Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Setting up the New Spindles

Last night I received the new spindles from JW  Rod Garage.They are are good people to deal with,and they stand by their products. Eric in sales/tech is real easy to talk to and very helpful.Prices are fair also.Tell them the Fyin Wop sent ya.
These were Super Bell units and they said that the bushings in the  units are pre-reamed in the spindles.I ordered a new king pin kit along with the spindles.They were a super tight fit,and I knew I was going to have a problem if instsalled that way.
I pulled out a brake wheel cylinder hone,attached to a drill and some penetrating oil,and honed them out a little bit more.that did the trick and now they fit snug on the axle and spindle.They should loosen up a little bit more when the grease get moving around them.
I'll be flipping the frame over next week when some friends come over to start the engine/trans mock up.

Set Backs are part of the game

I guess there's always a set back when doing things from scratch.Last week when I was setting up the front steering,rods,etc,I ran into the common problem of clearance  of the drag link.It was hitting the radius arms,preventing full travel.The solution to this is the famous well known,art of heating the spindle where the curve of it starts to lower it aprox.3/8 to 1/2" or so.All went well when I did this.The secret is to heat the spindle till its cherry red,but not enough for it to start that "flaking" of the metal,before it starts to seperate and melt.You have to do this process slowly and take your time.Use a long pipe to do the bending.They say to do this on a big vise, or on the axle, so I chose to do this on the axle,with all rubber and joints off.That way I didn't have to possibly over bend the spindle arm.And besides,running back and forth with heated metal and assembling for fit just wasn't in my nomanclayture.{I can't run worth a damm anymore}You have to let these pieces cool down on there own,Slowly!! is the word for this ,[not dipping on water whatsoever,belive me].Everything came out well I thought.So I figured that I would take the spindles to Bill Colman's shop and have them manafluxed.[He did all my block prep] Cheap insurance,I thought considering these pieces are what's going to tie the front wheel on eh?Before we eve started he told me that these old boys [44-48],were famous for cracking around the machined area near where the back bearing inner race seats.
Man if  he wasn't right,one had a crack in it 3/4" & the other almost a 1/2". Where I had heated it was ok.At least I didn't screw that up,which gave me some encouragement.

Anyhow,Bill charged me 20 bucks and was on my way home,after he recogmended not to use them,unless I wanted to walk home someday,and maybe in one piece if I was lucky.So I drove home accepting his exprience in these matters,and went on line to buy a new set.Here's a couple flicks of the spindles,showing where to heat them in order to modify for radius road clearance and where they are prone to hairline cracks.[My fingers point to where to heat,pic/#1,and where the cracks are#2].
**"I know what your thinkin'.My hands are so pretty,that I should have been a "Hand Jewelery Model",right"?**With a size 16 ring finger,these Meat Hooks can bearly make a fist anymore.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

JUST LIKE "MANNA" FROM HEAVEN "Bread", I think,don't ask.

Man,I wouldn't have believed it if you told me so,or at least till I got one.Yippie,its a "Foot Pedal" for my tig.Anyhow,I been using the stupid little switch on the handle,and by getting a foot pedal has made what seems all the differance in the world.This is not a very expensive machine,its an import,{I know,I know} what you going to say or think.But that's all I can afford especially when your trying to build something on a shoe string.It's got a 5 year gaurantee [will'l see].I can control the flow of currant and it seems to wear the tunsten  rods out slower,which after a while,ain't cheap me the switch on the handle is a pain in the ass,and also gets in the way,wouldn't you know.It cost able 80.00 bucks,tried to haggle with the guy,but I really coudn't unterstand what he was saying. Not from the US. It took 2 trys to get the right one for the machine,even though he was the dude that sold it to me a good while back.Don't which Chinese New Year it was.I'll have to check my calander.
I 'm making a show car,but I want to be proud of my ride,just a little better than a silk purse."That was for all you ladies out there".Don't want to get slammed thinking.  I'm Biased.I'm Italian,as the name goes-The Flyin Wop
Paisano-The Flyin Wop

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

9" Ford Housing

Waitin' For A New Home

Great Henry J at this year's Columbus Good Guy Show

 I shorted this 9" Fomoco housing many,moons ago.Its 52" from end to end.Considering that the demensions in the rear chassis is 44" that gives about 4" on each side not including the axle flanges where the rims will bolt.It is a rare housing as its tubes are thicker than the average 9".It has 7/16" axle plate holes and big bearings on them,with 31 spline axles.I am getting ready to ship the axles out and have them shorted &resplined,with new bearings & locks.Moser's is gettin' the job,as I have been given a fair price for the job."Senior Citizen Discount" I would recogned. 
It came out of an T'Bird.Paid about 50 bucks for it and it came with everything,punkin and all.I'll use use the pumpkin for mock up,etc as a couple center sections ready to go now.I used to do quite a bit of axle work,in the old days,and have just able all the set up tools I need plus.
I can't do much heavy work as I have had bad Spinal Stenosis and severe Arthritis, with 4 major operations 2 years ago.I have to rely on family & friends to help move things around  most of the time.No more sad stories,I promise!
Anyway,here are a couple flicks of it.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Mocking Up the Front End

Well I'm starting the front end fitting.I clamped  the spring down to get the system basicly in a fairly straight line.Took some measurements and tacked up the radious rod brackets to the frame.  Then I took a measurement to see if the brackets were distanced the same from the axle and related pieces.The rods slipped in easy due to having the front axle staight and inline.I tacked up the Panhard rod bracket and took a measurement from both mounting locations,measured distance and this will be the length od the panhard rod.This is not in concrete due to I'm waiting for the Vega box bracket for a fit and clearance.I'll tack that up and see if there will be any interfrence with the drag link to radius rods.Here are some pictues of the front mock-up so far.
*Just remember to put anti-seize compound on all your threads,especially if working with premium stuff like stainless or I can gaurantee you will wish you did!