|At this time i had planned to present an update with a test drive,
Not so unfortunately. Time flies and i have some other cars to drive
And keep updated. Then my wife wanted me to work on the house. Enough excuses on with the update..
|. Here is the flywheel mounted on the V12 PTO. I had to make an adapter to get the gearbox axle bushing in place.
|Clutch and flywheel mounted on the engine.
|And finally the gearbox in place, i did not make a heavy rear gearbox mount since the engine is mounted solid into the frame, so the gearbox don't have to carry any weight.
|Then i took a look into my old Ford 9" axle i had laying around, it's
a 2,78 to 1 .
And it will propel my "car" at lightning speed (not ;-)
|I cleaned out the inside of the axle to. Since i used the "gas axe" to cut of the original mounts.
|The brakes got a refurbish to. Bought some new brake cylinders
(not mounted in this picture).
The other parts where reusable.
|I got a set of 18" Wire wheels with usable tires ;-) The drawback was that the they had a 5 inch bolt pattern. But luckily i found a low rider web page that had adapters between 4,5 inch five bolt to 5 inch 5 bolt.
|Here is the wheel mounted for the first time,I will sandblast the wheel and paint them later on.
|Then it was time to cover the butt (make a seat)..
|Got the shape from one of my kitchen chairs.
|Used a sheet to design the backrest, then i cut it out of some 1 mm
sheet steel. Its cheaper to make mistakes in paper.
|Testing the design..
|Henrik helped me turning the crank..
|We made a thin line 40 mm into the sheet. then we used some bigger rollers and made an edge. That i filled with an 8mm rod later..
|Punched some holes at the bottom of the backrest, and then plug welded
the bottom part to the bottom part
|Here you can see the 8mm rod spot welded at the seat edge.
|After the seats, it was time to start with the steering. I had to shorten the steering column. and add a ford column piece so my BIG steering wheel would fit.
|This is a good way to drill holes into tubes, its two pieces of angle iron welded together.
|I chamfered the ends to get a good weld penetration. and also plug welded the holes i drilled into the steering shaft.
|Ready. Don't grind welds on steering parts, and be sure that you have
real good weld's your life can depend on them.
|Mikael is helping me find out the location of the steering box.
|Used some 6mm steel plate, and the first weld is there.
|I had to make some side pieces, paper is cheaper then steel, so use it as pattern.
|Starting to look the business now. the steering box is a Volvo of course :-)
|After the steering was sorted . I started to mess with the rear axle spring mounts, i did not have the original Buick parts so i had to make them myself.
|This is the lower part of the spring mount.
|This is the old rusty spring . This mounting style is called cantilever.
|I had to take the springs apart, and grind of years of old rust, and
then greased them up. It took me two evenings to do this.
|First i had to try out the suspension geometry, Since the Buick had a solid props haft like an old Ford taking car of the axle position. Since i did not have that i had to add a lower bar (Volvo) to get a four link type of suspension. later i added plate on both sides of the bar and more bolts to hold the spring.
|Something like this.
|Reused the axle shock mounts, shocks are Volvo of course the cheapest i could find :-)
|This is the props haft consist of Volvo props haft + Chevy yoke parts. And i know it wont hold up to 600 hp, but remember mm building the "car" just to being able to move under own power so people can enjoy the awesome sound.
|Prop shaft mounted.
|Then it was time to look at the other end of the vehicle,first i made a plywood pattern to define the maximum size of the radiator. Then a friend of mine got me a core that could handle 600 hpr.
|The same friend made some brass tanks to fit the core.
|This is a Photo shop exercise, to get a picture of how it will look. The color match the vacuum cleaner at least.
|I made a couple of U shaped bows to carry the hood.
|To fit the radiator i made flat iron cradle, and some L shaped pieces and soldered them to the brass tanks.
|When the radiator was taken care of, i needed to have some brake and clutch pedals.
|Guess what i used for parts (Volvo of course). Maybe I'm building the new X90 :-)
|Hood mockup Once again paper is cheaper than steel.
|Some sheets of steel and piano hinges, and hundreds of pop rivets.
|Starting to look functional.
|I have also started to make a cover for the radiator, you have to wait
for the next update to see the result
|After a year I've also welded the last part of the gas tank, you get no point if you guess where the cap came from (Volvo ;-))
|Finally for this time, i mounted the sending unit for water temp, and guess what its not a Volvo part!!!
|Here is a picture captured from a MPG file taken on my first test
start. Now i really need to get my flywheel back.
By the way if you want to see the "movie" here is the link.
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