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Old 02-24-2005, 05:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Talking Finally, the Red Rhino Hybrid... PICS

Alright guys, it's time to get this thread rolling. I finally got my red star! And to think, all I had to do was get on my knees.

The basis of the project was a busted Disco I that I bought for parts, just about all of the saleable stuff is gone and I have been working away stripping it down.

The plan is to build up a 100" Defender soft-top with a full external cage, fit some sort of narly 3-link up front with coils & retain the rear with some slinky springs and bling bling Bilsteins, use Keiths mad scientist shop kit to install some Toyo e-lockers and axles and possibly use the drop boxes from France, run some 15x8 allied bead locks w/ some sort 34ish mud tires, fit the the t-case with gears from Ashcroft, either build a loud obnoxius racey petrol V8 or go with some sort of American V8 power diesel, build a complete black 5 bar plate interior fitted with all kinds neat little gadgets and an internal cage...yada yada yada.

So, enjoy the photos as they come. I hope to start working on it more once things slow down with the Outback Disco but I will be sure to keep things updated.

This weekend we should have fun lifting the body off the frame. We could just use 5 or 6 guys or an engine hoist but here at Red Rhino we believe in making the most of things. Something along the lines of a 35' tree, some snatch blocks, a winch and the ripping of the bolts that are still connected should take place...and don't forget the bikini clad women, chiansaws or the beer either.

KVT, if your watching...flame on


- As it sat for a LONG time -



- The guts torn out -



- My old man w/ the flame -



- Colin having his way with the hinges -



- All the doors off -

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- My old man w/ the flame -

Paul Sr.?

Sounds like a cool project. I will post something about mine soon.
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Old 02-24-2005, 07:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Not Paul, let alone Sr. That's my old man John Michaels the self proclaimed tool prophet and owner of www.specialtytools.com. Aka: My bank. j/k Dad
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Old 02-25-2005, 11:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
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you know you could have taken the two snap rings of those door hinges and the door would have come off in seconds no need for the torch.
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I know... Like I said before, at Red Rhino Products we like to extract the most possible fun out of all activties.
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where in Jax is Red Rhino located?
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Currently we are in Mandarin and are working on building a new shop in St. Johns county sometime late this year. We do not have a retail front nor do I think we ever will. When the shop goes up it will just be for our own and other local friends/customers use.

Where are you? Would you like to join in on the festivities?
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I know... Like I said before, at Red Rhino Products we like to extract the most possible fun out of all activties.
OK???
HACK!

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OK???
HACK!

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It would have been sooooo easy to pop the doors of the traditional way but sometimes you just need increase the "OK" factor...

And let's be honest, things just tend to be more fun when you use a torch or a plasma cutter. Don't your agree?
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Not really. I like the easy way of doing things, not the flammable way of doing things.
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Currently we are in Mandarin and are working on building a new shop in St. Johns county sometime late this year. We do not have a retail front nor do I think we ever will. When the shop goes up it will just be for our own and other local friends/customers use.

Where are you? Would you like to join in on the festivities?
PM'd you...enuff with the post padding.
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Not really. I like the easy way of doing things, not the flammable way of doing things.
I agree, but I think both ways have their place. I work a great deal of the day doing Rover related stuff and the last thing I want to do at the end of the day is keep the monotony rolling when working on my personal projects.

I guess some days I just require the use of a chainsaw, big hammer or cutting torch to keep my sanity...even if it's not warranted. Hmm...maybe your right there is something wrong here.
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I was wondering bout the torch.

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At least you have warmth to work on your hybrid in. I'm freezing my nads off kneeling/sitting/laying on a concrete floor in 20* temps.
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Sorry must have missed a previous post, What is it your building here??
are you joking? yeah, you missed the FIRST post of the thread.
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yeah i fawked up.. missed it and had o edit..

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Yeah the weather is nice down here accept for the fawking Hurricanes.

We are waiting on building the new shop with fancy lifts and all so right now I am doing most of the stripping outsite. Once the frame comes back from galvanizing I will move it into my garage if the shop is not built yet...hell I would move it into the living room but I don't think the Mrs. would appreciate that.

I am looking forward to many late night knuckle busting sessions but the end result should be good.
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A "soft top" with both external and internal cages? I am missing something (I think).
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No, you got it all.. We are going to build an internal cage and stretch the soft top over it. We are then going to build an external cage with a roof basket somewhat similar to the Tomb Raider Defendet but not...does that make sense? I guess kind of similar to a NAS 90 soft top with the external SD roof rack basket but a bit beefier and functional.
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Internal and external cage and a roof rack? sweet, that will look awesome with a half dozen jerry cans a spare tire a highlift a cooler and some brush wires. what a joke.
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Leafy, cmon... We need somewhere for the all the women and beer to sit while we are doing are thing. It's hard to picture but it will look good, if it looks like shit when I am done then bust my balls but at least give me a shot.
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Something like this but a bit more stout and the soft top will be stretch over some smaller OD bars on the inside

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Internal and external cage and a roof rack? sweet, that will look awesome with a half dozen jerry cans a spare tire a highlift a cooler and some brush wires. what a joke.
He don't speak much, but when he does, oh boy!

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Maybe KVT will make you a stripped-down "backpack" rack for it!
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post some pics of that outback disco...that thing is pretty sweet.
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