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I've been inspired by that since seeing it on your steering bracketry, and I like it. Thought about it and concluded that since nearly all of my hardware came hand-picked right out of the shelf bins at H.D., it's understandable how I ended up double-nutting everything against vibration. Better pre-production planning on next build will allow me to go with the nylocks instead of the P-in-the-A of double-nutting.
Have grown a fondness for Zorotools.com, have gotten bulk .75" nuts (gr. 5), .75" axle nuts, and some odd stuff from them. Thinking an early order of about twice as many nylocks as I plan for would make that next build so much better, thanx for the inspiration, will save me some perspiration.
Inspiration :banana:I love it ;)
...that's what's it's ALL about :cheers2:

But...um...your prolly gonna need more than that :smartass:
...'cause they go quick (notice the empty 5/16" slot in that "tray")

I'd buy 'em by the pound(s) :thumbsup:
...ya gotta think of them "next" project(s) toooooo :lolgoku:
 

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A little "bodywork"
...& then, the lower mounts are about ready for weldin' :thumbsup:

Now, the upper, front shock mounts are kinda "crooked" or off-set (ta match &/or follow the bar/bodylines)
...& a bit "tall" or long (ta accommodate for the length of these little coil-over shocks) ;)
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After gettin' 'em aligned, as good as I could, I tac welded the lower shock mounting brackets onto the A-frames ;)

Then, I...um...guess their permanent, now :unsure:
...'cause I went ahead & welded 'em on good :thumbsup:
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After re-installing the A-frames & more aliginin', I got the upper shock mounts welded on ;)

Then, took 'er all apart (again)
...for more clean up (again)
...& then, got 'er all sealed up (again) :cheers2:SAM_2521.JPG
 

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Last night, before puttin' 'er away, I got out the scale, just to see :thumbsup:
...so far, (& mostly complete) the "bare" frame looks to be only ~34 lbs. :2guns:

*I think Sid would approve ;)
 

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Pimp as hell, just caught up on the build.
The steering is :sifone:

It is so simple, Victorian, steam punky kool....

Just had to chim in.....great job!
Well, thank you, Sir :cheers2:
...Functional Art :bannana:

Yup, I agree that it looks kool, I'm just not sure how "well" it's actually gonna work :popcorn:
...it should work
...I think it's gonna work
...it's gotta work, right? :unsure:

As far as the vertical structure, I'll probably add some gussets or incorporate some kinda triangulation ;)

I'm tryin' to maintain an easy to enter/exit, almost step-thru type of a design
...not, a climb down into, "tunnel" type of a structure (not that those are bad, it's just not what I'm goin' for) :thumbsup:

* It's kinda subtle but, ya think this addition" helps? :idea2:
...there's ~2 of "incline" at the ends
...it kinda "triangulates" them "upper bars"
...& also, acts as a "prop" or brace, helping to "hold" that "fender bar" in place :2guns:
...plus, it provides a nice-n-flat (well mostly) surface, I can use as a "bolting flange" for/"if" I add some kinda hood or cowl :sifone:
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While I was workin' with the 1" metal "strip", I went ahead & made up & installed a couple of "skid plates" :thumbsup:

These will help protect the battery pack (from a bottoming out situation) by angling & deflecting the potential impact
...help strengthen & "tie" together the battery tray
...& I also extended 'em a bit so, I could use 'em as "tabs" for mountin' the rear of the floorboard ;)

*Notice, how I use the welding apron to protect the rest of the frame (from spatter & burn marks) while welding :cheers2:

*Also, I use a "guide" to mark the "tabs" so, I can evenly, cut off the excess
...& again (just a different thickness guide) to mark 'er for the bolt hole(s)
...& then used a "guide" sideways (of another thickness) to get the corresponding mark :2guns:
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I noticed that when I went to install the rack, that it seemed to be "binding" when bolted in place :huh:
...upon investigation, I found that "I" welded the mounting bracket on a bit "crooked" (technical term)
...it must have shifted during clamping :ack2:
...& :mad2:

*I dunno if ya can see it in that first pic
...but, "trust me" she's "crooked"

So, I had ta make a couple of "surgical incisions" (another technical term )
...ta try-n-cleanly, cut the welds ;)

I left the right side mostly still welded in place (I didn't want ta have start all over figuring "placement)
...then, used a ratchet strap to "gently coax" 'er just back a bit :thumbsup:

Yup, that looks & functions, much better :2guns:
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This should be a blast !

I like the low slung look and low center of gravity. That should help keep both the front wheels on the ground, or make it less likely to tip as you rip.

Are you planning to triangulate the dash somehow to the frame ? Looks like all the front suspension forces are going through the two (bent) frame pipes in the front. May be OK for light duty and pavement though.
 
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This should be a blast !

I like the low slung look and low center of gravity. That should help keep both the front wheels on the ground, or make it less likely to tip as you rip.

Are you planning to triangulate the dash somehow to the frame ? Looks like all the front suspension forces are going through the two (bent) frame pipes in the front. May be OK for light duty and pavement though.
Yup, I think she's gonna be fun :2guns:
...& your probably right on the dash needing some type of additional support :thumbsup:
...just gotta get some of the other components put "in place" to see, what I have to work with ;)
 

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Got yesterdays progress cleaned up & sealed up (again) :thumbsup:

Now, Ima "get brave" & be creative & rig up something, to cut some splines, into the steering shaft :devil2:

So, I guess I can "strap" a Dremel (with a cut-off wheel) to a board (to hold 'er in place)
...& then "rig up' a couple of wood scraps to form a "channel" (to slide the shaft in)

Then "manually" judge how deep (longways) to cut' em
...& also, determine how much to turn the shaft, between cuts (or how close together to have the "teeth" of the splines) ;)

Boom! I did DIY splines (he says in a deep voice, while pounding on chest):sifone:
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Upper steering bushing, installed :thumbsup:
...steering rack, installed
...steering wheel, installed
...spindles, installed
...tie-rods, installed

* I used a board or "straight edge ta help "initially" align the spindles
...then, adjusted 'em, "toe in" just a bit ;)

Now, lets see if &/or how well this thing is actually, gonna work :popcorn:
...so, here is a quick demonstration video :2guns:


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I'll remember that homemade spline maker for the future, completely forgot I have a Dremel that probably doesn't have more than 10 minutes runtime on it. Some splines would have saved me some grief and unnecessary complication on past aspects of builds, never bought a splined steering component or anything else with splines.
Is that what everyone uses to smooth out exhaust ports? All I accomplished was wearing down a couple of stones.
 

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Well, the rack "seems' to function, as designed & "within specified parameters" :)
...plus, I don't notice much of any "bump steer" at all :thumbsup:

I went ahead & mounted the front wheels
...& also, the "third member" or "combo drive unit" :cheers2:
So, now we have a "roller" :bannana:

Specs:
The wheelbase is 55" (axle to axle)
...& the track is 42" (outside edge of tire to outside edge of tire)
...& KP to KP is 31" (king pin to king pin)
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I was gonna throw 'er together real quick, for a "test drive" :bannana:
...but, just as I was boltin' the floorboard down, I could hear a voice (inside my head) (Bansil how'd you get in there? :huh:) sayin' "2 braces like this but moar rounded"

So, yea, I'm workin' on/figurin' up some "side braces :idea2:
....:censored: Bansil:mad2: Ooo, I'ma :furious2:SAM_2666.JPG
 
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