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Old 05-13-2018, 07:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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First Buggy Attempt

started this back in August 2016, its my first attempt at a full on buggy build. I have had a lot of help from my friend Cory, hes let me take u the half of the garage for 2 years now and i cant thank him enough. shes roughly 70% complete, just down to all the little shit now.

Anywho heres the specs:

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90's 454 TBI - All prettied up with lots of chrome/polished stuff and a new coat of paint and seals. upped the TBI with a higher pressure return spring injector spacer, TB spacer, and a full rebuild. all new sensors on it and an MSD Distributor and coil. Exhaust is some amazon special heaers cut up and re angled going into a 2.5" tubing to a flowmaster 44 series with a 3" tail pipe. using a high flow oil pump and shorter pickup tube to match the shallow car pan. belt system is a flat 8 rib. Using a chromed 200AMP alternator to power up everything. all guages for it are Autometers.

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80's Turbo400HD built up with all USA parts and a Hughes reverse manual valve body with engine braking. Torque Converter is a Hughes GM2200-2400 Stall. using a derale cooler and fan with a deeper pan and plans to add a second cooler.

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Went with an Atlas 2 packed with all HD internals and 4.3 Gears. used a northwest flange for the rear so i can use the rockwell flanges

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70's Rockwell 2.5s both steering. all re sealed and bearings from Rockwelloffroad.com, Chromolly Shafts from Boyce Equipment, and lots of time sucking in lead paint from cleaning. Planning on picking up some ouverson drive flanges soon too.

Suspension
Shocks are 2.5x16 King coil overs on all four accompanied by King 2x4 Bump stops. Heims are from Rockwelloffroad.com, all 1.25" Right and left hand. Aluminum Links are by the awesome guys at Wide open design, all the same length of 34", 2" upper and 2.5" lowers. wheelbase is set right now at 120"

Wheels and Tires
Currently its a st of custom made H1's re-centered with Trail worthy inserts wrapped in 46" Mickey Thompson baja claws that are in ok shape, most around half tread.

Steering
Both Rams are PSC 3x9, PSC Orbital to match, Front Power steering pump is from Lee's steering, P series setup with a #12 feed and #8 pressure running at 1900 PSI with a 10% reduction pulley. PSC res and a derale 18" cooler. Rear is a full electric setup by Leroy Latham, custom hydraulic pump and res pushing 2100psi and 7.8GPM (if im remembering right) etc accompanied by his RTC kit.

then etc etc blah blah, heres some pics and a link to my original build thread









Final ride height is 6'7" with 26" of ground clearance

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so updates are usually spaced due to me working out of state so bare with me. heres the latest. figured out the brake pedal setup. used willwood 1" cylinders and custom pedals. Cory machined up the clevises and spacers in his mill then we cut out the pedals and arms on the plas table













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and also got the bump stops mounted up


Full extension.


Here you can see the rub mark on the pads during suspension cycling




And then once theyre coming down they hit tese little ramps and start compressing
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Top notch fabrication from MFL. Lookin good man. So excited to see you’re almost finished with it.
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is it just me that can't see the pictures? i'm not a member at the linked site so i can't view anything more than a tiny thumbnail there.

sounds like a badass time
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is it just me that can't see the pictures? i'm not a member at the linked site so i can't view anything more than a tiny thumbnail there.

sounds like a badass time
its not just you.
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is it just me that can't see the pictures? i'm not a member at the linked site so i can't view anything more than a tiny thumbnail there.

sounds like a badass time
Sorry guys, ill find a server i can upload them and get them to work shortly
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Let me know if these work!
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hey those work!

mind if i ask how long you brake pedal assembly and pedal ratio is for using those 1" master cylinders?
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no dice on pics for me, what server are you using?
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I hate to be the guy that tells ya this......roller with drivetrain is about 40-50% done all the little details and more thinking time than working comes when you're making panels , endless brackets and tabs and figuring out where and how to hang it all......oops don't forget wiring and plumbing steering and brakes!
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Tell me about it ! I've been 90% done my Formula Ford for 2 Years ! The tiny details and packaging conflicts drive you crazy. Now I know why the Trans-Am team I crewed for named their car "Minutia" ....

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I hate to be the guy that tells ya this......roller with drivetrain is about 40-50% done all the little details and more thinking time than working comes when you're making panels , endless brackets and tabs and figuring out where and how to hang it all......oops don't forget wiring and plumbing steering and brakes!
that is the fun stuff though!
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cool buggy. thanks for sharing!
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I hate to be the guy that tells ya this......roller with drivetrain is about 40-50% done all the little details and more thinking time than working comes when you're making panels , endless brackets and tabs and figuring out where and how to hang it all......oops don't forget wiring and plumbing steering and brakes!
It was a Roller with in the first month we started this pile back in 16'. He is really close now wrapping up the little things. He has already wired, plumb, and started the motor. The trans just got back from being rebuilt. last month he fully rebuilt both axles and stuffed some chromolly shafts in it. Mount the gas tank, engine skid, and some interior panels are the larger tedious things left. He was working on brake lines when i left which will be rather simple with only two calipers all together. Austins good at tedious shit.
I hear you though on the little details. I just wrapped up my single seater buggy after 4 years, It was a roller in a month too
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hey those work!

mind if i ask how long you brake pedal assembly and pedal ratio is for using those 1" master cylinders?
we went with a 1.5" to 10 on it
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It was a Roller with in the first month we started this pile back in 16'. He is really close now wrapping up the little things. He has already wired, plumb, and started the motor. The trans just got back from being rebuilt. last month he fully rebuilt both axles and stuffed some chromolly shafts in it. Mount the gas tank, engine skid, and some interior panels are the larger tedious things left. He was working on brake lines when i left which will be rather simple with only two calipers all together. Austins good at tedious shit.
I hear you though on the little details. I just wrapped up my single seater buggy after 4 years, It was a roller in a month too

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that is the fun stuff though!
The fun stuff it a roller with drivetrain...then the pain begins!!!

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It was a Roller with in the first month we started this pile back in 16'. He is really close now wrapping up the little things. He has already wired, plumb, and started the motor. The trans just got back from being rebuilt. last month he fully rebuilt both axles and stuffed some chromolly shafts in it. Mount the gas tank, engine skid, and some interior panels are the larger tedious things left. He was working on brake lines when i left which will be rather simple with only two calipers all together. Austins good at tedious shit.
I hear you though on the little details. I just wrapped up my single seater buggy after 4 years, It was a roller in a month too
I wasn't baggin on anyone... I literally have to space out the fun parts of a build (after its a roller with drivetrain) to keep me motivated to finish it.... or start gathering parts for the next build...thats good motivation to finish the current one!

Cool build either way.... because who doesn't love a BIG BLOCK CHEVY?
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The fun stuff it a roller with drivetrain...then the pain begins!!!



I wasn't baggin on anyone... I literally have to space out the fun parts of a build (after its a roller with drivetrain) to keep me motivated to finish it.... or start gathering parts for the next build...thats good motivation to finish the current one!

Cool build either way.... because who doesn't love a BIG BLOCK CHEVY?
I didnt think you where baggin anyone. I was just trying to get a little more info on the build since Austin sucks at posting
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this looks really good! Great fab work. I hope you get it finished soon so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor.
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sory yall been slammed with our buddies crap and work etc, anywho update time

I started working on my floor pans with all the scraps around the shop after cory gave me a quick crash course on his tig.







While i was doing this cory knocked out my fuel cell mount/hold down and my roof bars and tabs




Also had him burn in a helmet/wheel hook since he was there.

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Next project cory tackled was the dash and i couldnt be happier with the fitment etc, did an awesome job!





and while he did that i was tinkering with the gas pedal and got it positioned and cable done up, now i can smash on it and make motor noise. also burned in my second trans cooler




All i got for now, but we are planning to get ALOT dont this hitch so ill keep it updated
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