We've received an update from Shawn HibmaCronan on his Love Inertia and the Perfect Stance project, which you can also find out about in an earlier post on Autoliterate.
"Since I last wrote, we've sourced and acquired a truly unique (and international) drivetrain combination for this eager old soul. Purists, brace yourselves.
The border-disregarding assembly begins with a modern Volkswagen Turbo Diesel motor--
"--mated to a good-ole Toyota truck transmission via a CNC-machined (and beautifully simple) adaptor. This highly fuel-efficient, yet wonderfully torquey powerhouse of a motor will eventually connect to the ground via a custom driveshaft then to a Nissan 300ZX rear suspension subframe. All of this, carefully wedged into the charmingly stubby 60's Ford Econoline body, floating low on airbags.
In amongst a ton of research and part-hunting, some exciting progress has happened with the body.
Somewhat reluctantly, I've begun to cover up these carefully-selected components with sheet steel panels. Starting with the rear wheel tubs and moving to the fronts, I've curved and fit crisp new 16 gauge "cold rolled" steel into place.
"There is something so gratifying in generating and finessing steel forms that bring together the custom-built tube frame and the original Ford body proudly wearing all 50 years of its life and use evident in its curves.
Heavily influenced by consideration for the final interior experience, the extra bay doors added to the left side of the body not only add light and air, and lovely symmetry to the interior, but also increased ease of fabrication.
Smiling as I jump in and out of the vehicle fitting panels and components, it's almost as if this old soul wants to be worked on, rejuvenated and reborn.
"As I've said before, but will s ay again, every step left to do is additive and it feels great. More soon as the project continues to gain momentum.
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