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10-03-2009 08:46 AM
Originally Posted by b2dude View Post
any more progress pics of the knuckles?
Stephen has some and I have been telling him to post them up. What you see is the meat and potatos of the design. The rest of the pieces that were added just enclose the sides and keep everything from moving up and down.

This was not the cheapest route to go but my steering ram setup dictated that we had to use a knuckle with the stock ford tierod mounting location. This was the solution to the fact that nobody makes a true ford knuckle. All of the knuckles that I have seen are a chevy casting with the ford spindle pattern drilled into them.

There will probably be more later as well since the car is totally torn down for new motor and prep for KOH. We have a lot of various personal commitments through the next few months so an early start was essential.
10-03-2009 04:06 AM
b2dude any more progress pics of the knuckles?
08-24-2009 11:41 PM
Originally Posted by B.A.R.K View Post
What is going on with the front driver tire in this picture?
That is BFG's new Orange Stripe Compound tire that was made specifically for #4488. It is better than the Silver Stripe Compound but not as good as the Red Stripe Compound.
08-24-2009 08:51 PM
miniwally Tape is used on all tires that go on the vehicle in the spare location. When coming into a pit the crew should have been notified that there was a flat and a new spare is needed. In the event that radio communication is bad or down the crew only has to look at the tire for the tape, no tape car needs a tire.

Look for a full race recap and press release in the next few days. We're back in CO and going to bed.
08-24-2009 06:26 AM
trailbuilt Has tape on it, it was the spare. they put tape on the new spares for a few reasons..... I dont know which reasons are true.. I have heard it is so they can write driver info on the tape and I have heard they do you it so they know which spare has not been used...

nolen beat me to it..haha
08-24-2009 06:25 AM
wngrog I read on the Blog that that was tape used to ID tires in the pits. Just not worn off yet for the day it seems.
08-24-2009 06:22 AM
Originally Posted by wngrog View Post
What is going on with the front driver tire in this picture?
08-24-2009 06:10 AM
wngrog http://www.pirate4x4.com/gallery/mai...oto77.jpg.html
08-23-2009 10:06 PM
Dirt-Fab I predict many cars painted orange for next years race....
08-23-2009 07:55 PM
inphobic Congrats guys! What an awesome effort!
08-23-2009 05:18 PM
78stepsideUAK10 Congrats on 2nd, I think I was the only one to vote for you in the poll about who you think will win.
08-23-2009 05:16 PM
stover For additional race coverage on Team Watson's V2R race effort, check out Robin Stover's Blogs on Fourwheeler.com
Blog 1
Blog 2

08-22-2009 08:22 PM
wngrog Super job guys!!!!
08-22-2009 07:09 PM
trailbuilt http://www.sopwithmotorsports.com/live/ top video at 38 mins
08-22-2009 06:38 PM
trailbuilt Way to go 4488!!! they finished 1st on day 2 and 3 and took 2nd overall!!!!
And they stopped a few times to help some of the other racers! Awesome job... So now that You both have spots at the KOH are we going to see 2 Watson rigs there
08-17-2009 11:53 PM
Stephen just fired the motor, topped off fluids, checked for leaks, etc. Still have misc. projects like mounting the jack and a couple of toolbags. We're not going to make the test date with King

And we need to throw all the stuff in the trucks. This racing stuff is a ton of work.
08-15-2009 08:32 PM
Stephen Thanks for the heads up on the shock pulling, I kind of assumed that and having seen Campbell's super sweet gantry I formulated a plan that's about as booty fab as anything we've ever done...
My old swingset was built by my dad to his normal standards - structural way beyond holding up some little kids. Turns out it pulled a couple of motors and hung some meat when we got too old to swing on it and now it's coming out of retirement to pull shocks in the field when combined with a cable come along. I think we'll stick a shorter piece of pipe in the middle to make it 6 feet wide or so but otherwise it should be good to go.

This day was spent on a light mounts, rear bypass shock mounts and some other details like the tail lights, iritrack mount, link arm heims, finishing the knuckle project, screwing the interior back together, etc.
I have some pics but will have to upload later.
08-14-2009 09:38 PM
David Taylor [QUOTE=Stephen;10185014]schedule just got moved up a little, test session is EARLY tuesday morning, yikes!


Best of luck to you guy's at V2R. My money's on you.

Don't worry to much on the EARLY. KING will be there but, don't expect them to roll in at 8:00 like they might have told you. In case they didn't tell you, bring what you need to pull your shocks off. They will be more than happy to work on the shocks but you have to have all the tools to get them off your rig.
08-14-2009 09:29 PM
kidkrawler Best of luck guys, tell James all 4 down at all times. Want me to send you Keith the Kangaroo with the custom goggles and all for luck???
08-14-2009 09:14 PM
Stephen more arm pics tomorrow morning, no problem. Just stopped for a snack, then back to bypass mount, light bar and then maybe some sleep.
08-14-2009 04:15 PM
twentyfootdaredevil More pics of the fabricated arms on the knuckles please.
08-14-2009 03:35 PM
Stephen schedule just got moved up a little, test session is EARLY tuesday morning, yikes!

It's amazing how much of a job it's been getting all the stuff here and right, it's no wonder the big time racers do it for a job, it's hard to do the day job right even when we're doing most of the work from 6pm to 1am.
08-14-2009 12:01 PM
DSI This is awesome to see other people step up and actually show a prep thread for there car.
08-14-2009 11:48 AM
Originally Posted by trailbuilt View Post
How about a new water pump and gaskets?
Water pump was actually fine. it was the gasket on the back of the pump under the sheet metal cover plate.
I did it months ago. It won't leak again. I might not be able to get it off ever again but it won't leak
08-14-2009 11:38 AM
trailbuilt How about a new water pump and gaskets?
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