Kozo K-27 Rods



Before I get too far with the rods, I need to quarter all of the drivers. This is the start of a jig to perform the quartering. I didn't get too far on this today as the metal shop took forever cutting of a length of stock for the rods. December 31, 2020.


A V-notched plate will be added to each end of the jig to set the 90 degree angle. A clamp will be added to the center plate to strap the axle into position. December 31, 2020.



The V notched end plates have been added which will allow the cranks to be set 90 degrees apart from one another. A pin will be slipped into the left crank and be clamped down to the block at the front left side of the jig. A pin can then be slipped into the right crank and brought up against the V block to set at 90 degrees. The cranks are initially locked into position with Loctite retaining compound. Once dry a pin hole will be drilled through the back flange of the crank and through the axle to insert a locking pin. January 1, 2021.


The jig has been completed with the two brass straps to hold the driver set into position. The left crank has already been pinned and is strapped to the jig to keep it up against the stop. Retaining compound has been spread on the right end of the axle and the crank has been adjusted so that the pin through it is advanced to the 90 degree stop. The assembly will be left in the jig while the retaining compound sets and then a 1/8" pin hole will be drilled through the crank flange and axle to pin it in place. The remaining three driver sets will receive the same treatment. January 3, 2021.


This is about as far as I have been able to get on the main rods since I am waiting on a special bit for fluting them that must be on a slow boat from China. These things are pretty hefty with a width of just over 3/4" x 10 1/4" long and 5/16" thick. They will have bushings added at both pin locations. January 9, 2021.


Work is progressing on the intermediate side rods that will run between drivers 2 and 3. These are about 5 1/4" long and 1" wide at the main crank hole. The lower piece has been heavily machined as compared to the blank at the top. A slot will be cut in the small end for the knuckle joint and then there will to be some radius cuts to finish up both ends. January 10, 2021.


The second intermediate side rod has been machined and a slit cut in the knuckle joint of each rod. This is the stopping point until all of the rods have been completely drilled to match the crank pin spacing. Each rod will then finish shaped with various radius cuts to match the prototype (they still look a bit blocky). January 18, 2021.


The special corner radius key cutter bit finally arrived so I worked on the fluting of the main rods. This requires three different cuts with one straight between the centers of the two holes. The second and third cuts require that the large hole end be dropped down in the vise to angle them away from the center. The small hole end is left at the same height for all of the cuts by pivoting around a rod through the hole. The backsides of the rods will require the same cuts to make them symmetrical. January 24, 2021.


With the fluting work completed attention now turns to shaping the rod. This one has been tapered from the big end down to the small end. Next the small end will get a radius that will taper down to meet with the narrower fluted portion. January 31, 2021.


Both of the main rods have been tapered from the big end down to the small end. The thickness of the I beam portion of the lower rod has been reduced to the final size. The upper rod will need to be thinned and then both rods will be rounded at the small end. February 7, 2021.