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Old March 28th, 2010, 09:54 PM   #121
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Jim did you do all the work if you did dud the cage would have been great. I have been bashed about my square tube buggy alot. And i think people mean well but it gets lost, so remember they are trying to be helpful. The start looks great post more pic when you can.
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Old March 30th, 2010, 08:09 AM   #122
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Starting final prep, paint and assembly. 4 weeks and counting.
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Old April 1st, 2010, 07:06 PM   #123
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And the countdown begins......30 days.
The last time the frame was in this position it was NOT good! Took the opportunity to sand down/wire wheel/scrape the entire frame top to bottom and 'fix' a few welds that were previously unreachable due to the body being in place on the first time around build. Small pile of parts ready to paint. Frame will get wiped down and then I'm going to do the Duplicolor/Rustoleum Bed Liner coating. Dries hard as a rock and WON'T pick up road dirt like rubberized undercoating does. Got a few more on the welding bench to finish up tomorrow and then hit them with paint. Plan right now to assemble engine/trans to frame, and get the shockmounts in place before the weekend. Potentiall set up the R&P if I really get ambitious. Plans still on track to do the body lift off/drop on next Saturday if anyone would like to lend a hand.
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Old April 13th, 2010, 05:25 AM   #124
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More updates:
Got the frame coated with Dupli-Color bedliner. Do NOT even try using the new Rustoleum product that is out there. It's watery and doesn't go on like Dupli-Color does. Autozone used to carry the stuff but only carries Rustoleum products now. I had to go to NAPA to get the stuff. It's well worth it. Beside that, it's with a few pennies of being the same price.

Axles set up, assembled, and installed. Shock brackets back on. Engine back in place, measuring for driveshafts and rolling chassis shoved outside for a few days. And in case some of you were wondering.....this is what a 600ft/lb torque wrench looks like! King Pins came off like it was childs play. Go look in Tech section to see how's it's done.

Donor vehicle on the hoist and starting to remove parts and pieces so that body can be swapped.
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Old April 13th, 2010, 05:30 AM   #125
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Parts coming off.
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Old April 13th, 2010, 06:26 AM   #126
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Looks great Jim... How many cans of Dupi-Color did you go through?
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Old April 13th, 2010, 07:21 AM   #127
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Looks Great!
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Old May 4th, 2010, 08:44 AM   #128
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Latest.....
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Old May 4th, 2010, 05:18 PM   #129
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Holy $hit that's tight! I hope that's shown with some simulated wear in the suspension joints (way undersized bolts with the axle pulled as far back as possible?).
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Old May 4th, 2010, 05:42 PM   #130
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It's a little deceiving, you can fit your hand between them. The tank was a little pushed forward in that picture but it's definately tight though, no arguing that.
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Old May 4th, 2010, 08:28 PM   #131
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You must have tiny little micronesian kid hands...maybe you have a future sewing soccer balls.

Photos can be deceiving (your header pics looked wicked close from one angle) I just hope you're not cutting things too close just to get an extra 1/4 gallon in the tank...course that's like an extra 30 miles of fuel range with Tracker drivetrain.
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I'm just helping the old man with some crappy welding. The closest spot is to the truss and it's about an inch away, worst case. If you look at where the diff cover is in relation to the bottom edge of the tank you can get an idea of where everything falls. The vertical plates on the diff cover are below the bottom edge of the tank. (first pic in the series) Theres over an inch of clearance to any part of the diff cover.

If you think the diff cover is close, you should see how close the exhaust will be!
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Old May 10th, 2010, 10:25 AM   #133
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T minus negative 10 days and counting. So May 1st was a bit optimistic! It is getting close though.

........Brake brackets and fuel cell on the fab list. Due to a brain fart I added 2 inches to the fuel cell which I promptly had to cut off. Luckily it was easy to chop the front end which was square. Still rather tight but only near full compressed.
Brake brackets working out real well except I may have overkilled them a bit. Next version will be a bit lighter and more managable as a bolt on/weld on kit.
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Old May 10th, 2010, 10:28 AM   #134
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And the rear brake brackets......
Front not quite ready for prime time.
Next major task is exhaust and 'Y' pipe.
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Old May 10th, 2010, 11:20 AM   #135
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Nice work guys!
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Old May 10th, 2010, 12:50 PM   #136
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Very nice work on the tank!
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Old May 10th, 2010, 10:18 PM   #137
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Hey man, that thing needs a full cage. All joking aside your rig looks great have fun with it.
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Old May 10th, 2010, 11:13 PM   #138
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Old May 16th, 2010, 08:36 PM   #139
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Home stretch......
Brakes done, 35 spline outers axles together, Big arse rotors (13.25") and Wilwood twin piston calipers just clear 17" rims by 1/4". Hubs redrilled to 5 X 5 1/2". I sure as hell better be able to stop on a dime. Geoboy is working the exhaust out as he's become a master @ TIG'ing paper thin stainless. 'FIXED' driveshafts will be here Thursday. Baring any last minute oh, shits, it should be mobile before the weekend......only 22 days late, but still 22 days before I leave for Traverse City and the UFWDA AGM.
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