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Symmetry man. I wanted it to look the same. Just like the two more trailers that will be attached behind it, like a long centipede... JK
Aparently, your brain wonders like mine. LOL.

Lot's of clearance to drag this trailer over anything.
Almost makes you want portals on the Mutt.


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A little change in pace the last few weeks. I decided to get further on the body of the Pod so I can comfortably lift it off and weld out the trailer.

I did some major surgery on the body of the pod to try and get some shape to it. It took a little practice to lay down the first layer of fiberglass. But by the second side I got it. The first side may just be a little heavier :)

I quickly realized that "Great Stuff" really is great stuff!

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My first attempt with no Great stuff.
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I started to mock up the hood a bit meanwhile. I wanted to keep some of the shape of the rear window if I could.
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Great stuff, great stuff! I can't say enough. I can shape things with a light DA sander (with no dust) rather than a grinder on fiberglass.

I did learn a few things using it...

Before you put a layer of fiberglass on it, put some masking tape over it. The resin tends to melt and distort the foam some.

Also, after sanding it to the shape, put the fiberglass on it within a day or two to hold shape. Because after sanding half of the foam away it wants to shrink up and pull a little bit after sitting for a while.

I could not get something I liked for the rear hood transition. But... easy to rip off and try again! and again.
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OK... after 4 attempts, I came up with this. I think I'll run with it.

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Great stuff, great stuff! I can't say enough. I can shape things with a light DA sander (with no dust) rather than a grinder on fiberglass.

I did learn a few things using it...

Before you put a layer of fiberglass on it, put some masking tape over it. The resin tends to melt and distort the foam some.

Also, after sanding it to the shape, put the fiberglass on it within a day or two to hold shape. Because after sanding half of the foam away it wants to shrink up and pull a little bit after sitting for a while.

I could not get something I liked for the rear hood transition. But... easy to rip off and try again! and again.
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OK... after 4 attempts, I came up with this. I think I'll run with it.

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nice wrk, in comin along good
 

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I'm trying, The problem is the ideas come to my head way faster than I can make it happen.

Check this out... this guy thinks like me. I can call it a Bumper Grom. It's a 125cc street legal bike and has a 300 mile fuel range! Just in case shit goes bad. :smokin:

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shhhh. Ordering nobbies for it now. :D
 

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Glad to see I’m 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, I’ve been quietly observing the awesome work for, well whenever this thing started. Keep it up!


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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.
 

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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!:mad3: 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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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...:eek:...:flipoff2:... go figure.


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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.
 

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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 :rolleyes:, no, I can jump on the C3-Grom and go get some parts. :smokin:

Now I am rambling. Still a lot of work to do. It sometimes feels like a life time away.
 

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

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.:D

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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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.
 

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I don't heart the height, gotta be honest. Keep it low and tip up for trailer hatch access?

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.
 

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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 :)
 
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