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8 hours ago, mikee said:

So, both door repaired, and checked how lines and gaps fit.

Now I need to install my rack / pinion steering that I finally found as suitable for my car. In loving memory the donor (Opel Astra) and long life to king :). 

 

 

 

 

 

What is the stroke of the Astra rack? Are you going to loose turning radius? I assume you are going to change the center take of and make a custom one so you do not have bump steer.

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On 5/1/2020 at 5:36 PM, JET 445 said:

The RRS rack is based on the same type of rack.

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I've got an RRS rack and there is a significant reduction in turning circle. It's actually a real pain.

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3 hours ago, bigmal said:

I've got an RRS rack and there is a significant reduction in turning circle. It's actually a real pain.

That's why I asked @mikee what the stroke of the Astra rack is. It may have more stroke and no or less reduction in turning circle. Even though Astra is GM, may be the gears inside are different.

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On 4/30/2020 at 11:21 PM, aslanefe said:

What is the stroke of the Astra rack? Are you going to loose turning radius? I assume you are going to change the center take of and make a custom one so you do not have bump steer.

Yes as JET 445 wrote it is what „RSB“ or  „Steeroids“ is using, also build in SAAB, and Daewoo, and yes I need to figure out position and length of steering rods. I have read about radius reduction on some forum, but I hope It’s not gonna be so bad ... but now I’m scared :)

 

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25 minutes ago, mikee said:

Yes as JET 445 wrote it is what „RSB“ or  „Steeroids“ is using, also build in SAAB, and Daewoo, and yes I need to figure out position and length of steering rods. I have read about radius reduction on some forum, but I hope It’s not gonna be so bad ... but now I’m scared :)

 

Can you measure the stroke and let us know how many cm or inches? Then we can compare it to RRS and see if there is a difference.

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On 5/3/2020 at 8:39 PM, bigmal said:

I've got an RRS rack and there is a significant reduction in turning circle. It's actually a real pain.

Can you measure the stroke on your RRS rack to see if it is the same as Astra (about 16.5 cm)?

Thanks

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4 hours ago, bigmal said:

Hi mate,

its a bit hard under the car but the travel appears to be 6 1/8" or 16.5cm. 

It is definitely reduced circle from the original mustang power steering.

Thanks mate, I was hoping Astra rack might have more stroke and less reduction in turning radius. Cheers.

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Hi Stangers,

short update of my project. All steel parts are finally patched and repaired and countless hours of polyester filler spraying and sanding behind me!

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Finally last pieces repaired and shot in spray filler. I used aluminium on the hood. On both of my light buckets were lower valance mounts broken, and  the right one was damaged from old crash, so I made them heavy duty :)

 

 

 

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I got lucky, and found used / broken Boss mirrors! Bit of welding, epoxy, filler and they are ready to go. 

This are the last pics of my stang, before paint. Since I have not enough time to be able finnish paint before it starts to freeze, I stopped with spray filler with 320. 

isolator primer, acryl filler, paint and clear will be done by professional :)

  

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Can you provide more detail of your light bucket repair? Your repair looks great. I have a crack in the lower pan tab on one and a broke-out lower grill panel bolt hole on the other and looking for a good way to repair them.

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2 hours ago, RogerC said:

Can you provide more detail of your light bucket repair? Your repair looks great. I have a crack in the lower pan tab on one and a broke-out lower grill panel bolt hole on the other and looking for a good way to repair them.

Hi Roger, Unfortunately I didn't make more pics from the right one - destroyed more, but on both of them I made the the valance mount from 3 pieces of 4mm aluminium plate. Actually only one - with hole should be enough for the valance, but I needed support for cracked part of the bucket. With help of the side ones I was able to clamp the lower lip of the bucket level. After welding corners of all 3 parts I tacked them to body of the bucket. Last I opened the cracks so they have some clearance and not touching, drilled ends with 1/8 bit and under taped them. For fill out I used "Liquid metal", as well as for initial filling of missing surface (pre aluminium filler). I was hard - needed to be filed, but nice to work with.  

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And some "fun facts", or if someone is planning how to spend some quality time during winter :).

My labour hours up to blocked spray filler and already done some parts restoration:

Total labour hours (h) 938,5
Disassembly (h) 44
Body 20
Drivetrain 7
Interior 6
Miscl 11
   
Paint stripping (h) 77
Fenders 9
Sandblasting 4
Body 37
Prep for primer 10
Trunk lid 2
Headlights buckets, cowl grille, valances 7
Hood 5
Outside painted trim 1
Mirrors 2
   
Bodywork (h) 342
Underbody 22
Torque boxes replacement 24
Antena delete 2
R door - skin fabrication and repair 22
Fender 3
Shock tower repair and reinforcement 9,5
Rear frame reinforcement 3
Battery holder and window rim 8
Right floor pan 20
Roof 2
Left floor pan 23,5
Rear frame 8
Subframe Connectors 9
Rear fender L 17
Seat platforms 10
Rear fender R 17
Quarter panel R 17
Roof / Front glas rim 27
Drip rails 12
Dent pulling 8
Quarter panel L 8
L door 27
Trunk lid 16
Hood 5
Front light buckets 15
Hood Scoop cutouts 4
Valances 3
   
Prep and Paint (h) 150
Preparation and transport for blasting 2
Setup after blasting 2
Primer after blasting 4
Rear seam sealer and antigravel 5
Engine bay sanding and battery holder 4
Seam sealer 8
Primer repair engine bay 8
Antigravel 4
Acryl engine bay and underbody 5
Repair of primer after bodywork 8
Acryl - rear underbody 4
Trunk area 13
interior blackout acryl 3
Sanding for spray filler 11
Primer repair after Fillers, rockers and Quarters 15
Fenders prep and primer 7,5
Doors and hinges 12
Primer doors and fenders 8
Anti Gravel and acryl fenders 5
Hood 8
Mirrors 1,5
Front and rear valance 12
   
Body filler (h) 276
Filler roof 16
Filler R quarter panel 15
Filler L quarter panel 10
Filler R rocker panel 7
Filler L rocker panel 5
Body finishing and cleaning 7
Rear extensions 2
Trunk lid 18
Spray filler - body 6
Sanding spray filler 57
R door 12
Back end 6
L door 20
R Fender 10
L Fender 13
Door and fender alignment 16
Spray filler fenders, trunk lid and doors 17
Valances 4
Hood 14
Spray filler hood 5,5
Light buckets 10
Spray filler, valances, light buckets and cowl 5,5
   
Various restoration (h) 39
Door hinges 7
Miscl 1,5
Derusting bolts and parts 2
Steering column 11
Trunk lid springs 1
Door locks 2
Headlights buckets 5
Passenger side mirror 4
Door mechanism (cleaning, restoring) 4
stainless window moulding 2
driver seat 1,5
   
Drivetrain restoration(h) 4
Rearend restoration 3
Front end restoration 1
   
   
Installation - Assembly (h) 6,5
fuel line install 1
brake line install 3,5
Preassembly front 2
   
Parts fabrication 27

 

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Painted!

Finally, thats been long time to get here, but was worth every minute and cent :). Winner of my dilemma "titanium silver" vs "pepper grey" is obvious. 

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