Originally Posted by timothale
Brian and I had a lot of comment last time when had this discussion , I did not want to stir things up again. I admire your builds. your creativity and have refered people to check out what you have done and at my age I can't make pretty welds like I used to . or what you do. I still tend to look at a car and after the first look admiring it say I would have done it different. That comes from being on the design review board . going over page after page of new Auto designs and finally signing the bottom of the blueprint. There are certain things that have worked and not worked since the horse got put out to pasture. Detroit did not always get it right and a few of us guys with more experience finally got to review what the kids were coming up with. Brian and I in the previous threads were pointing out that when ever possible a new builder should follow tried and true design criteria, I every once in a while look at some of my Society of Automotive Engineers Journals from the 1920's I have in my collection. A rat rod with 6.00 - 16 tires is going to handle differently than your roadster with "steam roller" tires. When I was the leader of a team of 6 engineers, we used to have a preliminary meeting and review each persons part of the project and everybody give input. One guy that was new to the team used to get very upset when someone made a comment that "I think you should do it this way."
An older engineer said calm down WE want this project to be a winner and everybody has different ideas and we can pick out the best way before we present it to upper management. I still think the early mustangs were the best built cars Ford Made
Thanks.. It's all good.. I may not be a Chassis Engineer.. But I have tested That Ackerman theory a little on the street and not out a book or on a drawwing board... I'm sure if you was doing some road course racing you would for sure see the difference.. I won't say you won't... But I did test this on the street along with running a spool on the street, (With pro street cars)
Now as far as the Ackerman,, Yes you will get a little tire scrub when you ture very sharp gone very slow,,(I get that on both,My 1999 GMC truck, And my 2000 Yukon) And that's ENGINEERED automobile !!!! Go figure..LOL.. ,,, But What I will say is you DON'T see it and everyday driving, And that I will defend.. Not trying to fight with anyone about this subject, And I won't,, But Like I said, I didn't do drawwing on a board or took what I read out a book,, I tested this,, Is it right, Maybe not... But it does work and pretty well I must say.... Now if you get the toe in or out wrong,,, That WILL let you know very fast..
Things that mean more to get right then the Ackerman,,
3.Toe in..(sometimes it has to be out)..
4.Your steering rod....
These are the MOST important things to get right when setting up your frames,,
I would say if you can get your Ackerman right, Do so,,,