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I've been working on my buggy design for, well, a long time.
Finally got around to starting it.

What I've collected so far:
97' 350 Vortec w/ 4L80E, painless wiring harness, other parts from the truck
2 Front Rockwell 2.5 ton axles
Random electro-hydraulic valves and electronics to run them
8 1" heims from ebay that don't look too quality...
A pile of tube for a chassis

Will get:
NP205 (a couple leads right now)
Probably 47 LTBs
Coilovers
More heims, and link tubes

So far, I've got the rockwells dissambled, soon to replace a few missing bearings, new boots, etc.



Bought government surplus, somebody had robbed the hub bearings:


Cut the bottom off:



Redrilled the holes for the rear rock:
 

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After hundreds of hours of solidworks time to get the profiles right, a buddy of mine that works at a laser cutting shop cut the tubes for the chassis:



Chassis construction:





Crazy tube intersections seem to come out pretty good:



Where I am currently:


I hope to have the chassis done by the end of the year.
 

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looks good, do you have a shot of the chassis design?
 

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bignissan said:
wow! how do they laser cut tubes like that? got a price estimate?
A big laser lathe.
No, it was done free for me by a friend. It requires alot of programming (which I did myself), so that would probably be a major cost factor. I don't know if it would be cost-effective for consumers. If you were a big chassis shop turning out a frame every couple days, then it would be an option.
 

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looks awsome I love the idea of having everything pre cut! One question, what will the strength differences be with this design compaired to a design that uses more continous bent tube?
 

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Looking good. I am working on a project right now that is similiar in design (but with bends). We are using 1" heims as well.
Do you have your suspension link brackets done yet?
 

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Tolly said:
Looking good. I am working on a project right now that is similiar in design (but with bends). We are using 1" heims as well.
Do you have your suspension link brackets done yet?
No, still to be done. I'm still trying to iron out the front suspension geometry so that the center chuck can get as high as possible. I want a higher roll center, its got some sway right now.
Hopefully my buddy will laser cut them too. I'm going to look at a big plasma cutter this week, so I don't have to bother him quite as much.
 

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Hey, I am Houston right, working. Would love to come look at the rig. Buy ya beer?
 

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If alot of people like the frame you might be able to make some cash by selling pre cut tubes. Would be nice for some of us without benders.
 
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