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My latest scratch built project - a slightly modernized F5000 racer

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  • Member since
    March, 2019
  • From: Quitman, Texas
My latest scratch built project - a slightly modernized F5000 racer
Posted by LostInStyreneAnd... on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 8:10 AM

About the only things that aren't completely built from scratch are the engine (Royal Rail) and the wheels and tires (Groovy Grader).   I need to rethink the front springs because what's there is too stiff and the suspension won't work.  With the spring/shock units unhooked, the whole pushrod set up works as planned.  

 

Eric Automobile

  • Member since
    March, 2019
  • From: Quitman, Texas
Posted by LostInStyreneAnd... on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 8:10 AM

 Aside from rethinking the front springs, the rear is coming along.  I've got lower locating arms ready, plus a pair of spring/shock combo units.  Those will mount on the lower arms near the hub and the back plate/body support.  

Eric Automobile

  • Member since
    March, 2019
  • From: Quitman, Texas
Posted by LostInStyreneAnd... on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 8:09 AM

Redid the front sping(s).  Changed to one spring centrally mounted between the bell cranks.   Some close up pictures of the (hopefully) completed but unpainted front end.

 

Eric Automobile

  • Member since
    February, 2008
Posted by justmike on Thursday, September 26, 2019 11:20 PM

That is some amazing engineering. I will definitely be watching this.

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  • Member since
    March, 2019
  • From: Quitman, Texas
Posted by LostInStyreneAnd... on Friday, September 27, 2019 7:33 AM

Thanks JustMike!  I've changed the front spring setup again.  Once I got the cockpit set, along with the nose and cockpit cover, I realized that the spring unit was sitting a little too high.   I reshaped the spring unit, lowered it about 1/8", and removed the cross links.  Now the slightly reshaped bell crank just pushes on the spring plunger.  I'll get some specific pics of that this weekend.  

  

 

Eric Automobile

  • Member since
    March, 2019
  • From: Quitman, Texas
Posted by LostInStyreneAnd... on Monday, September 30, 2019 1:36 PM

Well - I got inspired this weekend and finished the body shell.  It's rough and needs a good bit of sanding and smoothing, but the basic shape is there.  The only things that won't be removable are the side pods/tunnels and the rear wing.  The nose cone, cockpit cover, seat insert, steering wheel and rear drive train cover can all be removed to show off the yet-to-be-done detailing.   

 

 

Eric Automobile

  • Member since
    March, 2019
  • From: Quitman, Texas
Posted by LostInStyreneAnd... on Monday, September 30, 2019 1:37 PM

Now comes the fun stuff!   Painting all the suspension pieces and drive train, running all the wiring for the FreeValve heads and other electrical, fabrication the water, oil and hydraulic lines...   

 

Eric Automobile

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