great stuff, scott!!!!! i just wish i could see that small. hehe.
Fairmont drag car build - Strut repair & setting on four tires! 5/25/15
Posted 17 January 2013 - 11:10 AM
Thanks Chuck. I really love my Fairmonts too!
Hey, Dave. All it takes is a good pair of bifocals and a bit of squinting... Maybe hold my breath to keep from shaking. lol
Posted 17 January 2013 - 03:26 PM
Posted 17 January 2013 - 06:24 PM
Thanks Jeff, Joe and Chris. Coming from any of you means a lot. Coming from all of you means that much more because I consider each of you fantastic builders. Yes - Chris, your e-mail came through. I'm sorry I didn't send a reply to you to let you know...
Posted 20 January 2013 - 10:05 AM
I made a bit of progress last night. I’ve got one side of the front suspension pieced together. The question, now, is whether I can match the driver’s side to the passenger side… LOL
I got the chassis pan and center frame rail section soaked in Bleche White last night. My goal is to get the 4-link chassis-side 4-link brackets attached this weekend. Here’s a pic of the 4-link kit like I’m using.
Getting the brackets installed will allow me to establish the final position for the center frame rail so I can trim the main rails to match up to the forward frame section. I am intending to recycle the 9-inch rear end I originally put together for my previous Fairmont project that ended up stalling. It should work fine for this build.
I’ll probably hop around on various subassemblies in this thread, since that’s the way I seem to work. Not saying that’s the smartest or most efficient, but there’s no point in my fighting myself…
Posted 20 January 2013 - 11:57 AM
wow! that is some extremely nice detail in there, scott. the front suspension, the four link, and those calipers are amazing! just super attention to the details.
Posted 20 January 2013 - 06:39 PM
Scott... You are doing some killer work bud!! Keep at it cause its looking great.
Posted 31 January 2013 - 04:43 AM
I am adjusting on the fly to get the front suspension pieces where I want them. Try as I might, the front tires currently set too far outboard to make them have a realistic placement.
In the meantime, I am working on some sub-assemblies. I am using photo etch OEM-style Lenco hand levers. I drew them up them with very small alignment pins on both the detent levers and hand levers but am debating whether I want to remove the pins and add RB Motion rod ends and hardware. The pins make alignment pretty straight-forward, but the hardware detail would be cool too. I added the tiny .050" OD PE buttons to the grip portion of the hand levers to simulate the phenolic grips on the 1:1 levers.
Here is a profile of the Lenco trans with the detent levers attached. The small PE pins will bend, so I can adjust the angle as necessary when attaching the linkage tubes. I am planning to add mounting tabs and slide mount. Just haven’t gotten there yet.
The struts consist of a stainless tube that simulates the piston rod. Attached to the upper end of it is the spring retainer and a small centering disc that attaches to the underside of the retainer.
An .032” drill but is used to enlarge the holes in the retainer and centering disc so the piston rod will slide up through. The small sleeve slides over the stainless tube and attaches to the top of the retainer. The sleeve then will fit inside the collar/mount on the upper strut tube.
Here you can see some of the detail on the chassis-side of the strut. The body itself is resin with an .063” aluminum tube sleeve inside. PE steering arms and resin calipers have yet to be installed and the spring assembly added. I added RB Motion bolt heads to simulate hardware attaching the caliper brackets to the strut.
More to come. Comments welcome!
Posted 31 January 2013 - 05:00 AM
Awesome stuff Scott.
Edited by Prostreet, 31 January 2013 - 05:03 AM.
Posted 31 January 2013 - 11:41 AM
Posted 31 January 2013 - 04:41 PM
Scott... Beautiful work my friend. It is looking great!!! Keep the pics coming. I love seeing your progress on this build.