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05-23-2011 07:17 AM
Snoopy <Hahaahah) ~ I think you missed my point and or took the comment the wrong way (or maybe you didn't).

But to answer your question, normally I'd say yes, but seeing I have passed on every job that has come my way for the last year or so, closed my shop, and have put down on forums that I'm no longer taking orders for anything but a few products not available from other guys ~ I think that your question is a little presumptuous. I don't know if you noticed, but even my yellow star is gone. Has been for a little bit.

Just sayin'!
05-22-2011 06:20 PM
Originally Posted by Snoopy View Post
Actually, hes time line was short. Snoopy was a 3+ year endeavor, Rusty was a 2+ year. So ya, but at least I can say I build my own rigs.
Is knocking guys who have shops work on their rigs really the best idea for a dude who owns a shop?

Just sayin'.
05-17-2011 10:14 AM
Snoopy Actually, hes time line was short. Snoopy was a 3+ year endeavor, Rusty was a 2+ year. So ya, but at least I can say I build my own rigs.
05-17-2011 08:27 AM
Originally Posted by Snoopy View Post
That was clever.
And Oh so true
05-17-2011 08:05 AM
Snoopy That was clever.
05-14-2011 06:01 PM
str8rbill "I think you should do another one"

He probably would but he is worried that he wouldn't get his parts for a year or so.
05-14-2011 05:42 PM
Snoopy One of my co-workers/drivers just finished his Toy buggy. It mirrors the ultra-light themes scene in the Howell brothers rigs. My plan is to build one similar. Already have axle 'sponsers' and such. I just need to finish liquidating some things before I can actually build it.

Here's pauls rig. W/out skins.


05-13-2011 07:28 AM
Snoopy I think the fronts were 350/300-250, the backs were 250-200ish (possibly down to 150). I can't remember too much, This build is about 4 years old now.

As soon as I get rid of all my projects, I'm looking at building a new buggy with a Scout II frame I have sitting in the back yard. I guess we'll have to see.
05-12-2011 03:48 PM
spring rates

NICE BUILD!!!! I know this is and old post but I saw all the pics but didn't read too deep into the build. What spring rates did you go with?
05-01-2007 01:17 PM
Snoopy Thanks ~ I appericiate it. I'm hoping the next one will be as good as the first two.
04-30-2007 08:32 PM
Exalted 4x4 Hey snoopy do you have a rig right now that you wheel? Both snoopy and rusty are sick! You are making me want to cut up my scout. Props!
04-30-2007 12:43 PM
Snoopy All for now.

04-30-2007 12:20 PM
Snoopy Rusty on White Knuckle Hill (Behind the Rocks Trail, Moab)

04-26-2007 03:20 PM
Originally Posted by Urban Wheeler View Post
Video is gone.
Ya, I know
04-26-2007 03:19 PM
Snoopy that's JoshC's buggy in Crawl ~ you'll have to wait another issue or two for Rusty's pictures

Did I mention Petersen's too?
04-26-2007 10:28 AM
IHblarp just got my latest issue of CRAWL there is a clip of it in there, but maybe it was a different mag.

Never mind my idiocracy, it was a different scout at hollisterhills
04-26-2007 06:41 AM
Urban Wheeler
Originally Posted by Snoopy View Post
Just got word of an online video of Rusty at the comp. Check it out.
Video is gone.
04-25-2007 10:43 PM
Snoopy Man-o-man, do I love seeing this thing on the trail.

04-25-2007 10:10 PM
Snoopy It does, its a cowl-induction hood ~ But holy cow that thing needs a bath!

I have more pictures I'll post shortly.
04-25-2007 08:49 PM
Mechanos Looks better with a hood.
04-25-2007 08:44 PM

that thing used to have a lots of rocks at the bottom and I thought I was cool for making it up first shot, looks a tad tougher now

I remember keeping the skinny pedal on and at the top running into that rock there LOL
04-25-2007 08:09 PM
04-25-2007 08:08 PM
Update ~

Although I didn't wheel it much, Chuck is doing a fine job of keeping Rusty on the trails, where it was built to be. Here's some pictures from The Gauntlet and various Moab shots.

11-06-2006 05:34 PM
Snoopy Just got word of an online video of Rusty at the comp. Check it out.
10-30-2006 11:39 AM
Snoopy Oh, while I'm at it, I might as well give my award to the best 'discovery' from this build. I haven't done this in the past ~ at least publically. Basically, I think I will from now on ~ and even change some of the old builds to include this 'discovery award' ~ or as I like to say "Item I won't build without" award.

Background: Thoughout all my builds, I learn one thing or another. In each build, there are some parts I use, and others I will not use again. For example ~ My last build, Snoopy (aka Beater Buildup) proved the awesome performance of Ram assisted steering and the absolute comfort of Corbeau seats. These two items really shined and became members of the 'Items I won't build without' club. Hence you see that Rusty sported Corbeau Baja Utra WIDE seats, and Performance Offroad's Hydraulic Ram steering.

However, unlike Snoopy's build ~ Rusty incorperated several new items that I hadn't used before ~ on a personal rig. There was the Coil-over shocks, full link syspension, AFI's fuel injection system, IROK tires, and a few others. Similar to before, Rusty's build did include one componant that really REALLY shined ~ proving its worth and has hence has become an 'Item I wouldn't build without' ~ Can you guess what it is?

Affordable Fuel Injections TBI conversion (Part IH1200 on their website or the Stage2 kit on ours) easily takes the 'Item I won't build without' award for this build. Yes the DUI dissy was one of the products that really showed its worth, but you learn something while driving either on the side of the rig or with the nose skyward and front tire 3-4 FEET off the ground. And that is the absolute blessing of being able to step on the gas and the engine responds.

Snoopy studdered once or twice ~ and I mention how gratefull I have been for well-tuned carbs, but the TBI system installed on rusty's otherwise stock 345 was simply the best modification I could have done on this build.

The following stories are true:

Story 1:
I kid you not ~ while driving out of the Independance Trail system, Allen and I were chatting about how Rusty was doing. Not paying too much attention to what I was doing I found myself a little right of the 'right' line. We were effortlessly climbing an incredable ledge, then Allen and I got a little quiet when we stopped seeing tree tops and started seeing nothing but sky. A quick glance up through Rusty's roof showed me the trail BEHIND me ~ and a as I looked over at Allen and he looked at me ~ both of us a little surprised/shocked at what was about to happen. Needless to say, I stopped feathering the gas and instead of flipping over backwards, Rusty slowly settled back down on the front tires. "I think we should try another line" I stated. "Ya" was the reply. And I backed up a foot or two and hugged the left side and we made the exit without any further incident.

Things like that give you the 'butterflies-in-the-stomach and 'cold-feeling across your forehead' you get when a cop pulls you over. And although I didn't really notice it at the time ~ the ability to simply let off the gas, choose another line and go up it without any problems whatsoever can be contributed directly to the performance of the TBI system.


Another such story is when I was climbing through AirHole (same trail). It was my first trip through Indy, I didn't have a spotter or any other rigs with me. Needless to say, it was 3 years since I drove the trail and I didn't have the right line. Rusty was sandwiched in the hole, front tires against the walls in front, rear tires blocked by the walls in back, and I was at at least a 45* angle towards the driver's side.

My wheeling companion for the trip was a member of my church's bishopric ~ who never saw extreme wheeling before. I'll be honest, while chatting with him, I was literally looking up at him ~ not just because he's tall, but he was literally above me while sitting next to me. Needless to say, he wasn't about to get out and tell me where to go from there.

While sitting there I realized the perdicament I was in. No other rigs, no winch, nothing to strap to or with ~ and I could hear the valve train start to click from the lack of oil preasure. If I were carbed, I would have been 'dead-stick' ~ not running. But I wasn't, engine was running, Joe and I were there looking at each other thinking 'what now'. Instead of panicing, I put Rusty in first gear, feathered the throttle, then a little more, then a little more...then presto ~ Rusty climbed the wall in front of us and we were free and making forward progress. Once we exited the Airhole I stopped and let the oil preasure build back up while Joe and I got out, took a look at what we just came through ~ and did a little victory dance.

In this last example there was a few things that saved our bacon. The D60 axles w/ alloy shafts held together under EXTREME preasure. The IROK tires never gave a moment of no-traction, the cut up and clearance body and cage work made clearance when clearance was needed ~ but if you take away the engine running ~ none of those items would have saved us alone. It was the TBI system that kept reliable power and a running engine. How different Rusty would be without this key componant of the build.

For those reasons and many more un noticed incidents ~ the AFI TBI conversion makes the 'Item I won't build without' list. OH, and if you're thinking that I'm getting a monitary benifet for saying this, think again. I give credit where credit's due ~ and that's why AFI is getting this 'award'. GREAT JOB and a GREAT PRODUCT ~ AFI will be hearing from me again....and again.....and....(you get the picture.)
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