ETS Drift Ute – 3 steps forward

Tonight I spent some time getting my measurements right, the last measurement to triple check was the tailshaft, I dropped the parts and dimensions off to Pete Smith from A1 Tailshafts today and he promised that he would take a look at it over the weekend. Thats Petes way of saying he will do me a favour and get it done so I can test it later next week.

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I couldn’t help but think that if my tailshaft measurement was wrong I would be in a world of pain next week, the only way I could put my mind at ease was to fit the box in the chassis and take the actual measurement, sure enough it was spot on and now I could take a look at all the other dimension differences with this gearbox.

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The shifter mechanism is somewhere between the UK and Australia and will fit in the exact location of my old shifter, having no H pattern anymore the sequential shift design will help the handbrake location which is a little hard to find in the heat of battle.

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Actually just as I’m writing this I received an email from Alex at Quaife letting me know I might see the shifter tomorrow, getting excited now to fill this hole!

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The hydraulic release assembly is finished, I spaced it 15mm off the nose of the gearbox to make it contact and release just in the right spot.

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The gearbox crossmember integrated so nicely into the chassis, it paid off to make threaded holes in the chassis so that any assembly could be bolted to it.

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So early next week I might be able to scrub off all of this tyre pick up off.