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Bonehead 01-29-2009 11:37 PM

Looks great Bob, what are you notching with?

bob w 01-31-2009 07:30 PM

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I found the Ford Courier master cylinder I took out of my Anglia a few years ago and used a vintage hand brake lever given to me by Tator (on RRR). The dragster will only have a hand operated brake. Works better for staging and launching a sitck shift car.
Bonehead, I used a tubing notcher for notching all the tubing. That sounds redundant! Everyone sells them and they work great. I borrowed Tator's notcher for this project. It uses a hole saw blade without the center drill and clamps in a drill press.

bob w 01-31-2009 07:38 PM

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This is a 1930-something Chevy truck steering box that was in my International for a while. It is a pretty small Saginaw unit but still weighs quite a bit. Free though. It took a lot of bracketing to make it stable.

bob w 01-31-2009 07:43 PM

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The unit was made into a center steer by cutting the spline end off the original pitman arm and welding it on the end of a chunk of tubing. The tubing, which was part of my Anglia's original roll bar, is sized so a socket will fit inside to tighten the pitman nut. I made a new pitman arm out of 1/4" flat stock and put in a tapered eye that I got from an old Pacer steering arm. I recently took a Pacer front end out of a neighbor's '40 Ford and installed a Mustang II.

bob w 01-31-2009 07:47 PM

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The front view shows the lengthened pitman shaft (tubing) and more of the bracing. I'm reaching the point where I can't do much more without an engine and transmission.

35Mastr 01-31-2009 09:06 PM

Looking good Bob.When you gettin the motor and trans?

Gastrick 01-31-2009 09:09 PM

Man you're working fast. Looks good.

moronthethrottle 02-02-2009 12:05 PM

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Originally Posted by Bonehead (Post 83520)
Looks great Bob, what are you notching with?

I think Bonehead is wondering if you are using a "speedy notcher" or something similar? I've used them...kind of quirky, but they get the job done.

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bob w 02-04-2009 08:54 PM

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Not a lot to show. I learned that the battery needs to be in a sealed box because there is no firewall between the driver's compartment and the battery. The battery is going behind the seat. I put two square tube crossmembers in to hold the box and the battery.

bob w 02-04-2009 08:57 PM

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The bolts on the battery hold down are real long and thread into the tapped holes in the tabs on the two crossmembers. That way it's NHRA legal.


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