The Front End on my car is really
what makes this car tick. When I built the first of this
type of car I'd wanted something that would actually steer.
At the time some cars had beam axles, ala Austin 7 and Ford
10. Others built by the likes of Dale Shaw & Barry
Hudson used double wishbones. Although we all knew something
of what I suppose is the current English design, like Syd
Hirst's of NZ, nobody had done anything with them here.
Certainly not with a rear engined car. The difference using
a rear engine configuration like the VW meant that I was
fairly limited in what I could achieve with the rear end
travel so the next best thing was to get the front to do all
the travelling. Right from the start I wanted to use
components from very ordinary cars so spares wouldn't be a
problem. I'd fixed the idea of a strut type in my mind, and
after some seaching found that the KE30 type Corollas had
pretty much all I needed. Cheap & plentiful.
Pretty much full bump travel. Only about
four inches of spring travel, the rest relies on the centre
pivot. Full droop is the same = about three feet of travel
altogether. No roll resistance at all. I lock up all this
bit if I want to compete in Motorkhanas.