Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Center Foot Setback, Installed Battery Box Door Holders

I had been waiting for today for quite a while, but it ended in sadness.

Today was the day I planned to install my center foot. I drilled the remaining holes for the outer caster bolts.

Then I drilled the ankle bolt hole.

And then I tried fitting the center foot on the leg.

There are at least two problems with the center foot. First, it is too tall, as I feared it might be. Second, apparently I drilled my ankle hole too low, because the front wheel is barely touching the ground. The rounded part of the bottom of the center leg is forcing the foot to do a wheelie.

I will probably have to rebuild the whole thing from scratch, for the third time. That is why I am sad.

I did manage to get something right, I installed the door holders on the battery boxes. Once the PVC glue dries, I'll place the doors back on and drill holes through the door corners and the holders, and then install the screws that will hold the doors on.


Matthew said...


Let me know if you need more wood.

Victor Franco said...

Thanks Matthew. I do need some decent plywood from somewhere, I'll let you know if I need to come by. I didn't want to bother you, given your new arrival.

Matthew said...


No bother.

Just let me know ahead of time. I need to have some sort of connection to R2.

Victor Franco said...

Hi Calvin,

There are no blueprints that I'm aware of that show where the ankle bolt hole should go. The center foot channel is slightly deeper than the outer feet, according to the foot blueprints. That's all I have to go by. When I finally get it right, I'll be sure to post measurements on the blog.

I did a practice cut on some scrap wood, and I thought I had the right height for the ankle bolt hole, but obviously I was wrong. Part of the trick is simulating R2's tilt when doing the practice cut, that's probably where I messed up.

Mike has kindly offered to help me this weekend, so I hope to get this recut and glued up in less than a week.

As always, thanks for writing.


Victor Franco said...


I sent a PM, which you probably saw by now. Thanks for the offer, I think I need to take you up on it (again!).