Race Simulator Cockpit

  1. Bear

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    Sorry if this is in the wrong section but after some back and forth i thought it feel more into this one than the others.


    I have been after one of these for ages but couldn't justify paying out the money for one. However the other day the misses asked me to take the kids old swings down and take them to the tip. They never left the garden ;)




    So the next step was to get the bars seperated and cut to length. I want to be able to put the rig into 2 pieces for easy movement when i have to move it round the house everytime it gets in her way :P



    Tack welded a piece to make the front half of the frame


    Then cut and tack welded a piece for the back part. I will own up now i did cut this piece too long and once it was in place the 2 sections didnt seperate or join up very well but have sorted this later on


    At this point it was time to construct the bars for the steering wheel point. But i wanted and needed to be able to bend them into the right shaoe and size to give room for the footpedals and my actual feet haha. But i managed to do some work on my dads car and get his MOT done so in return he got me 4 meters of 22mm tube to do the job. I had to go for 22mm has i was using one of those cheap pipe benders as i am trying to keep this build as close to free as possible, at the end of the day who doesnt like free stuff!

    Anyway managed to get what i need bent to within reason using said bender and they just need tweaking here and there to get the to line up



    Call it good measuring or an exceptional guess but this is all the waste i had from the 22mm


    Obviously i had done my measurments and knew how much i needed before i got it.
     
  2. Bear

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    I then tool the while thing over to my friends unit to get some help with getting the 2 steering wheel bars lined up and tacked together with cross bars. After that i cut out the over sized rear piece trimmed, smoothed and re tacked it back on and now the 2 parts join like silk. Placed the wheel bars in roughly the right place to see if i was heading in the right direction



    My mate stuck one of his seats out of a car he is planning on restoring to see what it would look like.


    The next step will be to get the 2 bars lined up and tacked into place, get the cross support cut to the correct size and mounted, get the seat runner i have mounted and then get all the welds done fully once im happy. There are few buts i will be pulling back of and redoing before its fully welded but im happy with the progress so far.


    Oh this is the seat that will actually be getting used once its all welded and painted up. Again its was FREEEEEEE! As it was damaged but that has now been fixed.

     
  3. carbon

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    Looks good so far. I would suggest adding a few extra supports for the wheel just to keep it rigid
     
  4. Bear

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    Cheers. I have a support to go across it from one side of the base to the other and it will sit about half way up the wheel bars ;)
     
  5. Bear

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    Got some more done to this rig

    Firstly got the wheel stand welded into place


    Then tonight got the cross brace cut, joined and welded into place. My welding isnt very good but i am still learning and its all holding together very strong especially for what it will be used for






    As u can see in the last pic also made a start on getting the seat runner in to place. Hopefully have more to update at the weekend.
     
  6. Bear

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    Not sure why but the pics dont seem to be loading even after using the media upload as instructed in the forum guide :-(
     
  7. AdrianH Forum Supporter

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    It is faster to just upload them using the upload a file tab to the underneath and the right of the typing box. you can add them as thumbnails so they expand when clicked by the viewer.

    Otherwise you just get links to the media files.

    Cheers

    Adrian
     
  8. Bear

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    Thanks Adrian will give this ago today ;)
     
  9. Bear

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  10. Bear

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    Now after reading back through my posts to check which order the images are in, im sorry for my bad description using this on my phone and never noticed that auto correct had replaced some of what i had typed with its own words :(
     
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  11. carbon

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    Looks better now with the extra support.

    What wheel and pedals do you have to go on this?
     
  12. Bear

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    I will be starting out with the Thrustmaster Ferrari 458 Spider wheel setup with the upgraded 3 pedal box. Once funds allow i will be switching to Ferrari TX 458 Italia wheel, unless one of the other brands come out with a wheel which is compatible with both xbox 1 and ps4 which at the minute they seem to be struggling to do. Apparently this time round micrsoft are happy to let them get on with it but sony are not playing ball which makes a change as its usually microsoft saying 'No'!
     
  13. Bear

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    Wow didnt realise it had been so long since i had done anything with this project :(

    Well I finally got a few hours to myself today to start fabricating the seat brackets that will allow me to use my gaming chair that I have sitting here already. :D


    So started with this

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    And this

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    Then to this.......

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    Then made a second and started to drill the adjustment holes

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    Finished with a quick clean with the flap disc and drilled the holes out to take m8 nuts and bolts

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    Tested the fit and they fit perfectly. Hopefully get some more free time next week to make the bottom half of the brackets.
     
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  14. carbon

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    Good to see that your making progress with this, I'm still trying to find a seat that I like for mine
     
  15. Bear

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    I will eventually be changing it to a reclining buckets seat, but will for now use the gaming chair i have ;)
     
  16. Bear

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    Got the bottom half of the brackets done today

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    All thats left now is to measure, mark and drill the final mounting holes then i can give it all a test fit :D
     
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  17. Bear

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    Well its time for another update! WARNING PIC HEAVY..

    Ive been doing alot more practice with both MIG and MMA welding while i was trying to figure out the best way to move forward with this project. Now my welds are getting better and stronger my mate offer me this little lot for free :laughing:

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    So on with making the tv and computer stand


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    At this point i knew i wasnt going to get much time up at my friends lockup for a few weeks and need to check how the rig was going to line up with the new bit even though there was alot of measuring and re measuring before i started to make this part, so decided it would be better if i took it home so i could test fit and keep working on it when i had the time.

    First test fit and fits perfectly how i wanted it to

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  18. Bear

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    Then so now it was time to keep going

    Finished the table top and welded the other rear leg in place

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    Cut and drilled the ally chequer plate

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    Then i decided to make the bracket for the foot pedals to go


    So from this

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    To this

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    So thats the plate cut and drilled ready for the foot pedals


    Then it was time to weld in the cross beams for the tv mount to be located

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    Please excuse any bad images and crap in the background :ashamed:


    All thats left now is a few tweaks here and there, get the seat brackets fitted and the floor sheet, fit the plate for the wheel and then tidy up all the early bad welds (re weld if needs be) sand and paint
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  19. carbon

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    Good that you put a plate for the pedals rather than them being on the floor. Have you changed to a PC now rather than Xbox?
     
  20. carbon

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    Made mine at the end of 2012, still haven't painted it or really finished it need a few more brackets making to mount extra buttons on.
     
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