View Full Version : Rorty R16 Shotgun build

01-21-2008, 01:50 AM
Hey everybody,

First off, im 14 years old and im going to be building a R16. Second, this build will be comletely done by me for learning the fundimentals. The only thing i will be getting assisted in is the ordering of parts and engine/tranny work. My dad purchased me the plans for christmas as a learning experience for welding cutting wiring etc.

Today we put in a chassis jig in the garage from my dads shop used to make race car frames but it looks like it will work. its 60 inches wide and 144 inches long so i can only hope for the best. il try to get up some pictures of the table tomorow after i get my homework done.

01-21-2008, 05:26 AM
Your father is a very smart man to have you do it yourself.
And you are one lucky kid.
Let us know if you need anything but you probably have all the help you need at the dinner table.

01-21-2008, 09:23 AM
Very cool. *Learn all you can, stay focused, and you will have one awesome buggy to use in your spare time. *Keep us up to date on the progress with pictures. [smilie=thumbs_up.gif]

01-21-2008, 10:56 AM
Welcome to MBN! Sounds like you got a great gift and project. Keep doing the homework first!

01-21-2008, 01:29 PM
Here are some pics of the chassis jig in the garage

Hopefully my dad will order the tubing during the week so i can learn how to weld by the weekend.

01-21-2008, 02:05 PM
Nice jig.Have you had ANY welding experience? If not I highly suggest that you take a class somewhere to get some expert help in your endeavor.Welding is not something that can be mastered in a few days.Good luck on the project!ASk all questions before making a move! [smilie=biggrin.gif] Several here will be glad to help with info.

01-21-2008, 02:24 PM
not rele. my dad owns a favrication shop so il no i will be in good hands.

01-21-2008, 02:38 PM
That's cool.You got spell check by chance ? [smilie=biggrin.gif]

01-21-2008, 05:13 PM
My mom was kicking me off the computer so I had to type fast. lol

01-21-2008, 05:56 PM
Just kiddin' ya! [smilie=biggrin.gif]

01-21-2008, 06:26 PM
Practice a lot, preferably on scrap. *Welding isn't that difficult, but it takes practice and coordination.

01-21-2008, 07:54 PM
Welding isn't that difficult, but it takes practice and coordination.AHA!!! Now I know why I'm screwing up all the time!!! * [smilie=ashamed.gif]


01-22-2008, 04:56 PM
its my Birthday. yay! [smilie=mhihi.gif]

01-22-2008, 08:34 PM
Happy Birthday, and have fun! I started back when i was 14 too, building little briggs powered go karts, and lawn mowers. I'm 18 now, and haven't accomplished much... I've had my engine for 2 years now, lol. Need to get that buggy going.

01-24-2008, 01:01 PM
Yeah im sure your dad will be able to help you as far as welding goes, well to get started anyway. After you learn what to look for in a weld you will be out there all the time doin scrap welds on stuff. *

What do you have/plan to use for an engine and tranny? And Im guessing you and your dad already have most of the tools at the house you will need ie. pipe bender, welder etc. *or does he bring them from the shop?

01-27-2008, 06:45 PM
Im using a 2003 fuel injected yamaha r1 for the engine.
Yeah i have all that stuff in the garage and at the shop.

02-24-2008, 11:31 PM
Sorry everyone,

I've been realy busy between school and workin on the buggy. I have been able to make the upper and lower control arm mounts and am almost done with the bottom layer and halfway done with the middle layer. I'll try and post some pictures of what I've completed so far tomorow.

03-11-2008, 11:36 PM
heres some of the progress.
I made plug welds in the back to add more strength.

This whole week i have been headin over to the shop after school to get this thing moving. Tomorrow i should have the first and second layer complete with uprights.

Il get more pics tomorow.

03-12-2008, 07:25 AM
Great looking work.

Keep the pix coming.

It's fun to go back after you've finished the build and see how it all came together.

03-12-2008, 08:42 AM
It s nice to see some bobs and string,i used to work part time for a drag chassis guy and i would crack up at all the plumb -bobs he had and would hang from everywhere on the car.

Very nice precision work,someone there knows what their doing. [smilie=bow.gif]

Yes pics,pics,pics.

03-12-2008, 04:47 PM
Thanks guys for all the support.

03-12-2008, 06:44 PM
You gonna tro the camaro clip on there? [smilie=mhihi.gif]

03-12-2008, 07:17 PM
lol i wish........dream car [smilie=mhihi.gif]

07-29-2008, 01:30 AM
heres some pics of my progress so far

07-29-2008, 07:13 AM
Looks real nice! How old are you??!!

07-29-2008, 12:58 PM
im 15.

07-29-2008, 02:26 PM
Then it's a VERY nice start.

07-29-2008, 06:14 PM
thank you

07-29-2008, 08:38 PM
It is a great start. Keep it up! We want to see you drive that car.

07-30-2008, 10:03 AM
believe me, you will.

09-03-2008, 05:47 PM
I recently got back from pismo which has gave me a huge boost of energy to get this finshed. I've been workin on the suspension jigs lately and heres the progress. I wil get the pictures of the rear trailing arms tomorow and then put them up.

jumpin jellybean
09-04-2008, 10:53 AM
[smilie=ecstatic.gi:man wish I was that ambitous at 14/15 years old [smilie=alright.gif] wish I could remember being that old great work btw keep it up its driving me crazy not having garage to build in [smilie=alright.gif] but sunny days are coming garage my get built this spring depends on wife and that fat guy in december[smilie=rofl.gif]

09-04-2008, 01:49 PM
garage my get built this spring depends on wife and that fat guy in december[smilie=rofl.gif]

Santa and the wife are going to build you a garage? Way cool man!:D
All I ever get is socks and underwear! [smilie=cry.gif]

09-04-2008, 02:17 PM
All I ever get is socks and underwear! [smilie=cry.gif]

me too. lol

jumpin jellybean
09-04-2008, 06:20 PM
I wish just depends on how much money he leaves for me under the tree:D:p but don't expect much have 1 in collage and a 6 and 7 year old:eek::rolleyes::D woman seem to take things seriously I was just [smilie=poked.gif] at her in fun

09-04-2008, 10:08 PM
Building a jig is fun! I really enjoyed thinking about the layout and seeing the final result. Keep it up!

09-06-2008, 11:33 PM
well then here are some more for ya!

the red circle is showing how i had to grind out some of the tubing to fit part of the trailing arm.

09-07-2008, 12:29 PM
I did not have to grind any notches in my TA jig to have clearance for the top tube, I would double check your measurements of the placement of the hub plate on the outside leg. The hub plate should be centered on the outside leg and tilted in 1/2 degree at the top. It looks like yours is flush with the outside. Disregard this if you were going for a wider track in the back.

09-07-2008, 01:04 PM
the reason is because i used thicker material than what was in the plans

02-03-2010, 09:33 PM
I'm back at it again! I got cought up in a bunch of other hobbies and havnt had much time to work on the buggy(yeah I no excuses,excuses,excuses). For the past months i was helping my dad get to Bonneville and set a new record which was an awesome experience. Anyways here's where im at:

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02-03-2010, 09:50 PM
Wow! Some excuse! I was helping my dad set a record at Bonneville!

Weak. How about My dog ate the R16 and I started over . . .

Very cool! What record?

Glad to see it continues.

02-03-2010, 10:51 PM
I believe it was the record for fastest wheel driven, gas powered 4 wheel vehicle. You can see the whole build here:

Scroll down. My dads the crew chief.
Spectre Performance Blog (http://spectreperformance.com/blog/)

02-04-2010, 08:50 AM
Your build looks awsome so far keep up the good work!

02-04-2010, 10:04 AM
It looks really great and professional! :eek:

Keep on going;)

07-24-2012, 11:50 AM
How is this build going?

07-24-2012, 12:09 PM
yeah, it's been over 2 years. probably busy [smilie=strokin.gif]