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August 2011

 

Now I’m done with all the welding at the bridge. I made two airspring "Dummies" of the right size to mount when welding to avoid damage on the real bags.

 

I add some primer to the bridge. The trailingarms needs more space when slammed so I have to cut the floor.

 

 

Low enough?

 

Time to set the pinion angel. I set the angle 3.3 degrees up towards the transmission and the drive train is 4.3 degrees down. I also set the shock mounts at 90 degree of the axle and then spot weld trailingarm-mounts and bag-mounts so it holds up until it’s time to remove the axle and complete the welding.

 

The drive shaft and trailingarm tries to get up throw the floor so I let my angel grinder talk and create more space…..  

 

I use a pair of Airlift Dominators to see if all is ok. Upper shock brackets and a Panhard bar is the next on the list. 

 

A pair of shock mounts and Panhard bar is the latest update. They say that you should never angle a shock more then 30 degrees so I’m pretty safe here with my 29 degrees then…. The only drawback with a two-link as I see it is the change of pinion angle when running the suspension up and down. It’s important to set a proper ride height and stick to that before setting the angle and final welding. I set my ride height pretty low with only 4” clearance between frame and ground at the rear. The front points up a few inches for the real taildragger stance.

 

My two buddies in the shop or should I say garage-art?

 

Grind, cut and weld, that’s the story of my life the last week but now there’s plenty of space for drive shaft and trailingarms…

 

Add some primer and the next step is to fabricate the trunk floor around the bridge.

 

The trunk floor is slowly getting there…A very tiny trunk compartment is getting even smaller…but that’s the price you have to pay for “lay it low”…

 

I had to fabricate these hatch to be able to get access to upper bag bolts and couplings.

 

 

 

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