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« Reply #75 on: December 03, 2013, 10:57:29 AM »

Using a ammo box for the electrical box is bloody brilliant!!! It also seems like the ammo box could also be used as a battery box for a relocation if needed.
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« Reply #76 on: December 30, 2013, 07:22:12 AM »

Didn't get too much done over the holidays, as time became an issue. Here is a small update.

I took a pause on the wiring for a bit to get the master cylinder replaced/updated to the larger bore of an '89 and add in a brake bias valve.









However I believe the fitting on the bias valve is ruined because there is a leak on the fitting that is facing the fire wall.

The wheels came back from a friend of my brothers who traded acid dipping these for a welding service.



I played with them for a second polishing them up.



Hopefully Mindy can paint them soon.

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« Reply #77 on: January 12, 2014, 07:43:01 PM »

Car hasn't got much attention since I've been working on another project over the last few months. This weekend I turned these pretty pieces of steel into a little system.







Here are all the other bits. The thick stuff is 1" plate, the smaller is 3/4" plate to give you a perspective.

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« Reply #78 on: January 15, 2014, 11:54:00 AM »


Look what I found.    Smiley


http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ford-Merkur-XR4Ti-Sierra-No-1-ICS-british-salon-Car-Championship-1-43-/271153171881
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« Reply #79 on: January 16, 2014, 06:38:30 AM »

That is sweet. What were you looking for on ebay to get that to pop up?
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« Reply #80 on: January 16, 2014, 10:58:29 AM »

That is sweet. What were you looking for on ebay to get that to pop up?

You know how it goes.  You do a general internet search for X, which results in (among other things)
some hits on ebay for stuff related to X - that piques your curiosity so you check out the ebay links,
which then show you stuff related to stuff related to X - so you check a couple of those out and before
you know it you're looking at XR4Ti scale models.  (And just lost 1/2 hour of your workday.  Wink )
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« Reply #81 on: January 19, 2014, 07:16:02 PM »

Successful weekend on the merkur. I've been meaning to trying this new brake idea I've had. Here goes.

MkV Gti calipers and pads
SVT focus rotors (almost 12")
'89 merkur master cylinder (larger bore than the '85)

On paper it should be a great setup, but I won't know until I drive it.

This weekend I got a moment to try to fit everything up. Here is the pad and rotor.



Size comparison between the previous 11" rotor from a SVT Contour



Made some adapters out of 3/8" bar stock



Bolted up. Same banjo bolts and crush washers where used as the mustang calipers needed. (Lucked out completely)



Outside



Wheel clears! I've Only got about .020" or so between the slider and the wheel's inside pattern so a small spacer may be required. However these pads are only going to wear down, so that gap is getting larger all the time.



Thanks and enjoy
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« Reply #82 on: January 27, 2014, 05:39:55 AM »

This weekends work included mounting the two of the four tires and fixating the oil cooler. Not much else.





The club has a dyno day March 8th and I would really like to attend that. So I have got to get going.
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« Reply #83 on: January 30, 2014, 11:02:20 AM »

Here are a few other photos Pat took with an actual camera.





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« Reply #84 on: February 02, 2014, 04:31:12 PM »

Another weekend and some more work completed. Coming down to the wire even though the first event is still 2 months out.

Items completed:

Wiring is at 90% now. Just a few little things left over. The box still has some stragglers in there but it is getting cleaned up.



Head light wiring is found at another fuse block up front. Note relays and fuses. This time I was smart and not only left extra wire length with a coil, but also added more wires in the harness than I needed for future growth.



Dad finished up all the wheels for me. See before and after below. We are just going to leave them like this for now.





Got a heat shield made for the turbo.



Almost got it complete until the welder cord crapped out. Made of stainless, I'll get better photos of it when I have it off next to finish it.



Passenger side of the engine bay is looking better than it ever has before. Wiring is run inside of fiberglass heat proof stuff.



How I left it.



Till next weekend.
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« Reply #85 on: February 02, 2014, 07:15:11 PM »

First time I've ever seen a heat shield made of cardboard.....
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« Reply #86 on: February 14, 2014, 06:51:44 PM »

Ok. Some like these updates so I'll post. I haven't been lazy I promise.

Last weekend I spent all of Friday and Saturday burning some wire on Dad's project. Here are some photos.

First thing first. Finish one half of the machine so we can mimic it on the other side and be sure it works as designed. Here is one of the two Tangs I had to weld up for the cylinder. My uncle did some of the internal machining to this part. The ball joint presses in. No welding required.



This allowed us to place the cylinder...



...and that let us test the machine. Worked well but still a lot to go and much to be proven yet.



Swung around nicely so its time to wash, rinse and repeat for the other side. Here is the large hinge before placing the cover over it.



Here it is almost fully welded up. Knowing when to put heat into the work piece and when to keep your hands off of it is an art in itself. It is so easy to screw this portion of the process up by letting it get a hair to hot in the wrong place. I actually had to move a portion of that 1" plate by heating and quenching because I didn't leave it alone long enough.



Tacked in place



Next is to build the linkages for this side. Another long weekend and my portion should be about complete. Then just maybe I'll be able to return to car work.
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« Reply #87 on: February 14, 2014, 08:19:34 PM »

Very nice work. It looks really heavy-duty. Is this to make the planter easier to transport on the road? Do you use a pin to lock it into place for planting or does the hydraulic cylinder hold it well enough?

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« Reply #88 on: February 15, 2014, 03:21:46 PM »

Thanks David. Yes you are correct. One position for transport the other for field work. 15' is about max that we can have going down the road. This unit in total will be roughly 26'-27' long once complete.

Field position is below. I didn't take a photo of it fully closed. I've got a small movie of it folding but can't post it for some reason.



No real need for a pin to lock it into field position as the loading under operation is keeping it pulled into place. However, it does have enough cylinder pressure to boot. It is 4 inches in diameter, equating to roughly 19 tons of pressure. Its has been a fun little engineering project to say the least, not to mention the fabrication, one of the few times I get to do both not just one or the other. All of the components where modeled and simulated in 3D CAD, as best possible, for real life situations and stresses. We will soon see how close "real life" is to the virtual world.


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« Reply #89 on: February 17, 2014, 12:50:10 PM »

Thanks. Very impressive. Let us know how the field test goes.

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« Reply #90 on: March 02, 2014, 06:31:53 PM »

Ok. Got a few hours in this weekend and glad I did. Car is still not running but hopefully not too much longer.

Couple things tackled. First the cam shaft. The A237 doesn't build much vacuum and is all top end... (hence why my power brakes have not been up too par) Therefore I moved to a Ranger Roller cam and retarded it 4*. Need more low end anyways. Also used the recommended/expensive valve cover gasket because the Felpro kept sweating.

Pulled the timing belt cover off and saw this! So glad I decided to looked into changing the cam now. Distributor bolt had backed out and caught against the cover. Then it started boring its way through the plastic but I caught it before any real damage was done.



Cam in, new timing set all around, loctited distributor pulley bolt and the mentioned valve cover gasket.



Next up was a Mocal oil cooler. Made up some -10an lines and put everything together. Lines still need tightening but short oil filter from Bosch and thermostat cooler are in place.



To oil cooler



Then I put the intake side back together.



How I left it



Then I saw the turbo is leaking a bit of oil... Maybe time for something new/rebuilt.



On another note, since people have been asking. The drill also received a bunch of attention this weekend.

More linkages made up.





Attached.



And lastly the wing installed and swinging freely. Hydraulic power still needing to be complete.



Next time it will have the seed boxes on it and the power system for each side should be well underway.
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« Reply #91 on: March 03, 2014, 06:45:41 AM »

Very impressive on the drill. How many rows total?

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« Reply #92 on: March 03, 2014, 07:13:59 PM »

Let's see. It started with 24 rows from the factory and now it sits with 40. Typical 7.5" row spacing. The tongue weight of this machine, with only one wing on, is over 7600 lbs empty. I think our tractors are going to know its back there Smiley can't convince dad he needs to upgrade a couple more models up yet. "Its only money"
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« Reply #93 on: March 03, 2014, 08:42:33 PM »

Wow!

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« Reply #94 on: March 05, 2014, 02:49:59 PM »

Let's see. It started with 24 rows from the factory and now it sits with 40. Typical 7.5" row spacing. The tongue weight of this machine, with only one wing on, is over 7600 lbs empty. I think our tractors are going to know its back there Smiley can't convince dad he needs to upgrade a couple more models up yet. "Its only money"

This one !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFBik861VpY&feature=youtu.be

But not much work would get done I suppose.
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« Reply #95 on: March 05, 2014, 07:11:15 PM »

Holy shit. What kind of motor is in that tractor? He can plow the field without a plow. He must have changed the gearing too to get it to run that fast.

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« Reply #96 on: March 06, 2014, 07:30:20 PM »


  I read somewhere that its a old volvo 240 series engine turbo'ed. I want one !!
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« Reply #97 on: March 10, 2014, 10:00:14 AM »

love that video, don't know how he hasn't flipped it on himself yet...

Got some time in. I'll let the pictures do the talking.















YAY!!!!

Then made a little mount for the throttle cable



After that I did a bunch of small stuff and fixed this guys shovel that had cracked



Then did a bit more work on this silly thing.



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« Reply #98 on: March 12, 2014, 05:13:17 AM »

Looks like you can now get camber and castor that should be a huge improvement .
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« Reply #99 on: March 13, 2014, 05:55:45 AM »

Yeah. It is set to "max camber max caster". Justin's formula for a fast street car.

For those interested in our farm projects. We got some publicity on another project, that wasn't listed here, we completed a year ago or so.

It is a short read, but interesting.

Here is the link:
http://www.progressiveforage.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5341:the-mt-pony-special-double-barrel-baler&catid=90:equipment&Itemid=124
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