Hi there Guest - Welcome to the New BCF!! This has been a long process and I'm sure there will be some kinks to work out, but as of today, Feb 22nd, the British Car Forum has been migrated to this new forum platform! There is much that is similar to the old BCF but also much that is different.
Please give it a chance as with all things new and shiny it will take a little getting used to. However, I'm coinfident that, once you get used to it, you will find it a much more user friendly platform than the previous, outdated software.
Wow! This is a friendly forum. Let's see, where do I begin...
I'm a bit of a lurker in the other two forums that I follow, as I don't have a lot of relevant questions and there are so many on the forums that know more than I do, so I defer to them (Boat Design.com and Marine Diesel.com). I do use the same screen name everwhere that I can so that anyone who runs across me on another forum will know that it is me. I mostly read and post during breaks at work, which means that there are sometimes days that I don't turn up and I often go the entire weekend without checking in from home. During the week, I do get to emails, so anyone can try that if I'm not coming around soon enough.
I have done a bit of body and paint work on my el Camino projects a few years ago. I have the most of the tools, but need some sheet-metal MIG experience before I do any welding on anything that is not scrap. I'm getting pretty good at 1/8" and thicker in-position welds, so that's a start. I have quite a lot of experience with glass work on boats, so that may come in handy
Enough about ME. It is time to get the your questions about ME :b
Nial, it was a thread that was mostly you and Rob that turned up on my Google search. From there, I found my way to your web page. I love the simplicity of your conversion, and will put in the added reinforcement that you developed the hard way. I'll probably go ahead with your extra link as well. It essentially creates an A-arm, and should be pretty strong. The only reason that I could see to do a full upper A-arm would be if the lever shock was excessively heavy. Having never touched one, I don't know about that.
Steve S. where do you live in the valley? I grew up in Reseda and went to Cleveland High (class of '84). Same story for my wife, but Reseda High (Mary Riley, class of '76).
Baz, no photos yet. I haven't gotten a digital camera yet. I've bought two of them, one for my kid, and a few years later, one for his wife. Someday I'll get around to buying one for me.
Thanks to all for the warm welcome. I'll post the details of my '74 in the Spridget forum in the next couple of days.
Steve - digital camera probably should be the first "tool" you buy for the conversion...great for taking photos of before & after & for posting with questions to give us a better understanding of what's bugging you....plus, we'll all need a diary of your work so we don't "reinvent the conversion"....I use mine daily.