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  1. #211
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    I wanted to bump this thread, but I don't really have much to add.

    I haven't worked on this project since last fall, and a lot of my summer will be used up recovering from surgery to have a brain tumor removed. I sure hope to start working on this thing again this fall, or maybe next spring.

    I have all the parts I need to finish the chassis, except for random hardware I might need. And the body is damn near ready to set on the chassis so I can figure out body mounts. And the drivetrain has been sitting on my workbench waiting to have motor mounts made for it. Again, I have most of the materials, I just need to put in the labor, and I can't right now.

    If you know how to weld, and you want to help work on this project, maybe you could come out and help with it while I am recovering. I could supervise, hand you beers, and you could make me feel better that progress is being made even though I can't do it. Just thinking out loud.

  2. #212
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    I could definitively come over but I'm a terrible welder. Shoot me a message if you have a day or weekend that you're free.

  3. #213
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    Quote Originally Posted by euro View Post
    I could definitively come over but I'm a terrible welder. Shoot me a message if you have a day or weekend that you're free.
    I will keep you in mind. Thanks!

  4. #214
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    Once I'm all settled after moving out of my shop and into my garage, I'd be happy to help. I have a portable TIG setup now.
    Quote Originally Posted by Topher View Post
    Now is where I politely tell you to go fuck yourself.

  5. #215
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    We are in that Second Winter, Early Spring time of year. I have fully recovered from my surgery, and I plan to make progress on the hot rod this year. Maybe in the next month or two.

    The next steps are to finish the welding on the rear part of the frame where I notched it. I have it tacked together, just need to finish weld.

    Then once the frame is ready, I need to fabricate the hairpin and radius rod rear suspension. I am currently doing research on how to do the geometry on that to get it right. I bought a rear suspension kit from Speedway, but it consists of weld on tabs. They leave it up to you to figure out where everything goes. But since I have the kit, I have most or all of the parts I need to build the suspension.

    Do any of you know how to layout a hairpin and radius rod rear suspension? Or have good links for laying one out?
    Last edited by toasted; 03-12-2020 at 01:37 PM.

  6. #216
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    I've used this suspension calculator in the past, albeit with jeep related suspensions:

    https://www.patooyee.com/calculators/calculators.htm

  7. #217
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kriesel View Post
    I've used this suspension calculator in the past, albeit with jeep related suspensions:

    https://www.patooyee.com/calculators/calculators.htm
    I'll save that in case I need it for a 3-link or 4-link suspension. Thank you.

    Maybe this hairpin and radius rod suspension is really simple and I don't need a calculator?

  8. #218
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    The hairpins seem really simple. I would think you’d want them to pitch down from the frame to axle, just a bit when sitting static. And the range of motion under load would bring them nearly level.

    when you say radius rod in this case, are you referring to a setup similar to a panhard bar?

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