Roger Zimmermann

Construction of a Continental Mark II model, scale 1:12

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Roger, your work is amazing. I  always enjoy your post, and the work that you do. 

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Thanks John! Another post which is more or less déjà vu:

 

The rear brakes are now ready; they are similar to the front ones. The support plate has another shape due to the differences between front and rear axle. I can continue with the differential; there are 4 flanches to do: 2 which will be part of the diff body, one for the cover and the last one for the differential carrier or pumpkin.


By the way, did you know that Cadillac cars from 1932 had adjustable shock absorbers? The shop manual is not very detailed nor has a good system's description. If I'm right, there were 5 possibilities which could be set from the driver's seat. All four shock absorbers were connected with rods, adding the complexity to that frame. As you see, it was not an invention from recent years.
 

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Roger, Your work is absolutely incredible. Between watching your build and adding historical data, like the adjustable shocks, is very fascinating. I may not post comments often but I want you to know I follow this post every day. Thanks for sharing your work and knowledge.

TomP 

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11 hours ago, Roger Zimmermann said:

By the way, did you know that Cadillac cars from 1932 had adjustable shock absorbers? The shop manual is not very detailed nor has a good system's description. If I'm right, there were 5 possibilities which could be set from the driver's seat. All four shock absorbers were connected with rods, adding the complexity to that frame. As you see, it was not an invention from recent years.

The shocks are adjustable with five positions via a control lever to the left of the steering column connected to a ride regulation gauge on the dash indicating  free to firm.

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Thanks Tom and Alex for the dash's picture/explanation. I was not aware that the dash had that indicator! The model will have functioning shock absorbers, the regulation will be there too, but will not adjust the shock absorbers!

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Even if I'm shaping metal since years, sometimes I'm too optimistic. As the weather was mild recently, I went to my store room/garage to shape a piece of wood on which I would "stamp" the rear axle halves like the original part (first picture). I cut a piece of brass 0.5mm thick, annealed it and began to bang and bend it. Well, the metal did not respond like I wanted; the end result was just good for the trash as you will see on the second picture.
I had to think how to continue it; from 2 possible options, I choose the one which I will have to silver solder the flancs in the middle. The last picture is where I'm now. Of course, with a right die set, the pressing would have been possible. However, for that kind of metal forming, the wood is way too soft.

 

 

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Both rear axle halves are ready to get silver soldered together. They are far from pretty, some cosmetic improvement is in order!

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Roger, very interesting how you are working the pieces together. How big will this model be when finished? John

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Thanks John! The model will be about 430mm (16.9") long. I choose the short wheelbase of 143".

 

The differential halves are now silver soldered and trimmed. Then, I checked for the offset of the differential and I noticed that I did an almost fatal error: I placed the differential in the middle! I will just have to make the RH side a bit longer and all will be good.
The picture from the diff body is showing an aperture; this will be needed to install a collar to the drive shafts to have a positive location. The holes around the hole are to attach the cover. You will probably see that the holes are not at the same distance from each other; this pattern is identical on the other side to attach the diff nose to the body. There must be a reason for that, I don't know it.
I began to prepare the diff nose by silver soldering the tube (which was done long ago) to the main plate which will be assembled to the body. I still have to add the decorum to this assembly. The holes you can see are indeed recesses in that main plate, probably to save weight.

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Here is another picture from the diff nose. From the many pictures from an original diff, the onw from under was of course missing. Therefore I had to guess and, even if the shape is similar, it may not be accurate.
I will add 2 or 3 small items with silver solder, then I will switch to soft solder: some threads at the diff output are clogged by soldering material. they can be reworked, but it's a waste.

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The work is going forwards with the nose. Some details were added by silver soldering them; now, I will attach the remaining details with soft solder because due to the irregular shape of the nose, they cannot stay where I would like. With soft soldering, I have to possibility to hold them with a tool.
Most pictures I did on the original differential were at the left side; this is the same with the pictures I got from Holland. Therefore, I had to guess more than I expected how the RH side is looking like.
For the pictures, I assembled the nose to the diff body to have a more realistic impression.

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Very cool, sometimes I search the internet to see what you are building because I'm not familiar with what everything should look like. I was hoping that maybe these photos would help but it doesn't look like you can see anything. This chassis also has a different hub assembly, I'm not familiar with the different models and years.

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Thanks for the pictures! Even if I'm far from a specialist from the thirties, I'm sure this frame is a 1932/33 one. La Salle, Cad V-8, V-12 or V-16, I cannot tell. The hubs are strange, maybe for wood wheels or hubs from 1930-31.

 

I'm adding a picture or two from a real '32- '33 V-16frame.

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Looks to be a support "fin" on the right side similar to the left, but can't be sure

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Yes, there are 2 "fins" on the right side (I'm right now doing them) and a third one on the left side which is soft soldered now. There will be also a vent tube which is not yet born.

Thanks for looking intensely at the model!

The picture is from a V-8 car; the diff is very similar but not the same as the V-16. You see the vent tube I will add.

By looking at the front brakes from "your frame, I saw also discrepancies : the brake shield is not the same, the external levers are arranged differently. I have pictures from a 1932 V-8 brake shield; it's similar to the V-16, just 1" smaller. I'm adding a picture from my own brake shield to show the difference.

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I just searched 'Cadillac V16 for sale', they are way out of my price range! :o An interesting engine configuration. I think making a model of one maybe a little cheaper :)

 

Keep up the excellent work and posts.

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From mine too! Further more, in my opinion, they are not easy to drive in the actual traffic. The engine was a successful attempt to have some styling appeal; it was also, if I'm right, the first engine with hydraulic valve lifters.

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The differential nose is ready. I also corrected the length of the housing by adding a spacer on the RH side. Now, the torque tube will be in the middle. As a consequence from my error: the RH shaft for the brake actuation must be extended because the bearings for the shafts are positioned at the same distance from the nose. The pads for those bearings are the next addition to the housing, as well the brackets for the shock absorbers and the brackets for the strut rods which are combined with the pads for the leaf springs.

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Thanks!

 

The differential body is almost ready. What I still have to do: create a double bearing in the middle of the body to guide the axle shafts as there is no diff pinion for that purpose.
As you can see on both pictures, I have to elongate the RH brake shaft; the one for the LH side is OK. Then, I will have to do both bearings for the brake shaft; they are attached with screws on the pads I added recently.
Other additions which were made: the brackets for the shock absorbers, the brackets for the strut rods and the resting pads for the leaf springs.

 

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Thanks Paul!

To extend the brake shaft, I will put it in the lathe, drill a hole; make an extension with a small shaft going into the hole and soft solder the assembly. That will be strong enough. As the actuating lever at the other end is soft soldered, I cannot silver solder the joint. Why? Because, when soft solder is heated above a certain temperature, there is a combinaison with the brass creating pits!

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