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  1. #196
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    More progress. I am excite!

    So last night I got some more front end assembly done. Things are very slow going because there are no instructions, just bags and bags of parts with nothing telling you where anything goes. And there are no videos of this particular Speedway front end getting put together online, at least none that I could find. So I had to rely on basic mechanical aptitude, and I referenced photos of stock Model A suspension that I could find online and look for parts that were similar.

    Here are about 75% of the parts that go into the front end. This is all the hardware for spindles, steering, and brakes.

    20180417_184141_HDR by Chad Truss, on Flickr


    I got the spindles on, along with caliper mounts and steering arms.

    20180417_180415 by Chad Truss, on Flickr

    20180417_180427 by Chad Truss, on Flickr

    20180417_193925 by Chad Truss, on Flickr

    20180417_193919 by Chad Truss, on Flickr


    Then after the steering arms were mounted to the spindles I put the steering arm on there that connects the two sides.

    20180417_200613 by Chad Truss, on Flickr

    20180417_200624 by Chad Truss, on Flickr

    The extra hole on the passenger side steering arm is for the pitman arm. On traditional style Model A's the pitman arm is short and connects to the drivers side steering arm. But that old way has some downfalls. So I am going with the newer way of doing it where the pitman arm crosses the chassis and connects to the passenger side steering arm.

    20180417_200619 by Chad Truss, on Flickr


    Then I started to mount up the disc brakes, but there is an adaptor that needs to be press fit onto the spindles. I asked around on facebook if I knew anyone that could press them on. Several people chimed in and told me to just bake the adaptors and chill the spindles. So I did just that. I threw the spindles out in the snow on my deck for about 30 minutes. During that time I threw the adaptors into the oven and baked them at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

    After doing this the adaptors slid right on.

    I would post before and after pics of this adaptor thing, but I took those two photos with the Facebook app, so they didn't get saved to my phone.

  2. #197
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    You're going to have this thing together in no time! Any plans to coat the various raw suspension parts?

  3. #198
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    Quote Originally Posted by euro View Post
    You're going to have this thing together in no time! Any plans to coat the various raw suspension parts?
    Progress looks fast now. But the rear suspension will not be as quick and easy.

    For the rear suspension I have to take my rear axle and cut off all the original mounts and brackets. Then I have to position it under the frame and figure out where to weld on all the new stuff. The rear suspension isn't just a kit I can assemble. Bright side though is it is fun to cut and weld.

    I am leaving everything raw so it can rust.

  4. #199
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    Made more progress last night.

    Remember that toolbox that was completely covered in parts? Here it is now.

    20180418_205916 by Chad Truss, on Flickr


    What I got done last night was I put the spindles back on after having to take them off to get some press fit bearing adaptors on them. When I put the spindles back on, I added some grease to the bearings that go under them, just to be sure.

    Then I had to prep the brake rotors for install. The inner bearing race had to be hammered out and replaced with one that came in the kit. When I got the original race out though it appeared to be identical. It must be a super minor difference or something. Anyways, here are a couple pics of that process.

    Rotor and related parts.
    20180418_185148 by Chad Truss, on Flickr

    Old race hammered out.
    20180418_185644 by Chad Truss, on Flickr

    New race hammered in.
    20180418_190109 by Chad Truss, on Flickr

    Inner bearing before and after grease.
    20180418_190123 by Chad Truss, on Flickr

    20180418_190456 by Chad Truss, on Flickr

    Bearing dropped in.
    20180418_190647 by Chad Truss, on Flickr


    And rotor installed.
    20180418_192903 by Chad Truss, on Flickr


    So now the front suspension is all assembled except for the brake calipers, hoses, and pitman arm. I won't bother installing any of that until I get to the point where I need it. So then I threw the front wheels and tires on it and snapped a couple pics.

    20180418_201235 by Chad Truss, on Flickr

    20180418_201239 by Chad Truss, on Flickr


    After that I started working on the new front suspension crossmember. This frame was setup to run a suicide front suspension, so the front suspension crossmember has been removed. I was going to run a suicide front suspension, but I have decided to set the chassis up a little more traditional style. So the front axle will go under the frame.

    The crossmember has 2" less drop than a stock crossmember, to add to my suspension drop. I had to drill a hole in it for the leaf spring and grind some notches in the flanges for the u-bolts because the flanges were too tall. I got the crossmember properly attached to the front suspension, now I need to figure out where in the frame I want it so I can cut it to length and weld it in.

    20180418_204429 by Chad Truss, on Flickr

    20180418_205842 by Chad Truss, on Flickr


    I think it is going to go right about here. The top of the crossmember is supposed to be level with the top of the frame. So I'll cut it to length and fit it in there.

    20180418_205825 by Chad Truss, on Flickr



    And one final pic of the front suspension.

    20180418_205957 by Chad Truss, on Flickr


    Progress is going to slow down now because I can't just assemble shit. The rest of the front suspension work, and nearly all of the rear suspension work, is fabrication instead of assembly.

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