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.
Coincidentally the Toyota tie-rod end
comes with a little bump in it which gives a little extra
clearance on full lock. The tie-rod end needs to be heated
& twisted to complete the job. Steering arms are nice
& solid and are reversible. Normally they face in they
opposite direction. The taper faces the wrong way as well
& to make this fit I use a tapered
reamer to reverse the taper. Only
go halfway through the hole.