I've been getting quite a few messages regarding the status of the steering kit so I figured I'd post a 'quiet' update to the Realm faithful.
First off, a substantial change has occurred in the last couple of months regarding my profession. The good news is that I'll be going full-time on Datsun Restomods for the short term future.
Despite the lack of updates, I've been eating & breathing Datsuns daily for close to 60 days now. A lot of time has been focused on building axles and furthering the development of the steering kit. We're close enough now that I can start to share a sneak peek of the final prototype layout - keep in mind the refinement will be further improved.
Adding to the list of updates in the posting above, it's looking like the kit will be sold for $850 USD. I tried as hard as possible to reduce it further but I was unwilling to compromise on the quality, durability, and safety - the steering joints are gorgeous (and pricey!), the steering shaft is stainless, and there are several custom brackets, not to mention 3D printed components.
I'm in the process of finalizing two Beta test kits, one for Andrew and one for Mike. They will provide feedback on the installation instructions, and document any variances in assumptions or difference in tolerances (known to occasionally happen on '70s Datsuns!). If there's no surprises I'll likely offer a small first production batch, at a reduced rate, for some early adopters - no different than how the axles were rolled out.
This is a rough idea of the master bracket. It will fasten to the OEM mounting location.
Here is the column mounted along with the control module located in a safe and dry location. You can see one of the two ujoints and new firewall plate.
A quick view of the ujoint connection to the stock steering box.
Obviously there's a lot more to this, wiring/fuses, steering/hub mount, and column accessories that will be shown in the coming weeks/months. For now I think this gives a good idea of the progress and the amount of R&D that was involved.
Also, I'll be soon posting updates on my 280z build http://www.the510realm.com/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=29692
. With the axles and steering kit being available for the S30 as well, it only makes sense to get mine on the road. Finally, I'll be starting a second build on my 620... let's just say it will be a first-ever.