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Two drop link bars at an angle (tacked on for now) meet the Corsa C column mounting points.We'll see how this goes dealing with the torque reaction forces. If it's a bit wobbly, we'll think about adding some more. Wooden supports will shortly be installed in my multifuel stove...

Close-up. Ignore the butchered wires for now! Eagle-eyed readers will note that I've installed the Corsa column upside-down so the motor is on the left hand side. This is simply to help it clear the fillet plates. The column can be unbolted and removed, and even the bracing /plates can be unbolted and removed in a single assembly.

The splined end of the Ford column has been welded into the hollow Corsa column, although it did need lathed down a touch first.

Got new poly bushes for the front struts, but the bolts for the upper wishbone mounts are seized solid in the bush crush tubes. These will need to be destroyed to get them out, so they can stay there for a while as the bushes aren't that bad.

Got a bit to do, but getting there!

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Comment by Roy Kemp on December 24, 2016 at 10:35

From your experience, how do you think this arrangement will deal with the torque reaction forces from the motor? Do you think it'll be ok, or will we need some fore-and-aft bracing, to the pedal box for example?

Comment by Roy Kemp on December 24, 2016 at 10:31

It's done. I don't have photos but there's only one UJ used I think, most of the original ford column was retained. The Corsa flexi-link wasn't used. Nice and simple.

Comment by Steve and Matt Pegrum on December 24, 2016 at 10:28

Hey that looks neater than our installation! How are you doin the other end , with UJs etc?

The column goes round and round so it certainly shouldnt mind being upside down

Comment by Roy Kemp on December 24, 2016 at 8:43

We'll see, James! Although I'm sure I've read about it being inverted in other projects, so should be fine. Most Corsas end up upside-down at some point anyway...

Comment by James Doulton on December 24, 2016 at 0:23

This is interesting. I assume that the Corsa column is happy to be upside down? probably thinks it is in Australia.

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