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Old 06-20-2014, 03:23 AM
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Been a while since I've done any "Buggy" stuff as I've been busy on restoring my Mini, anyway I have progressed to the point where I need warmer weather to get on with the body work so decided to take a holiday from that project and fix a problem that I had with last years build, the steering rack

http://www.diygokarts.com/vb/showthread.php?t=21097

The steering on my Buggy uses a Chinese buggy rack that is just not up to the job it flexes to much and the steering is way to heavy . . . soo my first idea is to replace it with a cut down Ford Escort MkII rack & Holden Commodore intermediate shaft, the reason I chose this is because I want to build an Edge Sidewinder one day and this is what is used for the steering setup (recycle) I bought the rack for $40 a while back as these things a now rare as Rocking Horse and don't come up for sale often. I have posted of a picture of it in it's original length (started cutting it down last night) and a photo of the finished length. Now have to re weld it together and reassemble and make new tie-rods. Will post progress .
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Re posted from yesterday's site crash !
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Update ! Had my local fitter & turner bore a hole in each end of the shaft pieces to be joined ($5 bargain) on his lathe and then I tapped them for a 8mm bolt and chamfered the shaft for welding. Cut down a high tensile bolt to make a stud and then joined the cut down rack for a test fit, all good ! . Pulled it all apart again and fitted a special steel bush needed to support the shaft and then got ready to weld. Welded it up and then ground the shaft round again finishing with a file and emery. Cleaned, greased & reassembled, all good ! one buggy rack ready to mount. Last photo is of cut down rack & intermediate shaft next to the existing rack & shaft.
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