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Yesterday 05:00 PM
locrwln Nice work as usual.

Jack
Yesterday 11:32 AM
brokedana35 It still looks a little tall.. But, it is deceiving, the leveling jacks are jacked up way high, probably 4" higher then it will ride.

But to easy my mind a bit I, added some 2" wheel spacers, giving a 4" wider stance. I am not a big fan of wheel spacers, but in this case, it's a 7500lb capacity 8 lug axle. I will be surprised if the trailer is much over 2200 lbs.

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Yesterday 11:22 AM
brokedana35 Here is a mock up of the Maxtrax, shovel, axe, and jack mounts. It looks a little rear end heavy, but its really not. There is still plenty of weight in front of the axle, even without cargo.

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Yesterday 11:09 AM
brokedana35
C3 Pod

OK, I think I got the tire mounting issue cleaned up. It is mounted onto a spool and then to the chassis with a large T handle. No more nut buster. Just lift the tire up a little past the bumper and slide it on up into place.

I will most definitely change the vette to do the same.
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11-05-2019 09:58 AM
brokedana35 Ha. That is funny.

Not to start a wife bashing thread, but... I always say, building and creating things in the shop for 8 hours is way healthier than scrolling thru your phone for 8 hours. Even if there is a few beers involved.
11-05-2019 09:06 AM
waterhorse
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I'll post in two weeks or so. I have to keep the wife happy and get some other house projects taken care of. It's all a delicate balance you DON'T want to mess up.
You don't have to explain to me. My wife and I are both retired and she said just today "are you going to spend the whole day working on the truck again". Like I should do something more productive watching Netflix. Lol.
11-05-2019 05:56 AM
brokedana35 Yes. I'll see how the spool mount thing turns out. I might be able to clean up the back of the Mutt when not carrying a spare. Although, some folks liked it, at least during Halloween, "looks like a spider" was a typical comment.

I did not plan on carrying a spare all the time on the Mutt, just long trips. The Pod will always have one.

I'll post in two weeks or so. I have to keep the wife happy and get some other house projects taken care of. It's all a delicate balance you DON'T want to mess up.
11-04-2019 01:25 PM
waterhorse Seems like you could have the spare frame attach to the Mutt or the pod. Then you don't have the bare frame sticking up on the car when you arnt hauling the spare. (Unless you plan on a spare for the car and for the pod.)

I guess if you haul a single spare on the Mutt, you could lower the tent more.
11-04-2019 06:55 AM
brokedana35
C3 Pod

It's looking like I can lower the tent about 8".

I'll have to use some sort of spool that will stay with the spare tire so it can just slip right in and not up and over studs like on the Mutt. Which I should of thought of earlier.

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Probably RW this set up if the trailer comes out well. Just to avoid the tire change being a ball buster, or a two person job.

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10-30-2019 04:49 PM
Mr. Mindless Exact same tuning boat my 4800 is in.

Iíve got a microsquirt on the shelf that Iíve thought about playing with. Interested to see how the Holley works out for you.
10-30-2019 01:57 PM
brokedana35 OK Mr. Mindless,

You have pushed me over the edge. I bit the bullet and purchased the Terminator X MAX.....ouch!! Now the spare will have to wait some.

I will definitely keep you posted. Not sure when I can get to it. Never worked on the motor with the body on. It will suck. But I am sick of keeping a high crappy idle when it when it has a nice cam in it.
10-30-2019 01:47 PM
brokedana35
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Can't say I love the rack. I understand the pro's, but the height sucks for that low tow vehical. Maybe retractical?
Yep, I hope I can hack it down some. But I am up for some ideas. Something that wont jam up, can get hit a few times and still operate slightly bent and full of mud, not too heavy. Oh.. and cheap
10-30-2019 09:40 AM
Mr. Mindless I don't heart the height, gotta be honest. Keep it low and tip up for trailer hatch access?

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Holley Terminator X MAX

Anyone have experience with them. I have not seen any bad reviews. But they are expensive as hell.
No direct experience, but I have heard the same and keep having people tell me I should give up on my GM computer and do the same.
10-30-2019 07:47 AM
waterhorse Can't say I love the rack. I understand the pro's, but the height sucks for that low tow vehical. Maybe retractical?
10-30-2019 06:09 AM
brokedana35 I am still having a hard time finding someone to give C3 Mutt a good tune.
No one seams to want to touch a third generation PCM with resistors jumped, a hacked up tune, and running (8) injectors instead of (2). Some wouldn't even want to tie it down to the dyno if they could tune it.

So... I am about to pull the trigger on a Holley Terminator X MAX. A self learning ecm that is all the rage lately for LS swaps.

Anyone have experience with them. I have not seen any bad reviews. But they are expensive as hell.
10-30-2019 06:01 AM
brokedana35
C3 Pod

I have started to work on a tent support. Now it is looking more like an off road camper trailer. Maybee

Here is the first attempt. The tent floor would stand at 6' 4". Much higher than I would like to see but...

Pro - You can walk under the tent area that folds out, making a bigger aux room.

Pro - still would fit in the garage.

Pro - a little more bear proof. At least that's what I tell my wife.

Con - makes the trailer a bit top heavy. The hard shell tent is 230lbs!

Con - Kinda looks silly. I would love to see it retract to 1' above the hood. I am sure that would feel much better driving it around. I am still thinking of ideas but all have been too complicated, just asking for trouble.

After I get the spare tire worked out and the hinges for the hood, I'll see how much I can chop it down.

The tent is actually a few inches smaller than the rack. Making the rack a good rub rail for trees and such.

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10-21-2019 12:01 PM
brokedana35
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Just day dreaming. Wouldn't it be cool if you had electric wheel motors on the pod? You could have a heavy cable/plug between the pod and the car so you power the motors with the alternator. They would freewheel most of the time, but if you ever got stuck, you just hit a switch and get an extra push from the trailer.

Don't mind me, carry on.
That is funny because I did a little day dreaming about that at one time myself. You would not need a lot of HP. Could be gear reduced to go 10mph max.

I think I would almost have the electrical supply needed for a few minutes of pushing. The pod will have (2) big dry cell batteries and (3)100w solar panels along with the alternator help from the C3-Mutt.

As far as getting stuck, I think I'll be OK having a 9k winch on the front of Mutt, and another one on the rear of the Pod. Plus, MAX tracks, high lift jack, chain come-along, shovel, and all that recovery jazz.

Getting out of being stuck is the fun part, right? It's the mechanical or electrical failures that are no fun. A silly fuel pump could mean a long walk...oh wait , no, I can jump on the C3-Grom and go get some parts.

Now I am rambling. Still a lot of work to do. It sometimes feels like a life time away.
10-21-2019 10:21 AM
waterhorse Didn't realize you were going to do the exo thing on the pod, especially on the front. Wouldn't think you could hurt the front to bad towing. I guess it ties it in visually.

Just day dreaming. Wouldn't it be cool if you had electric wheel motors on the pod? You could have a heavy cable/plug between the pod and the car so you power the motors with the alternator. They would freewheel most of the time, but if you ever got stuck, you just hit a switch and get an extra push from the trailer.

Don't mind me, carry on.
10-21-2019 09:53 AM
brokedana35
C3 Pod

Thanks Waterhorse.

I did nibble at it some this weekend. It is still pretty rough.

My neighbors kid wanted to help, so I gave him a grinder and I said "have at it". His response was......... go figure.


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10-15-2019 08:06 AM
waterhorse The pod is turning out nice.
10-15-2019 06:06 AM
brokedana35
Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone. Enjoy some quiet time before that holiday rush gets here.

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09-30-2019 07:05 AM
brokedana35
C3 Pod

Just a little progress on the rear bumper this weekend.

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09-24-2019 10:14 AM
brokedana35
C3 Pod

The shop needed a good cleaning and I am sick of the dust. So I thought it was time hook the Pod up and get a visual on things.

All in all. Not bad. I am disappointed in an unsymmetrical rear lower corner panel. One side is an inch lower. Don't now how I missed that! I will have to cut it off to fix it or it will drive me mad forever.


But for now...I am a little tired of the fiberglass/filler game so it can wait. I waaaay underestimated the hours on that part of the project. I am itching to start the bumpers. and some tube work.


I can see I will have a pretty good challenge cutting the hood loose and creating some hinges that work well. It can wait also.

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09-07-2019 09:12 AM
waterhorse I was at an air show and saw a fold up mini bike that fit in a nice rectangle duffle bag. It was really cool. It was heavy to pick up, but not real big. When folded out, it was a comfortable to ride. I saw it years ago and never again. They were trying to sell it to plane owners. Probably to heavy to carry in smal planes.
09-06-2019 09:56 PM
oldchevy4x4 Glad to see Iím not the only one that thinks about a little 2 wheeled escape pod! I want one on the DD for in case of accident, bad blow out, yada yada yada...

Oh and hello, Iíve been quietly observing the awesome work for, well whenever this thing started. Keep it up!


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