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I’m wondering how everyone finished off the body at the lower steering housing on the front firewall? My VMC has a 90 deg return on the fiberglass body that the housing passes right through so a simple grommet can’t just be installed. I did purchase a lower VW grommet and am going to try fabricating an aluminum plate riveted in place of sorts. What did you guys do?

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It's been almost 25 years since I built mine so this may be cloudy, but I ended up with a slightly larger, elongated hole as I tried to find the right spot for the lower end of the steering column to center the shaft where it went through the bulkhead.  That meant that I had a large-ish hole to cover up, so I made a plate of 1/8" aluminum for a close fit and riveted it on.  I used a thicker grommet (Electrician's cable grommet) to fill the space between the column tube and the aluminum plate.  If I had been cool, I would have filled the area with fiberglass instead, but the aluminum worked well and the carpet covers that area a bit, too.  Once installed and finished off with the carpet, you really can't see it.

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That's a good one, @WOLFGANG

It occurred to me that roofers face this same dilemma all the time when they must flash around a roof vent pipe on a sloping roof and that enterprising companies have already come up with inexpensive solutions to this.  Here's what Home Depot offers - Just pick one that will fit the space and pipe and it will self-adjust to the angle AND diameter of the steering column.

https://www.homedepot.com/s/ve...of%20flashing?NCNI-5

Of course, I realize that I am leaning in to "George from Texas" or John Steele territory with this idea, but it should work pretty well.

Here's photos of those 2 front panels.  I see a lot of builds without them.  I believe they add strength to the front end - keeps heavy fiberglass front end from sagging (Peroni's disease?)  Often you can look at front of a replica and see clear through to the other side.



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The build manual also had you fiberglassing where the CMC body mounted to the VW pan so in addition to the 3 tubes of silicon sealer/body rubber seal you had the fiberglass.  The heat shield in engine compartment above the muffler was also to be fiberglassed to the body.  I've yet to do that!

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