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Budget X Chassis Build

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Since I only have a 1 car garage, I needed a place to work first. I looked into material cost to design a carport and found a kit that was a little cheaper but came with plans so it would be quick and easy to permit and get assembled.

I got it from metaldeck.com and the first one was damaged in shipping so they sent a second one right out and I had it a few days later. Great Customer service!

It took a couple weekends to build and get inspections for it and all. In progress pic. Roof panels are 21' long and it is 15' wide. About 10' to roof or 9' to bottom of beams. Could have gone higher as I bought the RV kit but it would have looked funny with the house.

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I have been gathering parts for a while to do a buggy build. I now have a
- 73 chevy pickup as a donor with 383 stroker motor which is now free as I sold enough parts off the truck to pay for it. You can see how ugly both Chevies were.

- th350 tranny - free from another chevy suburban I parted

- mog 404 axles I got off the board with pinion conversions and disk brake parts, spare 3rds (conversions not done in pics)

- Hendrix x-chassis #49 bought off the board (had to paint it as I did not have covered storage and didn't want it to rust). It came with DOM option, subframe with link mounts, and rear seat bar that probably won't work with my large seat but I need a 4 seater and the 36" rear seat is a little small.

- 38x14.5x16.5 swamper SX's with beadlocks free off the chevy

- toyota steering column off the board
- PSC full hydro single end ram setup bought new with 15% discount
- 49" rear prp bench bought off the board
- ORI 16" struts new all the way around
- fuel cell with sender about 18 gal - free from chevy

- premier power welder and ready welder off the board
- JJ style rod ends new with 15% discount

-Atlas II driver drop with 3.8 ratio all 32 spline on its way

need to buy:
- on board air pump
- front suspension seats
-DOM for links
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pics added. need to get some more of the other parts still.
Decided to see how it would look at ride height. good drive shaft angle. Running out of space to work real quickly.

motor before I pulled it. Need to get some new headers before it goes back together. I think I need some coated ones to keep the heat off my feet. Anybody know how well the coated ones work from real world experience?

got the donor motor pulled this past weekend. forgot to list above that it came with a holley projection system. Made sure it was running smooth before I pulled it. Pulled with the sm465 attached and it so it was sitting at a bit of an angle but all came out smooth.

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got the engine setup level on jackstands and checked clearance for the exhaust and my current headers do not fit. Got a nice new heavy duty flex plate and new bolts to mount it. Current headers fit the frame rails by about a 1/2 inch but down below are in line with sub frame.

Motor in engine bay. V8 fills it up quick

see how high it sits

made some motor plates this weekend so I can mount it up.
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I realized it is really hard to design if you don't have all the parts in hand even if you can measure or have drawings of the part to use for reference

Decided to sell the tires and go with 42's since pitbull finally got some in stock.

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3.8 atlas II is on its way.

Hoping it is driveable for the benders Jambo in the fall at the hammers. The hammers won't be it's first run as I will do a shakedown at the local offroad park to make sure it all works as planned.
Where did you get the gas/brake/clutch pedal assemblies?
got the th350 transmission mounted today. What a pain to do by yourself with a cherry picker bringing it in through the window. Needs a cross member next.

added a midplate cause I hate finding a jackstand to keep the engine from hanging when I pull the tranny. needs to be mounted to the frame still. you can see the height of the fuel tank in the back ground.

I think the gas tank will work well to keep it low so I have plenty of room for all my gear when on the trail. Still thinking about a different tank though, as it will be a pain to fill it or route a remote fill location. Need to add some bottom ports to the tank to fit my current gravity feed pump. Just got a new pump for the old tank so I hate to have to buy an internal setup too.

higher up view of gas tank.

possible future fuel cell.

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at full bump link mounts barely clear motor

22" clearance under diff!!!!!!! sitting on 38" tires and roller is similiar height to the 42's I plan to run.
I still need some triangulation on the tube holding the chassis up.

built a jack extension from scrap parts to reach everything
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Yeah, i've been slacking on pics. I moved the motor back a good 8" so the distributor is now in the cab. Going wheeling in the snow with the toyota and some tow pig maintenance have been taking time away from the buggy build. Got another snow trip planned so hopefully July will bring some more progress.
Still working on it. Life got in the way and needed to rebuilt the 4 runner motor so I can keep wheeling while building. The 4runner is almost switched over to a 22r on propane. This project is going to make a change as I am selling the mogs and going to go lighter but not sure which axles yet. I picked up some 40" stickies on beadlocks recently for this build though and got an atlas mounted up. I guess I need to add some pics.
Finally got back to working on it. I moved it into the garage (1 car garage) so I will be out of the elements for the winter. I sold the mog 404's as I thought they would be too wide and heavy. I picked up a spidertrax front with ARB and 4.88 gears. 60 outers with 35 spline all the way through. Still had dana u joints though. Also a hi 9 in there.

The rear is a currie hi 9 with 4.88 gears and a detroit. Also has disk breaks with e-brake calipers.

Found some old style 40" MTR stickies to run on it also with forged aluminum raceline beadlocks.

I sold the 42" rockers with the H1 beadlocks.

Here is the rear tack welded as I found I was missing a few parts that I thought I had. This is fully compressed.

uppers are 1.75" x .120 wall DOM and lowers are 2" x .250 wall DOM. Thought I could save some weight with the smaller uppers and since I won't beat them up like the lowers, they would be ok.
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Test fit the cooler and gas tank this weekend and it fits perfect. I will probably build a small shelf for the cooler to sit on above the ammo cans as it needs to be a little higher than the gas tank for the top to open.

The bucket seats are too big for the back as I am 5'10 and my head is above the roof line and my forehead is too close to the rear bar.

Luckily I did not cut anything yet and I am going to go back and use the rear the way Mike designed it with a 36" bench seat.

The red ORI's look awesome! These are some of the best looking shocks. the first scratch is really going to hurt.

Got the 40" MTR Stickies

I had to hang a couple HF welding blankets to contain sparks. Got a nice amount of metal stuck in the blanket as well. Luckily I moved the winch line when I was grinding so I did not melt and weaken it.

RCI 2171a gas tank holds 17 gallons and is 30 wide x 17 tall x 7 deep

I ordered an Artec truss for the rear and realized I only ordered enough joints for the rear so I used a ballistic 20% coupon to order some joints for the front.
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nice axle and tire combo. good score.

i was about to axe you about the front mog and driveline? it wasnt going to fit very well huh?
yeah, with the mogs the axle is pretty much at the front of the frame (way forward) so the upper link mounts can come up in front of the motor. I think 120" is about the shortest wheelbase and it is really wide too. Then you have to get the drive shaft past the motor and exhaust to the pinion.

Plus I would need to use the 4 link calculator and spend a lot of time figuring things out. This way I can build it the way Mike designed it and get it rolling. With the family and all I don't have the time I used to figure stuff out. Right now I want to get it going then if I don't like something I'll change it later. No sense reinventing the wheel on something that already works well.

It is tough to make it so I can carry all my camping gear too since I wheel up in Tahoe and at the hammers.
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Got the rear truss from Artec and got it fitted to the axle. It took forever to get it to contour the axle. Then I decided that it would weld best if I was able to easily rotate it to the best angle for welding. I mounted up 2 of my beadlocks so I can put them on the axle and rotate it into position.

Since my daughter will be riding in the back seat, I got one that both her and her mom love. It is 36" but I am bummer cause after getting it, I think a 42" might fit and give anyone else riding in the back seat just a little more room.

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What is your plan to deal with the cracks that will happen in that fuel cell:confused:
I have run these types of fuel cells in the past and if well supported, I have had no issues. I may have to fab my own holder as I am not sure anyone makes one for this tank as they do with many of the other RCI cells. Also I like to put rubber bushings between the fuel cell mount and the chassis. The chassis will flex a little regardless of how you brace it which will then put those forces through the aluminum cell leading to the cracks you mention.
Finally made some progress on the back and got the links set to the right length and mounted the shocks. I was happy the tubes I added for the shock mount follow the lines of the chassis and the rear seat. I like the look of the red ORI's.

The power strip next to the bar is for those looking for a little extra excitement.
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Yeah, it changed direction a couple times but I think it has been for the better. It is not as low budget now that I switched axles but that is ok. Luckily I have been able to break even each time I changed direction on the rig. Now I don't have as much time so I find myself buying more than I originally expected.

Add this to your signature so it is easier for people to find your build thread. Some good links in there too.
Cool build. Looking forward to seeing the final product
Thanks for the good deals on the parts from PSC and Artec. Hopefully get some parts porn pics up soon. UPS guy is hating me right now!
Keeping the build moving this weekend. Got the front tires mounted on rims. The front lower links on and the uppers mocked in place. Used the Artec mounts and I guess my measurements were off as I thought the driver side would land on the top of the pumpkin better. Going to have to rethink that one this week. Wheel base is sitting at 111 right now. After moving the chassis over to get the driver tire on it still fit in the garage by inches too.

Yes, the tires are past the front of the chassis.

The Richards Tavern beer was brewed by me.
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