The fabrication work continues hot and heavy on Project Violent Valiant and today’s installment will show you how Kevin Tully made and fitting the car’s firewall. With the addition of the big, aluminum block 413 that will power this car, the new chassis, and well every other damned thing that he’s touched on this car, the stock firewall was not going to cut the mustard. As you’ll see in the photos and captions below, starting with just a few flat sheets of steel, Tully bent, rolled, cut, welded, and shaped this firewall using some basic tools and his own skills. That’s probably the coolest thing about this part of the project for us. Seeing something go from a simple piece of flat metal into an integral part of the car is really, really neat.
It took Tully some time and we’ll go into more detail below as to why but the planning process in creating a firewall is critical. Tully had to account for where wires and other stuff would have to pass through, he had to account for the positioning of the master cylinder for the clutch and the braking system on the car, roll cage down bars, and where things like the Vintage Air system and other parts would mount. The idea here is to make something that is functional, strong, and visually appealing. Let’s see how he went about it and what the finished product looked like. Also, we’ll take a look at Tully’s modifications to the factory steering column which he is going to keep in the car because he digs the look and it is nicely positioned for the header building process among other things.