More fun bits, tho not too shiny this time:
Graphite impregnated poly
good stuff adam can't wait to see it in person. maybe missed it, but will it be ready by sowo?
Nash - the sad part is that I was wearing safety glasses. It really wasn't that bad. I went to the doctor on Monday during lunch and was back at work an hour later. The scary part was when the doctor tweased out the big chunk and then said "there's still a small piece buried in there. don't worry, i can probably dig that out with a needle." Adam promised me that he would have a full face shield for today
I think Adam's goal is to be done by H20.
All are new/prototype pcs in 55a durometer material. There are 2 of the 'trans' mounts as I am running an early small side drivers mount bracket.
And yes Mike is correct, goal is to have it done by H20i this year. The engine bay and new motor set up are only Phase1 of the overall build. Interior redo is Phase2 and got some big plans for the Caddy's rear end, *wink-wink*
Working on the spot areas and skin coating in prep for paint tomorrow hopefully.
Also Brown brought more shiny:
New IC piping as well as coolant piping, as I plan to not use any of the factory coolant hoses. Also dropped off the Afco radiator to get the upper inlet moved from the pass to drivers side.
Amen brother, though with the sealer sprayed I can see there is still more of that than I/we had hoped for...
In other news, been cutting up more metal (and parts);
Goodbye to the shifter linkage mounts on the steering rack. And I have begun the process of making extended strut mounts. This is the first set and will most likely end up on the 2dr Diesel while I fine tune the process. I have another set of early strut mounts and plan to do the same to them for the actual caddy set.
And now with 1" more travel !
I couldnt find any tubing exactly the right spec for ID and OD, so I split the tube lined it up and patched in a small pc in the gap for each one. For my first set I got to say I am pretty pleased. This set is a 1" rise and will actually be going in my 2dr jetta. Wanted to work out the details and test fit a moderate 1" rise in the caddy before making the final decision.
Obviuosly I still have some grinding and clean up, but all in all a good night
Ever wonder what the 'guts' of a MK1 control arm look like? Well here you go:
Cut them apart for the front and rear bushing portions to use in some new arms I had an idea for the other day. Here is the frame work of the first arm, and I used the wood table and screws to outline a jig for the 2nd arm to match:
And with both arms near done, one more than the other:
Still have to make up the bottom plate for the ball joint on both arms and weld that one.
Why?, you might ask did I do all this?
Well its hard to tell from the pics but the ball joint mounting location is angled a fair amount. And will position the ball joint parallel to the ground with the end of the arm 2.25" higher than the bushing mounts. Bascially this will set the ball joints parallel to the ground with the stance of my Caddy, vs with the stock arms the ball joints were fully maxed out at the end of their travel/movement. My hope and plan is that this will help out with the bump steer and twitchy handling due to the large static drop of the caddy. As a side note they weight about 2lbs less ea than the stock arms.