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Old 01-23-2019, 11:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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8 Ball's new home and named The Mistress

Well as some of you have seen I bought spidr's 8 ball buggy. many people thought it went missing and would never see it again. In December 2018 I found and bought it. She was siting in a field slowly rotting with no fluids in it. I had it shipped here from the island as it never left. Keep in mind when I bought this it was scary because it was site un seen and I hade no idea other than a picture of what it look like.

now that said I paid pretty much scrap metal price for the buggy so how could I say no. when it showed up to my surprise it was a single seater.. I happen to have 2 kids and a very understanding wife. the first thing she said was " looks like your going to be making this a 2 seater". Yep that is the plan and is being widened 9" on either side.

the leaf spring suspension was bent and made the buggy lean really bad to the right side. so we replaced them all with 80mm air cylinder's to lift and lower the buggy. Now when side hilling one side can be deflated to still sit level.

well enough chit chat let me figure out how to post pics hahaha.
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Old 01-23-2019, 12:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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OK so this is what it looked like the day we got it with my buddy standing beside it. She had small little truck tires and didn't even wanna run sadly.

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Old 01-23-2019, 12:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Within the first week and looking at the sad buggy she needed new tires. I settled for some 40" procomp tires on 8lug dodge rims that will later be bead locked.



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Old 01-23-2019, 12:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
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We then wanted to take it our for a test ride to see how it ran it was a short lived day.





We found the problem was a shot fuel pump and plugs where done. so we threw in a cheep pump and new plugs.

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Old 01-23-2019, 12:15 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Nice. Glad to hear you could rescue it and it didn't rot away or get scrapped.
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Not knowing what is going on with fuel, temp, volts, oil gets old quick lol. off to lordco



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Old 01-23-2019, 12:20 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Now it was time to find seats. not the best but for now they will work. Clearly I cant leave my friend alone with bubble wrap.

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Old 01-23-2019, 12:28 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Suspension time!!! the leaf packs where falling apart and the buggy had some really bad tilt. air should fix that and give me way better control of what it is doing.



2 sizes one set for the front and the larger set for the back



fronts in



then the back


the back all aired up
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Old 01-23-2019, 12:30 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I ordered up 2 kits this way each cylinder has its own switch and I can view and control it all from in the cab.
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Old 01-23-2019, 12:31 PM   #10 (permalink)
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That's a start ill add more pics later today
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In for updates! Looks so rad with the new rubber. As for the suspension, are you planning on putting leafs back in to replace, or any style shock, or C/O? Cause I dont think the ride quality of those air rams are going to be that good....
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In for updates! Looks so rad with the new rubber. As for the suspension, are you planning on putting leafs back in to replace, or any style shock, or C/O? Cause I dont think the ride quality of those air rams are going to be that good....
I will be putting the shocks back in for now to help dampen the bounce in the air cylinder's. As for the leaf springs no they wont be going back in. at some point the shocks will be replaced with king coil overs.
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Ok so I took the buggy to a buddy's place to do the widening. Here are some of the pics...

All the panels taken off and looking naked





Next we started to prep the frame for all the work to come



from there we slugged the frame with 10" slugs for the widening and started cutting and welding


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Old 01-23-2019, 02:07 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Next the mistress went topless





Then we started cutting out the inside parts

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Old 01-23-2019, 02:38 PM   #16 (permalink)
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not sure how to post videos but there are some on the fb page.
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So you're shop is a tarp tent? Good thing you have mild weather.
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So you're shop is a tarp tent? Good thing you have mild weather.
no joke! way to get after it. It would be sitting till spring if I had a tent shop.
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neato, was a little worried when you said widening it after all the work that went into making the front diff narrow, good to see it was just in widening the cab
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So you're shop is a tarp tent? Good thing you have mild weather.
lotta canoodlians make some real cool shit in tarp sheds
go look up a guy goes by "gwaii" on therangerstation
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Shits gotta get done cold or not. The temperature ranges from +4 to -6. There is propane heaters though so really is not that bad. As for waiting till spring I couldn't. I wanna be driving this by then not working on it haha.
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Thanks for posting the build here!
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Thanks for finding us and coming here! Glad you decided to do a thread on this. You're doing a good job so far. What is great about forums over other social media is being able to give and get information easily. Social media builds are just a few pictures with little to no info. Forums let you spell it all out, get peer review, get ideas from others, give ideas and inspiration to others.
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Very true I'm just not a big computer person fb is easy lol. I did manage to figure out how to post photos though still working on the video situation haha..

The fb page gets updated first as I can do it very easily and while I'm there
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No not yet I am gonna get it right now and see how it is or if I can figure it out haha.
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