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Re: UK Lakester build G/GL
« Reply #525 on: March 12, 2020, 10:49:34 AM »
Looks like Lemmings are kinda kinky, too!  :cheers:
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Re: UK Lakester build G/GL
« Reply #526 on: March 12, 2020, 11:23:50 AM »
In reply - I am not doing the header work - sorry if that was implied. I hope its nice - from everything I have read about the engine I have chosen; this guy is the go to for the respiratory side of things (topical reference).

And yes, Lemmings are kinky and pics like that are car porn in our world. I love the build shots that everyone posts.

I visited our manufacturing plant for the first time recently (eye drops etc) and when I discovered we make the plastic dropper bottles on the site (rather than buy them in) I was more interested in watching that machinery do its magic than the actual medicinal properties; oops. Could have spent hours watching the various lines.
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Re: UK Lakester build G/GL
« Reply #527 on: March 12, 2020, 04:04:12 PM »
When I first ordered my rear tires the Goodyear specification said a 15" diameter rim x 4" width (plus or minus 1"). All I could find in the UK was 15x5 but my tire man has said he would prefer to see them mounted on something narrower.

I found some in the US sold as classic GM rims at 15x4 but they are supplied with dual bolt pattern - I need 4.75" pcd but these also have 4.5" pcd. I guess these might need circumferential welding but they are the best I've found.

Does anyone run dual stud pattern wheels - are they okay with tech? Is here a better source bearing in mind I need a comapny that will ship overseas?

If you can find a local wheelwright you can get them to "make" some by combining the centre you want, at the offset you want with the rims you want.

That way you can make your rears so they cover drum brakes and you can use inner and outer moons.
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Re: UK Lakester build G/GL
« Reply #528 on: March 13, 2020, 05:51:10 AM »
In theory that should have been possible but no-one in the UK I could find were doing steel wheels and those that do either will not or cannot narrow (only widen) or have a backlog of work the length of a streamliner. Where have all the traditional skills gone. The UK is weird like that - seems you have to drive long distances to find someone whereas in say NZ there is, for example, a radiator guy in nearly every town. Here they seem to be rare, or, more likely, are not internet types so unless you drive past them you do not know they are there.

I will take Geoff's lead up (the trad hot rod shop) or I can buy the GM Rally wheels but remain nervous of the double stud pattern on each wheel - will that pass tech - I need to email John Borkman on that one if that becomes a probability?
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Re: UK Lakester build G/GL
« Reply #529 on: March 13, 2020, 07:18:21 PM »
Can you find a "space saver spare" with the correct size wheel? Then just weld the center?

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Re: UK Lakester build G/GL
« Reply #530 on: March 13, 2020, 07:44:10 PM »
We used space saver spare wheels on our lakester 5X43/4 '80s GM mid size.

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Re: UK Lakester build G/GL
« Reply #531 on: March 13, 2020, 08:02:04 PM »
John, I have two 15x4, 5 on 4-3/4 space saver wheels that you can have but you would have to figure out how to retrieve them.

Probably be cheaper to search the junkyards.

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Re: UK Lakester build G/GL
« Reply #532 on: March 14, 2020, 12:41:52 PM »
Thanks Don and BB.
The problem in he UK is most cars are on alloys and the space savers tend to be more than 15" with low profile tires. I will use the 5" until I solve this but it will probably mean an import.
A Bonneville Lakester please barman.
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Just a squeeze.

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Re: UK Lakester build G/GL
« Reply #533 on: March 14, 2020, 12:49:34 PM »
I have bowed to peer pressure (or, more correctly, the experienced persons) and relocated the primary filter and pump; the top of the fuel pump is now below the bottom of the fuel tank.

Thanks Stainless for the hint wrt a female / female connector which tightened them up.

The downstream filter is mounted under the air-box as there was a huge area of emptiness there - I will do something with shielding as its above the alternator and a radiator hose.
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Just a squeeze.

A Squeeze of Lemming it is sir.

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Re: UK Lakester build G/GL
« Reply #534 on: March 14, 2020, 01:14:08 PM »
John,
Looking at your high pressure side filter I see you are using some brass fittings, are you sure these are 37 1/2 degree fittings? and not 45 degree fittings for natural gas appliances? All AN (Army Navy) fittings, which include male and female hose fittings are 37 1/2 degree, they will actually fit on a 45 degree "appliance" fitting but will not provide a correct seal. That is the last place you want gas spraying out of a leaking fitting/.

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Re: UK Lakester build G/GL
« Reply #535 on: March 14, 2020, 04:48:55 PM »
Rex, I appreciate the catch. In this case they were supplied with the filters from the specialist fuel systems company as AN adapters, already fitted.

One of the advantages of needing a fuel switch for the rules (I think) is that the fuel system can be tested under pressure with nothing else on.
A Bonneville Lakester please barman.
Certainly sir; a lick of salt, a sip of gas and a twist of Lemming. More Lemming sir?
Just a squeeze.

A Squeeze of Lemming it is sir.

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Re: UK Lakester build G/GL
« Reply #536 on: March 22, 2020, 10:07:17 AM »
I decided to pull the motor and gearbox and get the chassis on its side:

a. to take a piece of cross section boxing out (to clear the new primary fuel feed line running under / through it) and
b. to notch a chassis member that is interfering with the throttle cable rod end where it mates to a bell crank that translates the motion to a vertical pull to the ITB's.

I wish I had played more Tetris. I built the chassis up around the motor and box after mounting same on the lower tubes. I used cap bolts as they looked pretty (and I had the right size) to mate the motor mount to the engine, but now cant get a hex allen key onto them for removal. Got there in the end. Normal bolts next iteration.
A Bonneville Lakester please barman.
Certainly sir; a lick of salt, a sip of gas and a twist of Lemming. More Lemming sir?
Just a squeeze.

A Squeeze of Lemming it is sir.

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Re: UK Lakester build G/GL
« Reply #537 on: March 22, 2020, 10:10:25 AM »
Another tubey pic for y'all.
A Bonneville Lakester please barman.
Certainly sir; a lick of salt, a sip of gas and a twist of Lemming. More Lemming sir?
Just a squeeze.

A Squeeze of Lemming it is sir.

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Re: UK Lakester build G/GL
« Reply #538 on: March 22, 2020, 01:24:37 PM »
Great pictures John!! Love the chassis and also the headers. Looks like the kind my son Duke makes. I like the step, good design.

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Re: UK Lakester build G/GL
« Reply #539 on: March 22, 2020, 02:00:40 PM »
Nice welding job.  Those look good.