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mswyka

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Re: 1981 Invader Project
« Reply #15 on: June 05, 2019, 06:47:32 PM »
Adding a few close up photos.

It looks like when the front support broke the pan was able to hit the skis and scarred both sides around the steering spindle. 

The worst is the split in the "v" in the center.  I have not done a repair in that area before.  This will be interesting.
Intruders:  1978, 1979 X2, 1980, 1981 Custom
Invaders:  1979 340, 1980 440, 1980 440 TOC Custom
Projects:  1981 Invader 440, 1979 Invader 340, 1980 Invader 340, 1979 Intruder 440, 1982 Intruder 440, 1980 Drifter 340 F/C...

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Re: 1981 Invader Project
« Reply #16 on: June 18, 2019, 06:05:20 PM »
Do you have any interceptor ones???

mswyka

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Re: 1981 Invader Project
« Reply #17 on: June 18, 2019, 08:22:41 PM »
Do you have any interceptor ones???

I am sorry, no Interceptor parts here.  I had an Interceptor a few years back, but no spare parts or parts sleds. 
Intruders:  1978, 1979 X2, 1980, 1981 Custom
Invaders:  1979 340, 1980 440, 1980 440 TOC Custom
Projects:  1981 Invader 440, 1979 Invader 340, 1980 Invader 340, 1979 Intruder 440, 1982 Intruder 440, 1980 Drifter 340 F/C...

mswyka

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Re: 1981 Invader Project
« Reply #18 on: July 05, 2019, 12:30:30 PM »
Life has been busy of late and the Invader project has been pushed to the back burner.  Having a few days off from my day job has given me a chance to get into the garage and continue repair work.  First item of business was to put an air conditioner in the shop.  I should have done that years ago.  With the AC in, today I started to patch the belly pan.

I will add that while I was in the machine shed getting a donor belly pan, I couldn't resist the temptation to start a few sleds.  And, I am happy to report that the 78 Intruder and the 79 Invader 340 were easily coaxed to life.  One of the 79 Intruders that I tried had a very sticky primer and didn't respond as well.
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Intruders:  1978, 1979 X2, 1980, 1981 Custom
Invaders:  1979 340, 1980 440, 1980 440 TOC Custom
Projects:  1981 Invader 440, 1979 Invader 340, 1980 Invader 340, 1979 Intruder 440, 1982 Intruder 440, 1980 Drifter 340 F/C...

Interceptor398

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Re: 1981 Invader Project
« Reply #19 on: July 06, 2019, 07:30:44 AM »
Impressive set of clamps you have there!

mswyka

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Re: 1981 Invader Project
« Reply #20 on: July 06, 2019, 06:01:24 PM »
I am grateful for the clamps.  Here is some more progress.  This pan was worse than I realized.  But then, all of our spares are pretty beat up also.
Intruders:  1978, 1979 X2, 1980, 1981 Custom
Invaders:  1979 340, 1980 440, 1980 440 TOC Custom
Projects:  1981 Invader 440, 1979 Invader 340, 1980 Invader 340, 1979 Intruder 440, 1982 Intruder 440, 1980 Drifter 340 F/C...

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Re: 1981 Invader Project
« Reply #21 on: July 26, 2019, 06:00:58 PM »
Do you have any interceptor ones???

I am sorry, no Interceptor parts here.  I had an Interceptor a few years back, but no spare parts or parts sleds.
Had, Had how could you have let it escape your grasp?  :o

mswyka

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Re: 1981 Invader Project
« Reply #22 on: July 27, 2019, 07:26:01 PM »
Do you have any interceptor ones???

I am sorry, no Interceptor parts here.  I had an Interceptor a few years back, but no spare parts or parts sleds.
Had, Had how could you have let it escape your grasp?  :o

Someone else needed it more than we did.  Now we have some photos and some good memories.
Intruders:  1978, 1979 X2, 1980, 1981 Custom
Invaders:  1979 340, 1980 440, 1980 440 TOC Custom
Projects:  1981 Invader 440, 1979 Invader 340, 1980 Invader 340, 1979 Intruder 440, 1982 Intruder 440, 1980 Drifter 340 F/C...

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Re: 1981 Invader Project
« Reply #23 on: July 30, 2019, 07:13:02 PM »
Thumbs up!  :)

mswyka

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Re: 1981 Invader Project
« Reply #24 on: August 01, 2019, 03:20:21 PM »
August 1, 2019 Update.  Project has been stalled since completing the belly pan repairs.  Still looking for a pair of tunnel protectors.

We have another project in the shop wrapping up today.  This should free some time and space to get back to work on the Invader.
Intruders:  1978, 1979 X2, 1980, 1981 Custom
Invaders:  1979 340, 1980 440, 1980 440 TOC Custom
Projects:  1981 Invader 440, 1979 Invader 340, 1980 Invader 340, 1979 Intruder 440, 1982 Intruder 440, 1980 Drifter 340 F/C...

mswyka

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Re: 1981 Invader Project
« Reply #25 on: August 15, 2019, 07:39:19 PM »
Finally caught some time when not travelling or working on some other summer type project and started looking at the sled again.  I think that we have our first roadblock.  Started measuring the track, the skid and the drives and found that the outside row of nubs is  not compatible with the outside wheels on the skid and on the driveshaft.

It looks like the drive, the inside wheels and the slides will track OK.

To use this track I would need to reconfigure the mounting of the outside wheels.

While  I  did want the paddle track, I have a NOS track that might be the better choice.
Intruders:  1978, 1979 X2, 1980, 1981 Custom
Invaders:  1979 340, 1980 440, 1980 440 TOC Custom
Projects:  1981 Invader 440, 1979 Invader 340, 1980 Invader 340, 1979 Intruder 440, 1982 Intruder 440, 1980 Drifter 340 F/C...

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Re: 1981 Invader Project
« Reply #26 on: August 16, 2019, 08:52:09 AM »
How far would the wheels need to be moved out?

mswyka

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Re: 1981 Invader Project
« Reply #27 on: August 16, 2019, 09:07:19 AM »
I didn't do that calculation.  By memory I am thinking about 1/2 to 3/4 inch on each side.  I will double check.
Intruders:  1978, 1979 X2, 1980, 1981 Custom
Invaders:  1979 340, 1980 440, 1980 440 TOC Custom
Projects:  1981 Invader 440, 1979 Invader 340, 1980 Invader 340, 1979 Intruder 440, 1982 Intruder 440, 1980 Drifter 340 F/C...

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Re: 1981 Invader Project
« Reply #28 on: August 16, 2019, 09:21:54 PM »
Would the cross bars being a little longer fix that or is it more complicated?

mswyka

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Re: 1981 Invader Project
« Reply #29 on: August 17, 2019, 06:15:49 AM »
Now that  I am back in the shop with a tape measure, I am discovering that my dimension memory is not so good.  It looks like it might be off just shy of a 1/4 inch.  So now I am thinking I can make up the difference with a few more of the stock washers.  So we are back on track.  Pardon the pun.  Still need the tunnel protectors though.

Double checking, it turns out I was not entirely crazy.  The big change is with the drive.  The outbound wheels will need to move out at least a half inch.  I will need to do a mock-up to confirm that the drive can be installed with these wheels moved out.
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Intruders:  1978, 1979 X2, 1980, 1981 Custom
Invaders:  1979 340, 1980 440, 1980 440 TOC Custom
Projects:  1981 Invader 440, 1979 Invader 340, 1980 Invader 340, 1979 Intruder 440, 1982 Intruder 440, 1980 Drifter 340 F/C...