Now thats the type of information I need! Thanks man, I had no idea about the strut bar.
A few days ago I took my car on the longest trip yet, about a 50 minute drive on the turnpike to visit my schools FSAE team to test out a new baffle design.
^ Unnecessary picture ftw
She made the whole way with no problems, but it did sink in how slow she is. At 5th im reving fairly high (no tach) and im going only 70mph. Not to mention the acceleration.
Regardless I took some pictures with my crappy phone when I got back,
the rear- Believe it or not, I really want to put my bumper on (and get rid of that muffler
but heres the problem
Im not sure if anyone can see it, but there are two little plates poorly welded over the mounting point for the bumper. And if you put your finger in there you can see that the bolts were also broken off in there.
My only possible explanation is that the previous owner saw the rust and attempted to take the bumper off for repair. Only because he gave me the bumper along with the car and it is full of rust. But the plates? Only god knows why he put those there, even if it was rusted, theres no way to mount the bumper on the plates and have it level.
So I will address that to the best of my ability. Although, my biggest fear is that once I start taking the car apart for the winter I will find a lot of rust hidden in this nicely painted little car.
My front end is shot, so I really cant wait to take the cars apart and start building the suspension. If everything's right I might do some mods before the end of the summer just to see how they feel, like new brakes and coilovers.