I've been charged with a complete front end overhaul for old mate Ben and his ludicrous LX sedan. You could say he's serious about skids... an aftermarket 400 Chev, a blower, EFI and alcohol head the list of madness... but at the bottom there is also standard Torana front brakes. O.o
I've got a complete UC front end that needs the Opel mounts cut off it. (I'm assuming they weren't any different from a 6 cyl otherwise) It'll probably get some tow hooks added to make it easier to winch onto the trailer and possibly some protection for the front two primary pipes of the exhaust, they go under the crossmember. Maybe I could make some room for them to go above...?
We have a chassis connector kit from CRS so that should finally get a gig. Some welding to do around the crossmember mounts under the floor. There will be some other work to do I'm sure before she goes to Summernats.
What I'd like to do is make the damned thing steer. Thankfully Ben agrees with me that front runners look more dangerous than cool... 245/50 15" on Convo Pros are the wheel of choice. Perhaps it's a bit much but way better than razor blades.
Ben doesn't want power steer, but does want a strong tendency to self center, so a lot of caster is in order. Tyre life doesn't matter really, the rears always do a lot more kays than the fronts anyway.
I've lurked all over the current threads about front end work and I'd like to clarify if we went to HX spindles & UC (or preferably Harrop) arms then do we also pick up 50mm of track width? I'm aware of the 20mm lower and increase in negative camber but extra width might be a killer with the wheels I have to retain.
Secondly, I know it's common practice to lower the top UCA mount, but has anyone canted this mounting to retain caster under brakes? There was some mumbling about "anti dive" tendency but I've not got a good answer yet.
I'll post this now, more to come