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10-28-2005 11:55 PM Engine Starting
A major mile-stone passed today I finally got the motor running. I set up a temporary carburetor and radiator. After stripping it down cleaning all the jets unblocking the fuel inlet valve I finally got fuel to pump into the old manifold. Set the timing 2 degree's before top dead center, connected the single wire from the distributor to the positive on the battery cranked it over and wow it started up first time. It was a bit lumpy so I checked the plugs, 2 out of the 8 new champion spark plugs had failed, this was not a surprise as I have found champion plugs to be of a very low quality in NZ. Replace all the plugs to NGK. Tried again this time it ran like a dream. As it had no exhaust it was a bit load ran it for 20 minutes.


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10-23-2005 11:58 PM Stub Axles
Manufactured the top boss from stock 1 ½ mild steel bar bored the hole to ¾". Made a dummy boss the same size as the drop axle with a ¼" spacer so I can fit bushes later.
Made up two test king pins for setup only and welded the top boss to the stub axle body.
Had to make up a long drill so I could drill the hole in the bottom boss. This is all setup only I will manufacture the king pins later with an off set so I can have some camber adjustment.




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10-23-2005 11:54 PM Stub Axles
Machined a plug to replace the bottom ball joint had to machine it to the correct angle to match the drop shaft boss 8 degrees. Pressed this into place and welded it in.


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10-23-2005 11:49 PM Certification
In New Zealand you are required by law to get all Scratch built cars & hot-rod certified by an appointed vehicle inspector. He checks that you are mechanically minded and capable to build a vehicle that is safe to use on our roads. He checks all the welding, designs & materials that you wish to use on your project. I was going to use a steering rack east west bolted to the front cross arm but this is not allowed as it sets up bump steer which is dangerous. Back to the steering box design for me. Also I may not be able to use the stub axles (above) that I fabricated seams no welding on these parts are allowed also, I'll cross my fingers we may be able to pass them by getting them crack tested and doing a destruction test on the parts I cut off by welding a plate to it and trying to separate the two parts. If not I will buy the parts.

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10-23-2005 11:48 PM Stub Axles
Priced a set of stub axles, found a set un-machined for $850.00 and the brake caliper still needed to be fabricated, far too much for what they are so decided to use the ones off the ford. Removed the top and bottom ball joints. Had to use the 55 ton press to remove the bottom one. The top was easy I cut it off.


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