Well, there it is. The big gaping hole that is left after a powerplant is removed. I am going to
order the bearings now, and start putting it back together. It sure would be nice to put that
Eagle 4" stroke forged steel crank in, with some J/E pistons, but it won't be this year. Other than
the engine bearings, the suspension gets the focus of this year's efforts. I already have more
power than the existing suspension can utilize. Not for long.
This is one of the fine pieces that will be replacing less than fine worn factory parts. Enter--The Flaming
River steering shaft. This is a really fine piece of metal craftsmanship, with polished joints, and good
quality universal joints. This will be replacing the factory "rag joint" steering shaft, so called because
of the piece of re-enforced rubber that sits in the factory shaft as a vibration dampner. So will I feel
more vibration in the steering wheel? Probably, but the increased road feel should more than make up for
the difference. Besides... vibration is bad. If you feel too much, something else is wrong. Any vibrations
that there may be, may be trying to tell you something. The factory ragjoint, by design, hides these from
you. Kevin @ Atomic Banana Racing has the good deal here.
Why? Don't really know. I just thought I would take a picture of the pile of stuff that isn't
going to appear on the car again after this phase of the project is over :)