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08-15-2013 03:25 PM
ljaskolski It went to a good home in Wyoming. We have taken it out already. My husband has a 1976 Blazer he has been building for 8 years now. He is on the CK5 forum with a Blazer build "Building Blazer Still", its pretty bad A$$. Now time for mine. First trip up "heart attack" hill was successful. A little intimidating from going in the passenger seat to driver! It was fun though!
07-29-2013 08:17 AM
JETHROBODEAN Good to hear it headed to a good home. One of my favorite Zuk based builds in a while for sure. Did it stay local?

Hate to hear of back problems. I've got a strong suspicion you'll use it as a learning experience though, & come out the other side working smarter than before. Just remember, the Egyptians couldn't lift 3 ton blocks, but they still got the pyramids built. Back injuries are always scary, but don't let fear of losing a way of life get you down, it just takes a different approach to how you get things done. Best of luck.
07-29-2013 08:06 AM
dcastell She has sold.

I felt really good about the sale and it is going to a good home. I have already (My Nature) started looking at building another toy and looking up parts on Craigslist. Wow, shit is expensive. I guess after building a project for 2 years you forget about all the small things and time that went into my project.

I was suprised how upset the GF was about getting rid of it. I will build another some day, but unfortunetly I think most of this money will be going to back surgery this fall. I have herniated disk in my lower back and the results from my steriod shot failed. I shouldn't be numb in my legs as I write this. Back injuries are scary shit. Especially the idea of not being able to lift a trailer, transfer case, or work in my garage. The entire disk has pushed out more than 50% from the spine now.

Dcastell will build again and I will keep lurking.
07-11-2013 02:12 PM
dcastell It is now posted in the Classifieds
07-09-2013 03:03 PM
dcastell Well, I think I am done and ready for the next build. I think I am going to list it for 10k and another 2k for the trailer. I don't really want to sell the trailer, but it is made for it. Nice to be able to pull with a gasser.

I hit all the hard trails within 500 miles of Denver this past year. Little hick ups along the way, but an awesome do all rig.

Sound fair? Got about 8k in parts and then the labor. Which I know I will never get back.

Might keep the axles, coils, hydro, links and sell the body/chassis/title with motor, tranny and transfer case for 1700 bucks.
06-12-2013 02:51 PM
dcastell That is what I have sitting on my shelf. I was too lazy to put them in before last trip. Lesson learned.
06-12-2013 02:39 PM
smewhtguy
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100,000 hits.

Never thought 5 years ago when I joined that I would have a build thread that was viewed as much.

I would like to thank my parents, my 5th grade teacher, my shitty boss, and all the evil girl friends along the way for being so supportive.

Mostly all of my readers.


Congrats on the 100k hits, wait till you go a 1000 replies on a build it really gives you the false sense that people give a shit.
Might try a plate and bushing style mount with tabs on the frame.
06-12-2013 12:54 PM
dcastell Motor mount failure. Should have taken time during the initial build.

There is a round about story in this, but here it is.
I am assuming that the rubber failed first inside the mount. So we threw a piece fo scrap in there to hold it down on the trail.

This is the driver side looking from the front.


Then the bolts started to pull through.




You can see where I threw a quick weld in there. I could not reach the back to bolts.

Here is a shot of it looking up.




This is how it sits now looking from the back.



Which then resulted in the back plate braking. Full circle.
06-08-2013 11:18 PM
bike_mike double thanks, on info.
06-07-2013 10:30 AM
dcastell 100,000 hits.

Never thought 5 years ago when I joined that I would have a build thread that was viewed as much.

I would like to thank my parents, my 5th grade teacher, my shitty boss, and all the evil girl friends along the way for being so supportive.

Mostly all of my readers.


06-05-2013 02:18 PM
gr8one thanks for the info
06-04-2013 08:36 AM
dcastell Questions Answered

1. Front control arms are 30"s eye to eye. Both lowers and the one upper control arm.
There is 9" separation on the front axle and 6" on the frame mounts

2. Cage

Front of cage is 45" and back of cage is 46" from the floor to the bottom of the tube.

Welcome
06-03-2013 07:21 AM
dcastell Forgot to measure again. I have a JD2 tube bender. Garage Floor is the bend program I use.
06-01-2013 08:26 PM
gr8one what tubing bender are you using. im looking to buy 1.
05-31-2013 09:39 AM
gr8one ok thanks it looks prefect. im going to do a build kind of like that but im going to the ifs and only run a 30x9.5x15 tire I trail ride in South Carolina and Kentucky. but live in Florida. I thank what you built will be perfect. thanks for posting and any advice will be helpful.
05-31-2013 08:00 AM
dcastell I keep forgetting to get measurements. I have another guy that wants the front control arms lengths as well. I will try and make an effort to measure this weekend and get back to you. I am 5'8. I am using stock seat sliders with RZR seats.

I remember having about 6" of clearance for my head. Anything crazy i put the helmet on.
05-30-2013 09:28 PM
gr8one whats the measurements from the floorpan to the top of your cage (front) windshield and and rear behind your head
05-29-2013 03:52 PM
jr4x There was another group up there, you must not have ran into them. I got an emergency call for a leaf spring to get a rig off boulder canyon but I was at work and couldnt help.
05-29-2013 11:13 AM
dcastell We ran Topless on Friday night. No damage other than I thought I blew the head gasket. Turned out to be a pin hole leak on the heater core. It was shooting fluid on the block, which lead to me believing it was the head gasket.

Saturday we ran Die Trying and it took about 8 hours. Not fun in the sun. We had 3 dana 44s blow up on two rigs. No other groups.

Sunday. We ran Boulder Canyon. We were the only ones in there. Did not see any broke rigs anywhere.
05-29-2013 09:57 AM
jr4x Looked fun Dan. Were you up there with PSC guys by chance? was there a broken leaf spring as one of the catastrophic failures?
05-29-2013 08:20 AM
dcastell Just the photo. There is a huge hole on the front passenger in that photo. Dam thing is steep.

Not me. Go to 3:15


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=S4xC1RxnWH0
05-29-2013 08:16 AM
JETHROBODEAN Awesome pics, jealous of your terrain.

Hows the rear roll steer? Looks like alot in last pic, but may just be angle.
05-29-2013 08:07 AM
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05-28-2013 11:29 AM
dcastell Montrose Colorado. Real testing ground here.

Ran Topless Friday Night and looked at the new Death Row trail. Didnt take photos and didn't run with the trazor. I got a pin hole leak in a tiny hose under the intake manifold. Thought I busted the head gasket. So I watched everybody else and thought my entire weekend went to shit. Later back at the hotel we discoverd the pin hole leak.

Pictures.

Drive up to Montrose over Vail Pass and Eisenhower towing with the hummer. Did great. Got down to 40 mph at the very tops.



Ran Die Tryin on Saturday. That was a long day. Couple of Jeeps with us broke with in the first 40 yards of the trail and took about 3 hours to get them off. We finally continued and finished the trail. No Pics. Might have some at the exit later.

Broke a motor Mount. Cory was nice to weld it up in the parking lot.



Stupid motor shit all we. Hose clamp on upper radiator, Hose clamp on power steering res. Shot in the face with fluids several times this weekend.



Sunday we ran Boulder Canyon. We all made it with no problems. Little bit of winchin.

My lease favorite line in the canyon. Not my rig, but I try not to look left when I attempted this.



05-06-2013 08:27 AM
dcastell The roof. To be honest, I was discussing this alot when I did the expanded sheet metal with Bud Light. I cut out cardboard and was hoping to put the expanded sheet metal in between the tubes. This is different expanded sheet metal than I used for the basket. It is about 1/8 thick or thinner. I can't remember. Anyhow, my cardboard templates and my kindergarden skills failed that night and the expanded sheet metal turned out to be a pain in the ass to get all the ends to meet without having to weld bridges to the parts I cut short.

So I took a peice of 1/8 by 1" strap and framed in the roof. Laid the sheet metal on top and welded. Grinded down and cleaned it up. Came out great.

This is a photo of it looking up.


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