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I'll see if I have some closer pictures.. if not.. I can take a few more and send them to you...
The front axle is off a WD45 Allis... (WD or early D17 will work too.) I like the Allis axle because it uses a 5 bolt pattern.. (Chevy truck.) you have to turn the center of the hub down, because the Allis wheel center is too big to fit the automotive wheels.
To change angles, I used an Aluminum 90 degree gearbox.. unfortantly I have not been able to find another one.. (it came from Surplus Center.) Going to the steering shaft the joint is splined to the gear box, and just slips on.. at the steering post close the the steering wheel, I have a locking colar with a pin to keep the shaft from sliding out of the gear box.. (This was only needed because I wanted the tilt hood, and I wanted to keep the the factory location of the steering shaft. )
From the gear box to the steering rack, there is 2 universal joints. The rack is also an unknown.. I went to the junk yard, and dug through a pile of manual steering racks.. Its a straight shaft manual rack out of an old import.. (mounted with the input pointing straight up.)
Things I would do differently.. I would cut more weight out of the front axle.. I would cut out all the adjustable part off the front axle, and weld the upright parts of the knee to the center section.. (no idea why I did it like I did..) I probably won't do another tilt hood, which will make it much easier, and cut some weight out of the hood, because I framed the inside of the hood. I'd look at using one of the dragester style racks with the steering in the center.. (because I can't find another rack like I have.)
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