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Thread: Continental "cowbelly" frame

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    Thanks for the pictures Hal W May! Your car frame is just like mine! I guess this isn't a myth after all.
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    Don, do you have also the sheet metal pieces welded on the floor we discussed yesterday with Eric Huffstutler?
    Roger

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    Default More on the skid plates!!

    On my #3689-the (what looks to be) original skid (L shaped) plates are 18 inches long. There are 2 extensions, 6 inches long, one on each side, that appear to be less professionally made (almost amateurish) that extend the skid outward almost to the chassis rail. My guess is that they are there to protect the lower, unprotected area of the rear portion of the belly pan. Do the earlier MKii"s also have this skid plate?? Hal

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    No, because it has the center cross-member. I'd be willing to bet that this car probably got hung up somewhere in it's travels and this was their solution to riding over the obstruction. I'd be curious to see the area under the seat to see if it was smashed and one time and bumped out.
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    Does your car have seat belts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Zimmermann View Post
    Don, do you have also the sheet metal pieces welded on the floor we discussed yesterday with Eric Huffstutler?
    This is what I have on mine.
    http://www.markiiforum.com/showthread.php?t=401&page=3
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry Wolk View Post
    Does your car have seat belts?
    If anybody has factory seatbelts please post a picture including the floor mounts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Henschel View Post
    This is what I have on mine.
    Thank you for the reminder Don. Obviously, you have a "clean" floor.
    Roger

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    I'm new to the forum but a long time admirer of the Mark II. What dawns on me after studying the chassis is the likely reason for running the exhaust down the rocker panels was the lack of space anywhere else given the unusual frame configuration and the low floor pan of the car. There's a reason for everything from an engineering perspective.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pblasz View Post
    I'm new to the forum but a long time admirer of the Mark II. What dawns on me after studying the chassis is the likely reason for running the exhaust down the rocker panels was the lack of space anywhere else given the unusual frame configuration and the low floor pan of the car. There's a reason for everything from an engineering perspective.
    Patrick:
    Thanks. I agree! In the Mark II world, some decisions where made from an engineering perspective, and some from a cost perspective. They basically took the best Lincoln/Mercury components at the time, fitted them together, fabricated a frame/body/wheel covers and put in the finest leather interior they could create. It is a stylish design which stands the test of time some sixty years later. Thanks for your comment.
    Last edited by jdsnoddy; 05-08-2017 at 09:42 AM.
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