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Author Topic: Schimmer and Son "I" class fuel lakester:  (Read 23882 times)
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« Reply #180 on: November 15, 2017, 03:00:23 PM »

Stainless, who's air shift system did you use or did you make it yourself? Duke and I are pretty much mechanical guys so we always start out that way. What Duke has done so far is pretty nice, the shifting shaft goes through a oilite self aligning bearing mounted in the fire wall and then the shaft from the shift lever will have a small U joint in to provide enough flex to keep the shafts aligned. We will provide pics as progress is made. I have been off deer hunting in AZ for the last two weeks to my rear axle modification is at a halt.



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« Reply #181 on: November 15, 2017, 11:57:53 PM »

We made it... they are really easy and reliable.  We shift up and down with one button, one switch, one solenoid, one air cylinder actuator and a couple feet of plastic line from the storage bottle.

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MSA Bockscar Lakester #1000 my fastest mile 245 and change, 84 ci turbobusa motor... but Corey's 233 MPH H/BFL record is still 3MPH faster than mine.
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« Reply #182 on: November 16, 2017, 10:20:37 AM »

Stainless, I did briefly consider it, but like my dad said we are both very mechanical people and this was ultimately what I felt more comfortable with.  I also have a bit of experience working on vintage mid-engined sports racer and open wheel  cars which use a very similar linkage to what we will have.  The linkages are very reliable in those applications and they do many more shifts than we will ever do.  It also keeps it a bit more simple...and I like simple. 

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