Fit the steering stop as described. A very nicely engineered
piece, but I found that the stop limits the turning radius quite
a bit and I felt the stop would not prevent the crushing of
the brake lines should a wheel catch a pot hole and possibly
bend the tie rod. I fabricated a simple set of stops that would
prevent line damage and not limit the steering as much. The
following is how I approached this: I performed the modification
one wheel at a time.
1. Remove caliper and let hang off to the side, remove
tie rod end clip and disconnect end. Place masking tape on the
caliper bracket, turn spindle to contact the axle, mark this
2. Turn spindle to full opposite turn, this gives plenty
of working room. Center punch and drill a hole 17/64" completely
through, tap this hole with a 5/16x21 tap. Take your time, use
oil on the tap, turn the tap ¼ turn clockwise then 1/8
turn counter clockwise to clean debris, after a few turns remove
tap to clean debris. Continue until entire hole is tapped through.
3. Reassemble tie rod end and caliper, thread in a 5/16x21x3/4
bolt. (8mm bolt will work fine, just drill and tap to bolt specs)
Turn wheel until the brake line interferes with itself. Turn
out the bolt until it touches the axle and then ½ turn
more. The amount of thread exposed is the amount of washers
you will need to use. My car required 2 lock washers. Each car
will be different so experiment so your lines don't interfere.
This is a positive stop at the spindle/axle instead of at the
4. Repeat on the other side.
I found the assembly of the water indicators to be extremely
tight. The brass screw would start to strip in the nylon while
installing the nylon into the brass bushing. Note: there are
a lot of brass filings on the bushings, so clean everything
thoroughly. I double nutted the brass screws and threaded the
screws into the nylon bush. I put the assemblies into the freezer
for about 2 hours, (I got this suggestion from Brad Beutlich
in California as we were discussing this pat of the build) I
lightly coated the nylon threads with a liquid Teflon thread
sealant (Permatex # 765-1188 from Napa). Using a suitable device
to hold the brass bushing, I threaded the nylon bush in using
a 10mm wrench on the nuts. It now goes in quite easily. Unscrew
the brass bolt assembly, clean off the excess sealant; assemble
the indicators as directed using the sealant. Install into the
tank as instructed.
With tanks back in the chassis I installed the water
balance plumbing. I chose to install a plumbing gate valve instead
of the chrome drain cap. This way I can drain the water tanks
with a twist of the wrist. See pictures.
Assemble lubricator assembly, and modify the mounting bracket
as instructed in kit 11. Note: do not over tighten the brass
half nuts, as this will create a distortion of the ram assembly.
I used a little bit of sealant on the base of the ram assembly.
The lid and hinge can be assembled incorrectly if you don't
pay attention to the threaded holes in the hinge lid. The lid
must seat completely flat on the lubricator body of else you
will have oil spillage.
I ran my oil pipes as neatly as possible as directed. Installed
the drip feed oiler, making sure the sight glass and filler
hole was facing the front of the car. I carefully heated the
nylon tube with a heat gun to get the desired shape always continuing
a downward flow.
Installed wiring loom as directed.
The instructions, ISO drawings, and pictures help to make assembly
a bit easier. I was truly impressed with the lubricator; this
was the fun part of this kit for me. A nicely engineered piece
that smacks of real 1900 automotive engineering. Keep up the
Brad Beutlich and I have been collaborating on accessories for
the Likamobile; some of these have been already incorporated
into our cars as we have been building them. Read some of the
past kit builds. We have a few surprises in the works to help
dress up our cars and have fun with.
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One and Two
Three and Four Kits
Four-B and Five
Kits Six and Eight
Ten Addendum Kit Eleven
Thirteen Kit Fourteen
Year End Kit
Kits Seventeen / Eighteen
Fuel Line, Brake &
Throttle Pedal Installation Final
Kit Final Assembly
& Steam Up
Road Test & Modifications