Finally a update.A quiet major one at that! I also know its a very long update. You don't have to read it all ...it would be nice if you look at the pictures though For Christmas I made off with $200 all at my disposal to put in this machine. Or as a inside joke between my family its my "girlfriend" since its very loyal and will always be there for me unlike my past real girlfreind. lol The last three days I have been working basically all day on the car.
Day 1: I broke out 2 new packages of scroll saw blades and started with the chassis mounts. I finished the middle and rear chassis mounts. I also got the battery strap posts and battery barriers done.
Day 2: Finished all the above parts mounted them. I also decided on the motor mount system and got the servo saver/rack mounted. Then I started on the rocker mounts in the rear. This was by far the most difficult parts so far. I had to make atleast 2 or 3 of them to get the angles correct. Also mentle note rocker posts are very hard to thread in to lexan : ( . I finished the rear and was able to mount the shocks.
Day 3: Basically I made the front rocker mounts and got it all mounted up.
The rockers and shocks are a bit higher then I would have liked but I had to have room under to put turnbuckles in the rear and upper arm on the front. This is what it turned out like...its not perfect becuase like I have said before I am no CNC ...also I haven't sanded or put finishing touches on everything. Also right now I have just a bunch of mock up screws in it and haven't started countersinking anything.
Tomarrow I think I will be cutting a motor cooling hole in the chassis and also finishing the motor mount and getting that mounted. Also I will probaly start sanding everything. In a few days I will be ordering the nitro tc3 hub carriers and pivot balls off of ebay. If ofcourse I win the auction. Until those come I can't really do anything else. Once they come though I will be able to figue out the suspension and figue out what I need to complete the suspension. I am pretty set on the hing-pinless design unless it proves to be weak or undo-able.I am also trying to decide between lexan or delrin for the new a-arms. My old version 2's will no longer be used, unfortunatly.
You may ask why I am going with the laydown type of suspension. When I was making the rocker mounts I was asking myself the same question. But there are advantages.
1. Lower Center of Gravity
2. Less bent shock shafts
3. In my opinion more durable
4. Progressive suspension
5. Its unique
The following picture should give you and idea of the most noticable advantage ; the lower center of gravity. The lexan shock tower is from my version one and is showen at about the same height as it was mounted on the last version
I figued for the heck of it I would put some mock up arms on it and just lay the arms on to get and idea of what it will look like..
The recent cold weather has forced me to move the rest of my workshop inside which includes my scroll saw Here is the new set up which I love
Hmmm and finally another hint to my surprise that I have planned for this...It should be obvious this time..
Clue 2 : I lurk in the lens