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Everything posted by clarkspeed

  1. I sketched it up last night. This hat will ride in the radius "cup" shown previous so it becomes a hat on a hat. My hat has a generous hole to clearance the rod and I can cut down the outer diameter of the upper GC hat if I choose to make it look better. Picture shown is upside down. Now I just need to figure out how to cut it on my homemade mill.
  2. And on to steering. All of my OEM rack and pinions on the shelf had a dead spot and I thought this would be a good area to upgrade. I chose a Coleman Racing square rack in a ratio just slightly quicker than stock. But to use a circle track rack, I would need to widen the tie rod mounts to get the correct length, which should be equal to the control arm mounts. I search around the internet and found an adapter bracket design that I decided to copy. I designed a welded assembly made from waterjet cut mild steel that had the correct length and the slotted adjustment. Most rack manufacturers
  3. Well the fact that you are serious and seem to be a decent fabricator, most others will be generous with help. The dual MC's are only require slightly more pedal effort. And they are much easier to modulate. Clark
  4. Jon, I took another look at my camber plates tonight. I seem to remember previous versions of my GC camber plates did incorporate some sort of spring adjustment. Anyway, after reviewing the plates and the Mustang plates, I will add a "floating" spring perch to fit with the GC plates to compensate for spring alignment.
  5. If you can get a solid pedal box, I can show you how to convert it to a bias bar adjustable dual MC setup using the stock pedal. A fabricators "special". Tilton (or other) is also a good option if you dont mind fabbing a way to mount it. Greg is THE source for EP builds. Many of my earlier quotes are based on my experiences crewing for him. EP is a very specific class and very difficult to run at national level.
  6. The Winters style IRS is really trick, but not an inexpensive option. It is something I have considered. Too bad there are not a ton of used ones floating around like the 4 speed Jericho's. Mine has a super close ratio so first gear is useable and tops out at like 70mph. Should be a lot of fun driving around the pits! The cool thing about Daytona is all of the turns are around 50-55 mph min speed so if you have the right final drive, it works. I want to run the 24hr vintage race there to get that off my bucket list. You really have your pick of slicks with the 18's. Everyone makes those
  7. [Holly Shiiittte. I have dreamed of this many times and realize your difficulties. On gear ratio, I am facing a similar problem. I have a Jerico 4 speed in the car I am building which is always 1:1 in 4th for those in the know. I am looking at multiple tire diameters but limited to 16 or smaller on rim. Smaller the better for weight. But Daytona is one of the tracks I must build for, and that is max speed whatever your car will do. So unless I can move to a 3.3 or lower gear or I will need to increase tire diameter. So I am thinking about a 26-27 tall 15" tire (think Nascar) or swapping a Ford
  8. Yes, already done, but never too late to rework. 😀 That is one of the reasons I started this thread, to get input on things done, and help with some future decisions. I ended up reworking the strut tops twice. I will show in a later thread. Instead of Z car camber plates, I ended up with a set of GC universal camber plates in front. They do have caster slotting similar to the Mustang plates you reference, but I chose not to use it for now. I can do some more slotting if needed. As far as spring support, that has not been designed yet. I only have the basic camber plates, so I wil
  9. I am not sure I am following all your issues, but yes it is common to add a spacer under the strut cartridge to get the proper fit at the gland nut. I usually cut down some 3/4 pipe. And the tubes should be longer in the rear, hince a longer spacer used there. I thought the GC stuff was set up for 10" springs, but I have not used their coil over kit in awhile. Either way, the ultimate goal is to have the strut rod sitting at mid distance when static loaded. So if the Koni's have 5.5" travel, the rod is compressed 2.75" with static loading and you have max travel available in both directions.
  10. So to build up the upper strut mount, I started with a 1” angle assembly that would hold camber plates. I measured out the Ground Control camber plates I had installed on my other car arranged the angle in such a way to hold another set of them. Then it was a matter of locating this bracket in relation to the lower control arm pivots. This was another critical decision, location of the strut tops affects the caster, camber, and shock travel. So I set up an empty stock strut with a threaded rod substitute. I attached it to the lower control arm and set the caster right around 6 degrees. I
  11. Damn you Ben280, you made me go back and read this entire thread again! How did you make the conversion to 18"? #1 - What did you do for gearing? Change tranny ratio's or diff? #2 - How did you deal with roll center, did the front and rear strut mods above get you there? BTW this thing is a beast! Really nice build.
  12. After the frame rails and cross member were located, I had my simple front control arms welded up. I had these tig welded by a friend due to the tricky multi thickness weld. I took measurements again from the shop manual and stock components. I used a spherical bearing and holder from UB Machine as the lower ball joint. This was combined with a monoball pin also from UB. I used a taper reamer from Speedway Motors to ream out the stock steering knuckle for the taper to fit. It you try this, be very careful the cast iron steering knuckles cut very fast. Go slow and measure the depth as y
  13. Wow I just watched an episode of Car Fix on Motortrend TV. They were tearing down a Tesla Model 3 for transplant into a 60's Cougar. Motors, batteries, dash, and all. Amazing watching them take that thing apart and seeing all the subsystems. That battery pack alone is a engineering feat. Not for the the timid or inexperienced. Electrical safety is a serious concern. I can see a future in electrification of vintages vehicles, it is so tempting to have that power/torque. But motor swap from a Tesla would not be the easiest path!
  14. That is where it should go. Everyone usually mounts the cell at deck height which never made sense to me. Then you have to separate it from passenger with a big ass box or bulkhead design. Drop it down a little and you not only lower center of gravity, but your metal cover solution becomes so simple. I like to cover the hole with an aluminum or steel plate and then put a small 10x10 or so electrical box right over the filler cap.
  15. First up I needed to revise the front end. The car was originally designed with a V8 in mind and had a cross member designed to hold one. I know that I will be eventually running a L6, so after a lot of thought, I decided to run the standard Z car cross-member. This would save some time and I knew with a little modification it could be used for most of the things I want to do. It also allowed me to set the standard Z car front suspension pickup points without too much trouble. But it was still not easy. I had to also relocate the 2x2 square tubing to mimic the Z car frame rails. So esse
  16. I finally found the picture of me hauling the shell home after purchase. This picture was dated 3/30/13. I guess it sat around in the corner of the shop for a little longer than I thought! Anyway judging by the dates on my pictures, I worked a little bit on it in 2014, and quite a bit in 2015 just before we bought the other car. Then it sat mostly until 2017 when I put it in the rotisserie. But between racing and keeping up the other car, I didn't really get back into it until 2019.
  17. Sounds like I must know you from somewhere. I was good friends with Mike. I live in Thornton Park, but my garage is at a private residence in Oviedo. I haven't been on track since before Covid, so I am getting very itchy. Yea, time and money. I either have one of the other, never both. I hope to do some vintage racing later in the year.
  18. I believe IMSA went to tube frame in 82 or 83. SVRA rules allow standard tub with tube frame extensions in GTU class which covers FIA rules through 84. Wheelbase must remain the same. I am also trying to keep the car legal for SCCA GT3 class at least with minor modifications. It is a huge project, but luckily I am already a good 2 years into it. I wanted to organize and document it so starting this thread will force me to review all the photos, organize them, and hide the stuff I had to rebuild 3 times. More importantly I wanted to show some of the special stuff I did to make
  19. I have meaning to start up this thread for long time. In the past 10+ years I have learned quite a bit about building and racing early Z cars. So I decided to take all my knowledge and build the "ultimate" racing Z. But of course that is a relative term. More precisely, an early Z that is built loosely to the IMSA GTU rules of 1978 and legal for vintage racing. This actually allows quite a bit of modification, so my attempt is to apply lessons learned from 40 years of racing into a car than can compete with muscle cars from the late 60's. Both HSR and SVRA group the GTU cars in with typ
  20. More common in drag racing but a good safety measure IF the engine is moved back so far that the flywheel is in line with your feet on the pedals. I've never seen that mod before and not sure you can move it back that far.
  21. I could be wrong, and would need to check the math, but I think all that matters is center of the wheel contact patch in relation to the ball joint for wheel rate, scrub, etc. The spacer really doesn't know it is not part of the wheel. Adding spacers does create some crazy stresses around those studs, would not want one to loosen up. I would use ARP fasteners if possible and locktite the inner hub set. I'm waiting on someone to poo poo on this but it seems quite feasible to me. Miatas have multiple 15x8 wheels in 12-13 lb range. Add a 3lb spacer and you still have a decent package
  22. Most of the Miata wheels I have looked at are +25 offset, 15x8/9/10. Konig Dekagram good example. Adaptitusa.com has the spacers in 1.5" which would allow a 15x8 no problem. Maybe a 9? I've seen racers run some damn wide spacers under their wheels to get more track width so I don't see this as being that much different. Probably does add 2 or 3 lbs to the weight.
  23. Anyone consider running Miata wheels with an an adapter plate? Seems like it would work.
  24. It seems most wheels and virtually all single piece cast wheels, including all OEM's, Ford, Chevy, Mercedes, BMW, etc. source their wheels from China. But when BMW sells you a wheel, the design has been analyzed, materials specified, raw materials and forgings tested, traceability certs provided, and onsite quality is verified. So it's not really a question of where they were made, but how they were made and who is going to stand behind them.
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