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PostPosted: March 3, 2020, 1:30 pm 
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More seat fitment..

I have the white "Berk II" body on the side of the house so I thought I'd try the seat there too (this body is more stock/complete as it sits).. The seat definitely will fit on the driver's side with some minor tweaks.. that's a good thing for sure..

There will be challenges with the passenger seat however.. If I stick with this shape/style of bucket seat on this side, I'll need to mod both the seat and the car to cheat it down into the available space.. This was expected.. When the time comes to do this, I will make seat #2 (passenger seat) out of fiberglass using this black plastic seat (seat #1) as a mold... I'll then take seat #2 and narrow it by about 1" (or so), and I'll cut the back of it down by about 2+" inches.. The reason for chopping the backrest down is that once I wedge the modded pass seat down into the modded passenger side of the car, the passenger seat must be mounted about 2"-3" higher than the driver's seat.. Lowering the seatback will help give the illusion that the seats match- as closely as possible in this case..

I'm now convinced that I can truly keep this car a two seater, but the passenger seat area will have several compromises to allow for this..

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PostPosted: March 3, 2020, 6:27 pm 
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You'd have a lot more room with an original style bench. Doesn't matter how far back the passenger is and I doubt you won't be able to reach the pedals. The bottom can be a squab attached with velcro to the pan for the lowest possible seat. Higher density for the bottom than the back. Maybe 1.5 inch 10lb bottom, 1 inch 5 lb back, staple around but sew corners rather than fold. If the density is not enough, add a half inch of much higher density between the base and the existing foam.

Can't add much foam to the buckets without reducing the seating space and the foam needs to be high density rather than what you'd find in a fabric store. I'm thinking cheap high density foam can be found in sleeping bag pads, yoga mat, knee boards, etc.

You can radius the corners of the foam with a wire wheel in a drill very carefully by barely touching it.
Add nut inserts from home depot that take 1/4-20 bolts and bite into the wood back base from the foam side then bolt it in from the back.

I was thinking something between the original style and this recessed style with a tunnel over a driveshaft.


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PostPosted: March 3, 2020, 8:42 pm 
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You might also look at how Porsche die the early 914 seats. The passenger was a fixed bolster set with just adjustability on the driver's side.
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PostPosted: March 4, 2020, 12:09 pm 
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Hi CCrunner , well I have had the seat conundrum for a while now too , I saw those seat , but as the inside of mine is the orginal width , putting in 2 seats might be a challenge , they are all too wide , I found some on a berkeley fiber glass shop in the UK for original bucket reproduction that will fit the Berk , but shipping was more than the seats ...

my taught is to make some bombers seat out of aluminum, I saw many design and tread on how to make them and you need very few special tools to make them , see here

https://www.millerwelds.com/resources/a ... t-of-steel

that would allow you to have the perfect set


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Can you help a Locost brother?

Hi guys- I hope you're well during this most unusual shut-in period.. I'm about to jump back on my Berkeley build, but I've lost my 'sidework' machinist guy, and could use a little help...

Do you have a lathe? Do you have a little time on your hands? Do you want to make some beer (or whatever :lol: ) money? If you've answered yes to even 2 of these 3 questions, this request for help may be for you!

The bits I need machined will end up being the suspension bellcrank pivot hubs... If you have the interest and time in cutting these on your lathe, could you please PM me or respond here? I'm happy to pay for your time- whatever's fair.. and of course shipping to central Ca... It would really help out as I try to get my wee Berkeley to 'roller' stage :cheers:

The math doesn't totally compute in this drawing, but the critical dimensions are accurate.. I need 8 of these... here's what I'm after (pic)...

thanks- (latheless) ccrunner :roll:


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PostPosted: April 15, 2020, 11:06 am 
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Back on the Berk...

Our jobs (school teachers) went to 'remote learning' about 4 weeks ago because of the Corona virus/social distancing.. I'm not a fan, but let's find the silver lining.. the work days are shorter and now there's no commute.. this frees up time to do more stuff around the house.. My instinct was to immediately go out to the garage to build stuff, but instead, for the first several weeks of this 'self quarantine,' I spent every spare moment landscaping/modifying the backyard for my wife.. I figured I'd better build up some wifey goodwill for all of the time I'm about to dedicate to my garage projects :wink:

With the yard now mostly done, it's back to the Berk... The focus now is to create mounting points for the windshield by fabbing an under-cowl, removable frame structure that also ties into the firewall... Related task #2; I need to figure out how to fab in some pedals, and have them live in the same very small space as the steering column... and also there's no room on the firewall for a brake master cylinder, so the brake pedal must be a 'reverse swing' type..

The first of these few pics are just wideshots of where I'm starting on this go-round :D


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PostPosted: April 15, 2020, 11:22 am 
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Gotta start somewhere...

I fabbed little 'feet'/anchor points for what will be the lower extensions of the A-pillars/windshield posts.. This fiberglass body will not tolerate people grabbing the upper windshield corner to lift themselves out of the car, so I'm making this windshield support structure fairly rigid... probably more so than it needs to be..


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PostPosted: April 15, 2020, 11:38 am 
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"Borrowing" from an English brother :wink:

I've been a fan of the Austin Healey 'lay down' windscreen since I first spotted one years ago.. I've spoken to AH BN100 owners about them, and it seems they're more for show than anything, as they're a 2 person job to raise/lower, and when lowered, one gets bugs in one's teeth.. I don't care... I'm as much of a motorcycle guy as a car guy, and bugs-in-the-teeth is part of the game... plus, I love the look when it's layed down.. I'm shallow that way :lol:

Anyway, the fiberglass body can't support the leverage this windscreen will create, so I've got to build a strong base for it...

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Just for good measure, here's a sexy little AH AN100-4...


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ccrunner wrote:
Just for good measure, here's a sexy little AH AN100-4...


That is a stunning example! The AH 100/4 had the best proportions IMHO!

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**Thom.. 'stunning' is exactly the right word for that car! Sadly the slinky little 100-4s are now beyond my budget, and I know pirating a windscreen from one will never elevate my Berkeley to the 100s level, but man, when that glass is laid down, it takes an already outstanding car to a whole new level 8)

A few pics mocking the temporary 13" steering wheel into place (gotta be sure the driver's hands will clear the glass in both up/down positions).. also some shots of 'joining' the posts (using the old 'scrap wood and clamps' method :wink: ) as I prepare to weld in the tabs that the windscreen posts will bolt to.. there will always be some adjustability where they bolt up, but I had to get the brackets close at this point.. The rake on the windscreen in this application is 36 degrees while up and 17 degrees when down.. I didn't measure the rake on the OEM Berkeley windshield, but I'm certain it is more upright than this AH unit..

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Here's a thing I do when I'm building... I'll fab something up, and sometimes once it's done I'll decide I don't like it and I tear it right back out- however, on a good day, I'll like it so much I get tickled..

These too-many pictures are merely confirmation of my tiny tickled brain over this windscreen transplant.. In concept I wasn't sure about it, but now that it's going in, I'm in love with it :D

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..a few shots of the brackets and how they bolt in under the cowl.. I made them to clear the OEM tray that lives up behind the firewall, but once that tray comes out I don't think it's going back in...


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This just shows further destruction of this 1959 Berk body during construction. I found this body in Phoenix, AZ a few years ago, and after baking in the desert for the last 40+ years, it's very, very brittle.. Every time I take it on or off it feels like it's going to finish breaking apart (it was already cracked/broken in several places as when I got it). Anyway, I cut out the undertray, and I carved out a larger section of the firewall. The longer this project goes on, the more it seems this is my mule body that I can mod and cut without fear to serve as a template for when it's time to put one of the 'real' bodies on in it's place..

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I've ordered most of the needed brake bits from Rock Auto and they're on the way.. in preparation, I've installed my old rotors and calipers (Miata 1.6) just to check for clearance issues.. All looks pretty good.. By design I've flipped the rear calipers (technically, I reversed the rear uprights) so that the e-brake cables point to the rear of the car- this will help route the cables, as I had interference issues if left stock..


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My '63 Volvo 1800 with a turbo inline 4 build log (LNF Ecotec compliments a Svelte Swede)
http://locostusa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=16309

My '59 Berkeley SE492 build log (bike engine in a microcar)... "A Berkeley With Bite!"


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