November 19, 2006

Wrecking the Spacer

Thanks to a poor excuse for precision engineering, a vital spacer that my dad made, the gearbox is still not yet together. The spacer was made too small on its I.D., and we wrecked it trying to make it larger. This proved to us that the choice of material was incorrect. Back to square one, we’re going to swallow our pride and buy a new bearing. The problem is that the inside diameter of the bearing at the end of the input shaft is too large for the shaft. The solution WAS going to be a Manson Engineering special one-off spacer. But I wrecked it trying to rectify Dad’s crummy fabrication. Next job? Breaking and entering.

We also had trouble putting the clip at the end of the input shaft on, because we had to compress two very heavy washers. A quick phone call and we got a little help from a mate who works at a garage around the corner. A bit of after hours help, you could say. We owe him one. The ‘box is only waiting for the bearing now, then it goes together – at long last.

On a lighter note, the fibreglass rear panels have been put on. Good job julian. That means more sanding! YAY!



November 4, 2006

Spent today picking apart the regatta, no photos as the camera batts had to be flat. The car spilled it’s guts out onto the driveway over the course of the day, progress was pretty slow in the morning having to drill out some stuck bolts in the cv joints…and then because I couldn’t figure out how to pull the engine out. I don’t have an engine hoist, or anything to lift the sucker out so it had to come out the bottom x1/9 style. The only problem is the regatta was not designed to do this and the whole front suspension had to come off to drop the motor out on the ground. Then it was time to drag the barstard out from under the car.

The end result being that the car is in bits and im dirty and absolutley stuffed. Time for bed.