very probally the same item
l forgot to add the pics of the suspension spheres on the last post,
since l dont have spheres on the front l cant link them like the mgf does so l wanted them stand alone, a quick hacksaw and weld up and we are now individual
started connecting up the exhaust system today 2" stainless worked out ok but will have to split it and have it in sections otherwise it will never be removable, will get some flanges lazer cut l think
also relocated the throttle body from the end of the inlet to the top
well there sure is a lot of wires in a vvc loom
but we are getting there slowly, we have a gearchange and handbrake now
picked a few more bits up from the laser cutters on the way home last night
well the exhaust flanges are self explanertry, l wanted to join my silencer to the pipe with out welding it on permanently so l found some cheap 2" gaskets on ebay and then had some stainless flanges cut to match them, will make it look a proper job
the big altenator bracket is for the steering column, l have decided not to use the electric steering on this one but just have a 20mm shaft/bar straight down to the rack with one uj at the bottom where it connects to the rack,
nice and simple with a bit more leg room, l am intending to use a 20mm rose joint to hold the steering column at the top and this will slide in the curved bracket to not only give me some adjustment of the steering wheel position but also allow the wheel to be pushed fully forward till its out the windscreen to allow easy access for old folk ;D
the rose joint passes through the bracket with a 5mm stainless "washer" each side to help it sit better and spread the load and then the nut this end in the pics will get replaced with a "knob" of some sort
the steering wheel will be a quick release type which is what the fitting on the top of the column is, it is jammed on with insulation tape in the pic as that column is 19mm and not 20mm which l need to go and obtain,
natrually the steering wheel l have wont bolt onto the boss that l have so l needed to have a couple of adapter plates cut from SS as well
and there is a steady bar yet to go in from the from the end of the bracket to the side rail
nifty idea that adjustable steering column!
the steering is in now
the wheel pushes forward to allow access although after going to all that trouble l find l can slip in with it in the back position anyway
l have started mocking up where the air cleaner is going to live, going to make it out of steel and paint it red, its twice the size it needs to be so as l can hide the ecu and all the electrics in the front half to keep the engine bay looking tidy
from the drivers seat the steering wheel blocks the view of the speedo once you are over 110 mph but l guess thats not a problem as l wont be looking at the speedo at that sort of speed, more what the terrain is like 400 yards in front
other news is that l have come by another mgf engine and box but the box is a CVT type, like the old daf rubber band job but up dated with software control and steel drive belts instead of rubber to handle higher power outputs
l am keen to see how this will work in a buggy as its both auto and manual with gear changes controlled by paddles on the steering wheel
cant decide whether to fit the cvt gearbox into this buggy which is nearly finished and might slow things up or perhaps build a test bed buggy for it and give it a good wazz er l mean test round the fields
have a read of this about the gearbox
Tacho is the more important dial to watch
used to be no doubt, but these days the ecu will just cut the spark when l hit the rev limit, when it wont go any faster change gear
custom made bonnet
oh no its an old fiberglass sign, but it works well as a bonnet lol
thats very similar to the blitz side panels, are they copied off your other one?
id save the engine for a second buggy or a good spare!
Electronic engine management.
How do you cope with that stuff in a project, or, do you avoid it.
I have the seeds of a snow blower project in my head.
think it depends on which engine you are thinking about, if its a common one like rover , honda, toyota etc then there are forums full of knowledgeable people out there to help you on your way, its not that difficult to work out the wiring and it will run better with fuel injection than carbs
but if its going to live in a cold wet place like a snow blower then a small capacity electicless diesel might be better
time to spill the beans on your plans for a snow blower ?
good call stuvy they are blitz side panels, l bought a new blitz kit a few years back but made my own side panels for it in the end,
second engine and box has now had a bath and looks a lot newer
blitz is staying with the manual engine and box, l have a plan for this one to turn into a christmas buggy
Hmm "sleigh clocked at 140mph on Hollywood bypass"
that bypass has a nasty bend it in it, you wouldent want to take a sleigh to that sort of speed if there was any rain dear
Basically Fiat Panda 4WD mechanicals on a frame with this (hydraulically driven blower) on the front.
Got any spare time.?
nice looking project you have there Howard, l wish we had the snow to warrant such a project down here in the midlands, l am sure we could turn an old combine harvester into one
does it snow much up there then ?
yes have a bit of spare time but l think the traveling might be a bit too much
managed to get a bit done today, air cleaner is coming together now, 2 air cleaner elements off a fiat or something l found on ebay for tuppence,
electrical gubbins will be shut off in the front half
and the engine oil cooler is mounted
just the fuel tank left to make and we will be on the home straight
All finished now baloo?
l got envolved in something else that l will post a thread up about at christmas
should be back on the buggy later this week, fuel tank is made but l dont think l like it, l tried to pinch every bit of space that was available to get as much fuel in as possible, but to me it looks to big as though l was being greedy, which l was l might remake it smaller or maybe as a barrel shape
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