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PROJECT: SIMPIT ASSEMBLY

July, 2010

Here is a time lapsed view of the pit going together.

On Your Marks...


Start Off With a Bang

So I made my biggest mistake in the first two minutes.  I should have moved in 8 inches away from the wall on the front side, and an extra 8-12 inches away from the window wall.  This would have made maintenance, repairs, and running some of the cables MUCH easier.

Of course, I didn't know that until about 4 months later...

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The door on the left pedestal is for storage of the car pedals when not in use.

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Mounting post for the left screen and left front speaker.

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The right pedestal has no door on the 'inside' surface, but does have one on the 'outside' surface to allow for maintenance access.  This is where all of the power distribution goes, along with some USB hubs. It was where the programming boards were going to live, but I found out after it was built and painted that there wasn't going to be enough room for the programming boards.  Those would have to go in a seperate cabinet behind the pit.

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Mounting post for the right screen and right front speaker.

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Upper left console.

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Upper right console.  Both consoles have hinged lids, and hinged doors on the side for maintenance access.

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Back connection plate.  It not only makes the pit more rigid, it also forms the back of the steering wheel storage area.

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The sliding shelf for the steering wheel.

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The top of the center section, along with the lids for both upper consoles.

I have also attached the main base assembly.  The center sections of both base assemblies are removable for cable access.

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The screen mounts are installed.  The center screen mount will be attached to the vertical black section that has been added to the center lid.

​Also, the seat slide assemblies are mounted to the main base.

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The left console is mounted, along with the left console vertical sections.

Yup, needed the hammer for the first time to make a fit 'adjustment'.  It's a rubber mallet, so it was a gentle fit adjustment.

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The Thrustmaster Cougar throttle is installed in the throttle tray.

My wife kept sending my dog Roscoe in to check on me anytime it got too quiet in there.  She is used to most of my projects involving lots of noise and cursing.  This one was actually cruising right along...

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The throttle cable is run and some adjustments were made to the throttle tray to let it fold up without rubbing.

Notice no dog?  Yeah, the throttle tray had put this project right back to my norm...

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The seat comes in... minus the headrest.

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The headrest and cushions are in place. 

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The right console is mounted.  This connects via a piano or continuous hinge on the front edge.  It has a support wheel on the back side to take the weight off of the hinge.

You can also see the TM Cougar stick w/extension is now connected to the front of the seat, and the racing wheel is in it's little garage.

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The tray for the touchscreen is installed.  It also serves as the garage door for the steering wheel.

I have also mounted the three viewing screens.

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Here I am test fitting the first touch screen bezel.  Those are actually some paper mock ups taped to the opening for the moment.  I had been playing with some designs for use later with the Helios touchscreen software.

Finally!

Assembly is done, the speakers are mounted, and all of the periphial wires are run.  You can see the Track IR sensor mounted above the center screen to the left of the center speaker.

All of the switch panel openings are covered with some mock ups I printed out to work on switch placement, panel functions, etc.  I don't think one of those first mock ups was anything close to what I actually built.  I guess it was a good thing I did them in paper first!

I think assembly took me about 15 hours over two days.

Now it's time to go fly!