23 October 2011
Got the cross arm back from the machine shop Right & Left hand threads machined in each opposite ends, this has been manufactured from high strength Stainless Steel I am still waiting on the spec sheet as no doubt the inspector will want to see it. (Photo 1) showing from the back the cross arm now under the 4 bars only having ¾" clearance but nothing hits with other parts, (Photo 2) showing view from the front, (Photo 3) Down low shot of the bucket steering arm now can't be seen, sort of tidies up the front a bit.
20 October 2011
You would think I have learnt my lesson years ago but no, nothing like 2 steps backward & one forward at every turn it's like people don't want Hotrods built by individuals.
Found out that Hyman joints (Photo 1) have been outlawed on any steering arms over here in Australia also the steering rod needs to be behind the axle. (Photo 2) This has caused more lashing out of cash to rectify the problem, also as mentioned many times No Chrome aloud. I have purchased Stainless steel steering arms with a longer drop to allow the cross arm to go beneath the chassis, S/S ball Joints & are in the process of getting a S/S cross arm manufactured. I really need to purchase a lathe.
Purchased an air scoop just to say I have finished the motor. (Photo 3)
Windscreen is the next step after sorting out the supports. Hunted on the internet for a manufacturer in Australia found Redfox Frames http://www.redfoxframes.com.au/ in Victoria. Gave Greg a call then sent him the design I wanted and 4 weeks later it turned up what fantastic workmanship.
Supplied the wiper and all the wires inside the frame so it's perfect
Photo 1 windscreen installed Photo 2 closer view
Not sure what happened to the cad drawings in the last post
Went out looking for wheels what a mission found nothing and got heaps of info which makes buying wheels a lot more involved than first thought. What size mags, what size tyres what offset?
Some sales men had no idea what or how to calculate the sizes I wanted so armed with a hand fill of documents went home & back to the cad drawing
Rear mags 15" x 12" with an offset of zero looks good, Tyres 28"x 12" x 15"
Front Mags 15 x 6 with an offset of -30 Tyres 28"x 8" x 15"
This will make the front and back tyres centre with each other
Next came the hub sizes Standard old ford 5/4.5" which is 5 stud at 4.5" PCD
Link below has all the info you need
Next what brand and of course the most important the look this is going to take many hours
Started polishing the window pillars
What an exercise this is after purchasing all the buffing wheels and spending many hours filing sanding & buffing they are sort of close to what I won't, there are a few marks which still need to be removed and I want them looking like a mirror this is going to take a long time.