Holy cow! It’s been nearly a year since the last site update!!! Let me assure you that a lot has happened in that period, I won’t go into details here but you can check out the progress since then by liking our facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/AngryBeeRacing. I’ll be starting up the regular updates again although I have been maintaining the Top 20, there’s been a fair bit of movement in that regard! Now, onto the good stuff…
When I build something, I like to try and take into account the future. When we put in the cage we built it so that we wouldn’t need to alter it later on if we went with a different combo that was a lot quicker. Along that vein I put together a parachute bar, we more than likely won’t need it at the moment but it doesn’t hurt to have it there just in case.
Next little job to be taken care of is the exhaust. We have been running the muffler and piping under the car however we have clearance issues so it was decided that we would move it to the front. This is an idea I’ve toyed with in the past and it actually took a few days of staring at the bay to decide where we were going to put it. Having it mounted like this solved a few issues I had with sharp bends as well and should end up pretty much the same as what it was under the car.
The most recent bit of work has been deciding how to mount the pumps, fuel cell and radiator after we cut out all of the front tin work. Again after staring at the bay for quite awhile I came up with the idea to mount it off the cross member. After doing some measurements I found that it was a few cm drop from front to back so decided that I would utilise the unused sway bar mounts to attach a sub frame at the back. At the front I used the same clevis mounts as the front support.
The first thing to be mounted was the pumps and filters. They stick out a bit past the rail but there is ample room there to run some fuel line around to the cell.
The fuel cell was the most perplexing one to mount as the base has a sump built in. I decided to lay it back and fabbed up a mount and braced it to the front clevis riser.
Did I mention that all of this is removable? The idea being that we can remake the subframe for different engine combos further on down the track. The radiator also was mounted up flat (it still has to modified, again) and the exhaust will pass partially over the top of this. With everything pre mounted it is only a 5 minute job to put it in the car so I’m pretty happy with how it all came out.
There’s still quite a bit of work to finish with lots of half done jobs but I’m hoping to knock them over in the next couple of weeks. Keep an eye out for more updates on our facebook page 🙂