id like to take a second to thank everybody for the kind welcome. my girlfriend is pretty much my lotus for now. jons dad jokes my '23 Tbucket is my mistress. not sure how much he knows about the harem. skidoo mxz, yamaha R6, suzuki samurai... i have a problem. model planes, dirtbikes, atvs, go karts, muscle cars, bmx, mountain bikes, boats.. if any of your understanding wives have attractive, equally understanding younger sisters. let them know ill be in the garage
sooo.. brackets! the book suggests drilling and bending up your own. what a load of HS. lucky for me the metric conversion on the dimensions the engineers assigned to the rear control arms on nissan 240sxs happens to be almost identical to the ID of 2" square pipe. i cut and drilled and ground the BRACKETS into shape and reused the original bolts to hold them in place while i waited for inspiration for how to fit up the rear end.
if i had the extra money at the time, i might of gone straight to tubular rear control arms. the nice thing about the 240 is now it has a fairly heavy aftermarket and you can order them fairly cheap straight from china.. but if i build for those and cant use stock arms in a pinch, ill be sitting at home. racing is a lot about budget. and i planned the build to be upgradable. for example jdm 240s have a 2L turbo motor you can get pretty cheap and will make a fairly reliable 400hp. bolts in. later.
sorry if this instalment is a bit wordy. and confusing. its friday before spring brake and, ive had a few beers.
the rear diff is mounted to the original subframe by four studs so i built out a square to support a vertical plate to hold it. that same square makes up the bottom of the car and is kicked up on even more of an angle that creates negative pressure under the car because the gap to the ground increases. a bit of down force. you might be thinking "nah, the air wil be too turbulant with the engine hanging down", just wait. that intersects with the bars that hold the LCAs (picking up lingo) it might seem a bit random but i modelled it about five times in balsa before execution. one of those i converted into the worlds most fragile R/C car. if i find it ill post a pic.