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Doug Heim
11-19-2006, 01:39 PM
Well Not long after recieving my plans I started to draw up everything on the computer as to the way I would like it (small changes and imperial sizes). I am still playing with a few Ideas but have about 80% of it the way I like so far. In the mean time I have taken any extra time to Machine up as many parts as I can. There is alot of work to do and I believe that the skill level to complete this type uf build is quite high. I dont see how the average person can construct this new design without having to purchase many of the parts or have it jobbed out. I want to build as much as I can without many purchased parts.

On that note I have begun build mode once again. I have set this build to be complete in a year or a little longer. I will need to enjoy my Piranha in the mean time and have a few adventures already planned for next year. The Material is ordered, Lasers out for quote, and sleepless nights already setting in. This build will be accompanied by another buggy (Barracuda) That is being financed by Rico. He is a common user of this forum. He will be using a GSXR 750 and I will be using the RC-51 (RVT1000) again. We have our motors and parts are accumulating. An order will be placed with The Edge to use their brake calipers, bearings, and possibly some other stuff that really cant be bought anywhere else in the world for the cost. I have not been able to find the bearings for the PIRCV for under $80 USD anywhere. Rico will be using Fox Air shocks all the way around as I will be using the Fox 2.0 Coil Over with remote reservoir. Rico is going to be using the rear end that Rick and I have used in our Piranha's. He will be using the design that I went with on my last build. Main reason for this is cost and the parts were already accumulated.

Anyway there is a TON of work to do. Many jigs to design and build. I will also be machining a new set of bending dies to a different bend radius. LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS of work ahead. I will keep you all posted. Thanks for the support on my last build. this one will be intresting due to that it is a very new design.

Here is the link to the New Photo Bucket...
http://s39.photobucket.com/albums/e162/ ... %20Builds/ (http://s39.photobucket.com/albums/e162/WH1TETIGER/Barracuda%20Builds/)?

11-20-2006, 09:30 AM
[smilie=biggrin.gif] hi doug,was wondering what u charge to machine all the cuda parts for someone.could u quote a price for me?you would have to source material as well.im working on the chassis at this time thanks

11-20-2006, 10:10 AM
Kinda sucks that bearings are so hard to source for a decent price. Having to ship bearings from Oz land told me right away that this build is NOT for me.

Doug Heim
11-21-2006, 06:53 PM
but even with shipping it is a hell of alot cheaper.

11-21-2006, 08:13 PM
Project description clear.

I had no idea when I started how much my project would entail. Oh yeah, I wasn't turning any parts. Any parts I want special-made are custom made and sometimes expemsive. Time sis money.

I am looking forward to the coming builds/

Doug Heim
11-23-2006, 09:54 PM
I have posted some new pics of the progress. Mainly stripping the bike down for the motor. I did also post some CNC video of the machine work I am doing... Enjoy

Doug Heim
12-07-2006, 09:37 PM
I started to finally start cutting and bending my tube. ive been so busy its insane. I posted a video of some tube bending and I hope to have more to show after the weekend. My laser work got help up but I hope to see it tomorrow. I will keep you all updated... Let me know what you think. Enjoy. Doug

http://s39.photobucket.com/albums/e162/ ... %20Builds/ (http://s39.photobucket.com/albums/e162/WH1TETIGER/Barracuda%20Builds/)

Doug Heim
12-08-2006, 09:42 PM
I picked up some of my laser work today. Tomorrow will be a full day at work making goodis on the CNC. I posted a video of the laser in action as well... Enjoy

http://s39.photobucket.com/albums/e162/ ... =Laser.flv (http://s39.photobucket.com/albums/e162/WH1TETIGER/Barracuda%20Builds/?action=view&current=Laser.flv)

http://s39.photobucket.com/albums/e162/ ... ilds/?sc=3 (http://s39.photobucket.com/albums/e162/WH1TETIGER/Barracuda%20Builds/?sc=3)


12-08-2006, 10:54 PM
Gosh, Looks like your going to be building a whole school of barracudas. *[smilie=biggrin.gif]


Doug Heim
12-09-2006, 06:36 PM
Yup first lesson..... He who has the most toys wins! Anyway...

All in a days work... 8 hours with my friend and myself. And all he did were the misalignment spacers.
We completed the following...
4 CV drive hubs
2 CV drive hubs with wheel hub intrigated (my design)
2 Castor Adj. Nuts (program is written and ready to make more)
4 Front Hubs Billet 6061 Aluminum (my design)
4 Inner Bearing housings
58 3/4" Rod End Misalignment Spacers
58 5/8" Rod End Misalignment Spacers
8 Nut housings for front lower A-arms

All programes were save because everytime I turn around I end up needing one more part. This will make it easy to whip out a part or 2 in the future. The programing really dosent take me too long on my machine but when you add it all up is sure sves alot of time to kepp them on file. Still have to set it up but the notes are all there. It did take 2.5 Hours to set up and program the Misalignment spacers. Those were done on a high production CNC Lathe. I had ordered a 12' bar of aluminum for the job so figured I would run it all out. It is Fast !!! But a pain in the ass to set up. Ill have a video posted in the next week or so. Later Doug


12-09-2006, 06:42 PM
You sure can pump out the parts. show some good shots of those custom hubs.



Doug Heim
12-09-2006, 09:21 PM
what hubs do you want to see? There are more photos in my p new photobucket. The mill work needs to be done yet.

http://s39.photobucket.com/albums/e162/ ... %20Builds/ (http://s39.photobucket.com/albums/e162/WH1TETIGER/Barracuda%20Builds/)

12-09-2006, 11:10 PM
What I want to know, *is attempting to build a 2 seater baracuda a waste of time or is it possible?
Amber trichomes (http://trichomes.org)

Doug Heim
12-10-2006, 10:01 AM
anything is possible. The way I would go about it is to build your own version of the Vulture like Steve is doing (on the Edge Forum) and then fit the Barracuda front end to it. Here is his photobucket...


Doug Heim
12-18-2006, 09:32 PM
Well Christmas came a few days early for me! Today my big order arrived from the EDGE containing Calipers, Bearings, Steering Racks, PIRCV Axles, and some oter misc. items. Some EBAY items also came in.... 930 CVs, Master Cylinders, and other goodies. I posed pics tonight of all the goodies I have recieved. I also posted pics of my PIRCV Upright construction and other progress. Much more will be getting done after the new year. I just got my welder back online. I was having problems with my liner and such through the weekend so I gave up and bought a new liner today. Welds like brand new. Next project is to finish up the control arm jigs. I had the plates laser cut and now all I have to do is make the clamping blocks. there is a total of about 50 blocks and there not all the same. Keep checking back. Thanks for looking, Later Doug

http://s39.photobucket.com/albums/e162/ ... %20Builds/ (http://s39.photobucket.com/albums/e162/WH1TETIGER/Barracuda%20Builds/)

Doug Heim
03-17-2007, 09:49 PM
Havent posted in awhile... Sorry. Ive beed quite busy with others projects but Im back into it again. I have all the control arms done and many parts accumulated. I started the base frames today and hope to have somthing that looks like a cockpit by the end of the week. Anyway I just wanted to make a quick post and update you all on the recent progress. There is a ton of pictures in the photobucket. Alot of jig work is pictured. Oh I also picked up some better machinery just recently. That kept me busy with reorganizing and rewiring the shop. Here is the link again.

http://s39.photobucket.com/albums/e162/ ... %20Builds/ (http://s39.photobucket.com/albums/e162/WH1TETIGER/Barracuda%20Builds/)

Let me know what you all think so far. Later Doug


03-17-2007, 10:48 PM
Nice work, It looks like you are doing the opposite that I am. I did my frame first, and now I'm working on my suspension and stuff. Any idea on when you will be finished?

03-17-2007, 10:58 PM
Astounding! Those pictures are so great. Each one planned and executed like the project.

Write and illustrate a coffee table book.

03-17-2007, 11:12 PM
looks to me like the mass parts producing is to sell, seems like lot of pieces for 2 cars.... [smilie=biggrin.gif]

Doug Heim
03-18-2007, 10:06 AM
I make the more difficult parts on the CNC so it is easy to make extras once set up. Same with the front control arms. The control arms were difficult to make up with all the tube notching and fitting so I just decided to make some spares. I know these wont be my lsat buggies so why not right? I am building 2 Barracudas. One is for myself as a complete unit and the other is for a friend as a roller with his engine mounted. He is not using the PIRCV rear though as he is using the same rear as in my Piranha. Not sure on completion time as the roller will be first then I will build mine. I am constructing certain sections of mine though as I go. Another event that will slow me down is that my wife and I are expecting twins any week now. That will definatly keep me in the house more and out of the garage. I will try and keep you all updated as best as I can. I am curious though to see pictures of others building Barracudas without purchased parts from the EDGE. Only parts I purchased was a rack, bearings, and calipers, Im glad you guys like the work. I really try to do my best and I believe it shows on the finished product. All those jigs may seem like alot of unnecessary work but It should help when it comes time to fit everything. Not only that but now I can make a replacment at the drop of a hat. I do have some extra laser work though if anyone is intrested. I drew up my own files using Auto CAD. The materials are all standardized. I ordered extras to get the price per part down. I only have a few parts so if you want them hit me up on the E-mail. Later Doug...

03-18-2007, 01:15 PM
Beautiful craftsmanship Doug!

03-18-2007, 06:45 PM
Very nice workmanship and the finish looks excellent! *[smilie=bow.gif]

Doug Heim
03-18-2007, 10:08 PM
Thanks guys... More pics added to the bucket tonight. I did not get as much done as first anticipated for the weekend. I took it slow and enjoyed the days as they are getting nicer. I did detail in step by step with pictures how I weld the plate into the tube for drilling and tapping into for nerf bars or engine mounts. Ever since I first started doing this and it worked so well I could never imagine doing it any other way. It is a clean look and less weight really. Enjoy and keep the comments or suggestions flying... thanks again ... Later Doug

Doug Heim
03-21-2007, 10:05 PM
It is without a doubt that I will have a large section of the chassis done over the weekend. I was hard at it today measuring, grinding out a little in the notches, remeasuring, tack welding, remeasuring, grinding tacks off, remeasuring, tweaking bends, measuring, tack welding and measuring untill I was happy. I now have what is on page 11 in the Barracuda plans with some of the lasers in place to make sure of the line ups. I can now look down the length of the upper chassis and lower chassis with everything as straight as an arrow. Everything is square where it is supposed to be and every measurment is within tight tolerances. Now all I have to do is, do it again for the second chassis. It was tedious and I was probably picky about how everthing fit. I have my mind made up to the fact that this is the most important part of constructing the chassis as if at this point if everything is where it is supposed to be, the rest will be a snap! I have some pictures of the Shocks I am using. i am waiting on the other pair but I though they looked sooo shiney that I needed to post them. Stay tuned for chassis pictures Later Doug


Doug Heim
03-22-2007, 09:14 PM

http://s39.photobucket.com/albums/e162/ ... %20Builds/ (http://s39.photobucket.com/albums/e162/WH1TETIGER/Barracuda%20Builds/)

03-22-2007, 09:25 PM
Looks great, i am suprised you didnt change the lower frame to tube tho, excellent work as you always share!!

Doug Heim
03-23-2007, 06:43 AM
Reason I kept it square was I like to have a flat bottom to bolt floor pans and such to to make a better seal. that way if I go through a deep puddle or creek crossing I dont get too wet. I will be sealing off the entire cockpit like I did on my Piranha. Im just a fan of that I guess. Its impossible to seal it off completly ut I do my best. Thanks for the kind words though.

Doug Heim
03-24-2007, 11:14 PM
More Chassis work....




Doug Heim
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Doug Heim
03-27-2007, 10:47 PM
I recieved the Header pipe yesterday and started to fit it. The header obviously passes under the engine and it cradles the sump so leaving the engine higher up is the best option with this engine without making MAJOR mods to the original header. While I am on the subject I have a question as I am not familiar with the Suzuki GSXR Engines.

I bolted the header up to see where I needed to cut it. When doing so and tightening the bolts I relized the header is still a floppy / loose fit. There are no gaskets at the moment but with my calulations the gasket would have to be quite thick to take up the gap causing the loosness. The retaining flanges are aginst the casted bosses where the bolts thread into. Are the gaskets that thick between the head to the header (maybe need .100" or 2.5mm)? If they are the cruch style I am still not confident that they will take up the space as I feel they will relieve themselves in a short time. I will look into this more at my speed shop tomorrow but in the meantime I am looking for anyone that has expierence in this area. If all else fails I do know a way around it and I will just make a split ring for each pipe and tig weld it so the sliding retaining flange can get a bigger bite on the step that it secures aginst. I hope this makes sence as Im sure this can get confusing.

Anyway I do have more pictures added to the bucket. I havent done any work tonight. The pics are from yesterday. I will get back to it again by the weekend. Later Doug



03-28-2007, 12:42 AM
Looks awesome so far doug! Just curious, how much did you budget for this build?

03-28-2007, 06:38 AM
The exhaust header gaskets for the GSXR 600 are around 1/8 to 3/16 thick. You definitley need these to tighten up the header.

The build is looking real good again, looks like you could be running the new car this summer???

Doug Heim
03-28-2007, 09:47 AM
Thanks guys... This buggy is being built as a roller for another person. I usually budget about $6000 -$7000 per buggy of actual money spent. Somtimes I can fall way below that but it all depends. I will be building mine after I complete this one. I am using anothr RC-51 like my last build. Thanks again... Doug Heim

03-28-2007, 05:43 PM
Thanks doug.You can't even buy a new sport quad for that little these days.

Doug Heim
03-28-2007, 10:03 PM
I checked on gaskets today... They are quite thick so that takes care of that issue.

* * You know Ultra man... Not only can you barley buy a new quad with all the goodies for that cost... I look at it this way.... Anyone can go and buy an item that is manufactured and try to out do the next guy by just having the coin... It takes real skill, determination, and pride to build somthing like these machines. I have already had people ask me where I got my buggies and when I tell them I built it they totally do not believe me. Nothing like driving around a piece of machinery that is a kick ass head turner knowing you built it with your own bare hands!!!!

03-30-2007, 01:35 PM
I wanted too ask you Doug if there is going too be rings for limit straps on there already?No biggie if not.If there is a big difference on width between front and rear i may need some spacers.You think bigger wheels would look better on it?Great work so far Doug keep the updates coming.


Doug Heim
03-30-2007, 08:11 PM
I doo think wider wheels would look better but thats just my opinion and I am yet to get the wheels mounted to see for sure.. ill send along pics when i get to that stage... Limit straps will not be necessary.

05-22-2007, 07:11 PM
great work, i am waiting for my cuda plans... i might have to ask for your advice on some things when i receive them if that is ok? *[smilie=ashamed.gif]

Doug Heim
07-03-2007, 10:36 PM
I have just finished up tearing down the Cuda for final welding and have it all back toghther. All I have left is the Overflow tank and the front shocks and then its off to Rico so he can plumb, wire, and beat on it. I will take post pics of it on thursday in its present state... in the mean time I did upload some from last weekend.. Later... And Enjoy...


07-03-2007, 10:56 PM
Hey Doug it looks great! Now you can move on to yours I hope.

07-05-2007, 11:32 AM
very nice,I love the barracuda

09-30-2011, 09:42 AM
awesome... work..[smilie=bow.gif]
thats all in my head when i see ur pics..
you just inspired me to make like yours but only smaller...
i like ur idea of gearbox, knuckle, arm, pipes, all ur doing is ... awesome
i might get some help from you, if i meet 1.
i want to make it 40% smaller then yours...
dont know what become if i make 1..
but.. i will post some pic in progress..
thx mate

10-15-2012, 06:28 PM
Came across this thread today and figure i would post pictures of the buggy done. Even though it was a few years ago and i dont have it anymore(Had to sell due to loss of job). My name is Rico. Doug built this buggy for me and it was nothing short of what you would expect from a Faber like Doug. Im in the process of getting parts together and tools to fab my own frame and design. I been talking to Rick and others about the rear suspension and front a-arms and such. I don't want to mess those up to bad so i will let the seasoned builders handle those areas. I hope to have a build log up soon but like i said im just collecting parts and tools at the moment. If anyone has some old parts laying around let me know. Im in the market lol.Anyway here are the pics. I may have put these on here before but i dont remember for sure

10-15-2012, 08:00 PM
Thanx for the time capsule dude, thats a cool build I am glad some one rezerected it, man its an old tread [smilie=ext_beer2.g: but I got no partz to donate have my own projectz to tackle LOL