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Gumby rolls home! And suspension question.


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URL: http://photos.yahoo.com/skolones@sbcglobal.net

Gumby (thanks to RobS for the name) is finally a rolling shell and has been rolled up into my garage. Much thanks to friends who provided a trailer.

Sorry about the lame Yahoo photos link. See thw second album if you're curious for pics.

The car is a stripped shell with subframes, suspension, steering and handbrake. It's so light that the suspension is hard stopped at the top limit of travel. Weird thing is that the driver's side sits a quarter inch lower than the passenger's side--anyone have any ideas why? The limits are provided by the shocks and strut insert travel. They are identical KYBs, they didn't seem to be different in length.

I took the time to 'measure' the front spring rates by standing on the front subframe. I weigh (ahem) about 220 these days, and it depressed the front end about a quarter inch. If you assume that there is little mechanical advantage due to geometry, this means about 880lbs per inch for the two springs combined, or an effective rate of about 440lbs per inch. These are stock '75 springs for an originally air-conditioned car. I don't know the spring color.

Mike

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Im kinda torn between "this is one" and "Holy Crap" I like the color, But I want to see the thing put abck together!!! The more I look at it the More I like it.

Good Choice

Andy

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To the eye, it looked like the car was leaning a bit. Measured it at various spots and it's easy to see a quarter inch difference.

Mike

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