Well, the steering rack is now back on the chassis and the front wheels are on. I have to hook up the tie-rod ends to complete the job.
Chassis with rack on and wheels in place
Here are some rules for assembling the front end that I learned the hard way. Before you bolt the front end in place you must :
- Install the front suspension stops. It is impossible to install them after the front end is bolted into place. This really sucks if you have to replace a suspension stop in a fully built car.
- Install the shoe, spring, and plug that holds the rack against the pinion. You can almost screw the cap in with the front end bolted in, The key word here is “almost”.
The rack slider fits in only one way so that the mounting screw holes align. Get it wrong and you will have to dismantle entire rack again and re-assemble it so that the holes align. Ask me how I know!
Here is a picture of the suspension stops that shows the absence of clearance to get the stops in.
The following figure shows the location of the shoe, spring, and plug that hold the rack against the pinion. Notice that you cannot get the plug in with the front end bolted in place.
This picture shows the location of the mounting screws for the rack slider. These have to line up, so take this into consideration when assembling the slider.