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I thought it was about time I sorted some way of pointing it in the right direction, so here's ther steering part 1:
Steering box is from a Lada (don't laugh). It's aluminium and well up to the task.
I made the mount plate some time ago:





But after positioning it on the chassis it needed to be spaced off by an inch. It would have worked fine without, but this brings the steering column perfectly in line.







And on the subject of steering column, here is the entirely over-engineered top mount:







Made from 5mm steel with a 3mm gusset, but it's surprisingly light.....
 

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More steering goodness:
The steering column itself is from a Mazda of some sort, and is a collapsible column - essential here in NZ if I have any chance of putting it on the road.
Indicating duties will be the responsibility of this little on/off/on toggle switch. The two holes in the housing are for LED indicator warning lights (green of course!).
The unit and tubes are thin-wall steel.





The additional tube down the column is to keep the wiring hidden and secure. Ends of the tubes are turned down so that I can heat-shrink over the top of them to secure the wiring where it will go along the pivot part.





And it's grown a quick-release hub. Not sure I'm 100% happy with this, but it will probably look OK once I've removed that ghastly gold colour :shake:



 

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does the column need the 'flared' out section at the top just below the quick release hub? if not and the column were the same diameter to the top it would blend/hide the quick release hub much better. keep up the good work :tup:
 

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does the column need the 'flared' out section at the top just below the quick release hub? if not and the column were the same diameter to the top it would blend/hide the quick release hub much better. keep up the good work :tup:
Yes, well spotted. That's why I'm not very happy with it.
I'll leave it until I've sorted the rest of the controls, then I may weld the splined section directly to the column and make another 'cover tube' for the bottom of the removable hub. Got to keep it neat!
 

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Back in the thread somewhere you'll see the spanky adjustable brake pedal box which I scored (unsurprisingly) cheap.
Unfortunately, having tried to fit it, it won't - fit that is - without looking hideous, so the only option left to me is to custom-build a pedal box.
Back when I bought the steering column, it came with a few other parts amongst which was a manual pedal box, so I rescued the pedals and started at them with a drill:



You'll see the original pivot hole, and the new position for the pivot half-way up.

Dredging the scrap bin I found a manifold plate that had been cut wrongly (not by me I hasten to add), so managed to cut this:



and these:



From the available metal (which incidentally is about 15mm thick aluminium). It's great when you have to design parts around what's available....
Anyhow, these will all go together like this:



More as it happens..... :)
 

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So the nut-spacer has now been removed and substituted by this top-hat spacer made of 6061 Alloy:



Which is pressed into the centre strut like so:



And then the whole lot welded together:



The pedal pivots have nylon sleeve bearing inserts (original Mazda). The clutch pedal spacer has been added too, also in 6061:



All I have to do now is try it in the hole and then make mounts & finish the pedals. Oh, and a false floor. And footrest. And accelerator pedal......
 

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Pedals.
These (as mentioned before) are Mazda production pedals with a few mods.....
Because I have to step the brake pedal sideways, I didn't want to over-bend the pedal so decided to space the pedal away from the actuation lever. I'm sure the pivot tube on it's own would have worked OK, but decided - for safety's sake - to add this spacer tube which is the same wall thickness as the brake pedal (5mm).





Clutch pedal is just welded to the pivot tube with no spacer.







I'm going to mount it up properly before finalising the pedal pads.
 

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Another side-project that's been going for a while is the overhead switch panel.
This all started when I was looking through the garage and came across this dash panel, made for a previous (unfinished) project:



I figured if I flipped it over



It would make (with a bit of modification) a good overhead switch panel.
Well....after more hours than I care to count it looks like this:





It hooks over the door bar



and under the centre bar



to make it fit level.
There will obviously be threaded mounting tags welded to the 'cage so that it can be easily removed.
The mods were more intricate than I first imagined as all of the bars are at different angles (doh!).
The panel is made from 1mm high-tensile aluminium plate which is super-light and super-strong, and will house all of the switches except for the indicator and line-lock.
 

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A couple of weeks since I last posted. Lots has gone on but only some of it photo-worthy.
First off - steering.
The Lada steering shaft has been shortened, and a link shaft using the lower UJ from the Lada and upper UJ from the Mazda. Fits & works nicely:





I have at last made enough room in my small single garage to get the front end on for a trial fit:









It fits - just. It'll need a load of work before it's nice. However, considering the price it's perfect!

Gratuitous 'wheel in arch' shot:



Well you have to, don't you?
 

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Hi...enjoying this....when you say The Lada steering shaft has been shortened...I hope its not obviously welded and looks OE or your certifier will be shaking his head , if you go for road legal status
 
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