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  • (A) Modify the adapter

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    I did it his way ...

    Sliced a bit of meat off the stop pad and made a shorter bump plate ...


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    ^^^^^ Man that is real nice looking.......^^^^^^^ It would be a real shame to mess it up..........

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    I ain't done with it yet, Tatt ...

    Still got a lot of welding and dressing in to do on the adapter to case and kick cover ...

    Getting to this point was a colossal undertaking to say the least ...
    Dealing with shi .. errrrrr .. stuff that hasn't been made in 30 years has me wanting to car-jack Doc Brown's DeLorean ..


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    Took about 5/32" of meat off the alum pad then shorten up the bumper plate ...

    ... /// https://youtu.be/qREe_Fytv6Y \\\ ...



    Getting there ... !!
    Last edited by Dragstews; 09-08-2021 at 8:42 PM.

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    Still got the problem with not being able to torque down the kicker cover shaft nut with the ware washer installed ...
    I'm thinking the manufacture made the kick cover to work without using the ware washer that is supposed to be there on the kick shaft before it's inserted into the cover ..

    I called the company to find out if this was the case .. ??
    No one was at home the first day I called, the next day got to talk to the order taker ... She had no clue about the shaft needs .... Said she would have a chat with a tech and call me back ....
    So far I haven't got a call back ...

    The ware washer is there to keep the kick shaft from cutting into the cover, as ware comes into the picture from usage over the years ... It's replaceable ...
    Could put it together without the washer or cut a counterbore for the washer to sit down in like the Oem cover was made ...

    I would love to know if that was their game plan with doing away with the ware washer .. ??





    Does look like they intended for a washer to be used ... Be a lot of slop without a washer..
    But not one with the factory dimensions ??
    Could surface grind the Oem washer down to fit or do a counterbore to the cover ...
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    Going to do a counterbore ...
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    Got a call from the head-cheese and had a chat about this problem ..
    Explained my dilemma, after telling him I was going to do a counterbore to his kick cover ...

    He said "Welcome to the World of Custom"

    (I already had that pegged a long time back !!) Lol
    Last edited by Dragstews; 09-10-2021 at 1:52 PM.

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    Default More work got done ...

    Made alot of progress ...









    Last edited by Dragstews; 09-30-2021 at 4:55 PM.

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    I like the shortening of the bump stop to keep the kicker arm straight. I put a later 4 speed in a VL frame once. Kicker slanted forward, add to the bump stop?. We cut in front of the tranny, heated and bent the tranny mount level. Now arm was straight. have seen people make shims/wedges ect for VL. Like this idea of modifying the bump stop a whole lot better. I hate the look of the arm not being straight.

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    Modifying the bump stop seems to be the easiest way to get the arm to look like it should ...

    Now that the adapter had the bolts holes countersunk, time is at hand to flow-in the kick cover to adapter and adapter to case and then polish .. Again ...
    Some welding will be needed to fill a few low spots on the adapter ...

    After that work has been completed, tranny will be ready for final assembly ...

    Gotta say, running up on that Vegas adapter & shaft was a stroke of luck ...
    Sputhe got in touch with me and said if we wanted to get back the money for their shaft, that we are not using, they have a Fellow that would buy it ..

    Need a Yay or a Nay and let them know so they can set up the deal or not ..
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    That hydraulic cover is rad looking!

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    Tis pretty cool, to bad the ART didn't work out with using a straight kick arm ...

    My opinion it has a bit more cool factor ... (More trick machining)

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    Not sure what the owner is going to do with it, he might sell it .. ??
    I'm going to be boxing it up with the trans to send to him ...

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    Then the cover kick gear ear

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    Hey Jesse,

    Hows about a "tutorial" on your polishing process. I can never seem to get aluminum to look anywhere near as good as you do.

    This one is really looking good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoomBuggy View Post

    Hey Jesse,
    How about a "tutorial" on your polishing process.
    Aaaaaaaa .... That sounds like a lot of typing !! ...

    Re-doing the flow-in on the new to us adapter ..





    Got a nice lip on the Sputhe case to grind down, kinda wished the adapter had the lip instead of the case since it's already been polished ..
    But it is what it is ...
    Last edited by Dragstews; 10-02-2021 at 2:11 PM.

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    S'pose thats true

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    Digging off most of the meat with a burr ... ^^
    Still leaving it high enough for sanding down to finish work ..







    Feels like I just did this before ..
    Last edited by Dragstews; 10-02-2021 at 3:47 PM.

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    Pretty much the same gig on the other side ...



    The top, will need to pull off the adapter from the case to work it ..
    Don't want to booger the Sputhe name ..



    Not much of a lip at the top right ...
    But can get in there with a bull-nose burr and acquire a match ...



    No Mo lip ...
    Last edited by Dragstews; 10-02-2021 at 5:23 PM.

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    Last edited by Dragstews; 10-04-2021 at 10:49 PM.

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    Kicker works now ... counterbore is .045" deep ..



    Be looking ( . Y . ) once the shine is put back on it ... !!
    Last edited by Dragstews; 10-05-2021 at 2:11 PM.

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    Now it's getting good, I know how many hours I spend in molding, I can't even begin to guess what it takes to get that much shaping done.

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    Bet OL' Michel didn't have these tools around in his day ...



    ... Reverse Counterbores ...
    Last edited by Dragstews; 10-06-2021 at 1:15 PM.

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