15 Feb 2010

Odds and ends. Went ahead and – after placing the seat just right – welded on the quick release fitting. The steering is now complete; it feels good turning the wheel and watching the hubs turn. By eye there’s some bumpsteer, though that’s expected since the rack doesn’t have its spacers yet and is missing mounting bolts. Speaking of lack of hardware, with no nuts or spacers on the suspension bolts, everything is real sloppy, so for a change of pace, cutting, drilling, and welded stopped while all the needed bolts, washers and stop-nuts were totaled up and ordered. Getting AN hardware in there will go a long way toward a rattle-free suspension.

Welded in the last bearing cup, finishing all the A-arms, though they need a few more gussets. Right now I’m “suspensioned out” and ready for a change. That’s the thing about building a car; it’s like moving an enormous pile of boulders, rocks, pebbles, and sand. There’s no point worrying over what exactly should be moved next because it all has to get done eventually.

Made a list for all the needed aluminum paneling. Kimini had a stainless floor, but because the stuff’s not much fun to work with, I’m going with aluminum this time around. The main floor panel is 4′ x 8′, which will be interesting to get home since I have a small truck. Not sure I want to roll it up, but something will have to be done. Maybe curve it just enough to fit in, then tie it down; the concern is it’s a big surface area and the wind might try ripping it out the bed…

Starting to think about tires. I did learn something from Kimini, where tires were the first thing purchased, and they sat in the garage for 10 years… not this time. Technically the car could be set down on its suspension right now, but there’s not much point. The floor panel needs drilling, which means rolling the chassis over. In fact, before paneling, the chassis should be finish-welded so heat-distortion doesn’t shift the rivet holes after they’re drilled. And even after that, I don’t really want the car sitting on the ground – it’s too low to work on – so it’ll be on jack stands for a while, but we’re getting there.

I guess the thing to do next is add what few chassis tubes are needed, then completely weld the chassis. Better fill the argon tanks…

If anyone knows of a shop that can punch large louvers, let me know. I don’t mean little weenie ones like on air-conditioning vents, I mean ones like 6″ long, raised at least 1/2″… 3/4″ would be even better.