Monday, April 26, 2010

No exciting pictures worth posting yet, there aren't too many VISIBLE changes to the untrained eye.

Work continued last weekend on stripping the Geo to a bare shell, we managed to remove the engine, fuel tank, hoses, piping, wiring, etc. etc. Who knew there could be so much crap in such a small car? What was left once the dust settled are shoddily repaired (by previous owner) brake lines, steering components and suspension. Speaking of brake lines, the plan now is to route the rear lines inside the car, since we're gonna have to re-engineer the brakes anyways.

I apologise if this part is unclear, I will get pictures later:
One issue of particular note was how to remove the drive components from the front uprights (also known as knuckles). Typically, you have one half of a CV joint sandwiching the bearings together, where the assembly is held in my one big nut. You can see that nut if you pop the hupcaps on your FWD car and locate in smack in the middle of the wheel.

Our solution is to take apart the CV joint and leave the outboard portion of it in the upright, and tighten the nut back down.

The team is still having internal debates on how to proceed about the subframe transplant from the Firefly to the Geo, although this is slowly getting resolved. This is a somewhat iterative process and makes for lively debates. We have measured and theorised much about possible ways to go about this, but I dare say we have tentatively settled on a possible method to maybe go about doing this... Stay tuned on this issue for more, since it's a vary hand-wavey argument, I will simply show you pictures of how this gets done, rather than confuse everyone to death with words.

In parallel to this, we have a plan of attack to deal with rust: Re-use as much sheet metal from the parts car to repair the rotten sections on the Geo. Bonus sheet metal to be found in the trunk where we're going to cut to put the engine in!

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