|Jason Scherer's New Buggy Buildup
Campbell Enterprises, Gilbert, AZ
Story by Lance Clifford
Photos by Camo and Lance
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POSTED 4/4/08 8:40AM FRIDAY
The bulk of the morning was spent welding everything up. The entire chassis is now welded.
Camo spent 10 minutes hanging out with our favorite Campbell, Don last night.
Enjoy this 10 minute video of how Campbell Enterprises began.
POSTED 10:30AM FRIDAY
Jason and Nick install the fans on the custom built Ron Davis radiator and shroud. They need to make sure the fans clear the front axle housing at full stuff. Yes, it's that tight!
The UPS man just arrived with more goodies. The first package off the truck was a box full of HID Lightforce lights with poor Keith the Kangaroo strapped to the outside of the box! That poor guy really gets abused!
POSTED 11:15AM FRIDAY
Check out this video on Don making a sheet metal gusset. Cool low budget tech.
POSTED 11:40AM FRIDAY
Nick drills out the firewall for the brake master cylinder from Wilwood.
Speaking of brakes, how sexy is this combo?
Shannon works on getting the radiator to fit along with the Warn 9000k competition winch.
Kitchen finally hasn't screwed something up, and is installing the floorboard for good. Notice how the floorboard is broke to slide under the front part of the floorboard. A clean detail most builders don't do.
POSTED 12:08PM FRIDAY
Someone on the bulletin board wanted to know more about the "CE" logo stamped into the dash of one of the rigs here at the shop. Here is a picture of the die they made to do it.
Prada Ron just showed up with a bunch of grocery bags. Looks like we will be eating yet another delicious meal. Maybe I will just sell my house and move into a corner of the shop!
POSTED 12:27PM FRIDAY
Still no sign of the header guy. He was supposed to be here this morning. This will significantly slow down progress.
Shannon works on the winch mount.
POSTED 1:05PM FRIDAY
What on Earth is Don making now? Stay tuned, in about 30 minutes we'll have a video to show you.
POSTED 1:09PM FRIDAY
Kitchen begins work on the custom fuel tank. He builds the sides first.
POSTED 1:25PM FRIDAY
Check out this 3 minute video of Don fabbing some brakeline mounts (opens a new window)
Jason tig welds the shock mounts on the lower rear links.
POSTED 1:58PM FRIDAY
The fuel tank is taking shape!
But now that it's fully formed, there's one small problem.. It's wrapped around the brake! They will need to take apart the brake to remove the tank!!!
Jason finished welding up the lower link shock mounts. Looking good...
POSTED 2:10PM FRIDAY
Nick is working on the master cylinder mount and pedal assembly. It's looking pretty sweet. He's worried he may need to narrow it up a bit to clear the steering column though.
Since we are leaving for the airport at 5:00PM, Prada Ron is cooking dinner early. The smell of deep fried Prime Rib is filling up the shop and making my mouth water!
POSTED 2:20PM FRIDAY
Shannon is finished with the winch mount area. Looks like a work of art to me.
POSTED 4:28PM FRIDAY
And here's where the rig sits as of 4:30PM. Keep in mind some of it has been disassembled to work/finish other parts/projects.
As we wrap up our 5 day coverage of the buildup, we'd like to say thanks to the Campbells for having us, and putting up with us getting in their way. We'd like to give a special thanks to Prada Ron for making us fat, and serving insanely delicious food all week. Thanks to Jason and Dana for letting us crash in their trailer all week.
I can't believe the talent this team has. They really worked their asses off, and NEVER cut a single corner. Everything is world class quality, and they make it all happen quickly. To say I'm impressed is an understatement. I really look forward to seeing this rig (and spotting for this rig!) in action @ Perris NEXT WEEKEND!
** That's all folks!!! Watch our wrapup video here (opens a new window) **
Jason will continue to take pictures of the progress, and we will post them as we get them.