I got the motor mounts tacked in and the transfer cas slid under and in the original place I had planned it to go. I’ve run into a few snags....
1. The carbuerator is about 1” from the firewall when installed on the motor....
2. If he transfer cas is to go in the center of the frame where I originally planned it, the driveshaft between the 2 with only be 10” long. This is an issue because the shorted it can be is 12-1/2” long.
More. And something I should have noted before this. The body is not square, and thus have proved to make things difficult when trying to line up body lines with frame and with engine to get it all square....
I got the drives side transfer case mount completed. I’ll attach it to the frame with tabs. The pssenger side mount was tacked into place as well. After the brackets were tacked I cut down the driveshaft to make it the correct length - 12-1/4” flange to flange.
So thoughts from the crowd requested. In a previous post I put that there was a clearance issue with the carburetor being very close to the firewall. I don’t really want to cut into the firewall or take up the space under the dash where the steering box will go. I did some digging and came up with a 1-1/4” copper elbow that is 1.5” OD on the upsets on each end. This is the same OD as the carb so the existing clamp will work on the engine side. Anyone see any concerns or issues with turning the carb 90 deg?
The only concern I have would center around support for the carb, and I'm sure you have a plan for that. Vibrations from vehicular travel would require some sort of support for the carb since it is not directly coupled to the carb, and at 90* to it's normal location.
Ooopps, meant to say "not directly coupled to the motor".
It’s been a while, but I got the transfer case mounts fully welded in and the motor mounts welded completely. Installed the driveshaft and tacked it together (photo was before I tacked it. Had a friend buy a new Kawasaki mule and he didn’t need after he lifted it and hanged the tires. I’ll re-paint the wheels but I got the tires mounted today. 28x10x15 moto mtc on the factory samurai wheels.
Update: Been very slow the past few months, we had a baby girl about 4 months ago and this project got pushed aside for more important things! Hopefully I can start back making progress on it.
Update since last post:
Found an orbital steering valve at the local scrap yard from a good looking Hitachi forklift with a blown motor for $8 - its an 80cc/rev.
Purchased an electric power steering pump from an 05' Volvo S40 for $45 at the local pick-n-pull - still working on what ram to use.
Mounted the oil cooler and made the ends to hook up adapters and 6AN fittings. - see photos
Hooked up all electrical and have started mounting the ATV electronics to the body in various places.
No major updates to report. We have been in the process of moving and remodeling a house so progress has been slow to none. I have thought about the cooling air to the engine and considered mounting a 10”? fan under the hood and making some sort of hood scoop to allow the air to be sucked through the hood. I plan to remove the front inner fender skirts so this should help air flow as well.