04 February, 2019
Our Fortin 2.5 Power Rack
Trevor and I made a run to McKenzie's on
Saturday; the pre-runner has been sitting in Trevor's garage since
we brought it home in September and we haven't had time to work on
it between the Baja 1000, work and school commitments......
We've been wanting to get it to a "roller" condition and some of the
first things we need for that are the rack and steering control
valve. Now that they're on hand we can mount them up, then
fabricate the steering shafts and tie rods. Once those are
installed, we'll make and install "spring carrier simulators" and
install wheels/tires so that we can roll it around as necessary.
New Baja Bug Bumper/Beam for the Daily Driver
Partially completed beam/bumper mocked up.
Trevor's 1968 Baja Bug has all the least
desireable VW suspension elements for off-road use; it has a
"ball-joint" front suspension and a "swing-axle" rear suspension.
He's always wanted to convert it to "link-pin/IRS" like the race car
and now seems like a good time. We've begun at the front end;
converting to a link pin beam required fabricating a new beam and
installing some "ball-joint to link-pin beam adapters" (we didn't
want to change the frame head). As you can see above, the beam
and bumper are complete. Now we need to mount it, install the
arms and spindles, shocks and brakes, then we can fabricate new
steering linkages and tie rods. Hopefully, only a couple more
days' work on the front end.
002 IRS transaxle to replace the swing-axle
type 1 transaxle
Converting the rear end to IRS is a bit more involved than the front
end conversion...... Trevor could use a type 1 IRS transaxle
but the bus box is stronger. It will require some mounting
provisions that don't exist on the car now, and will also require
that the shift linkage be modified and moved to "above the tunnel".
We could use a 10 degree mount to avoid the shift linkage issue but
that causes other complications in our case (type 4 motor with dual
Webbers), so above the tunnel it goes. We will also need to
install IRS pivots on the torsion housing/frame horns and we'll
"notch" the frame horns so we can set the transaxle as low as
possible. We'll post updates here.