File comment: MGB upright jigged up for location
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I decided to build an old school Locost with wire wheels, narrow fenders and a leather belt across the hood. The goal is to make it look like a 1959 Seven. The front uprights and rear axle are out of an MGB and the engine is a 2.3L ford with a couple of sidedraft webbers. Orignally started with a 442 design but then narrowed things up considerably to accomodate the narrow MGB axle. I'm using the axle made for solid disc wheels with wire wheel adaptors because it adds a bit of width between the backing plates.
The uprights of an MGB are unusual in that they have a king pin. I'll adapt them by using double heim joints on top and bottom at the upright and on the inboard side of both A-arms.
Why so Old School? I did lots of car stuff in the 70s and 80s. For A time, I worked closely with Eric Broadley at Lola, but don't get excited, I helped him prototype and develop the Lola T-506--a formula car Lola built to use on a small course where you could race the car for a dollar a lap. Because the car had all the suspension elements from a Formula Ford, I spent my days plotting camber curves, setting bump steer and adjusting shocks. In the end it was all for naught, since the cars fell apart weekly. (Imagine people bouncing underpowered formula Fords off of curbs 18 hours a day seven days a week.)
Anyway I have lots of welding, machining, bodywork and fabrication experience that has been lying dormant for almost three decades. Here goes nothing.