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    Desert Racecar Build
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    Let me see, where to start. Well I started to build my own chassis to go play in the sand and cruise around the desert. Then I found out about this racing that has been going on right under my nose in my neck o'the woods, M.O.R.E. in Barstow. So I went out to the races and met with Tut and Pepper, talked to them about there car, looked at lot of other cars and that was the end of me as a spectator I had to do it, and my Dad was hooked as well. I came home and started to think of what I needed to do to my chassis to make it up to the task. It didn"t take long for my dad and I to decide to go with a proven design, so we got a Tuttech chassis. And we're off!!!

    Even though I was not to deep into my own chassis I didn't think it would handle the abuse it was going to get. I didn't start it with the intentions of racing it, so some of the main tubing is .095 wall where if I thought i was going to be racing I would have used .120 wall so with safety in mind, we got a race chassis. I may still build it as a play buggy for my uncle, so it's not scrap yet!!! enough about the old buggy.

    Here are some pics of the new chassis and parts. We will be running a VW engine with an 091 bus trans, 930 cv's with Micro stubs 3 x 5 chromoly trailing arms in the rear and some +5" front trailing arms on a +12" chromoly race beam. The approx. width will be 82" to 85" and it will have approx. 95" to 97" wheelbase. We are hoping to get 16" to 18" of travel, power steering and not sure what else. We use to race ministock cars on dirt oval tracks and dirtbikes together in the desert so we are not new to racing, but we have never raced in a Desert racecar so this will be a new and exciting!!!

    We want to thank Pepper and Tut for all there help and hospitality. I'm sure we'll need a lot more help before this thing is on the track I think we have made some great new friends. You guys have been great.

    Thanks, any comments, suggestions, advise is greatly appreciated!!
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    Here are a few more pics of the parts!!
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    Ditto on the friends, Tut and Pepper are awesome!
    That is a nice frame, we were drooling over it when we picked up mine, looks like a fun project!
    Tut's red car was pretty sweet and fun to look at also.
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    Congrats! Looking forward to the build!
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    Nice! Wow... I wish I had a shop like that....
    Maybe one day with a few more side builds I can get one.



    For now it's just one car at a time in the garage.

    You guys wasted no time getting it home and setting it up to get started.
    I can not wait as this project grows and fully turns into a race car. I look forward to having you and your father out at the races more and soon racing your car!

    You need anything don't worry you are not bugging just contact me.


    That goes for you to ba450crf. And it was nice meeting you and your father too.


    Post pics when you get a chance and start setting up ideas etc. or parts etc on it.

    Thanks guys enjoy.


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    Yeah the shop is nice, 30 x 30 x 16 tall and I still don't think there is enough room.
    I try to keep it clean cause its my tick, I can't stand dissarray. I will clean in the middle of doing something so I can continue on without getting frustrated at where things are.

    I will definately keep everyone post and plenty of pics as well. Now if I can just get the pit crew to come over and clean the chassis off for me!!!!
    I'm not totally useless, I can be used as a bad example!!
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    Why not use an ecotech motor? Should be cheaper than a VW and last longer. They all have the new ecotech classes.
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    Well, we already have a couple VW engines, and my father has been working on them for years. That being said, There is always the possibility that we could go with an ecotech later. I think it would be cool, But we're gonna go VW for now.

    Thanks, and welcome to the board.
    I'm not totally useless, I can be used as a bad example!!
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    Yep the back of the cage has exactly enough room to drop an Ecotech in and you will just have
    to make up a couple motor mounts and a radiator bracket and your all set.

    We set up Diirks car for an Ecotech so I know it can be done.


    I am also thinking of doing this one day but so far I don't like all the different car rules for just using an Ecotech. Why all the different rules? How come everyone does not have one set of standard rules???


    For now I can run my VW motor in Class 3000 as MORE is allowing it.
    I saw 2 VW cars enter in with the Fusions, C1 Lites, Desert Dynamics cars.
    So I guess I don't have to change either. But I like the power and reliability of the Ecotech.
    Although my VW engine is 3 years old and has been doing great so far.

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    I like the ecotech also, but I also like Vw and since we have them already and know how to work on them it makes sense for us to do so at this point. You never know though an ecotech may be in our future.
    We are excited to get this thing going but will only go forward as money allows, I don't want to get in trouble with the wife!!!! Hopefully we will be ready to go for next years races but I'm not sure, we been hitting swap meets and things looking for good used parts and have found some good deals already. Some things must be new though for my piece of mind.
    We will keep updating this project as we go forward. Thanks again
    I'm not totally useless, I can be used as a bad example!!
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