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Re: Bad Ast Project

Postby Lumpy » February 9th 2017, 4:09pm

Is the barrel of the shock threaded so that you can adjust the preload on the spring?


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Re: Bad Ast Project

Postby Lumpy » February 9th 2017, 4:24pm

astroracer wrote:
...I will make a low profile plug.
...3/8-24 threaded brass rod...



I'm re-reading these posts and each time I'm re-learned of something gnu.

3/8-24 = 3/16 pipe flare. That's not only convenient to learn/remember about plumbing, but 3/8-24 is also the size and pitch of essentially all Ham/CB etc antenna mounts. Opens up a whole new bunch of "Use stuff made for THIS application in THAT application".

... :rockon:


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Re: Bad Ast Project

Postby astroracer [OP] » February 9th 2017, 5:13pm

Lumpy wrote:Is the barrel of the shock threaded so that you can adjust the preload on the spring?


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Yup, threaded barrel and single adjustable for rebound. The lower seat is on the left in the pic and you can see the threads it runs on.
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Re: Bad Ast Project

Postby Wimpazz » February 9th 2017, 6:42pm

astroracer wrote: When this one is done my barn will almost half empty (or half full) take it as you will. :)


Maybe it will just become twice as big as it really needs to be
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Re: Bad Ast Project

Postby astroracer [OP] » February 16th 2017, 1:38am

Back to work on the Astro, sort of... Working with Craig at Bowler we have the PCS Shift Controller and Paddles on their way. PCS has downloadable files available so I downloaded an IGES file of the paddles and added them into my Steering Wheel File.
Getting the paddles to work will require a fabbed adapter to go thru the paddles to pick up the steering wheel bolts. No biggie, I have a lot of 2 1/2" alum bar stock to make it out of.
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With the 2" extension, the .81 thick paddle assembly and the 1/2" thick cover I am moving the steering wheel about 4" in the right direction. This should work well with the moderate set back of the driver seat.
Looking down the column.
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here is the stack from the passenger side. The little silver part is the adapter I have to make. Everything else I will have.
This remote shifter thing was a bit spendy but it was something I needed to do to get the engine cover cleaned off. Too much stuff going on in too small of an area.
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Hopefully the PCS stuff will get here in a timely manner.
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Re: Bad Ast Project

Postby ochitochito » February 16th 2017, 2:27am

LOOKS QUITE AMBITIOUS! good job, you know your stuff! lots of work and looking awesome! Congrats love to see it as you progress to the end... again congrats!
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Re: Bad Ast Project

Postby astroracer [OP] » February 17th 2017, 1:47pm

Thank You Sir, I appreciate the kudos!
Got a big box from PCS yesterday! The parts look great. I'll get pics but I didn't have time last night. Mott Community College and Back to the Bricks are collaborating on a program they call Hot Rod High. This program allows high school and college students the opportunity to get their hands dirty actually building a car.
I was asked to be one of the mentors in the program and we had a meeting last night. We are working on a '30 Model A 2 door coupe. The body is a pile and the chassis and suspension are from Speedway.
It's pretty cool working with the kids. Some of them know a few things but most of them are clueless. It's nice to be working with kids that are there to actually learn and gain some knowledge.
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Re: Bad Ast Project

Postby astroracer [OP] » February 18th 2017, 12:29am

Contents of the boxes that came yesterday.
The Paddle Shifter Box
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The Remote Shifter Box.
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As you can see, the paddles have a circuit board right where I was planning to mount my fabbed adapter. No biggie, The adapter will be a bit diferent, that's all.
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Re: Bad Ast Project

Postby Lowastro2001 » March 7th 2017, 11:22am

Petty cool build Mark... I remember the original thread from the old board. Always admired your van.
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Re: Bad Ast Project

Postby astroracer [OP] » March 19th 2017, 11:24pm

Thanks a bunch guys!
Been a while since I got any reportable work done on the van. Getting sick for a week put a real crimp on my energy level and I am just now getting back to a feeling good point.
Went out today and finished setting up all of the rear stab bar components. Centered the rear housing in the chassis and got all of the links and brackets mocked up. Marked everything for cleaning up the weld areas of paint and broke out the flap disc grinder.
With everything cleaned up I got the welder fired up and welded on the stab bar towers.
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With thos set I mocked the stab bar back up and got the rear brackets welded on.
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it all looks good with the links bolted back in.
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i also did some work on the steering wheel adapter for the PCS shifter set up. Got a chunk of 1/2" aluminum cut out and marked to start making it.
Got a lot done today, thanks for watching.
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Re: Bad Ast Project

Postby astroracer [OP] » March 21st 2017, 12:28am

Got a bit more done tonight. Ran the front suspensions thru jounce and rebound and full L/R lock. Laid out the final positions for the steering stops and got those tacked in.
After grinding the paint off I marked the positions with black felt pen.
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Checking the positioning and making sure everything is in the right spot. This is the passenger side as the frame is upside down on the rotisserie.
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This is the driver side front stop tacked on.
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I will pull the spindles out to finish the welding. I had everything wrapped in welding blankets while tacking but I didn't want to put that kind of heat into the blankets.
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I probably should have rounded those corners over before I tacked them on... Oh well the big grinder will get a work out. :)
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Re: Bad Ast Project

Postby Lumpy » March 21st 2017, 2:37pm

What's it like welding to those big cast spindles?

What weld process are you using? MIG? Stick?


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Re: Bad Ast Project

Postby astroracer [OP] » March 21st 2017, 6:17pm

Hey Lump,
The spindles are cast steel and they weld beautifully! I am using a Mig with .035 wire for this work. If you go back to page 1 of this thread and scroll down about half way you will see what was done to these spindles to make them work for my suspension design.
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Re: Bad Ast Project

Postby Lumpy » March 22nd 2017, 1:15am

astroracer wrote:
...page 1 of this thread and scroll down about half way you will see what was done to these spindles to make them work for my suspension design...



Just beautiful... :rockon:


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