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View Poll Results: Should I make a rat rod out of my turd Honda or fix it up.
Rat Rods are what cool, and besides, everything Nuggets owns looks like a rat rod. 41 38.68%
For the love of God, put some effort into this project and fix it up. 46 43.40%
I'm a closed minded a-hole who will make nasty comments because I'm jealous. 19 17.92%
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Old January 4th, 2010, 09:54 PM   #141
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Axle shafts sent to Moser today. One is being shortened 17 1/2 inches, the other is being shortened 11 3/4 inches. I opted for the offset pumpkin and centered pinion flange. Axle housing is 30" wide at the backing plates.

I have been working on the front of the frame the last few days. I put in a support for the bottom of the pinto suspension that will also double as the support for the rack and pinion. I'm currently making the lower control arm anti-deflection rods and supports. I didn't like how the bracketry turned out so I'm taking a different approach tomorrow.

The build is taking some time because I'm not an overly experience fabricator and I'm being picky. When I had the mud bogger I could get away with Jethro fabbin' things here and there but on this project I want to take my fabrication skills to the next level.
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Old January 8th, 2010, 09:09 AM   #142
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Been working on the steering. I came up with a design that will convert a conventional rack and pinion to a center pull type. This design will allow me to run much longer tie rods so my steering geometry will not defect as much on jounce and rebound.
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Old January 29th, 2010, 02:44 PM   #143
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Old February 1st, 2010, 05:09 AM   #144
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need moar pics
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Old February 1st, 2010, 05:11 AM   #145
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damnit nuggets, use something besides photobucket. its blocked at work.
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Old February 1st, 2010, 06:14 AM   #146
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I'll get some updated pics in the next day or so. I've been working on it here and there but it still looks like a bunch of parts and pieces.

I've been dealing with steering geometry for some time. I've come up with a hybred system that will allow me to have some length for my tie rods and reduce bump steer. I also will be putting my rear axle together soon. I'm just looking for the correct axle bearings so I can assemble.
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Old February 1st, 2010, 09:41 PM   #147
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Batteries barfed in my camera so you must live with cell phone pics.


Very rough mock-up of front steering. I'm using a Porshe 914 steering rack and adapting a drag link to it. I will be using a guide on the drag link to keep any torque loads off the rack. I am going this route in an effort to maximize the length of my tie rods.



My sweet forward 4 link brackets I just got. I'm setting up the 4-link to have adjustable instant center.



Scooter requested a veiw from the rear.


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Old February 1st, 2010, 09:42 PM   #148
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Old February 1st, 2010, 09:43 PM   #149
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How will the engine fit between the frame rails? Are they far enough apart for the oil pan to fit between them?
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Old February 1st, 2010, 09:49 PM   #150
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How will the engine fit between the frame rails? Are they far enough apart for the oil pan to fit between them?
The engine will be sitting behind the front wheels where the frame gets wider.
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Old February 1st, 2010, 09:50 PM   #151
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Can't forget my cute wittle axle shafts I got back from Moser.

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Old February 14th, 2010, 09:57 AM   #152
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I didn't feel like working on the steering so I decided to start putting the rear axle together.

This first picture is where I was truing up the tubes before tack welding. I tweaked the tubes until I got the wheels parallel.



Tires back on rims and checking for clearance on frame rails. I must say, I'm really happy that everything is going together without a bunch of measurement screw ups.



Just a shot from the back. I was having trouble with porosity while I was welding even though I cleaned the inside of the housing. I stopped welding and I'm going to take another shot at cleaning all the residual gear lube from the insides of the tube. I stripped the axle down to the bare housing last night and will finish my welding on the stripped housing after it gets a good douching.

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Old March 18th, 2010, 11:58 PM   #153
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I was putzing with the Honda frame tonight. I welded up the forward 4-link brackets and cut the tubes for the 4 link. I need to get a new tool post for my lathe so I can make the threaded inserts for the tubes.

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Old March 19th, 2010, 03:48 PM   #154
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 09:53 AM   #155
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I was working on the four link stuff yesterday. To save a few bucks I am making the link rods out of solid stock (that I had laying around) instead of buying the weld in theaded ends.

Having some fun with the lathe. My 19/32 drill bit made the holes too a bit too large for the tap (even though the chart says it shouldn't). I started out by drilling a 9/16 hole.



After drilling I bored the hole to 0.590 and got excellent results when tapped.



A word of caution: Don't buy el cheapo taps off ebay. I had some problems with the taps being on the soft side (rounded off some of the cutting threads). I got around the problem by drilling the holes extra deep to utilize the good threads near the top of the tap. I found some quality taps at Prime Fastener in Midland for about the same money as I bought the crap taps. The 5/8-18 LH tap is on the pricey side compared to the RH tap. Fastenall wanted $87 for a LH tap, Prime wanted $24. Sorry but almost 90 bucks for a tap is just retarded.

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Old March 23rd, 2010, 08:58 PM   #156
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I put the remaining 4 link rods on today. I'm having so issues with articulation. It will not articulate much more than an inch on each side but it goes up and down great.



I decided to put the axle together (temporarily) and hang the tires on all 4 corners. It is now officially a rolling chassis. I still have to fab up a panhard rod and make the mounts for my coilover shocks.



Just a shot of the uber narrow 9 in. rear end. I just have the frame sitting on a piece of angle iron for now.



My next project is to load the frame with the engine and trans to see where my front suspension sits under load. When I have that figured out, I can finish setting up my rear suspension.

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nice rear end
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looks like a fun build
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I'm enjoying it. My next step will be to mock up the engine and trans so I can load the suspension and set up rear ride height.
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