View Full Version : couple more FXT buggies

03-14-2018, 03:00 PM
Time to get my build fix on.

So my son is 17,, gonna be 18 later this year. taught him to run the mill , lathe,, work in my shop the past couple of years.
he is taking welding in school , done with mig and currently wrapping up tig

I have never built a complete buggy with him though,,,,,,, my bad as a Dad,,, always working

so we are going to build a couple of FXT buggies,,, one for him and one for me that we are going to keep.
after all,,,,, I don't want my race track turning into a grass track
so I can also get my racing fix taken care of too

these builds may take longer as we are doing them in or spare time, after work and after he gets out of school and work and homework.
but these builds are not about how quick we get them done, but more about teaching / learning
well,,,, his will take longer. I have a little free time right now and busting out a roll cage this week

the pics are all gone from the original FXT thread so I am going to add a couple of finished FXT pics to start
then I'll add some current build pics as we go

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03-14-2018, 03:22 PM
current build pic of first roll cage we started last Saturday.
should be off the build table this week

unlike builds in the past,,, I will let the build mess show as we go :)

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03-14-2018, 04:49 PM
Very cool! Glad to see you back here.

That blue one is really sharp!

03-14-2018, 05:18 PM
Thanks Bull !

yes, I loved the black & blue one too, one of my favorites

picking colors is going to be tough on these, I've already done all my favorite color combos over the years.
doesn't mean I can't repeat,, cool is still cool :cool:

03-14-2018, 11:58 PM
Such a pity all the old pics are gone. [smilie=dunno.gif]

03-15-2018, 12:51 AM
Ya , I hear ya Jimmy,
shame to loose such a wealth of pictorial information MBN has built up over the years

maybe some day I will find the time to go back thru my build threads and re load pics , but we all know how that goes LOL

so my son comes home today and tells me he got first in the state high school welding competition ( in Michigan)
they gave him a bunch of gifts, welding gloves, ,,,,etc
super Proud Dad here and ready to build these chassis's with the state champ lol

03-15-2018, 01:40 AM
Nothing wrong with a bit of young bull old bull rivalry.

Give the young fella a chance to see that grey hair is earned and wisdom is gleaned through the passage of time and countless cockups best never repeated.

03-15-2018, 12:32 PM
Congrats to the state welding champ! That's awesome!

03-15-2018, 09:04 PM
Wow! state champ look out! Congrats!
That track looks amazing, I'd love to race you guys on there some day!

03-16-2018, 03:01 PM
Thanks Jerm
Track is fun, 4 different corners , some sweeping some tight. .2 miles long and 30 plus ft wide.
perfect for this size race buggy and power plant

more messy tool build pics

Front shock mounts, A arm tabs / plate

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handing pedals, MC mount, steering rack mount plate

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Swing arm mounts, jack shaft , bearing blocks mount plate, engine mount plate

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steering tube, dash bar

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rear supports, fuel cell mount plate

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need to add nerf bars and add some welds (just tacked right now) then pull it from the build table / jig plate
then finish building it in the rotisserie so we can start the next one on the build table

03-16-2018, 03:22 PM
I hope everybody takes note of all the rusty circles on the jig plate LOL
second shift is brutal,,, and usually thirsty ;)

03-22-2018, 11:44 PM
fully welded on the rotisserie, just added floor, rear shock mounts, mirror mounts, lower window net mount, brake lock mount,,,,, and a few other things. Next is dash, vents, aluminum body, fuel cell and spoiler

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03-23-2018, 04:04 AM
Uuummmm......buggy looks nice and all, but......is that a giant azz speaker on the wall behind it?

03-23-2018, 02:44 PM
LOL, yup big azz speaker,,, couple of them , all the following will be non-buggy related but cool man stuff :D

9 speakers total on shop side and a 1000 watt receiver . it pounds [smilie=rockout3.gi:
Plus a 12' movie screen built into the wall with a projector mounted from the ceiling.
have had many movie nights and Rock band on the big screen

we always have music cranking during work and play,,,,, I find silence deafening
I have separate systems in my office and the lounge AKA the Bon Jody Bar n Grill

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this is the lounge side my son and I finished over the past year

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I also started designing and building custom bar tables and made a corporate desk for a company with there corporate logo embedded

here is my bar table,,, seats 10 plus. Has a steel old school compass laser cut and embedded in the resin epoxy top

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the compass is also laser cut in the design of the table "X" legs and a 1 1/2 stainless tube foot bar goes thru the laser cut legs

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here is the custom corporate desk table, their logo is laser cut steel, then I machined out the wood to recess it flush,,,, then epoxy resin over top

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legs of both tables I designed are laser cut steel plates screwed to each side of 4 x 4 wood

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while this is all non buggy related, and I'm giving a tour of the shop,,,here are pics of my dogs LOL
pup is Mavrik, he is 5 months old, Female is Karley, she is 3. Probably making puppies in the next year,,, the way he is sniffing around

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Dirty dog Mavrik after playing in the mud

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so thats a tour of Protodie,,, I better get back to work :D

03-24-2018, 12:45 AM
Amazing! Man, let me know when you are hiring! I do CAD design, of dies, castings, parting line surface, gate and runner systems, advanced surfacing etc...

03-24-2018, 12:21 PM
Awesome crib Jody, looks great! Superb work from you as always

03-24-2018, 03:09 PM
Thanks guys!

we really enjoy the lounge side now that its done.
it used to be the ugly side and ran production work on that side for 9 years

here are some pics before the transformation

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now we entertain family , friends a lot on that side

03-26-2018, 12:36 AM
Hmmmm. Music. Beer. See latest build. Run you in pool. Then beer. Then darts. More beer. Play table tennis till CBF finding the ball again. Beer. Turn up music. Order pizza. Talk while eating. Text from wife. Beer. Call from wife. Home. ;)

03-26-2018, 12:47 AM
Hmmmm. Music. Beer. See latest build. Run you in pool. Then beer. Then darts. More beer. Play table tennis till CBF finding the ball again. Beer. Turn up music. Order pizza. Talk while eating. Text from wife. Beer. Call from wife. Home. ;)

I would imagine that's pretty close.

Although....I bet there's a pizza oven around somewhere? Or some other meat searing device?

I'm speechless man! Great job all the way around!

03-26-2018, 01:59 PM
Hmmmm. Music. Beer. See latest build. Run you in pool. Then beer. Then darts. More beer. Play table tennis till CBF finding the ball again. Beer. Turn up music. Order pizza. Talk while eating. Text from wife. Beer. Call from wife. Home. ;)

Thanks guys,

you guys got me figured out LOL

right down to the meat searing device :D
I put in an indoor grill and added a vent to the outside so I can grill all winter long here in Michigan

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04-11-2018, 07:46 PM
sooooooo, back to buggy pics

My frame and body is ready for powder coat. I will wait and send both at once though

started on the second one that my son is building.
He's doing everything himself, layout tube for bending, bending, notching, fit and tack, weld

kid is real good,,, better than many employees I have had over the years and not just saying that because I'm his Dad LOL

This one is his up on the build table

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04-11-2018, 08:58 PM
Man that looks good. Everything's so clean and neat!

Cool on your son doing the work. It's gotta make you proud.

04-12-2018, 02:16 AM
Thanks K!

super fun building with my son. Just glad he's good and doesn't suck LOL

04-12-2018, 03:41 AM
Nice Dad! LOL!

04-12-2018, 11:04 AM
Awesome Jody! I love me some kleko's too!

04-13-2018, 03:57 PM
Keep your updates coming! :)

04-13-2018, 04:46 PM
over the years I have trained at least a dozen students from the local Vocational skill center for machining and welding.
when the students complete certain requirements at school,,, they can go to work at a business for 4 hours a day instead of going to the skill center to learn
So Jesse just completed all the requirements at the skill center and can go work for a company welding for the rest of the school year.
instead of going to school in the morning, he gets to train and work with me :cool:
probably will be mostly building his buggy

04-13-2018, 04:56 PM
Good Deal!

04-14-2018, 05:25 PM
couple of inside pics

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04-14-2018, 08:07 PM
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04-15-2018, 10:58 PM
I really like the looks of these buggies. Have you ever considered a big quad engine instead of an industrial?

04-16-2018, 12:28 AM
Thanks, yes I have considered quad engines in this frame.
Also 4 stroke snowmobile engines. There is room to do either
we did a 450 quad engine in our XK450 model and it performed great

in our gallery scroll to the green and black XK450 album


04-16-2018, 12:35 AM
Pics of the XK450
nice thing about this engine is reverse is built right in to the engine






04-16-2018, 12:59 PM
Sooo nice!!

Do you always use a swingarm rear? How much different does it feel compared to independent?

04-16-2018, 02:31 PM
The MXT, FXT, XK450 models have swing arm style rear suspension
the DXT, XK1000 ,SS1000, SS630R models all have dual A arms on the rear

Dual A arm is a better ride, but swing arm is more budget friendly

04-18-2018, 04:44 AM
That's some impressive packaging, beautiful work.