Dutton Kit Cars and their owners
It seems completely unnecessary and the mounting points stop the front from tipping up properly
I'm also interested in castor adjustment
So, has anyone done the removal of the Escort Mk 2 thing?
I can see you can get a thing called a compression strut for Escorts that replaces it and faces backwards - might not fit a phaeton chassis...
Otherwise it's custom lower wishbones I guess......
If anyone has done this I'd be most interested.....
Another step forward:
According to thie website http://spareautoparts.eu/autoparts/search/QR1774RHT/QUINTON-HAZELL/
The thread on this ball joint is 3/4x16 UNF. I said it was big!
And I've found just such a threaded tube here http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/270639423023
The winter project has begun...
Lower wishbone being fabricated. 3/4" UNF threaded boss being welded to round tube for bottom wishbone.
Not bad welding...
Current set up showing unnecessarily large anti role bar and lower tca.
Back out tomorrow......
Good work, very interesting.
Welding on wishbone arm bracket
Mock up of the wishbone arm ready for welding
Tacked on ready for some measurements
Rough measurements of new caster. We also did this more accurately with the wheel on and the car lowered to normal ride height. We now have about 5 degrees of caster with room for more by adjusting the upper wishbone. Hoping to finalize with 6-7 degrees.
New spring mount. All welded and painted up ready for final installation another day. Then on to the next side!
looking at your pictures you are mesureing the camber not the caster
yes i see it looks like that, but we are using a camber/caster magnetic gauge, along with turn tables (with the wheel on) to measure the caster. No pics of this unfortunately
I assume that when you measure the castor, you measure the camber at +/- 20 degrees and then look up the castor in a table or on a graph. If so then the graph/table will have been computed based on the 20 degrees. I think that you could use any angle, within reason, but you'd need a different graph/table.
No there is no table to look up on.
The change in camber +/- 20deg is the caster.
However I do wonder if the 'recommended' figures are really based on the 20degs camber change. If that is true then they could be regarded as pre-looked-up.
Interesting stuff, and fabrication / solution looks neat. Just wondered what sent you down the route of custom wishbones as opposed to simply using compression struts? Also, do you think it would be worth retaining the ARB to use only as an anti-roll bar (as opposed to axle location) using drop-links to your bottom wishbone?
I'm currently sorting out my front end - using the magnetic camber gauge and a rough estimation of 20 degrees, it would appear that my castor is off the chart, i.e. way way too much, i.e. more than 10 degrees As castor also changes the camber of the wheel when steering lock is applied, this may explain the understeer that I've been experiencing even at low amounts of lock.