Working on the rear de-dion axle for the last couple of nights. Got one side rolling last night and the other side tonight. Had to weld the large black metal tubes onto the de-dion "ears" which needed very precise setting up before hand. I ended up with a jig consisting of two parallel bars on the flat (checked) building surface. The two axle tubes were set on these parallel bars and the de-dion axle with ears set on top. I was then able to space the tubes out to the track width I was looking for and ensure it was central. I then used hacksaw blades to act as spacers to create a small amount of toe-in. This is important for stability to void the back end sliding too much. It will slide quite enough due to the V8 without having toe-out to add to it further. I also positioned my caliper mounts by rotating the axle tubes to the desired angle before welding. I don't have any calipers yet so I am taking a chance here but I hope it will be okay.
Anyway, here are a few pics of the car as it stands tonight:
If you have a keen eye then you might notice that I've cut the left hand end off tube O1. This is because I am half way through modifying the left hand side to match the right hand side which you may recall I had to change to avoid tube O1 fouling the inboard trailing arms.
I've got some shock absorber substitutes to make up out of 1" tube with holes drilled at each end to mount to my shock absorber mountings (oh yes I'd better fit those too). I'll use these until I can afford the £250 for the real shockers and springs. I can then start working on the front of the chassis and get the suspension mounts fitted. I might get this thing rolling before the end of June after all!!