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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacenut View Post
    Yipes! The original idea was to make a depression in the top of the tunnel, not bend the track rod!!!
    Hi Lauren,

    I bought my Nova from the guy who built it. When I lifted the body a few months ago I assumed the track rod was meant to be like that, but now that you've raised it, I've been looking at photos on the internet and can see it should be straight! Well, that's just another item to add to my lengthening 'to do' list!

    What puzzles me though is why you need to make a depression in the top of the tunnel when building a Nova? Surely the body was designed to sit on the chassis without the need to do this?

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    The steering box in the Nova is rotated around slightly where it sits on the torsion bar tube to allow the steering column to sit at a flatter rake than on the standard beetle - hence the reason why the track control rod is more likely to foul against the top of the tunnel. I never noticed your car had this feature (Bent control rod) which would make it very difficult to adjust the cars tracking properly. All the adjustment would need to be done on the shorter rod only.
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    The price is pretty good considering that subaru 5 speed trans with reversed ring & pinion alone would cost close to $4k. Will be an interesting project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phill View Post
    The steering box in the Nova is rotated around slightly where it sits on the torsion bar tube to allow the steering column to sit at a flatter rake than on the standard beetle - hence the reason why the track control rod is more likely to foul against the top of the tunnel. I never noticed your car had this feature (Bent control rod) which would make it very difficult to adjust the cars tracking properly. All the adjustment would need to be done on the shorter rod only.
    Ah, I see ... thanks Phill !!
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    Phill beat me to it, but yes, that is the reason the track rods foul on the chassis. I believe there is supposed to be a locating lug on the front beam that engages the steering box in the correct position, which on the Nova has to be ground off. The build manual states that the chassis should be heated and then a depression formed with a piece of steel tubing. This sounds like a lot of work, so many chassis are not modified and the track rods run real close... but not bent.

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    Why not leave the steering box mounted in stock position and just use a u-joint in the steering column? No bent tie rods or bashed in beam head that way.

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    It's a good point, but from memory (and it was a looooong time ago now) I don't recall there being any effective location at the bulkhead end for the VW steering column. However, if you were replacing the column as well as the "rag joint" between the column and the steering box, then yes, good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacenut View Post
    It's a good point, but from memory (and it was a looooong time ago now) I don't recall there being any effective location at the bulkhead end for the VW steering column. However, if you were replacing the column as well as the "rag joint" between the column and the steering box, then yes, good idea.

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    Lauren, with the amount of work the front end of my chassis needs, it sounds like an ideal opportunity to sort out a proper solution to the track rod issue! Cheers, Alistair

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbybrown View Post
    I've moved this thread to the "your cars" forum as it seems more suited to that now.
    Thanks for your comments everyone, and welcome to day 00001 of my Nova build.

    The main panels and chassis are in a remote storage location at present;
    I need to make some decisions on what to do Chassis wise, and yeah I want to go Rack & Pinion,
    - so long as it doesn't turn into a drama, but more on that later.

    I received a fair bit of paperwork with the car, boxes of bits, and most interior panels - but only one side pocket by the looks of things. Some of the parts, in grey primer, are in decent shape,
    if you look at the rear window tunnel you'll see some extractor vents (now blocked up), an interesting idea.

    Note the Mk3 escort lights, the fitting of which resulted in the butchery of main shell :-(
    Interestingly I have a rear light panel with cut-outs for Bedford CF van lights, you can still get the
    lenses on Ebay but they are expensive. The old-school look does appeal to me ...

    I have received the V5 from DVLA, see the segment below, is it normal for it to say:
    "REBUILT - Assembled From Parts Some of All of Which Were Not New"
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