The idea was to replace the standard item with something of far greater quality
than the original, and so a conversation between me and a friend (specialist welder
who has worked for a number of formula one and touring car teams) lead to a rusty
original wishbone being copied and a jig for manufacture being made.
Ironically the stainless steel route was considered initially but our only
concern was on the weight, this has turned out to be a false concern as the original
weighs around seven pounds and our replacements are nearer six !!
In a strange way it's a shame that we were encouraged to copy the original
design as its hardly pretty and definitely over engineered according to the stress
drawings we have analysed, however through the fact that stainless has a sheen
to it our finished item looks the part, I hope you agree.
Since talking to people on the various sites concerning the Elan the interest
shown has come as a pleasant surprise, we have orders for four sets and whilst
our liability insurance has increased to cover manufacture we can still make them
either with or without bushes for less than the mild steel equivalents, which
again leads me to think that the originals were overpriced in the first place.
Its hard not to get excited about the fact that an idea has lead to orders
being received so quickly, whilst I appreciate everyone's enthusiasm we haven't
run them on a car yet so I'm a little reluctant to promote them fully until we
have done some testing. Still a number of people have contacted me and twisted
my arm saying that there beloved car is off the road until they get their new
bones so as long as they know they are learning with us, that's okay with me.
See the Surrey Welding
Site for further info and contact information.
Costs. Without bushes £300 each plus postage; with bushes £335
each plus postage.
write-up by Peter Bentley