We got a solid amount of work done on the tub today. The rear seal is in and it looks great! There's still some work to be done to massage the rear quarters into place, but there's only a handful of smaller things to be done on the tub before we bolt everything together and get the chassis under it for fitting the cage, seat cradles and seats, sliders, bumpers, etc. January will hopefully be a big month for all of that and we will finally start running wires and plumbing fuel and brake lines... then blow it apart again for paint!
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