It definitely seems to be going the way of thinking lots about stuff and then not doing a lot!
However, I would rather not make mistakes....so the thinking time is important.
Today I managed to put the rest of the wushbones on:
Had to take the rear lower on and off several times to get them square for the initial setting:
One thing I have learnt is that it is worth taking the time to ensure that the crush tubes are as central as you can possibly get them.....and have a rubber mallet to hand so that you can coax the mouting points out a bit and the wishbones in!
We forgot to get the rear stub axles off the focus, so spent an hour or so doing that as they were well rusted in. Got them cleaned up and now they just need painting. I'll post some pics of these once done.
Had another little think about the pedal mounting, so will hopefully get aroung to that soon.
So this is how she was left tonight:
Back again tomorrow evening for some more tinkering.
I had intended to get the hubs all built up but it appears that due to our lovely whether the paint had not dried fully (and they also could do with another little lick of paint!), so these got moved into the house (my mum will be soooo happy!) and we carried on with the pedal mounting.
First job was to work out where the pedals would line up to the bulkhead. We got our trusty plywood template out again and using skills that a 3 year old with a crayon would be proud of, marked with a pencil where the bolts in the pedals will go through. We then drilled through with an 8mm bit:
Once we were happy that this put the pedals in the correct place, we transferred this info to the alloy sheet and drilled through those:
As you can see, we also marked out where the master cylinders would come through and then cut these holes as well:
We then bolted the pedals through the bulkhead and whilst keeping that in place marked the holes to drill up through the pedal bracket. After drilling these we could then insert the 2 bolt spacers and as if by magic it all lined up quite nicely!
We then moved on to looking at the accelerator pedal. I have one of Jokers pedals and it does not seem the most straightforward job, as it seems like it is going to be a nightmare to mount it to the pedal staybar.
It seems that if we did mount it on here the pedal would be much higher than the others. Time to scour the forum I think, but if anyone has any advice that would be great.
The easiest way to mount the pedal is to attach it to a bracket then attach the whole thing to the pedal bracket. As the bracket on the chassis is slightly angled you can use washers or nuts to even it out.
Have a look at my thread, you will see how I mounted it, it's actually quite simple once you get an idea of what you are after.
Gave all the hubs another coat of paint and I think they will look alright. I'll leave them a couple of days to go off and then attempt to put it all together!
Tonight we worked on the accelerator pedal.
I have Joker's pedal, so needed to mount it to the diagonal bar that comes down from the pedal mount bracket. We decided to do this by attaching another bracket to this as it is all a bit tight in there and we felt that it sat too high otherwise.
So, we found lots of nice metal brackets from the Focus! I think they were originally the swinging arms from the rear seat mounts:
My dad + angle grinder = new bracket:
We mounted this up using washers as spacers on one side, but this did not look particularly great, so we decided to try and "form" the above bracket to follow the mouting point:
A little bit of fiddling and it was pretty much bang on. We are now going to weld the gap back up to give it a bit more strength back.
not sure how others have judged the distance the accelerator needs to be from the other pedals, but we basically have it swinging back into the mounting point that I had previously queried:
So I guess that is right where it needs to be, but I am sure there can be some fine tuning!
A bit more progress tonight after a few issues encountered with the wishbone/upright alignment and the brake calipers.
Got some of the issues sorted, but still have a problem with the front calipers. I am using the Hi Spec calipers with the RTR front uprights. I was advised that 280mm discs would be the ones for the job, but they seem too large:
Does anyone know if I can just space the caliper out?
Finally got the rear suspension together:
Just waiting on some bolts to arrive to get the front uprights together. It would appear that if you use the RTR front uprights you need cap head bolts to bolt it together as you will not be able to rotate a normal hex head bolt to tighten it up!
Looks like you are missing some spacers for your calipers!
It may not be of much use to you but, I had a similar gap on my wilwood front calipers - It turned out I was just missing some alloy spacers (they should have been in the kit from rally design, who promtly sent me some replacements)
kiwicanfly: just seen the Participated button - that's nice
May 5, 2013 8:52:47 GMT
Venom 3 Wheels: Why does it always refresh, I'm looking at something, and its constantly refreshing. How annoying, also, when I reply to a message, why does it then want to Create a message?
May 5, 2013 17:17:39 GMT
Venom 3 Wheels: this forum update is dreadful
May 5, 2013 17:17:56 GMT
Andy Patey: Hi mate I can make it to the show.my brother sadly passed away Saturday
May 6, 2013 13:52:56 GMT
tlight: Just so everyone is aware, Nigel maintains this page on behalf of the MEV OWNERS, not on behalf of the company. He does it in his own, precious time. He could take offence..... (Just sayin')
May 6, 2013 16:54:19 GMT
Steve: New sites always have a learning curve... and messing with SQL stuff is a headache lol.. Ive setup and run forums in the past, PITA The mobile version is somewhat shocking, and always asking for me to buy proboards for the iphone:(
May 6, 2013 18:56:41 GMT
kiwicanfly: I reckon we should therefore get Nigel a Bear Rifle to shoot the one that ate my last post
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May 9, 2013 0:16:32 GMT
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May 9, 2013 7:46:16 GMT
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May 9, 2013 17:46:14 GMT
The Management: Following the Stoneleigh Show and various Owners requesting a 4th Annual Mog'ers Meet, a date has been booked at Curborough of the 13th July 2013, all those wishing to attend should book ASAP to avoid disappointment.
May 11, 2013 12:37:14 GMT
stevieboy: i dont believe it, missed it again, dont fly back from greece till day after, last time flew out day before......grrrrrrrr
May 11, 2013 17:04:15 GMT
tomaff: I am in Barcelona those dates. Shame.
May 12, 2013 20:36:57 GMT
nigel: Come on Mog'ers the Annual Mog'ers Meet is the best event of the year without question yet only seven people have booked so far If there is only one event you take your car to this year then believe me this is the one to go to.
May 19, 2013 7:44:34 GMT