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Assembling the rear swing arms

21 Jun

We’ve made progress with assembly of the rear swing arms. We’ve:

  • painted both swing arms
  • fitted the motor stators onto the axles
  • checked the clearance around the stator windings (all good)
  • fitted the brake calipers
  • done the final assembly of the hubs and brake rotors

With that done, we’ve moved back onto the electrical system, simplifying the design of the electrical wiring loom and working out which connectors we need.

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Front suspension, steering and rear swing arms

3 May

The front suspension and steering are now finished.

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We have also just completed welding the two rear swing arms. These are now ready for painting.  Continue reading

Rear seat and luggage tray

26 Oct

The rear seat and luggage tray are now affixed to the taxi. After we’ve finished glassing the final edges and affixing the front seat, the chassis fabrication will essentially be complete.
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They call him “The Stippler”

16 Oct

With the chassis construction almost complete, stippling work nearly is nearly at an end.

Using his farming ingenuity, John has come up with a neat solution to make stippling much quicker and easier in future:

http://scg.ml.unisa.edu.au/Stippler.mov

Stippling

17 Sep

Applying Kevlar and fibreglass involves a lot of “stippling” with paint brushes: forcing epoxy resin through the woven material and then through peel ply.

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Applying Kevlar

15 Sep

Parts of the vehicle which require particular strength or impact resistance will be fitted with Kevlar.

Yesterday we applied Kevlar to most of the underside of the floor.

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More glassing

6 Sep

Today we affixed the front bonnet panel and the front panel of the central tunnel, and fibreglassed the joints of the front seat assembly. Next we’ll apply Kevlar to the underside of the chassis.

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