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deni 29th August 2020 17:56

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Having the seats at the right height and position helps with positioning the steering wheel. I have mocked up the mounting for it for now and will weld the proper mounting and bracing next time I work on the car.

I also need to make a subframe for the seats, as I need to raise them for 7 cm.


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deni 29th August 2020 18:18

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I will also modify the steering column. I have bought a 40cm steering shaft and UJ from CBS and another, bit shorter UJ from Canleys, to attach the column to the steering rack. This is needed as the steering column needs to be extended more than it is possible with the original setting, and because the angle of the steering wheel is different from the original.

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I was also trying to figure out where and how to install the seat belts. I think the approach in the second photo is better, but instead of mounting the third point using the frame-to-chassis bolt, I will weld a mounting point onto the frame just above it.


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As I have mentioned before, I bought a pair of GAZ adjustable shocks a while ago. When all the above is done, I will (try to) tackle the front suspension.
I will use 14" steel wheels with 175/65 tyres. I reckon I will need to lower the car for about 2 inches.

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So much for now, I'll post more photos when I progress further.

Cheers, D.

1iTim 30th August 2020 00:22

Nice work and good progress. I remember trying to get the steering position 'just right' - and in the end gave up and it is where it is!

Good luck!

T

Mister Towed 30th August 2020 09:36

I'd stick with the narrow seats or similar and mount them as low as possible rather than going for the bigger bases.

The reason is you'll end up with your head and upper body sticking up into the air flow above the wind deflector if you have the wide ones high enough to clear the chassis rails. That's not only bad for the aerodynamics, but it's also very uncomfortable and you'll look like Noddy tootling through Toytown.

Ideally, when seated you need your shoulders to be level with or no more than a couple of inches above the cockpit edge.

Ultimately it's your choice and it's nice to see your build progressing.

deni 30th August 2020 10:22

1iTim- Thank you for letting me know so I don't get too frustrated about it :smile: I am looking forward to seeing how you are going to bond the body to the frame, so good luck with it. I also enjoy your YouTube videos, nice to see more Miglias being made!

deni 30th August 2020 10:35

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Originally Posted by Mister Towed (Post 105062)
I'd stick with the narrow seats or similar and mount them as low as possible rather than going for the bigger bases.

The reason is you'll end up with your head and upper body sticking up into the air flow above the wind deflector if you have the wide ones high enough to clear the chassis rails. That's not only bad for the aerodynamics, but it's also very uncomfortable and you'll look like Noddy tootling through Toytown.

Ideally, when seated you need your shoulders to be level with or no more than a couple of inches above the cockpit edge.

Ultimately it's your choice and it's nice to see your build progressing.

Hahahaha, thanks for your advice Mr T. I will certainly try to avoid looking like Noddy! :smile: I am not very tall though, and I will make sure my shoulders do not stick out above the cockpit too much. I just want to make sure I can see above the screen and make the MOT guys happy (possibly with the help of a cushion :wink: )

Cheers, D.

1iTim 30th August 2020 23:06

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Originally Posted by deni (Post 105065)
I just want to make sure I can see above the screen and make the MOT guys happy ....

cusion, or a saw (for the screen, not you!)
T

deni 31st August 2020 10:34

1iTim - :icon_lol::icon_lol::icon_lol:...that's right, one or another.

Cheers, D.

deni 25th December 2020 10:15

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

deni 7th July 2021 17:16

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Hi all,

I am finally able to continue with my build and I hope to make some good progress in the next few weekends.
I have started to finalise the steering column installation, and I am still working on it, but here are some photos of the mock up that show what I am trying to achieve.

I have already improved the mounting and bracing of the column bracket and I will post more photos of the finished product shortly.


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I have also refurbished and repainted all parts and shortened inner column shaft, so I can use UJ's to extend the column and to avoid welding it. Also, this way I'm more flexible with the positioning of the steering wheel.


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deni 7th July 2021 17:21

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Below are the photos showing shortening of the inner column shaft and grinding off the column surface to be able to lock it in place with the locking bracket.


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That's it for now. It's good to be back...I will post more photos soon.

Cheers, D.

Paul L 9th July 2021 15:46

Deni - Good to see you are back on your car. :cool:

Good luck, Paul. :)

deni 9th July 2021 23:03

Thanks Paul, itís been a while since I was able to work on the car, but Iím finally able to get back to it, which is great.
I am glad to read that youíre planning to get back on the road and enjoy driving the Swoordfish again.
I hope weight lifting is going well (great idea btw), and youíre on track with loosing another stone before the end of the summer...Iím pretty certain youíre more successful with that than I am 😉.

Cheers, D.


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