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Old 01-08-2007, 12:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Latest ORS Project- Wrdette

Normally we are getting greasy in the shop, but we are going to start making time to post up more info from the shop since we are snowed in here and can't get home anyway. To start we wanted to show you our latest project: Wrdette (pronounced wurd-et). This truck belongs to Derek, one of our fabricators. Derek's nickname is "Wrd" so that is where the project name came from.

This is how the truck started, it looked like it had been stuck in Marty McFly's garage for the past twenty years. it is an '82 shortbed that had a huge body lift, hacked in small block Chevy with too much carb, lift blocks, a roll bar, and a Ford 9" with no brakes. We decided to rescue the truck and put Toyota parts back on it for improved reliability and simplicity.
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The first thing we did was strip the truck of the drivetrain, bed, and interior. The plan called for a fairly standard 22RE, dual cases, and Toyota axles. The non-standard will come from the tube work and rear suspension. Derek has been working on this after hours so it is slow going but still coming together nicely. The cab was rusty and the bed was completely shot, but Derek patched new panels into the cab and then painted it.
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In the front Wrdette will have Alcan springs and tube fenders with a big stinger to protect the hood.
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No one will miss the paint on this one! When the shop gets crowded we just pull the trucks out back and park them on top of eachother to save room. I think that Wrdette might be getting an inferiority complex from this but her time on top will come soon enough.
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The rear frame was rusty so it was removed and replaced with tubing. The rear frame section will tie in to the exo cage and front fenders.
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We are linking the rear and going to run air shocks on the back. We are still in the design phases but plan to offer this rear suspension in kit form in the future if there is enough interest.
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Looks great so far! Any guess when the 4 link would be up for sale? I like the design, it looks nice and clean. Good job.
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Hey Boys, I'm happy to see some progress on Word's rig!
I wish the Raisin was getting some attention.
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looks good! interested in seeing what the kit is going to cost and options available (different joints etc)
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Got an estimate on the final wheelbase w/ the 4-link shown?

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Looks good Gents.

I thought Wrdette was that good looking gal who came by the shop for lunch some times.
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i thought marty mcfly had a 2nd gen
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i thought marty mcfly had a 2nd gen
it was an 85 X-tra cab cap'n obvious

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Hey ORS. Looks good. Dont know if you remember me, but I was in your shop about 2-3 months ago with a tour of your shop for warrentech. I have sold my Bronco and am looking at several toyotas. I was interested in a job there or an internship. Dont know who is writing this if it is Mike then he would remember me. Keep up the good work, I remember this truck when I was in the shop, its a sick truck.

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looks good guys. i like the way the ass end is turning out. keep it up.

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Thanks for all of the positive feedback guys. We will be using 14" SAW air shocks in the back of Wrdette, but just like our front coilover kit you will have options on what shocks/coilovers you want to use and the link ends. I am probably letting the cat out of the bag a little early on the rear four link, we like to test and install product on our own vehicles and then beat on it and fine tune so we can offer the best product to the customer. Sometimes this means that products take a little longer to get to market, but we have a commitment to be the best even if we are not always the first.
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Mike- Looks good I will try to swing by there soon as I get mine going. Keep up the good work

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The estimated wheelbase is 105". On this vehicle we are keeping the rear axle in the "stock" location but our kit would allow the customer to move the axle foward or rearward if they desired. We'll have some more pics real soon!
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The estimated wheelbase is 105". On this vehicle we are keeping the rear axle in the "stock" location but our kit would allow the customer to move the axle foward or rearward if they desired. We'll have some more pics real soon!
Looks good.

Going to reinforce the axle mount bar some more?
Any reason for doing a single triangulated 4-link as opposed to a double?
Looks like you got JJs on your uppers and heims on the lowers?

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Thanks for all of the positive feedback guys. We will be using 14" SAW air shocks in the back of Wrdette, but just like our front coilover kit you will have options on what shocks/coilovers you want to use and the link ends. I am probably letting the cat out of the bag a little early on the rear four link, we like to test and install product on our own vehicles and then beat on it and fine tune so we can offer the best product to the customer. Sometimes this means that products take a little longer to get to market, but we have a commitment to be the best even if we are not always the first.
Any particular reason you are running the heims at the frame side and bushings at the axle instead of the other way around??
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wasnt that the truck stolen not to long ago, looks to be a cool little ride preety soon

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Any particular reason you are running the heims at the frame side and bushings at the axle instead of the other way around??
It helps keep the heims up out of the dirt/water/grime since they ar more prone to wear... Or that's the way I see it
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We appreciate all the interest in this thread. I hope we get all your questions answered:
-These control arms have a 1.25" heim at one end and and a large poly bushing at the other. We find the poly bushing provides a nice "return to center" for the heim and have NEVER found it to limit suspension travel. It also allows a little isolation for the occupants.
-We put the heims at the frame where they will be a little better protected from rock, water, mud abuse since they are rather $$$
-The lower links are parallel becuase this offers a little more strength fore-aft and will allow the "kit" to be more versatile to wheelbase length changes due to different driveshaft configurations. The upper links at their current angle have proven to do a great job at lateral stability.
-Yes, the rear axle will recieve a great deal of additional reinforcemnt.
-And yes, this was the stolen rig we recovered last year. It was joy-riden for a week and dumped in a field. The only fun part of that experience was watching the SWEET loader/forklift monster load it on our trailer....

We'll have some updated pics up in the next couple of days.
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