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Offline SPARKY

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Re: The Thud Spud
« Reply #480 on: April 24, 2012, 11:58:17 PM »
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01 the side armor is 12 guage hot roll .109

02  I was very pleased to see the heat tracks on this .109 12 guage  if we have these that means we have the heat almost perfect for .120 which is what most of what we are doing!!

03 is the actual weld

04 final results and why I am so pleased tonight--I will get the new helment out to verify it fits the same:

----SAFER note   Without a 9 point harness I would not build this with 1/2 of the allowed clearance, I would be afraid that my body could move sideways too much in a rollover---also note this has not been signed off on!!
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Re: The Thud Spud
« Reply #481 on: April 25, 2012, 12:05:34 AM »
more

05 showing the tie rods in the wind shadow of the frt axle

06 showing the attachment of the frt of the helment -side to side restraint the actual bar is 3/16"
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Re: The Thud Spud
« Reply #482 on: April 25, 2012, 12:09:21 AM »
Looks good!  I know you are running a BBC bit I forgot how wide is the engine bay?  Tony
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Re: The Thud Spud
« Reply #483 on: April 25, 2012, 12:14:07 AM »
Tony the diameter of the hoops are 30" aBBC 9.8 deck height is 24" wide at the headers plates-- we are going to try to get the headers inside if we can

The intake system is going to stick above the tank 6-8" to top of intake scoop

07  rack and pinion and the master cyl.

08 looking forward

09 steering shaft held by a short piece of tube that is slightly larger than shaft--this can be removed

10  this is real close to the position of the strg shaft when finished
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Re: The Thud Spud
« Reply #484 on: April 26, 2012, 08:08:42 AM »
SS 1  we will next be working on the  steering:

After we finished the helment pads Tues.  Joey suggested shoulder pads and we though they were a good idea ---  I got an email from one Mr. B expressing concern about my "clavicle cleaver"  we neither one think that it is possible for the harness to stretch that much---but the shoulder pads are going in!!

Also made at trip to the parts house and asked for the wheel stud catalouge---strange look from the young guy old chick walked behind the shel and handed over a Dorman book and said make yoursef at home call me when you need assistance---most wheel stud a designed to fit a weird size drill bit like 17/32 or such---well I found one that will work with a 9/16th drill .562  and was 2 3/8" which we need longer that the std 2" with our big 1" lug nuts and Taylor Made wheels---only problem  only 1 in Phoenix
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Re: The Thud Spud
« Reply #485 on: April 26, 2012, 08:47:09 AM »
Sparky,

Thanks for the build fix today!  :cheers:

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neither one think that it is possible for the harness to stretch that much

Not so fast. I know you are in a reclining position however all directions are possible in an impact and belts stretch more than you think. Photos at this link and a video on the site too.

http://www.schroth.com/installation-instructions/en/index.html

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Re: The Thud Spud
« Reply #486 on: April 26, 2012, 08:50:43 AM »
SS 1  we will next be working on the  steering:

After we finished the helment pads Tues.  Joey suggested shoulder pads and we though they were a good idea ---  I got an email from one Mr. B expressing concern about my "clavicle cleaver"  we neither one think that it is possible for the harness to stretch that much---but the shoulder pads are going in!!

Also made at trip to the parts house and asked for the wheel stud catalouge---strange look from the young guy old chick walked behind the shel and handed over a Dorman book and said make yoursef at home call me when you need assistance---most wheel stud a designed to fit a weird size drill bit like 17/32 or such---well I found one that will work with a 9/16th drill .562  and was 2 3/8" which we need longer that the std 2" with our big 1" lug nuts and Taylor Made wheels---only problem  only 1 in Phoenix

You got that Dorman PN? I have th Dorman book but that might save me a little searching.
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Re: The Thud Spud
« Reply #487 on: April 26, 2012, 11:23:06 AM »
I used late model Ford Mustang front studs.  Got the 17/32 drill bit at NAPA.

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Re: The Thud Spud
« Reply #488 on: April 26, 2012, 11:42:38 PM »
in the shop will get it in the AM--

I worked some in the shop today---cutting and fitting flat pad---Andy got home around 7:00 pm and I climbed in with the new helment to locate the "shoulder pads" a --nd got a great feel for where we will have to go with the addtional pad mountings  we are on track to Full Suit trial fit on Tuesday!! that will tell us where the shifter and maybe the fire bottle pulls!!!  Sports fans this is begining to get exciting--for I asked my wife to cut the $425.00  check to BNI for SPEEDWEEK!!!!!!! 
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Re: The Thud Spud
« Reply #489 on: April 27, 2012, 01:18:29 AM »
Sports fans this is begining to get exciting--for I asked my wife to cut the $425.00  check to BNI for SPEEDWEEK!!!!!!! 

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Re: The Thud Spud
« Reply #490 on: April 27, 2012, 05:12:59 AM »
Good news! :cheers:
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Re: The Thud Spud
« Reply #491 on: April 27, 2012, 09:23:58 AM »
climbed in with the new helment last night, and Andy noted where we will have to put the Shoulder Pads---the drivers area of this thing is going to be intresting when we get thouugh with it  :? or will it be  :-o  only time will tell---steering today I should be able to get in 4.5 hrs this morning

T-M  I will trial fit the studs to see how that goes!!  if I dont I will break down and order the 17/32 drill bit  :-(
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Re: The Thud Spud
« Reply #492 on: April 27, 2012, 03:22:40 PM »
Bill;

Have a look at the Speedway Motors website http://www.speedwaymotors.com/search-wheel-studs.html They have a 0.672" drill for their 5/8" wheel studs there for $9.99.

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Re: The Thud Spud
« Reply #493 on: April 27, 2012, 03:47:44 PM »
Looking good, must feel good to be paying dues to run  :cheers:

I looked for studs that fitted a "normal" sized drill bit, then decided to buy a 17/32 drill bit.

Figured it was better to have a drill bit that I hardly used than trying to search for oddball studs if I ever needed replacements.

I have a set of studs in my spares box in case I need them, they also fit my trailer hubs and probably a few other vehicles on the salt.

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Re: The Thud Spud
« Reply #494 on: April 27, 2012, 03:56:28 PM »
Just a note: 17/32 dia drill is not an uncommon drill size. It happens to be the recommended drill size for clearance for a 1/2 inch diameter bolt. I know most of us use a 1/2 inch drill for a 1/2 inch bolt but if your drill press is like mine the hole comes out .010 inch larger so the 1/2 inch bolt goes through.
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