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#31 KennyP ONLINE  

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Posted October 18, 2017 - 01:23 PM

:thumbs: Great fix!


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Posted October 18, 2017 - 03:57 PM

I love the way good quality workmanship looks!!  Great job!


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Posted October 19, 2017 - 06:46 PM

It doesn't get any better than that! :thumbs:  :thumbs:

 

:thumbs: Great fix!

 

I love the way good quality workmanship looks!!  Great job!

 

Thanks a lot guys, I was pretty tickled with the way it worked.

 

Been noodling out the flex shaft that will be the drive shaft. It's going to take a few days to build. So, in the interim I did a small project that's been bugging me. There was only one radiator strut. And that one was pretty ugly, lol. It was cut and welded back together. I guess it had been shortened. The stock one measures .290" with two different threaded ends. I simplified things and just made it out 5/16" rod, threaded 5/16"-18 at both ends. 

 

Here's the stock one and the new ones.

 
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In place.
 
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Posted October 19, 2017 - 06:55 PM

I kinda like the old one. If it spun, it would of matched the old driveshaft:


wobble, wobble, wobble.......
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Posted October 19, 2017 - 06:57 PM

Maybe the old strut had a bend in it to make room for a supercharger or twin turbos!  :rolling:


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Posted October 20, 2017 - 07:22 AM

I kinda like the old one. If it spun, it would of matched the old driveshaft:


wobble, wobble, wobble.......

 

Maybe the old strut had a bend in it to make room for a supercharger or twin turbos!  :rolling:

 

Ummm........ I'm thinking it might be best if we keep you two separated.


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Posted October 21, 2017 - 11:31 AM

Made some good progress with our "flexible driveshaft". Here's what we've built mocked up. Spanning the gap will be a 1" diameter stainless steel bi-directionally wrapped flexible cable. Torque rated @ 250 ft lbs. Getting close.

 

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Posted October 21, 2017 - 01:49 PM

Always fun to see the next installment of "as the doodlebug turns"   :D

 

Just out of curiosity how much would that cable cost a foot?


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Posted October 21, 2017 - 03:00 PM

Always fun to see the next installment of "as the doodlebug turns"   :D

 

Just out of curiosity how much would that cable cost a foot?

 

I honestly can't remember the cost, Chris. Our standard cables are steel. This is leftover from a large job we did for two South Korean nuclear power plants about 5 years ago. It's the only time I've used stainless cable. I do remember it wasn't cheap, though.


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Posted October 22, 2017 - 09:09 AM

Being that short , I think it would be fine. No engineering degree just my 2 cents.


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Posted October 22, 2017 - 09:43 AM

You're very fortunate to have the raw materials available and the know how to make the things needed for your project. Sure waiting to see how you assemble that shaft. 


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Posted October 22, 2017 - 08:45 PM

Being that short , I think it would be fine. No engineering degree just my 2 cents.

 

I appreciate the input, Tom. I do. I really have no real idea how this will work, never tried it, but I, like you, think it will work. And no engineer here, either. I've taken about a half a semester in last 25 years. Maybe, when I retire I'll go back to school. Worthwhile profession, imo.

 

You're very fortunate to have the raw materials available and the know how to make the things needed for your project. Sure waiting to see how you assemble that shaft. 

 

Appreciate you sticking with us, Chris! Absolutely, having stuff available from the business is a huge plus. Also, I'm a major squirrel. I've heard it a lot, "what you gonna do with that?". 


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Posted October 22, 2017 - 10:46 PM

Also, I'm a major squirrel. I've heard it a lot,

 

 

Nothing wrong with that. You never know when someone will need something you squirreled away 40 years ago.  :D

I'm to the point if a family member needs something like that I tell them to take it. Going to make it easier on someone when 

I'm gone. Sure is nice though when you can reach into a treasure box and find what you need. 


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Posted October 23, 2017 - 05:31 AM

 Looking good :thumbs:  Could you have used the flexible driveshaft without the front  U-joint ?  


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Posted October 23, 2017 - 06:27 AM

Neat idea on the driveline. I think it'll work fine.


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