Old Project Revitalized - 56 Track Car

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Everything is so well thought out, it's very much like looking at the component packaging on a fighter jet. Especially with all the heat shielding. Very well done and work quality for us all to aspire to. Thanks for the update.
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how did you recess the inner fender for the expansion tank tubing? that looks really nice/
When I built the inside fender panels to accommodate larger tires, I made plugs and then pulled molds off the plugs. I just built the expansion tank tubing recess into the plug.
 

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There seems to be a lull in posts - waiting for Superbuickguy to post results of his track event. So, I'll post a couple of photos on progress on the rear suspension. Got the suspension adjusted (roll center, anti-squat, zero bump steer) and installed the coil-overs, sway bar, and calipers/rotors.

Susp R 7Susp R 8Susp R 4
 

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Are the arms on the sway bar custom made? I see the "bend" for the control rod.
They are some of Speedway Engineering's standard arms (1" bar). They are a little heavy for a rear application, so I will eventually have them ball milled to remove some of the weight. The front arms are also Speedway's, but they angle outboard rather than up or down in plane.Susp 13
 

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Pappy - Nice choice. I've found there are a lot of parts the "roudy-round" folks have built - and work - that are readily available and well priced!
Sure beats the price we'd pay for "CORVETTE" bits.

[CAUTION - RANT]
Suspension bits (like extra high ball joints), body mounts, radiator/cooling bits, and on and on. [Even though I to often do!]
I find it worthwhile to keep a few of the catalogs (Speedway - gotta love PURPLE, Southwest, Coleman's, etc.) on hand for quick reference - beats building a part from scratch. Online UBC and of course who can beat Mcmaster for delivery. I find Jegs and Summit often too focused on Drag/straight line, even though Summit is an SCCA Sponsor.
Sorry for the sideways.
[ RANT - OVER]

Nice pick on the UCA. really like your pick of the RideTech upright and rotor combination too. Also much appreciate the lead on the form-a-metal source for firewall etc..

ADDING MY QUICK UPDATE: Working my suspension this week/month., and building fenders too, then attak the bird cage. Will post updates soon as I have something worthwhile to show.
Rear pushrod setup - waiting TIG work and front spacers. need to mount fender panels and fair. Steering, etc, etc.

Sorry for the interrupt - but I know the forum has been quiet but for you, SBG, and a few others. Spring is passing, summer here soon, and I plan to be hard on it!
Thought it might be useful to provide a "proof-of-life" in your thread. Better chance of being picked up!

Cheers - Jim
 

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Hey Jim,

I use a lot of circle track parts because they are generally proven under tough conditions and hold up well. I designed and built the UCAs (and LCAs) with some tight clearance criteria (room for the coilovers and deep offset, very wide wheels, but I did use Howe NASCAR ball joints and Joes Racing Products cross shafts with needle bearings. I also have a Woodward steering shaft and steering u-joints, a Sweet Manufacturing rack and pinion, a Tilton NASCAR car-of-tomorrow bell housing / carbon clutch/starter, Quick Car Racing wiring/switches, Mark Williams drive shaft - all circle track stuff. Rick Hendricks is using the 6XD sequential in his Track Attack cars built from retired Cup cars, and I noticed that the Cup cars were using the AP j-hook rotors at Darlington last week. With the new NASCAR cars having a more modern road race configuration (18" wheels, bigger brakes, rear mounted sequential, coilovers, aero, etc.) we may be able to use even more of their parts in the future. I am curious about the specs on the 18" Goodyear slicks.

Let's see some photos of your project!
 
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