The Dana 300 seems more resilient than the 231 in its design. It makes more sense in its design (no wonder the atlas design was influenced off of it)and the lack of chain is one less potenial failure. Yeah i found my lock ring pliers after i needed it and the beefiness of the atlas implies everything is bigger.
I was able to do a few small things today, I laid out the frame for the dash and put in some chassis bracing in the rear to serve as a platform for the battery box. For all the flooring and panel pieces I intend on using aluminum. The steering column will go through the aluminum just above the lower tube on the dash. I should have plenty of room for the switch panel and all the gauges - I am planning on being well informed with a tach, speedo, water temp, tranny temp, volts, oil pressure and of course fuel. the console will bend down from the dash and land on the B pillar X.
I do have some .09 aluminum left over from the roof so I will probably use that for the dash and console panel, the floor will probably be .06 . shadowy pic of the front axle loosely mocked in as I try to decide where it will be, I'm going to keep the wheel base 112-115"
I lowered the seat mounts by about 2", with the seat in it feels really comfortable. I removed the shifters from the ATLAS also as I will be changing slightly where they will be in reference to the console/drivers seat.