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emkc02
12-19-2013, 01:29 AM
Hello this is my buggy

emkc02
12-19-2013, 01:42 AM
Here is my sub frame nice and tack welded!
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r739/emkc02/photo1_zpsb5d3fee3.jpg

emkc02
12-19-2013, 01:50 AM
Okay looks like i got photobucket figured out! Here is a pic of my JD2 Model 3 bender and my little workbench!
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r739/emkc02/photo2_zpsebc2a461.jpg
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r739/emkc02/photo3_zpsdae9be69.jpg

K-fab
12-19-2013, 05:59 AM
Howdy and welcome to the madness.

Looks like you have a good start going.

What are the differences among the different Badland Buggies? I don't think I've heard of the Megalodon.

Duane
12-19-2013, 08:49 AM
That subframe looks massive! Is that 2" tube? Good start. Decent build table. Keep up the good work.

Trouble675
12-19-2013, 08:57 AM
[smilie=sign_welcom: This will be interesting! I don't think I've ever seen one actually built. Good luck!

Bullnerd
12-19-2013, 10:09 AM
Check your ground clamp.

MrBracket
12-19-2013, 10:59 AM
Very cool, I'm excited to see one of these built!

emkc02
12-19-2013, 12:01 PM
Howdy and welcome to the madness.

Looks like you have a good start going.

What are the differences among the different Badland Buggies? I don't think I've heard of the Megalodon.

Whats up dude, im not 100 percent sure on the differences but I think this is the coolest buggy model badland has to offer!

emkc02
12-19-2013, 12:03 PM
That subframe looks massive! Is that 2" tube? Good start. Decent build table. Keep up the good work.

Hey Duane, im using 1.5" tubing .083" wall tubing. A little thin in my opinion but its what the plans call for so im not arguing..

emkc02
12-19-2013, 12:04 PM
Check your ground clamp.

Whats wrong with my ground clamp?

Bullnerd
12-19-2013, 03:03 PM
Whats wrong with my ground clamp?

My bad, sorry, I was in a hurry, I should have explained my comment a little better.

Nothing wrong with the clamp, but it looks like its attached to a piece of plate covered with mill scale or paint or something? You'll get better results with it clamped to a cleaner/bare steel surface.

No worries mate, welcome to MBN.

Yeah, the Megladon dude was here for a while but then disapeared? Cool to have someone building one here.

mmobley
12-19-2013, 03:11 PM
Looking forward to following your build. Looks good!

emkc02
12-19-2013, 03:15 PM
My bad, sorry, I was in a hurry, I should have explained my comment a little better.

Nothing wrong with the clamp, but it looks like its attached to a piece of plate covered with mill scale or paint or something? You'll get better results with it clamped to a cleaner/bare steel surface.

No worries mate, welcome to MBN.

Yeah, the Megladon dude was here for a while but then disapeared? Cool to have someone building one here.

yea the plate its clamped to in the pic is a bit rusty.. I've aslo had a bit of a problem with my mig welding coming out a bit bubbly which i would really like to improve. I'll upload a pic of some welds on the weekend to see if anyone has some suggestions to improve.

emkc02
12-19-2013, 03:19 PM
Looking forward to following your build. Looks good!
Thanks mmobly, nice that i found a website full of people like myself who love to go in the garage and make stuff!

Crewyb
12-19-2013, 03:25 PM
Thanks mmobly, nice that i found a website full of people like myself who love to go in the garage and make stuff!

me too mate look forward to progress on this i have the plans too to build a meglodon had them a while just getting a little better at fab work and usnderstanding

Bullnerd
12-19-2013, 03:41 PM
"see if anyone has some suggestions to improve."- I have one.LOL.

Glock n Ballz
12-19-2013, 04:19 PM
Hey Duane, im using 1.5" tubing .083" wall tubing. A little thin in my opinion but its what the plans call for so im not arguing..

Welcome aboard! Been wanting to see a Megalodon build.

Dont be affraid to deviate from the plans in areas like wall thickness. .083 IS pretty thin, if you went up a size it would be stronger, and yes heavier too. I wouldn't deviate in areas like steering geometry or anything, but use your best judgement.

NinjaRaptor
12-20-2013, 12:42 PM
Welcome to the site, glad to see someone building one of these. They always peaked my curiosity....look forward to the finished product.

emkc02
12-20-2013, 06:37 PM
Okay I snapped a couple pics of some welds that I did and well... they're ugly.. Hopefully some of you have some suggestions to improve and if all esle fails i'll probably just TIG weld the whole thing which will take painfully long
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r739/emkc02/photo6_zps21ed2d3b.jpg
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r739/emkc02/photo5_zps69a9dace.jpg
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r739/emkc02/photo4_zps46d86534.jpg

K-fab
12-20-2013, 06:56 PM
Are you running gas shielding?
I'm not good at deciphering welds, but they look like welds I get when I forget to turn on the gas.

MrBracket
12-20-2013, 06:57 PM
It looks like your shield gas pressure is too low. Are you welding in a windy environment? Or perhaps the the metal you are welding needs to be cleaned?? Just guessing, hard to tell without being there.

emkc02
12-20-2013, 07:02 PM
It looks like your shield gas pressure is too low. Are you welding in a windy environment? Or perhaps the the metal you are welding needs to be cleaned?? Just guessing, hard to tell without being there.


Are you running gas shielding?
I'm not good at deciphering welds, but they look like welds I get when I forget to turn on the gas.

Yea thats what I figured you guys would say, I had my shielding gas turned on as high as it would go. I am welding outdoors which might blow a bit of the gas away but I've welded indoors with the same welder and the welds dont come out too much better. Hopefully my machine isnt messed up and not allowing the co2/argon mix to pass through the welder properly. Anyways im not gonna let it get in the way of my project. THE BUILD MUST CONTINUE!!!

K-fab
12-20-2013, 07:12 PM
Don't get on to building other than tacking with welds like that. They won't hold, probably aren't penetrating, etc. The last thing you want to be bad is the "glue" holding the car together.

Wind will kill ya quickly.

Hambam
12-20-2013, 07:14 PM
Looking at your welds, I would say not enough gas, maybe voltage is too low but definitely not enough gas. Not sure what gas your using, or what flow rate, but open the valve on the bottle fully, then back off half a turn (stops it sticking open when you go to close it). Open up your regulator so there is a lot of flow, and do some test welds. I then close off the regulator and weld again until i start getting holes in my welds, then set the flow rate a bit above that where the welds get nice again. I figure this saves gas as your using just about the minimum required.

I am not sure what you guys have available in the states, but I use a gas called "argoshield light", which I think is about 80% Argon and 20% CO2 (not sure though). Different gas welds differently, and some are better for thinner steel vs thicker steel. Do lots of practice and you'll figure it out.

Here is a link to a good weld troubleshooting guide. Miller - MIG Welding Tips - Intro (http://www.millerwelds.com/resources/tech_tips/MIG_tips/)

emkc02
12-20-2013, 07:15 PM
Don't get on to building other than tacking with welds like that. They won't hold, probably aren't penetrating, etc. The last thing you want to be bad is the "glue" holding the car together.

Wind will kill ya quickly.
Oh I know! What I meant by the build must continue is i'll probably justt end up TIG welding everything. Im not looking to kill myself, I just want to have fun!

Trouble675
12-20-2013, 07:17 PM
Can you hear the gas coming thru the nozzle? Some guys run 15 or so lbs at the regulator. I like to run 20-25 lbs. No kinks in the lead? Maybe try a new tip? Take the nozzle off and make sure the gas holes aren't plugged. What are you using for wire?

emkc02
12-20-2013, 07:26 PM
Can you hear the gas coming thru the nozzle? Some guys run 15 or so lbs at the regulator. I like to run 20-25 lbs. No kinks in the lead? Maybe try a new tip? Take the nozzle off and make sure the gas holes aren't plugged. What are you using for wire?

Yea when I press the trigger I can hear and feel gas coming through. Im running .030 lincoln solid steel wire, probably just have to play around with it.

Bullnerd
12-20-2013, 07:48 PM
Was the machine setup for fluxcore when you bought it?

Go here and watch some of his mig vids, good stuff.

http://www.minibuggy.net/forum/shop-talk/19561-welding-tips-tricks-new-post.html

emkc02
12-21-2013, 12:13 AM
Was the machine setup for fluxcore when you bought it?

Go here and watch some of his mig vids, good stuff.

http://www.minibuggy.net/forum/shop-talk/19561-welding-tips-tricks-new-post.html
This I never thought of.. I think im gonna go study the owners manual for a bit. Thanks for bringing that up!

codydewar
12-21-2013, 12:18 AM
Welcome Dude. If your running fox piggy back coil over shocks the a arms don't work with the v bracing closest to the shocks they hit the springs. The top a arm v brace needs to go towards the center of the car like half to 3/4 of an inch. For the bottom a arm the outside v brace cant be in there at all.

If your going to make the gearbox badland has designed, I have some bad news it doesn't work! there is no chain tensioner the key ways break and retarded amount of machining.

I have had many head aches from this guy not designing his work right. But I have them running pretty good now. If you run into problems don't hesitate to ask me cause 99% chance I will be able to answer them.

Cody

emkc02
12-21-2013, 12:34 AM
Welcome Dude. If your running fox piggy back coil over shocks the a arms don't work with the v bracing closest to the shocks they hit the springs. The top a arm v brace needs to go towards the center of the car like half to 3/4 of an inch. For the bottom a arm the outside v brace cant be in there at all.

If your going to make the gearbox badland has designed, I have some bad news it doesn't work! there is no chain tensioner the key ways break and retarded amount of machining.

I have had many head aches from this guy not designing his work right. But I have them running pretty good now. If you run into problems don't hesitate to ask me cause 99% chance I will be able to answer them.

Cody
Thanks Cody! as for the gearbox not working that sound pretty scary but everyone says once you get into the fabricator mentality you can make anything work. Also you say there is no chain tensioner but I see it on page 82, part #CTR-0001

Trouble675
12-21-2013, 08:32 AM
This I never thought of.. I think im gonna go study the owners manual for a bit. Thanks for bringing that up!

Oh ya! I forgot! Like Bull said, it might be set up for flux core. If that's the case, the polarity is reversed. That might be part of the problem.

emkc02
12-21-2013, 04:45 PM
Yea, im pretty sure i'm gonna TIG weld the buggy from now on. I definitely trust this weld a whole lot more than those terrible MIG welds I did.
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r739/emkc02/photo8_zps02c69a4f.jpg

CARLRIDDLE
12-21-2013, 05:59 PM
Oh ya! I forgot! Like Bull said, it might be set up for flux core. If that's the case, the polarity is reversed. That might be part of the problem.
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Wind with mig gas is bad, I turn off fans in shop.

codydewar
12-21-2013, 11:57 PM
Thanks Cody! as for the gearbox not working that sound pretty scary but everyone says once you get into the fabricator mentality you can make anything work. Also you say there is no chain tensioner but I see it on page 82, part #CTR-0001

Yes the chain tensioner on page one is for chain coming off the motor but there isn't one for inside the gear box. I made on up for inside the gear box. I will take some photos in the next couple days and post them so you can see what I did.

emkc02
12-22-2013, 12:10 AM
Yes the chain tensioner on page one is for chain coming off the motor but there isn't one for inside the gear box. I made on up for inside the gear box. I will take some photos in the next couple days and post them so you can see what I did.

Alright sounds awesome dude!

emkc02
12-22-2013, 10:04 PM
I was hoping to get more done today but I made the rear and the bumper, also made these temporary spacers where the suspensions housing will go while I wait for my laser cut pieces! I wont be working on the bug next week because im going to GLAMIS!!!!!! Anyone else going I'd like to meet up!
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r739/emkc02/photo1_zps2334d162.jpg
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r739/emkc02/photo2_zps5d7d83a4.jpg

emkc02
12-25-2013, 06:44 PM
Some nice Christmas day fab work! Love lazy, stress free days like this! Also extremely pumped for GLAMIS this weekend!!!!
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r739/emkc02/photo3_zps63beacbd.jpg
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r739/emkc02/photo4_zps558ab153.jpg

MrBracket
12-26-2013, 11:27 AM
Yea, im pretty sure i'm gonna TIG weld the buggy from now on. I definitely trust this weld a whole lot more than those terrible MIG welds I did.
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r739/emkc02/photo8_zps02c69a4f.jpg

Hey Jon, This TIG weld does look a lot better than the MIG welds you showed earlier. But keep practicing. The weld quality on the tube running horizontal in this pic looks pretty good, but on the tube running vertically there is some undercutting. You need to add a little more filler material, reduce your heat, or change the position of the torch to avoid that. By the time you finish this project you will be a pro!! Keep it up!

emkc02
12-26-2013, 04:24 PM
Hey Jon, This TIG weld does look a lot better than the MIG welds you showed earlier. But keep practicing. The weld quality on the tube running horizontal in this pic looks pretty good, but on the tube running vertically there is some undercutting. You need to add a little more filler material, reduce your heat, or change the position of the torch to avoid that. By the time you finish this project you will be a pro!! Keep it up!

Thanks for the feed back MRBracket! I'll add some more filler metal to make everything stronger. Definitely dont want to go off a jump and have my buggy and myself break into a million pieces.

emkc02
01-05-2014, 06:43 PM
She's starting to look like a buggy guys!!!!
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r739/emkc02/IMAG3136_zps5da23205.jpg
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r739/emkc02/IMAG3137_zpsce7f7a89.jpg

Trouble675
01-05-2014, 07:42 PM
Looking good! That's a lot of bending, huh?

emkc02
01-05-2014, 08:25 PM
Looking good! That's a lot of bending, huh?

Oh yea, lots of stupid mistakes equals lots of scrapped tubing.

MrBracket
01-06-2014, 11:33 AM
It's so fun to watch it take shape!! Keep it up!

mike burnett
01-10-2014, 08:45 AM
Ive been waiting to see one of these builds

Wheels
01-11-2014, 08:14 AM
Oh yea, lots of stupid mistakes equals lots of scrapped tubing.

well, it looks like you're doing great! keep it up...

Railguy
02-09-2014, 11:28 AM
Any progress?

emkc02
02-14-2014, 01:01 AM
Definitely been a while since Ive updated you guys with my build. I ordered all of my plasma cut pieces from Little Man Iron Works down here in Southern California who did a beautiful job!! Link to his facebook and if you decide give him some work be sure to tell him I sent you! The dudes very honest with his quotes and does a damn great job too!
https://www.facebook.com/littlemanironworks
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r739/emkc02/PlasmaParts1_zpsdd2de663.jpg
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r739/emkc02/PlasmaParts2_zpse4dfeb7f.jpg
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r739/emkc02/PlasmaParts3_zps55d6f181.jpg

NinjaRaptor
02-14-2014, 09:51 AM
Hey, that's coming along nicely. Its a big puzzle that you now have to put together!

ErwinBnl
02-14-2014, 12:05 PM
I hope to build a MEGALODON some day myself!
Thanks for the photo's, but I want MORE!!!:D

Have fun building

emkc02
02-14-2014, 02:42 PM
I hope to build a MEGALODON some day myself!
Thanks for the photo's, but I want MORE!!!:D

Have fun building

Haha we all want more!!! I also found a dude selling an R1 engine kit around my area so I might be purchasing that from him sometime in the very near future! Definitely excited to get to work this weekend.

Lug-Nuts
02-15-2014, 10:13 AM
WOW, what does that cost to get all those pieces cut? looks way KEWL!

emkc02
02-16-2014, 08:10 PM
Got these bad boys welded up today!
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r739/emkc02/photo3_zpsd7cc3715.jpg
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r739/emkc02/photo2_zpsd1d57e81.jpg
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r739/emkc02/photo_zps9d8ce075.jpg

Martinm210
02-16-2014, 11:05 PM
Very cool, puzzl pieces are going together.

emkc02
02-25-2014, 03:37 PM
Front suspension housing tacked, now comes the hard part(expensive).. Buying all of the parts.http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r739/emkc02/photo1_zps8d8431d1.jpg
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r739/emkc02/photo_zps432265f1.jpg

Rat4020
02-26-2014, 07:05 AM
Lookin mighty fine sofar , But ya now its time ta brake out da walet :D

emkc02
02-26-2014, 03:43 PM
Lookin mighty fine sofar , But ya now its time ta brake out da walet :D
Haha very true! My wallet shakes in fear every time im browsing sandparts.com!

sosasser
02-26-2014, 07:08 PM
Very nice indeed. Hey I use a little 110 Lincoln welder that is set up for flux core. Looks very similar to yours. I hate it, but have gotten use to it now I just love it like an ugly old dog. Before I do any more major welding jobs I'm going to set it up to run gas at the very least. Anyway, I figured out that if your wire speed is to fast, the welder can't put out enough juice to make a good weld. Mine is very sensitive and the wire speed varies between different brands of wire even. Most of the time when my welds are looking crappy is because I have the wire speed cranked up to fast. Regardless, Tig welds will likely be stronger anyway.

emkc02
02-27-2014, 01:07 AM
Very nice indeed. Hey I use a little 110 Lincoln welder that is set up for flux core. Looks very similar to yours. I hate it, but have gotten use to it now I just love it like an ugly old dog. Before I do any more major welding jobs I'm going to set it up to run gas at the very least. Anyway, I figured out that if your wire speed is to fast, the welder can't put out enough juice to make a good weld. Mine is very sensitive and the wire speed varies between different brands of wire even. Most of the time when my welds are looking crappy is because I have the wire speed cranked up to fast. Regardless, Tig welds will likely be stronger anyway.

Thanks! I'm using a Thermal Arc Fabricator 211i that is a 3in1(MIG,TIG,Stick). The majority of my buggy is Tig welded but there is a bit of Mig in some of those hard to reach spots.. I was checking out some of your vids on youtube, very awesome buggy you have there!

Martinm210
02-27-2014, 01:41 AM
Frame looks great, nice job. Time to add some engine/suspension/tire/wheel pieces as the wallet agrees with it. I know cost was a big factor for me too in timeframe but it looks like you are well on you way in getting all great stuff together. If you have lathe access you could save a few bucks making your own bushings, etc.

emkc02
02-27-2014, 06:04 PM
Frame looks great, nice job. Time to add some engine/suspension/tire/wheel pieces as the wallet agrees with it. I know cost was a big factor for me too in timeframe but it looks like you are well on you way in getting all great stuff together. If you have lathe access you could save a few bucks making your own bushings, etc.

Oh yea having lathe access will definitely save some $$$. My dad's owned a machine shop since I was born so I basically grew up in the shop! i might start making A-Arms this weekend and need to start tracking down a busa engine as well!!

sosasser
02-27-2014, 06:22 PM
Thanks! I'm using a Thermal Arc Fabricator 211i that is a 3in1(MIG,TIG,Stick). The majority of my buggy is Tig welded but there is a bit of Mig in some of those hard to reach spots.. I was checking out some of your vids on youtube, very awesome buggy you have there!

Thank you.

moose79
03-07-2014, 04:37 PM
Looks killer man

emkc02
04-01-2014, 01:52 AM
[smilie=non_banana1:
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r739/emkc02/photo1_zps89baf23b.jpg

Rat4020
04-01-2014, 07:11 AM
Xmas came early :D What flavor is it ?

Duane
04-01-2014, 09:24 AM
Xmas came early :D What flavor is it ?

We'll it looks tasty. Pretty sweet.

Pstegs 101
04-01-2014, 10:22 AM
Black liquorice I think ;)

emkc02
04-01-2014, 11:44 AM
Honda CBR100000000000rRRrrrrrRRRRRRr, each R stands for 1 billion horsepower.

Pstegs 101
04-01-2014, 12:25 PM
Sir, we have 15 billion horse power

moose79
04-04-2014, 06:43 AM
The manual, you said nothing about the manual

emkc02
04-21-2014, 02:22 AM
Not related to my build but Pismo was a blast, weather was perfect, and also spotted a barracuda for the first time and really motivated me to get my build done so I can go rip the dunes!
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r739/emkc02/photo5_zps4117c453.jpg
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r739/emkc02/photo6_zpse83daa11.jpg

rgvkid
04-30-2014, 02:15 AM
I see what your building now!

rgvkid
04-30-2014, 06:06 PM
About those shock Mounts.
Glock put alot of time in his build to reinforce some of the weak points on Megalodon shock mounts.

Some cross bracing should do fine.

emkc02
07-06-2014, 11:13 PM
You're a liar if any of you guys say you've never sat in your car making vroom vroom noises.

Trouble675
07-08-2014, 05:57 PM
Vroom vroom pics are mandatory here!

firechief
01-14-2015, 07:42 PM
Looking for more info... pic are needed.
Looking to start my build soon, same buggy.

Nice job.

emkc02
02-03-2015, 03:37 AM
Looking for more info... pic are needed.
Looking to start my build soon, same buggy.

Nice job.

Thanks I haven't really been working on the buggy too much lately, Im mainly just collecting parts at the moment. If you want pics I found some russian guys build you can check out, pretty awesome to see someone else build the same thing you are!

Link to mega build below:
Megalodon (http://www.drive2.ru/r/selfmade/618629/)

Pud Wallup
07-10-2015, 01:34 AM
Nice build! I'm also building a megalodon and have put about 300(ish) hours into it. I might be pretty slow - this is my first build ever. I've progressed to the stage where you marry the top rollcage to the bottom frame via the front and rear uprights. I tack welded it and then put a seat in it and sat in it to make the vvvrrroooommmm vvvrrroooommmm noises like you but my head hit the top of the rollcage! I ended up making some other noises!
[smilie=banghead.gi:

I checked and checked again the measurements and dimensions and I did everything to spec - I'm solving the problem by refabricating the front and rear uprights but 6'' longer. I'll have to make some other modifications to compensate for the longer uprights.

I see your pic of you sitting in the buggy but obviously not hitting your head. In fact, looks like you have room to spare. Just curious whether you made any modifications from the plans, or how tall you are that you can fit. At 6'2'', I'm taller than most people, but I would have expected the plans to accommodate someone of my height.

Keep up the good work!