Are you still running a standard width beam? I don't think i've seen a bug wearing interceptors in around a decade.
I found a great condition set of wolfrace slots years ago but they stuck out nearly 2" on the fronts and they were only 6" wide.
It’s now a -4” beam with flat shock towers I originally shortened one to 2” but still had stick out issues , I do think it’s worth it now but wasn’t so sure as I was removing the perfect 2” one to start again, this thread being what it is … of course it’s had three different ones fitted without ever seeing the road
So I went to a 2” beam as a local lad had a spanking new lhd beam ripe for modifying. I had fitted adjusters in the past but never done a narrowed beam, I dont have any photos of the first beam but it went well, right up to the fitting of the interceptors bugger they almost fitted and a did look at lower profile tires wider wings etc but deep down I knew it needed to get narrower
And there it is/was a minter stock beam pre me chopping it up, I do wonder if one day I’ll regret that?
especially as I didn’t end up using it
Then after thinking I’ll return to the issue at a later date.. a beam popped up on Facebook, got a lot to answer for has the old fbook but it has supplied me with many a part for this build, the beam was from max edwards from Eva resto , a very decent chap and I was confident that the part would be good, a stock width beam with no rot
Already got adjusters in , good good , now I’d read somewhere that 3” was as narrow as you can go with stock towers , I didn’t know if I wanted to mod the stock ones as it could look rough and bodgy, then ding the light bulb came on max Edwards was selling the beam , yes the bloke that specialises in trick beetle suspension doh, so a quick fire round of questions from me and he also sold me the required flat plate towers and new beam mounts, meaning I could remove the old stuff without having to fanny about trying to medically remove it all to reuse
now the deal done all I had to do was wait for it to arrive. Which it did the next day and the postage was cheap, what a top fella ,exactly as described ,one solid beam with good bearings and the required parts for the planned surgery , whuhoo I was giddy to get started but woah let’s plan this out and make sure I get it right , after all I didn’t want to be buy yet another one did I? Ok let’s not over think this a decent measure and check then double check
Then start chopping or rather mark
It all out then chop , decided to remove the shock towers first as I knew that would take a while, I dug out the plasma cutter to rough cut most of the bits away
All good so far with the beam chopped and the old adjusters cleaned up I tig welded them in, a lot more gentlemanly way of connecting metal, I’m still learning but confident that it will be strong enough
Then onto removing/replacing the beam mounts
then more flap wheel action and I was ready to fit the mounts
Any suggestion that I was shaking like a shitting dog whilst doing this is totally unfounded
Then check check check and finally tack then check a few more times then have a cup of tea then weld the buggers on
It was at this stage I was thinking ,I’m actually doing a decent job of this . Let’s get some paint on, until I tried the arms in …. Oh dear that’s stiff and the other 3 were . Bollox I didn’t remove the bearings before welding and maybe they shrank while cooling?? So I removed the bearings from my previous beam and two of those were tight?? Not sure why maybe my arms are bigger or rough on the surface. After messing around with sand paper ,cleaning the bearings in paraffin it finally went together nice enough to let it go. Oh well and this is why we trial fit stuff and as a plus I learned how to remove them without destroying them. So some paint
I’d modified the leaves at work as we have cobalt drills and stuff (mainly more room) to get them spot on and spot on they were , let’s get it fitted then
This of course is the point where it all quickly goes tits up (a strange phrase but aptly fitting) I now discovered that my understanding of the beam was backwards, the two inch beam sat nice but was close to its highest setting so in my wisdom I turned the adjusters round a bit (very technical you see) but unfortunately they were turned the wrong way and the car was sat in its arse
Actually arse conjures up the wrong image, on its chin straps would be better fitting , now a 20 years younger me would think this is awesome dude, but as I do want to drive it this just won’t do, brilliant idea popped in my nut. Why not replace the drop spindles with the stockers? Yes an instant 2.5” raise which would be perfect, wouldn’t it??
After a formula 1 style thrash, I changed the drops back to stock , not done anything with the steering rods yet, when I noticed that the shocks didn’t fit (too short) doh ..short shocks to match the stock height spindles of the og beam ,removed them and fitted the pair that luckily came on the beam from max wheels on and roll it out side (now I should mention that the car came to me fitted with bug pack shocks ) plus I’m now not thinking straight, a combination of frustration and anger at doing everything ten times, part of the reason it was super low was the short shocks holding it up, now with the stock size shocks things looked better but….
Looks ok doesn’t it ? But inside the car the tie rods would hit the actual inner wing while at rest and restrict movement.. double bugger that was it for that day, time to have a rest and restock my patience. So the next day after a therapeutic tidy up, I once again removed the spindles and while I was there took out the beam, carefully cut around the adjusters one at a time and reset them to some instructions I found on line, resigning myself to the fact I may be doing this a third time, the tig welding getting better with all the extra practice
Yet another coat of paint and back on the car. But had it worked???……
And it now works as it should, whuhoo
So my patience finally paid off, the tie rods are fairly easy to mod , jus buy the correct tap (r/h) then cut to size, I set everything up and cut as required (didn’t measure just removed material as required) then I spotted another fu… omission, I’d missed the mount for the steering damper but had seen billet ones for sale on line, but hang on I’m an engineer so let’s make one .No wonder my projects take so chuffing long, bonus pic of the now correctly fitting Bitchin rims
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