|it's been a while since the last update. I've been beavering away up the garage and haven't had much to post tbh as I've not actually finished anything.
I've still not finished anything, but I have got some nice photos. 🙂
I spent a lot of time on the subframe, and the front of that is nearly finished. I've a load of work around the lower rear wishbone mounts still to do, the rocker mounting points to make, and then the expected fettling once it's all done. I made a jig for the top wishbone, and knocked one out. it came out ok, I found one issue and corrected the jig, so I'll build another next time I'm up.
I spent a load of time umming and arring over the lower wishbone, as the rear mounting point seemed to go through the clutch master cylinder! I diverted attention to the driving position and spent monday mincing about with a seat and pedals. I've found a position I like, but it means a load of fabrication around drivers footwell. Oh well, in for a penny in for a pound, I guess. Still, the pedals are in a position that's comfortable and the lower wishbone can be what I want it to be.
I took a day off today, and made the lower wishbone. I'm using the standard manta ball joints, so I've chopped up a lower wishbone to get the ball joint mount, which I've welded to some 6mm plate which forms the basis of the wishbone. The lower wishbone design means that the steering lock won't be amazing, but it's going to be enough.
Here's the current state of play.
The driving position is good. there's loads of clearance between my head and the cage, even when I'm wearing a lid. there's enough leg room for me, and I need to mage some bracketry so I can mount the column to get a feel for the steering wheel position.
The engine is now 3" lower than before, and I'll be building it a dry sump pan soon. The pan will have a cutout so I can add a removable crossmember which will locate the rear wishbone mounts. the engine mounts will also go on top of the mounting points, so there needs to be a load of strengthening happening.
I probably won't be able to get much done for a week or so, I'm away next weekend and busy nearly all week. The job list is:
build the lower wishbone jig and some wishbones
It feels like it's never going to be finished!