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Posted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:54 pm
No front brakes on my off-road rig.
This is the way the rear end is now. Still not completely plumbed as there is a lot of changes I now want to make.
Way back in, I think it was in, the 50's they (the government) stopped allowing just anyone, other than a trained tech, to flair and plumb brake lines. Too much copper was used which failed quickly especially on hard braking. The double flairs were splitting on forming too but a couple of years later they came out with a new brake line material that wasn't quite so brittle so we were then allowed to make our own bends and flairs. Right now I am mixing double flair with bubble flair brake lines.
This is the way I went at it. I do not recommend it as it just got too complicated.
Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:00 am
Lee, your pedal cluster is really more complicated, but if you get it right, it will be good and updated.
I went to my garage this morning and painted the chassis. Not 100 % perfect, but good enough.
I still wonder that grey, It looks so pale, when 120W LED spotlights are on, but on normal garage lights, it's quite dark - as I wanted.
Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:55 am
I just noticed, you have a rotisserie like mine!
They sure are handy to have which building stuff.
As to the color, OK but it will disappear as soon as the carpet is installed
. Looks very good and it does makes you feel good when you know that the stuff you don't see is done right and protecting you.
Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:50 pm
Just found this thread. Awesome stuff. Had a similar idea the other day. Keep up the good work!
Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 2:21 pm
I assumed some challenges to paint tubes and it really was true. Powder coating was recommended, but I wanted to try ordinary paints at my garage. So, one by one, mistakes and succees - compromizing more and more often is the way to go. And even my aim is to make a quality finish, this KART is for roads and use!
Some parts hanging after new coat of gloss acryl
Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:16 am
Next challenge is hanging ready for paint-BBQ. Engine stands are quite usable with some modifications
Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:55 pm
Have been three weeks away, but now back to garage ( and home...)
Many "think it again" -moments, with a wiring plan. I want to hide as many cables and wires as possible inside of those tubes and that is quite interesting challenge. For example I didn't know that Schroth seat belt reels are electrified.
But now the most boring period of body building is going on: --- bondo - sanding - bondo - sanding and as minimum layers of fillers as possible. I'm happy to have less than half of the normal body to do, but this is enough for my patience.
Posted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:34 am
Looks like you still have a lot of loose agent hanging around.
Your work looks very nice to say the least. Excellence is not easy and takes a lot of repetitious work and patience as I am sure you already know. Keep on hanging in there and we'll keep hanging around!
Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:08 pm
Damn, filler and all that sanding is definitely not my cup of tea but I have to do it now and will do. After the first base coat to see how far I'm, looks actually not so bad. Hand feels and tells more than eye can see
But this is cool! Fits perfect to my project with plenty of lightened aluminum
Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:45 pm
Nice and light "wheel" but be careful with fingers, skin and other stuff in the holes. Seen something similar before a long time ago; getting the wheel jerked in your hand can be uncomfortable.
Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:22 pm
Yeah, I wouldn't be using that wheel.
BTW, nice work on the body.
Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:56 am
Don't worry about to get fingers through those holes
My fingers just get a good grip. And as you remember, with Flatfour shifter and 550 handbrake + Kirkey seats, drilled aluminum is the way to go!
As I've said, bodyworks are not much to my taste. But I have to learn - or should I say, I have to give huge respect for those professionals, who make show level art every day.
At least I've have now finishing the later quarter and after filler and spray filler getting close. I have to mark with good light all flaws and do again and again...
Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:54 pm
Its not as much the fingers as the "other stuff"; e.g., the soft areas where the palm of your hand and the join of the fingers and thumb can come into contact with the holes and sink into the holes ready for that sudden jerk of the wheel.
Filler comes and filler goes but the bleading of what is left should be the good stuff!
I've seen body guys go through many iterations of the filler then sanding so have at it an be thankful that you can do it with class.
Posted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:19 pm
If you can find it there was a great story on the Trucks part of the Power Block today. He described 5 different types used for different reasons and different outcomes and the good and bad for each. I tried to get a URL for it but it won't be available on line 'till 2/25/2018 (probably because of the schedules for advertising revenue) but the information was good as far as I can tell. While I haven't really been directly around it for way too long also things have changed so much but it still jived a lot with what I knew.
Posted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:04 pm
Undercoat sprayed today and some smooth sanding will be done after few days. It's quite nasty job to get paint nicely to every place and now I understand why local paintshops were "too busy, sorry" when I asked a quotation for a this work. Learning by doing is the way now to go. After about three hours and five litres of paint, the result looks like this: