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    Hi all,
    I sarted working on parts for the AR51 a few months ago but still have a long way to go. I will post photos and descriptions of the things ive completed so far and then keep the thread updated as I progress. I have not done any assembly or frame welding yet.

    Since I'm machining every part possible I wanted to have most everything completed prior to having a large weldment sitting around and in my way while working on other things. I want to keep my garage clutter free for as long as possible:-)

    This is my first buggy build and although I do have a bit of experience with metal working I'm pretty new to welding and fabrication. I look forward to any and all feedback I can get that may help me along the way.

    Kevin
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    5/2013
    The first thing I did after getting the plans was to start modeling up all of the parts that
    needed to be laser cut or water jet cut. Once I started modeling up those parts I took it a step further and went ahead and modeled up a large portion of the buggy to get familiar with how everything fit up. I spent 3-4 weeks of evenings and lunch hours getting this done. Once this was done I ordered all of the tubing and all of the parts water jet cut. Had everything within a couple weeks.



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    I dont have "permission to view photos"? Do you know who I am ?
    "Speed is time-time is speed"-Dennis Hopper

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    did you use a special bigfoot camera or something ,you know all blurry could be a tree stump kinda thing .
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    I didnt have a tubing bender so that was next on the list. I purchased a Pro Tools HD with the 1 1/4 die. Once it arrived I studied several designs that utilized the Harbor Freight air/hydraulic cylinder for operation. I decided to mount it vertical and drew up a frame, welded it up and hit it with a coat of paint. Hooked it up and played with a couple small pieces and then bent up the main roll bar. The bender in this configuration works great! I used v-blocks clamped to the tubing and a electronic angle gauge to set all of the bends and hold the tube in the proper plane.



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    Where did you get digital angle gauge?
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    I got mine from Enco. Its a Fowler Mini Mag. Seems to work well.
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    Got the band saw out and started cutting tubing. I cut and notched every piece required for the A-Arms and almost every piece required for the remainder of the frame. I used my mill for all of the tube notching. I also used the mill to cut all of the compound angles. I set my vise up on top of a rotary table; having this set up and also having a pivoting mill head I can cut almost any angle imaginable. All pieces should be very accurate.







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    Spent a week or two cutting on the lathe. I made every bung, A-Arm bolts, Ejector Sleeve pieces. I also completed all of the tap plates.





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    Made the A-Arm fixture plate and all of the locating blocks. Since the plate was so large I had to set it up twice in my mill.



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