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    Quote Originally Posted by steve View Post
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    2. With the steering wheel in the correct (comfortable) position, the Steering column is ~1 inch short, it therefore has to run higher to meet up with the steering rack spigot, this makes the UJ operate at too steep an angle, and the 2 ends foul (just visible in the pic). The column runs too high above the drivers feet as well, which is also a concern.

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    I'm not sure I fully understand what you're describing Steve, so this is probably a ridiculous suggestion, but ....

    could the solution lie in rotating the steering rack to stop the UJ ends fouling, lowering the column above the driver's feet, and thereby moving the steering wheel a bit closer to the driver?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueNova View Post
    I'm not sure I fully understand what you're describing Steve, so this is probably a ridiculous suggestion, but ....

    could the solution lie in rotating the steering rack to stop the UJ ends fouling, lowering the column above the driver's feet, and thereby moving the steering wheel a bit closer to the driver?

    Alistair
    Hello mate,
    yes that would work, and it is a possible solution. The snag with that plan is that rotating the Rack - pointing the spigot down a few degrees - would lower the (inner) track rods, and I want to keep them level (horizontal).

    The track rods are reasonably level now (not perfect) rotating the Rack would move them in the wrong direction.

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    Definetly sounds like a case for a double jointed column for sure.
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    I had 2 problems connecting my steering column to the Rack,
    one of them (length of the column) was solved today, in fact the solution was staring me in the face all along.

    The Column I am using is from a late model Ford Sierra, it is 'adjustable', but I didn't understand what that meant, until today. When I hit it with a hammer.

    I did some research and stumbled across a Locost forum (some Locost's use the Sierra column) anyway this guy was refurbing his steering and viewing his pics, it dawned on me that the Column is telescopic. Or is supposed to be - mine was jammed, a couple of whacks with a hammer and now it's moving freely. So I can now extend the Column to the correct point, and lower it. Good result.

    So I can now use the pinned cut-n-shut that some of you guys suggested to connect to my existing UJ (pic) or get a custom UJ made based on the current one, but extended down and opened out to fit the 16mm 60 spline rack spigot.
    I am favouring the latter, we'll see.

    One bonus of all this is that I think I will be able to keep the columns 'adjustability' when in the Nova, there is about 65mm movement towards or away from the driver.

    In the top right corner of this pic you can see how much I pulled out the column:



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    A possible way around your problem might be to unstake one half of the u/j and replace with the matching steering u/j part, you'll probably find the bore of the bearing cap is the same as most seam to use a generic size but if not you could bore it out if enough meat left or if the bore to big get a ring machined to get a good fit

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    A possible way around your problem might be to unstake one half of the u/j and replace with the matching steering u/j part, you'll probably find the bore of the bearing cap is the same as most seam to use a generic size but if not you could bore it out if enough meat left or if the bore to big get a ring machined to get a good fit
    Nice bit of lateral thinking

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    Boris doesn't look impressed 😁

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikemrb View Post
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    Boris doesn't look impressed 😁

    He will be when he sees the new UJ ...

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    Have you looked in CBS, they do duel size UJs?
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    If you look at the Pics below you'll see the Steering Rack is missing.
    I have sent it to a company called Kiley Clinton (https://steering-racks.co.uk) they are going to make a custom UJ to fit the VW Polo 60 spline rack spigot. The plan is to have 2 UJs close together on the column, this will give me better adjustability, I can centralise the wheel to the seat as well, as it's slightly off.
    I may even position the wheel further away from the gear lever (i.e. off-centre on the other side) to make the car easier to climb into.

    While all that is happening, I am setting up the Chassis wiring (I want the chassis to be driveable)
    I have added a temporary battery shelf on the front beam, and run in a 70Amp power and 60Amp earth wire from there to the dashboard area, and connected the main earth to the chassis - it connects to an upturned bolt welded to the frame head (centre of first pic).



    I am using a Hydraulic crimper to set-up a starter panel from CBS for the controls.
    The Red 'key' basically feeds a 6-way fuse box which will sit on the passenger side of the window tunnel.





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