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Old 08-10-2006, 06:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Budget Buggy Build

Started my Buggy project.

My goal is to make a rock buggy without braking the bank. Im using Junkyard parts and a donnor vehicle I got from a local. I stripped all the parts I wanted to keep, like the engine,tranny,mounts,etc and sold the rest. I got enough $$ out of it to buy what I wanted. Heres the list for now.

Going with leafs for now.
I-258
T-5
Dana 300 twins sticks with 4:1
D44 front
14 bolt rear (4.10's for now)
HUmmer wheels tires (for now)
2x4 tubing frame
1 3/4 cage
Wheel base 107"
Width 80"

Building on a budget but not skimping on safety or design. (ie. no coil overs for now)

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-...FrontBuggy.jpg

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-.../DSCF00092.jpg

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-.../DSCF00082.jpg

Sorry about the crappy pictures.

(Also how do you post a pic to not have to click on it?)

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Old 08-10-2006, 06:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Any suggestion son where to located the engine?

More to rear? Lower? Higher? ETC?
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Old 08-10-2006, 07:09 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I'ld mount the pig just high enough to flat belly the skid pan to the frame rails. Front to back is just a preference IMO. I'ld leave enough room to change a water pump without pulling the radiator.

FWIW, the T5 needs to go. Sell it and find an auto tranny that will bolt up without adapters.
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I'ld mount the pig just high enough to flat belly the skid pan to the frame rails. Front to back is just a preference IMO. I'ld leave enough room to change a water pump without pulling the radiator.

FWIW, the T5 needs to go. Sell it and find an auto tranny that will bolt up without adapters.
i agree one hundred% well maybe 99.99% caus i think that the engine placement depends on the wieght ratio from front to back try to keep the wight the same so you dont have any problems on the hills
also if your good with a stick then keep the manual(less problem on the iclines lik the fluid goin to the back or front and it not working)
but if you wnt to go with the automatic get the newer ones made for off roadin cause they solved the problem with the fluid
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I'ld mount the pig just high enough to flat belly the skid pan to the frame rails. Front to back is just a preference IMO. I'ld leave enough room to change a water pump without pulling the radiator.

FWIW, the T5 needs to go. Sell it and find an auto tranny that will bolt up without adapters.

I have tried and tried to find an auto, but no luck yet, maybe after the T-5 blows up.
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Old 08-10-2006, 03:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have tried and tried to find an auto, but no luck yet, maybe after the T-5 blows up.
if you live anywhere near a junkyard or a bone yard then go pull a tranny
if you dont then go to quadratec and have them ship you the tranny you need for your engine
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Anyone have pics of NON hi steer steering w/a spring over?

Did you just make an "S" out of your drag link or do you attach to the center link?
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Anyone have pics of NON hi steer steering w/a spring over?

Did you just make an "S" out of your drag link or do you attach to the center link?
dere u go



*no this is not my jeep
i run the currie high steer with there hd aluminum tie rod/draglink setup
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Thanks Bodydamage for the reply.



Got the engine and drive train "mocked" into place. Engine mounts built and tranny mount to come. Will try to get some pics next week.


Any suggestions on where to put a frame support the runs across the two rails? SHould I hole saw out the frame and weld like some 1 3/4 dom thorugh there to get both sides? or is welding some more 2x4 inside good enough? Any experiences one way or the other?

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Thanks Bodydamage for the reply.



Got the engine and drive train "mocked" into place. Engine mounts built and tranny mount to come. Will try to get some pics next week.
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Good to hear you're making progress.

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Any suggestions on where to put a frame support the runs across the two rails? SHould I hole saw out the frame and weld like some 1 3/4 dom thorugh there to get both sides? or is welding some more 2x4 inside good enough? Any experiences one way or the other?
I've done it both ways, and don't see any problem w/ either.

rear crossmember. The round tube was a scrap yard find and possibly overkill, but I'm not concerned with it bending if I put a recovery point in the center.



front crossmember. It's 3/16" wall 4x4 that I recessed 1.5" between the factory framerails.
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oh, and it wouldn't hurt to add gussets either route you go.
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Update:

Got the engine and drive train mocked up as well as the seats and mounting for the seats to the cage. Started on the cage.
Ended up with YJ leafs and 107 wheel base.

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Better pic.

Trying to finish cage on Wed. this week. Any input other than TRIANGULATION?


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Looks like a good start to a nice project.. Wish I had the time and patience for something like this.
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Old 09-05-2006, 10:18 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I hear ya Scott on the patience part! It is going pretty fast but lots of details to finish. It will be sometime before I get is ready to wheel.

Also I couldnt do it without a Shop to work in, makes me appreciate the guys building rigs in the driveway and home garages!

I am trying to make the cage look like Shaffers Sport Chassis. Kinda like the way it looks and its function.
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Old 09-15-2006, 10:45 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Got stated on the rear of the cage, but ran out of $$ and metal for now. I am going to work on the steering next whilst I save $$.

Ive got about $1200.00 in it as it sits. Hope it stays budget!

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