In the first pic below, I've made some initial cuts on the driver's side support tube.
It's not lit well, but, that tube with the cuts in it failed exactly opposite the point of triangulation. The hole is actually from a really craptastic weld job that someone tried to do in order to "fix" the problem, but they just blew holes through the tube and made everything worse since water got in and started rusting everything.
|Another angle of the same cuts and damage.|
|Nasty hole that surely didn't help keep things in one piece.|
|You can see the attempt at triangulation better with this pic, though the perspective is a bit wacky||.|
|Driver's side mostly cleaned up. Yes, I knicked the bolt for the sway bar. Oops.|
|80's angular goodness. These cars are nicknamed "The Wedges." I'll eventually get some pics of it outside the garage.|
|That's pretty open in the middle, but not on the sides where I am trying to avoid wires and lines. Welding is gonna be interesting, even with my fancy TIG torch. Oh boy . . .|
|The flash blew out the red. It really stands out on the black gel coat (fiberglass body = gel coat) . It's a darn cool logo, I think. 80's goodness, indeed!|
That's it for now. I'll be discussing exactly what we need to do with the owner, and he's got some good ideas, too. If anyone knows where to get good deals on small lengths of 1.5"OD .065" wall CroMo tubing, comment or email!