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    OK, so afte ar fun summer of several dune trips, it's time to tear this thing down and paint it. My plans are to add a SBC radiator in the rear, with 2 10" fans, (this thing will not get hot) add some dimple die'd sheetmetal to the rear upper shock mounts, add a light bar on the top, re make all of the suspension bushings with delrin ones(will explain later), add 2 bilge blowers to blow on the header to reduce the stagnent air behind the seat. As for powdercoat, the frame will be a sparkle red, the arms, RPM mounts, and the uprights are going to be sparkle silver, the rotors, and CV cups are going to be zinc plated. As for the bodywork, not too sure yet... Photos are still uploading, so that will be in the next post..

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    OK, these are my graphic designers working on the aluminum.



    Here is my stack of parts so far.


    The axles, C/v's anf the steering.


    Note how I noted the rotation, and the placment of the axles.


    One thing I am pondering, is to trim my panels down to intersect with the center line of the tube. The frame will show through nice, if I keep the body panels the bare aluminum look. Thoughts?


    THIS is why I am going with DELRIN bushings. This s the upper arm piviot. As the suspension compresses, the bushing flexes enough to push this into the frame.


    This is what happend to the frame.




    As for the new radiator, this is where I was thinking, but using a SBC radiator. The SBC unit measures 19X32. and is all brazed aluminum from speedway motors.



    That is it for tonight, I am into the tear down about 2.5 hours.

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    Those custom graphics are AWESOME!
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    HA..love the pic of the little dude! He's like "yeah buddy!"

    How about rolling the edges of the alu.? Get a slapper and go to town.

    Two quick questions,

    How did the front spindles/uprights hold up to all that jumping?
    How do you like those seats?
    How close did you follow Rortys plans?

    Nice job BTW
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    Quote Originally Posted by TALON View Post
    did you use a special bigfoot camera or something ,you know all blurry could be a tree stump kinda thing .
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    Ha, thanks guys! @ Bull, I have 3 answers to your 2 (3) questions.
    The spindles, and uprights were the first thing I took apart and looked at. They look great! There was no signs of caving in, where the snout is welded to the plate. I also used 1/4" plate instead of 3/16" plate as were in the prints. I jumped this thing SO many times. The last day I jumped, and cleared this one step up prolly more than 30 times!
    The seats... Honestly I should have bought suspension seats, BUT with the padding, it's actually nice. As for following the drawings, I did for the most part. The bushings were one area I went different, bur now going back to the drawings on those. And I really changed the roof line to make it the way I wanted it to look. But all of the suspension geometry were left to Rorty's spec.


    Thanks for looking!

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    Thanks Justin,this is good info for anyone interested in building one.

    I'd like to try one of the aluminum seats in the briggs built to see if it gets me a little more leg/head room.I'm 6' and have a big head.
    "Speed is time-time is speed"-Dennis Hopper

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    did you use a special bigfoot camera or something ,you know all blurry could be a tree stump kinda thing .
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    Your welcome Bull. Those seats are really lo-pro, and I am 6'3", and I am thinking about actually raising the seat an inch or so just to help with visibility when cresting the top of a hill. As for progress, I have my a-arms blasted. yup, thats it.

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    I like the design work.. maybe when their done they can work on my car...

    Looking good and I think you should move the radiator to where you are posting the pic of it.. it really makes a big difference having it up into air flow.. A bigger radiator.. wow even better..

    To bad the arms and bushings don't have just a little more clearance between the brackets and the frame.. sheesh.. but ya delrin should fix that..

    Great to hear that everything is coming apart still in great shape.. as I know you have jumped and used your car.. not abused but used it so that is great to hear no spindles bent etc.. also good to hear what areas you beefed up or left alone.. great info.

    I also agree with Bullnerd and love the rolled edge on a buggy.. just saying.

    Can't wait to read/see another update.. keep us posted... and if I haven't said it.. great job. nice build.



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    Thanks Tutt! After some thought, I think i will use the radiator I have, and get it up in some darn wind....after all, I am always going fast.. Sometime this week, I will look into rolling the edges of the aluminum, I like that look too. So far, my trailing arms, a arms, and uprights are blasted. I will snap some pictures tomorrow of our powder coat set up...I could literally fit 4 or 5 cars the same size as mine in our oven

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    Tear don complete! I have to touch up a couple areas with a grinder, weld some nuts to the dash tabs, to make removal easier, weld tabs for the new radiator location, and blast it!

    Just the motor remains in the picture, but the neighbor kid helped me pull it out..


    What do you think of the new rad. location??


    From the rear..


    AND the chassis color!! It is called sparkle red, with clearcoat. It has a nice gold/silver metallic flop to it! I have all the RPM mounts blasted and coated. The header is for tomorrow.

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