to start. i LOVE this thread, i'm in school now training to become a machinist and this thread is so inspirational! keep up the great work!
and about the bushings, i dunno how well it would really work to have solid ones, i remember when someone posted a video of the original 1985 introduction of the mk2 and they explained that the bushings were designed to help corning by letting the beam kinda move and go with the front.
i'll try and find and mark the vid.
love this thing! get a front valence and its sex! the front looks angry!