cut and build rear sub
frame (#1), rear bumper, pintle components
design, cut and build seat/footwell
frame (#1), engine bay area, front bumper
||Frame build #2, Remove/re-attach
first rear pintle, Remove/re-attach first front bumper. Assembled two tire/rim/tube combinations.
OK...After considerable review of my first frame (we'll call it
Frame #1) I decided the "C" channel was not near
strong enough. It looked great to match the original frame but
having the three sections provided for several weak points between
the engine and drive-train area. With that in mind, I decided to create a rear frame area that
also encompassed the center 'seat well section' as one component and
add the engine bay as the second area component. I chose
1"x2" rectangle box tubing 1/8" thick. After
cutting and welding up Frame #2, I feel much better about the
ability to handle an engine up front and drive train mechanism in
At this point, I've also determined the reproduction mini-body
was not that well aligned when assembled by the factory. There
are some significant deviations in 'squareness' associated with the
body. I'll address those deviations with a 'bigger hammer'
next time around.
||Assemble the remaining
tire/rim/tube combos. Mock-up rolling chassis to get an idea
on what to do next. Paint remaining rim and two front hub
axle bearing hangers, fabricated front spindle carriers and mounted
spindles, final welding of all joints. It's a ROLLING
and build/assemble steering assembly. Installed bearing
hangers for shaft, fabricated some hangers, built a few brackets and
trimmed to length the tie-rod ends. All looks good now for
steering but I still need the actual shaft end machined to 3/8"
square to mate into the double female universal socket
u-joint. Also need to fabricate the hanger assembly for the
dash mounting point.
steering from calculation error in the pitman arms were reversed, ie:
turn the wheel right and the wheels went left. So.....I
swapped the spindles from each side and the spindle tie-rod pivot
point then corrected the problem. The fix also put the tie-rod
ends more in line with one another and they are a bit more protected
steering, aligned the front-end, fabricated and installed the jerry
can bracket and spare tire bracket. Tightened just about every
nut available for an upcoming air-show this Saturday.
Stenciled the star on the hood and shot the rear panel 33070 to see
if I like it. I do.