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Post subject: (Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:51 am) Reply with quote

Got the fiberglass hood and gutted hinges mounted on the 68 Dart. Just need to drill and mount the hood pins, and its ready for a test drive. Should be about 65 lbs lighter than last time it left the garage...

Looking forward to the Hagerstown race!

Lou



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Post subject: (Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:08 am) Reply with quote

That's some nice weight reduction!

I'm looking for about a 15 pound reduction from somewhere... Laughing



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Post subject: (Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:29 am) Reply with quote

I did a little weight reduction myself on Saturday...



It's just temporary, unfortunately. The new collapsible column will probably end up weighing even more.



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Post subject: (Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:09 am) Reply with quote

Nice, Frank. I bet the collapsible will be a bit less.

I finished up my 68 Dart 'glass hood pins and adjustments this morning before work. Car is ready for a test drive.

In other fun, some neighbor kids (Sam, and Matteja Grove) and their Dad (Dennis) are helping me rebuild my childhood go kart. I saved the frame when my folks sold our cottage in WI in 2003. Thing hasn't run since about 1997. We used to ride it incessantly. Got it when I was 11 years old (1983) and used to run it at the old grocery store parking lot 2blks from my house, a church parking lot across town, and later up around the cottage on the roads. Taught me a lot about fabrication, machines, etc... My parents let me do all the work and figure things out, although Dad helped out several times with heavy lifting, etc. Maybe we'll have it repainted and running with new parts in about a month? I just ordered new brakes and rear axle, 6.5 HP Kohler engine (a "Slant 1"), bearings, etc...

Lou



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Post subject: (Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:01 am) Reply with quote

If you work on cars ....kids will find you.

......and karts are close behind.


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Post subject: (Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:02 am) Reply with quote

Wee need pics of that go kart Professor! Wink



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Post subject: (Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:56 am) Reply with quote

https://youtu.be/mzWIiFUQulc

not a go cart - but being used as one!!!

my twin sons and the twin neighbor boys - all 17 almost 18...



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Post subject: (Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:14 am) Reply with quote

Sounds like an awesome project Lou! Very Happy



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Post subject: (Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:22 pm) Reply with quote

WhaleMstr wrote:
https://youtu.be/mzWIiFUQulc

not a go cart - but being used as one!!!

my twin sons and the twin neighbor boys - all 17 almost 18...


Didn't Red Green do that behind the possum van? Laughing

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Post subject: (Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:45 am) Reply with quote

Last night I did a mostly gingerly 20 min test drive in the 68 Dart and partially broke in the new brake pads. Everything feels fine overall, although obviously the toe-in is off. I may just pay for (and go manage) a wheel alignment. Ride is nicer, cornering flat, no clunks or sqeaks from the new suspension and brakes...

Lou



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Post subject: (Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:29 am) Reply with quote

"and go manage" Laughing

Always!!! Wink



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Post subject: (Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:16 pm) Reply with quote

I managed the 4th wheel alignment on the DeSoto last week.

I insisted on as much caster and camber as we could get....combined with the local - style road camber stagger.

We got 2 1/2 - 3 caster and about 1/2 and 3/4 camber.

I have to tilt the K if I want more.

Much better than the former 1 caster and 1/2 camber on both sides.

Key to this wheel alignment was finalizing rear ride height and having a method (airshocks) of maintaining it over a large range of loads (+/- 800lbs)

I hope your alignment guy is as patient as mine.........

Whats your target numbers Lou ?



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Post subject: (Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:24 pm) Reply with quote

+3 or +4 caster, -0.5 to -1 camber, 0.05 deg of toe in (or so). I put 0.1" of washers behind the balljoint, so that gives more camber, and I have the offset MOOG upper bushings. Spirited street car driving, and maybe a little autoX and roadcourse.

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Post subject: (Sat Apr 29, 2017 5:47 am) Reply with quote

OK, after driving around I measured and tweaked ride height (very close to "0" by 7SM), which is about where I want it. This put camber at -1.7 on both sides, which is about what I expected given the spacer washers. I'll adjust this weekend for -0.5 to -0.8, then adjust toe in. After that, I'll drive again and see if I want to take it in for an alignment, or just drive with unknown (but likely +2 to 3 deg) caster.

Another thought I had was to simply have a not-so-nice pair of tires on similar rims, and just do "turn plates" by spraying oil or other lubricant on the floor. That might be cheaper/easier than having turn plates for caster adjustment. More space taken in/around the shop, of course. I have some well used by evenly treaded 225/50-16s laying around.

Lou



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Post subject: (Sat Apr 29, 2017 8:33 am) Reply with quote

I use a sandwich of two small scraps of cheap aluminum sheet (.032" or thicker) with used oil between'em under each tire. Works, and it's as cheap as I am. Laughing



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