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 searching found that the KE30 type Corollas had
pretty much all I needed. Cheap & plentiful.
The housing to support the top of the
strut is made from 1" X 1/8' strap wrapped around a suitable
size tube, then another piece of the same material welded on
top, in turn bolted to the pivot. Inside this is a small
ball bearing which is bolted to the top of the shaft.
Spacers allow for angular movement. Looseness is no problem
at low speeds & the washer at the top holds everything
in place when the wheel is off the ground.