JIm G has provided above much more detail of the kit and description of the assembly process, but I’ll post my impressions, being one of the early recipients. First of all, this is a beautiful collection of metal pieces (my wife the artist is admiring them). All needed parts are there, along with three pages of instructions and two illustrations. The wall thickness of the outer main-body tube is about 0.070” – this thing when assembled will be built like a brass sh*t house. A small amount of metal work is required: drilling a hole in the center tube for the small pipe nipple, and filing the already-cut hole in the outer tube for the large pipe nipple, to achieve a precise fit (solder doesn’t like to fill gaps). I will also de-burr everything, though that may not be strictly necessary. The brass mesh coalescing medium is already wound and assembled into its housing, so I don’t have to mess with that.
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The instructions include detailed recommendations for a torch, solder, and flux to use. Also included are two wooden dowels to hold pieces to together while soldering, for those of us without a heat-proof third hand. Richard has been very responsive about answering questions by email, and has already provided an updated set of instructions. He has also since made a late-breaking design change on the removable plug at the top; it is now a replaceable hollow rubber plug with a rivet inside:
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The only other point I can think of is that the diameter of the main body tube is about 0.100” smaller than the stock unit, so Richard recommends small rubber pads to take up the gap in the mounting bracket clamp. As mentioned in the thread, I have several other projects ahead of this in my queue so won’t be able to verify assembly and function any time soon. (Though if I need a diversion from cleaning 50-year-old grime from suspension parts, I may go ahead and assemble it sooner. We’ll see.)
My original plan was to paint it black when done to look more stock, but now am thinking maybe leave it polished brass.
All in all I’m happy with the purchase, and think it’s a great creative solution for an NLA part.
You are very kind.. It's Rick...you are in the queue and I am waiting for RIVETS which I expect this week so we should be on a one week lead time time.by Monday. I'm pretty passionate about the product and what it will do to make ownership better.Sir, may I please be placed in the queue? I find this alternative fascinating and groundbreaking....and a work of art, to say the least...am still wondering if it'll be painted AR119, or polished brass? Thank you again for your engineering and passion for all Alfisti.