup it was really important to gain space between the wheel and the seat back.
Here you can see the fiberglass that has been cut away and reworked to enable the seat back to get pushed towards the rear of the car. As well, threaded mounting points for the seat frame and seatbelt/harness connections moved to accommodate the leather high-back Corbeau’s.
From the rear wheel well looking into the cabin, you can see the extent of the metal work.
Here’s a shot from the engine bay looking into the transmission tunnel. The engine mounts have been moved nearly 5 inches forward, this allows us to narrow the tunnel and provide more room for the reworked foot-boxes. The good news is that there’s plenty of space in the engine bay for this modification and after some calculations we found that there is almost no affect at all on weight distribution in the car as the stock setup is actually a bit tail heavy.
Moving the transmission forward also allows the shift lever to come up through the top of the tunnel in a more forward position. The stock setup with many of these builds has a back facing shift lever which can limit elbow room.
The transmission tunnel has been narrowed by only inches, but you would be surprised how much of a difference it makes in interior space when you sit in the car.
In addition to pushing the seat back, the floor of the car has also been hacked and reworked to push the seat base down. Pictured here you can see the new floor tray ready for paint. Our high back leather seat will sit directly on top of this tray and I have to say, the gains in headroom are amazing. Not only can I sit in the car without my head touching the roof (being 6’4″ it’s a problem), but I also have room for a helmet if needed.
You can see in this picture where the drivers side tube in the ladder frame was sectioned and reinforced to become part of the new floor tray. The left side of the transmission tunnel has moved inwards allowing for more width in the cabin as well as opening up a mounting spot for our handy pull-type parking break.
Here’s a shot of the new foot-box area and new seat tray together, just before paint.
…..And here’s me, 6’4″, size 14 feet (with safety sandals of course), as you can see I have a rather large amount of room in the cabin now. Also rocking my Speed Academy shirt, shameless plug, check out their YouTube channel if you get the chance, great automotive and racing content from Southern Ontario.
From another angle, you can see my knees are no longer pushed into the dash and the steering wheel is a good position relative to my seating position.
So, what now? This means we can finally move on to some assembly! Our friends at Performance Improvements and The Performance Cellar are assisting with brake lines, gas lines, tanks and all of the other bits we need start assembling the running gear in the car. The goal is to have a running rolling chassis by the end of the summer (fingers crossed).
Oh, and did I mention? The rework of all of that chassis tubing now means that NONE of the stock sheet metal panels from FFR will fit. My father has built his own metal brake out of spare bits and pieces in his shop……….here’s a sample: