Tech Tip! When you Only Have 2 Hands but Need 4!

Tech Tip! When you only have 2 Hands but need 4!
Tech Tip! When you only have 2 Hands but need 4!

Today’s blog post is a tip from an Instagram post from Kyle Kuhnhausen, Kuhnhausen Metal Concepts LLC owner. This great tip is perfect for when you are working alone and trying to install a steering column on your Corvette.

Kyle writes, “I am working solo a fair amount of the time. I have to get creative when I need an extra set of hands. Here’s a quick jig I set up using some WeldTables products and a 3d printed toolset to hold the steering column solid with lots of adjustabilities. Using this, I can find that sweet spot where the driver ergonomics are good, the steering angles are safe, and the headers have a clear path around the linkage. With satisfying those criteria, I can then design a custom upper column mount and a firewall reinforcement plate with locators to drill a perfect pass-through hole in the firewall once it’s placed back in with extra legroom.”

“I also 3d printed a steering wheel offset adapter to place the wheel where I believe the custom one with flappy paddles will go. That’s the wheel of my Gran Turismo award from 2018 as a mock-up for good luck.”

Kye, the owner of Kuhnhausen Metal Concepts, needs to install a steering column on this Corvette but is working alone today.
Kye, the owner of Kuhnhausen Metal Concepts, needs to install a steering column on this Corvette but is working alone today.
Kyle suggests that when you always need that extra hand, remember you can 3d print anything.
Kyle suggests that when you always need that extra hand, remember you can 3d print anything.
This will speed things up!
This will speed things up!
Ok, I am Never doing this any other way.  So much better!
“Ok, I am Never doing this any other way. So much better!”
You might as well make a mock-up wheel adapter to simulate the offset of a custom Sparc Industries Righteous wheel to check ergonomics.
You might as well make a mock-up wheel adapter to simulate the offset of a custom Sparc Industries Righteous wheel to check ergonomics.
Oliver, the shop dog, is just making sure I still remember he’d like more attention.
“Oliver, the shop dog, is just making sure I still remember he’d like more attention.”
As we look at our issue preview of the September 2020 Issue of Vette Vues Magazine, we are celebrating our #588 issue. Kyle Kuhnhausen of Kuhnhausen Metal Concepts' 1964 Ballistic Beige graces the cover this month.

You might remember Kyle Kuhnhausen’s 1964 Ballistic Beige Corvette featured in the September 2020 issue of Vette Vues Magazine.

Kuhnhausen Metal Concepts LLC was officially founded in January of 2014 by owner/operator Kyle Kuhnhausen.

Kyle is a 2018 SEMA Top Young-Gun Builder and 2020 SEMA Battle of the Builders Top 12, among many other awards. Kyle has also been named one of SEMA’S top 35 under 35 to watch in 2019.

Kuhnhausen Metal Concepts LLC was officially founded in January of 2014 by owner/operator Kyle Kuhnhausen.

Photo Credits: Kuhnhausen Metal Concepts

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