Central Kentucky Build

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Re: Central Kentucky Build

Postby Leggman » 25 Jul 2017, 11:05

good point well taken. I am glad I got your advice before anything back there is welded.

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Re: Central Kentucky Build

Postby Leggman » 25 Jul 2017, 14:46

Moved everything rearward about three inches which placed the rear mount directly over the rear lower tube. I might try to re do the mount to use the stock rubber isolator Pic 1.
I am considering using the lower suspension arms and spindles from the donor car and maybe even the struts and strut mounts as well but I think it would really make it look not like what it is supposed to be. More like a goblin rear which I am not a fan of. The lower subframe would make it easier to locate the axles???
I think I am mentally getting lazy.
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Re: Central Kentucky Build

Postby Langan » 25 Jul 2017, 15:23

It always take lots of juggling to get thing rite. Its part of the fun of doing what most wont. You will be very proud when done. Thanks for posting fun to watch you work Great work

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Re: Central Kentucky Build

Postby Leggman » 25 Jul 2017, 19:00

I try to do a little each day but I am is school in the morning and it has been so hot here in the afternoon that not a lot is getting done.
The good news is I will be a full time student for the next two years so I will be getting some good time off soon.

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Re: Central Kentucky Build

Postby ChrisS » 26 Jul 2017, 02:20

I reckon you'll pat yourself on the back at some point in the future for moving that!

My last mid engine build had struts at the back, although it was a fabricated lower arm. It's certainly a much easier solution but hiding the strut won't be easy - it could look pretty ugly if you aren't careful.

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Re: Central Kentucky Build

Postby freakynami » 26 Jul 2017, 03:05

Great progress - if you manage to keep up this pace it'll be done before you know it :)

I didn't allow very much clearance ahead of my engine, no idea if it'll be a problem for me or not, but I'm kind of planning to try and keep all of the connections reasonably accessible to make lifting the whole power unit out as simple as possible... We'll see. What you've done looks like a very nice amount of room to move!

As for the struts, my opinion is that the suspension is one of the (many) great keystones of Midlana, I would advise to try and stick as close as possible if you can. If you do go down the strut path however, there are a few builds on locost USA in the Non-Traditional logs that have gone that way - I have come across a lot of in-depth information there that would likely assist you.
http://locostusa.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=36&sid=885d6cfc96755e187d51af69b90bd5ac

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Re: Central Kentucky Build

Postby Evlshnngns » 27 Jul 2017, 09:13

I signed up to watch your build, your doing great.
The "Gecko" on locostusa used the shortest strut that koni has. http://locostusa.com/forums/viewtopic.p ... &start=195
I've even contemplated raising the struts lower mount to get it even lower. ChrisS what car is that?

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Re: Central Kentucky Build

Postby ChrisS » 27 Jul 2017, 10:21

It's a Lancia Stratos copy I built from part of a kit back in the early noughties.

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Re: Central Kentucky Build

Postby Leggman » 27 Jul 2017, 16:15

I was not happy with using the big ugly rear mount and I did not like the solid mount I first had so I found a urethane mount and made it over again. Just the thought of a solid metal to metal mount scared me. That's how things break.
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Re: Central Kentucky Build

Postby Leggman » 05 Aug 2017, 19:48

I spent some "quality time" in the sun today trying to remove the wiring harness from my donor vehicle. These things just weren't made to be taken apart.
I started by removing the doors (easy), Then the dashboard ( NOT easy )
I got the front wiring harness out but the cabin harness is still there.
It blows me away how they could get so much plastic into such a small car.
My plan is to use as much of the factory bits as possible but we will see about that later. It would be nice to keep the dash cluster, ignition switch, and some of the lighting controls,
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