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Author Topic: G/F class lakester in Wichita, Kansas  (Read 20025 times)
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« Reply #180 on: April 04, 2017, 10:52:40 AM »

Good luck on the glass work. cheers cheers cheers

I could have used a fiberglass pro like you out here, tauruck. First time doing this sort of thing. We made it strong, now we have to make it pretty.

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« Reply #181 on: April 09, 2017, 08:11:42 AM »

John, now I understand how you determined the length for your lakester body. The distance from the overhead door to the back wall.
As an old Indy 500 fan, it reminds me of George Salih's comments on why he built the Indy-winning Belond AP Special "laydown" Offy roadster. It won in 1957 (Sam Hanks) and 1958 (Jimmy Bryan). He said the nose had to fit under his work bench in the garage. I hope your car has the same success.


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« Reply #182 on: April 09, 2017, 11:41:48 AM »

Dick, you reckoned correctly. The nose protrudes into the lower shelf of the storage rack and 1/8" clearance at the garage door. I had to make he chassis in two parts for roughly the same space reason as well as transporting the car on a short 8', double deck trailer. Space in my garage is at such a premium that I had to build the body over the complete car underneath. I envy guys with real shop space.

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« Reply #183 on: April 13, 2017, 09:34:17 PM »

Well, today was the day to pull body off chassis and wouldn't you know, it rained. Fitting because after trying out a couple of primers, it looked like a beached whale. The task is done and now I can get back to working on the car. Just five months and counting.

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« Reply #184 on: April 20, 2017, 11:44:15 AM »

Steering finally done. Very responsive with little to no compliance. Stainless, it was a good recommendation you gave me to use a telescoping steering shaft to manage any movement in bump. Works like a charm.

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« Reply #185 on: April 20, 2017, 09:42:30 PM »

GM parts?
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« Reply #186 on: April 20, 2017, 10:02:27 PM »

It looks good John. You did a nice job and by what I see that fairing paste worked well.
Keep at it. You'll make it. cheers cheers cheers cheers

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« Reply #187 on: April 20, 2017, 10:05:08 PM »

GM parts?


Yes. From an older Camero, I think.
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« Reply #188 on: April 20, 2017, 10:06:17 PM »

It looks good John. You did a nice job and by what I see that fairing paste worked well.
Keep at it. You'll make it. cheers cheers cheers cheers

Mike.

Thank you, Mike. I have new found respect for those who work in fiberglass.

John
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« Reply #189 on: April 21, 2017, 12:49:03 AM »

Steering rack attached to sprung axle?
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« Reply #190 on: April 21, 2017, 06:45:11 AM »

Steering rack attached to sprung axle?

Yes.
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« Reply #191 on: April 21, 2017, 11:43:16 AM »

John, we fought bump steer after the original build... The body would change position as speed increased, Johnboy reported he could see more front tire the faster he went.... then figured out the rack on the axle would eliminate changes in toe and bump.... that was fixed in about 86 or 87.  We found the old collapsible Camaro  parts were easy to find in junkyards.  I think you can buy D and double D male and female parts on Ebay to make your own. 
Looks like you are making progress  cheers
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« Reply #192 on: April 21, 2017, 12:31:17 PM »

Hi Stainless:

Yes, I found a brand new collapsible steering shaft for a Camero on eBay. I think these were used for steering wheel adjustment but it works perfectly on the lakester to accommodate any fore/aft movement created by trailing arm arcs in bump and axle tilt. If you would like to see toe change in bump, take a look at a Formula Vee. It radically goes positive to negative and back again under braking and cornering. Scared the heck out of me the first time I saw it from the cockpit.

Progress is definitely being made. I will send in WoS entry fee next month and hope you have not raised the G class NA bar too high at SpeedWeek. With a little luck, I should have the car ready for dyno testing and corner weight scaling by late June or July. My biggest problem to date is renting a tow rig (I will take you up on use of a trailer) and very likely a push car as well.  

John
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« Reply #193 on: April 21, 2017, 06:24:11 PM »

John,
Regarding a tow car, my friend, Steve Nelson, G/GL class, rented a nice new Ford pick up from Budget (I think) and it was $30/day and he told them it was going to Bonneville and they had no problem with that!

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« Reply #194 on: April 21, 2017, 07:22:54 PM »

John,
Regarding a tow car, my friend, Steve Nelson, G/GL class, rented a nice new Ford pick up from Budget (I think) and it was $30/day and he told them it was going to Bonneville and they had no problem with that!

Rex

Rex, did Steve say how much per mile Budget charged for the truck rental? Out here in Wichita, they want 72 per mile. Total less gas would set me back $2200.

John
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