PDA

View Full Version : Once Again!



Steve Rickard
July 31st, 2007, 08:30 PM
Well, I swore I would not build another after finishing this in late December last year.

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/DSCF0287.jpg

But a buddy decided it was time to step up so, we started gathering some tube, air shocks and the usual parts.

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild002.jpg
http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild003.jpg
http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild041.jpg
http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/875682084403_0_ALB.jpg

Chassis will basically be a copy of mine with minor changes. A bit longer, wider, and different door openings.

jeeplvr79
July 31st, 2007, 08:33 PM
Well, I swore I would not build another

That was your first mistake...lol

Steve Rickard
July 31st, 2007, 08:34 PM
and built the main frame rails and the subframe.

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild042.jpg

Steve Rickard
July 31st, 2007, 08:36 PM
That was your first mistake...lol

Don't I know it! :D

Steve Rickard
July 31st, 2007, 08:39 PM
Started adding the uprights and rear section.

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild044.jpg
http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild045.jpg

and then got busy with the front and top

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild046.jpg

Steve Rickard
July 31st, 2007, 08:43 PM
Threw a little more tube at it.

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild050.jpg

Added more pieces of this damn tube and ended up here so far.
Wanna guess what it is gonna be? Took 2 slots out of the flatty grill!

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild055.jpg

Papers
July 31st, 2007, 08:51 PM
Nice looking chassis,

I need more friends like you and fewer.... ok well just friends like you I guess

Matt
August 1st, 2007, 02:22 AM
You make it look easy! :thumbsup:

BajaBilly
August 1st, 2007, 06:57 AM
Very nice Steve!!

Colin
August 1st, 2007, 07:16 AM
Awesome-ness!

Trango
August 1st, 2007, 08:44 AM
Steve, looks great! Very inspiring.

Rex Ashton
August 1st, 2007, 05:37 PM
Looks great Steve, you definitely have a knack.....:beer:

Steve Rickard
August 1st, 2007, 06:41 PM
Thanks for the props everybody! This thing is coming along nicely. I will update soon with more pictures.

Few specs:
4.3 Vortec V-6
700r4
STaK 2 speed 4.3
Dana 60 front
Corporate 14 rear
42" TSL's

Wheelbase will come in at about 108"-110" and we are gonna leave it full width for now until my buddy can pony up for new rims and tires and then we will push it in with backspacing.

rch
August 2nd, 2007, 01:19 AM
Thats tubular dude! Makes me want to buy a tube bender.

Mr. Gutwrench
August 2nd, 2007, 06:23 AM
Great job! Thanks for the pics. I like the chassis cart. Looks like you have made driver/passenger access a little easier on this one. Nice shop BTW.

J Kimmel
August 2nd, 2007, 08:08 AM
nice job Steve, very clean and simple. When I build a chassis, I want it to be like that, very minimalist and clean, great job :)

greaseballcreeper
August 5th, 2007, 11:05 AM
does this happen to be my 4 seater ??? looks good !!!!

cagedxj
August 6th, 2007, 07:59 PM
Lookin good Steve! Any more updates or have you been wheelin all summer?

tim"toolman"
August 9th, 2007, 08:22 AM
Looks nice Steve. Tell Jack I look forward to wheeling with him but will miss all the rattle from the NAPA tow truck........ :)

Sound_Man
August 9th, 2007, 09:57 AM
Looks good so far!

What kind of bender are you using?

Steve Rickard
August 9th, 2007, 08:19 PM
Great job! Thanks for the pics. I like the chassis cart. Looks like you have made driver/passenger access a little easier on this one. Nice shop BTW.
Thanks, ingress/egress will definitely be easier but, I truly prefer the higher top bar of the passenger compartment on mine. This guy is a true Jeep lover, so the door opening had to resemble one!


does this happen to be my 4 seater ??? looks good !!!!
Mark, sorry dude but yours is next in line, not this one! By the way your deposit check bounced! :flipoff2: Joking, Joking, no way I could do this for money!


Lookin good Steve! Any more updates or have you been wheelin all summer?
Chris, wish I had been wheelin but I have been chained either to the tractor or out here in the shop. Update pics in next post! You are a good teacher and will be proud of the job we are doing on the tinwork.


Looks nice Steve. Tell Jack I look forward to wheeling with him but will miss all the rattle from the NAPA tow truck........ :)
Tim, I know I will not miss the clanking of the NAPA Jeep! Been listening to that thing for 7 years now. Only good thing about all the noise is you knew where he was and if you didn't hear it , it was time to wait for him! :D NO clanky things allowed on this one!


Looks good so far!

What kind of bender are you using?

Thanks. Bender is a PRO-TOOLS HD 105

Steve Rickard
August 9th, 2007, 08:28 PM
Coupla weeks my A$$! Try several!!!

We stripped the old rig of engine, trans, axles, and t/cases (doubler).

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/flatty007.jpg

We settled the tranny and engine into the chassis and fabbed mounts for both. Frenched the tranny mount into the center bottom tube. Corners of the Novak mount still need trimmed off.

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/flatty002.jpg
http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild081.jpg

Built front and rear winch mounts (which I think you can see in the pic of the basic chassis in the above post) and front fairlead mount.

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild083.jpg

The "Doubler" 203/205 combination proved waaaay too big and heavy so we ordered a STaK about 8-9 weeks ago and should have it next week. It's not really holding up the build yet.

Steve Rickard
August 9th, 2007, 08:37 PM
Spent the better part of a morning grinding off all of the old bracketry from the front and rear axles. Finally received some 7075 1.75" links from Summit Machine for the lowers.

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/flatty006.jpg

We attached them to the chassis and located the axles underneath and set pinion heights. Then attached the shockmounts, upper link mounts, and lower brackets to the axles. Also trussed the rear using a Poison Spyder diff ring and Burly tabs. Also laid out some brake lines. NO we will NOT be reusing the tractor jointed tie rod!

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild091.jpg
http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild098.jpg

Steve Rickard
August 9th, 2007, 08:55 PM
We fabbed seat mounts with the forward tube removeable for t/case install/removal ease. The tabs on these tubes will hold the tranny cooler, battery mount, and all the seat belts except for the shoulder harnesses.

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild082.jpg

Fabbed the upper shock mounts and laced in the front a bit more. Also mounted the grill/headlights and fabbed the upper radiator mount/hold down.

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild086.jpg

Crossmember and winchline loop for the front winch to be used as a suck winch. Lower radiator mounts need corners rounded.
We burned on a bunch (120) mounting tabs to the chassis in locations we thought would work good for the tins to attach to and slathered a bunch of paint on it to keep it from rusting. We have been scraping off the paint whenever we need to attach another tab or mount! What a PITA :D, won't do it that way again.

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild084.jpg

More to come, stay tuned!

Steve Rickard
August 9th, 2007, 09:03 PM
nice job Steve, very clean and simple. When I build a chassis, I want it to be like that, very minimalist and clean, great job :)

Thanks Jeremy! Come and talk to me the next time you are in for service with the MINI.

Sound_Man
August 10th, 2007, 10:51 AM
Thanks. Bender is a PRO-TOOLS HD 105

Did you get a hydro kit from pro-tools or make one yourself? I have the same bender and it is still manual. I plan to add hydro to it this fall.

nblehm
August 10th, 2007, 08:26 PM
The "Doubler" 203/205 combination proved waaaay too big and heavy so we ordered a STaK about 8-9 weeks ago and should have it next week. It's not really holding up the build yet.


good luck... I ordered mine was told 4-6 weeks, call after 6 weeks oh it will ship in 2 day, call 2 weeks later it will ship mid week. Needless to say I got it 3 months after I ordered it. This was after I told them I needed it for my build that had a lot left and needed the t-case to finish stuff up and they said no problem we can get it done fast. Needless to say I got it 3 days before ejs :rolleyes: I've been pretty happy with the case, but they need to be more honest about the lead time on them



buggy looks great though :thumbsup:

guapotaco
August 16th, 2007, 09:58 AM
really nice fab work you got there, and a sick looking buggy

Captain Crunch
August 18th, 2007, 10:50 PM
Looks good! Can't wait for the Maiden Voyage!:D :D

Steve Rickard
August 21st, 2007, 06:20 PM
Did you get a hydro kit from pro-tools or make one yourself? I have the same bender and it is still manual. I plan to add hydro to it this fall.

Yea, I have a full hydro kit. Got it from Pro-Tools. Expensive and a little slow with air over but gets the job done.


good luck... I've been pretty happy with the case, but they need to be more honest about the lead time on them
buggy looks great though :thumbsup:

I agree about the lead time. They told me 7 weeks and today makes 10. Called them today and Ken said it will ship this afternoon. Hope he's right!


really nice fab work you got there, and a sick looking buggy

Thanks.


Looks good! Can't wait for the Maiden Voyage!:D :D

Captain, you will be notified! :D

Steve Rickard
August 21st, 2007, 06:26 PM
Got some more stuff done. Welded in the steering valve mount, brake pedal mount (just above and left in the first pic), and started the sheet metal work.

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild088.jpg

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild069.jpg

Rear bulkhead and floorpans. Will finish the floor once the STaK is in.

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild070.jpg

Steve Rickard
August 21st, 2007, 06:29 PM
Dash, firewall, and the tachometer mount.

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild067.jpg

Grill is bead blasted, mounted, and ready for paint.

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild066.jpg

Steve Rickard
August 21st, 2007, 06:32 PM
Got the side skins shaped, bent where necessary and mounted.

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild073.jpg

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild068.jpg

Steve Rickard
August 21st, 2007, 06:38 PM
..............I really don't like it, however, it really makes the rig! Roof, cowl, and hood/fenders.


http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild077.jpg

Closer look at cowl, hood, and hinge.

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild078.jpg

Steve Rickard
August 21st, 2007, 06:46 PM
Got the rear panel done. Really ties this thing together!

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild075.jpg

Yea, that's the happy owner standing back and admiring a hard days handy work!

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild076.jpg

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild071.jpg

Steve Rickard
August 21st, 2007, 06:52 PM
......the tins have been sent for powder paint and are done just waiting to be picked up. I have completed most of the wiring and plumbing including brakes, steering, and fuel. It is sitting as a full rolling chassis. We have begun installing items that will not have to be removed again and as soon as we get the STaK, we should only be a couple of weekends and a trip to the exhaust shop away from the first run! If all measurements hold true we may even be able to reuse the drive shafts from the donor!

Total build time so far is about 5 months. We are pretty happy with the progress so far.

Will update with more pics as I take them.

toyin
August 21st, 2007, 09:53 PM
It's gonna look sweet one it's painted. How much longer do you have to wait fot the stak?

greaseballcreeper
August 22nd, 2007, 07:37 AM
ill be up for a run with you guys ,so keep us posted !!!

architect1
August 23rd, 2007, 04:38 PM
Do you need another buddy, Pleaseeeeee????????????? lol:beer:


Sweet rig.:thumbsup:

AlphaOffRoad
August 24th, 2007, 03:56 PM
Awesome build up... Can't wait to see the completed pictures :thumbsup:

cagedxj
August 25th, 2007, 09:48 PM
Looks GOOD! You two did a really nice job on the sheet metal.

ZJustin94
August 27th, 2007, 11:46 PM
dang steve, in every picture i don't even see a mess! How do you keep it so clean an yet build a work of art?

Steve Rickard
August 28th, 2007, 10:07 PM
It's gonna look sweet one it's painted. How much longer do you have to wait fot the stak?

Thanks, The STaK arrived today and is already installed!


ill be up for a run with you guys ,so keep us posted !!!

Mark, I'll keep you posted. We need to test this thing and make sure it's right and then head out somewhere for a run for sure!


Do you need another buddy
Sweet rig.:thumbsup:

Thanks! What's the buddy position pay? :D


Awesome build up... Can't wait to see the completed pictures :thumbsup:

Thanks, we are getting closer. The powder is done and the skins are just waiting to be put on once it's finished.


Looks GOOD! You two did a really nice job on the sheet metal.

Thanks, Chris. Took some time and a few choice words at times but, I think I may actually like THIS Jeep! :eek:


dang steve, in every picture i don't even see a mess! How do you keep it so clean an yet build a work of art?

Justin, you are not looking hard enough! I think we spend as much time sweeping and organizing than we do actually building.

Steve Rickard
August 28th, 2007, 10:13 PM
Got a few more things attached to the chassis. Tins are back from powder and we installed the grill, headlights, radiator, cooling fan and finished all the wiring.

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild118.jpg

Fuel cell and rear winch installed and the all important cooler rack made and installed!

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild109.jpg

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild115.jpg

Steve Rickard
August 28th, 2007, 10:18 PM
Brake masters in, plumbed and bled. Fuel lines plumbed and flowing fuel.

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild116.jpg

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild103.jpg

Electrical on firewall front and passenger side.

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild106.jpg

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild111.jpg

Steve Rickard
August 28th, 2007, 10:22 PM
This beautiful work of art arrived today. It was 'bout 3 weeks behind schedule but has not hampered the build.

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild122.jpg

We installed it tonight and checked it for proper clocking. Removed it and loctited all the clocking ring bolts and popped it back in. Front drive shaft angle is good and we will be able to use a one piece shaft.

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild123.jpg
http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild126.jpg

Steve Rickard
August 28th, 2007, 10:28 PM
Oh yea, I told you we were not going to use the tractor links! 1.750, 7075 T-6 tierod, actual rod ends!

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild120.jpg

Got busy with the tire groover too! Before.

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild114.jpg

After

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild112.jpg

Steve Rickard
August 28th, 2007, 10:37 PM
As it sits now, it starts and runs, brakes plumbed and bled, all wiring is complete, just have to bleed the ram and the steering is done. Appointment on Friday for the exhaust. Our old front shaft works just fine and we will need to shorten the existing rear shaft and it will be a driver. Synthetic rope for the winches is flying to us as I type this and will be installed before the trip to the exhaust shop. The front floor pans will be modded to fit around the t/case and shifters tomorrow night.


I am sure we will find a couple of loose ends to tie up but there is light at the end of the tunnel!

Matt
August 28th, 2007, 11:07 PM
Impressive to say the least.

IoN6
August 29th, 2007, 12:14 AM
This beautiful work of art arrived today. It was 'bout 3 weeks behind schedule but has not hampered the build.

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild122.jpg


That isn't the D300 case by chance is it? :drool:

jowwo
August 29th, 2007, 03:12 AM
Impressive to say the least.

X2!

J Kimmel
September 3rd, 2007, 09:33 AM
Steve looks great! I'm slightly re-thinking the truck body after a trip to BV carnage yesterday :)

Do you have any better pics of the cooler rack?? I need to build one and some ideas would be helpful :)

yarddog
September 3rd, 2007, 10:02 PM
Wow Steve, nice work as always. Jack's got to be super stoked. Are you guys going to tube the fenders so they don't get smashed up? If you guys want to take it to Chris's for a shake down let us know.

Speaking of BV ,we'll be camping up there the weekend after next. i hear it's washed out and nasty.

Steve Rickard
September 4th, 2007, 07:58 PM
Impressive to say the least.

Thanks :o


That isn't the D300 case by chance is it? :drool:

No it's not the 300, it is their 2 speed monster box. This thing is really a work of art!


X2!

Thanks!


Steve looks great! I'm slightly re-thinking the truck body after a trip to BV carnage yesterday :)

Do you have any better pics of the cooler rack?? I need to build one and some ideas would be helpful :)

Only others I have. http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild202.jpg and http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild201.jpg Very simple expanded metal with a 1" border around the top and bolted with 5, 1/4" bolts. Two footman loops for the bungee.



Wow Steve, nice work as always. Jack's got to be super stoked. Are you guys going to tube the fenders so they don't get smashed up? If you guys want to take it to Chris's for a shake down let us know.

Speaking of BV ,we'll be camping up there the weekend after next. i hear it's washed out and nasty.

Thanks, Steve! No tube for the stubby fenders. We took it out to Lee's this past Sunday for the shakedown and it was flawless. Sooooo, we ran Indy yesterday and had a blast. Both buggys worked excellent!

What weekend for BV? The 15th? We are heading down there then also!

Steve Rickard
September 4th, 2007, 08:05 PM
............a week makes! After installing the STaK we measured for the driveshafts. Front from the donor works without any modifications! I guess even a blind squirrell finds a nut now and then! :D Had to take 1" out of the rear to make it a comfy fit.

Got down to business with the front floor pans. I had some leftover grip from my build and applied it to the drivers side. Had to go to the skate shop and buy 3 more sheets to finish the passenger side!

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild129.jpg

Also got the ever important fire extinguisher installed along with the passenger seat.

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild136.jpg

Steve Rickard
September 4th, 2007, 08:11 PM
We added just enough nitrogen to the shocks so we could take it to the exhaust shop and have the system installed. Nothing special but a nice job by Chuck and Joe at Discount Muffler and Brake. Thought we would light a fire in it and buzz it around the casa before loading it up for the trip to Discount.

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild132.jpg

Got rid of the tangled mess of 7 year old front winch line and installed some quality rope. Front and rear!

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild131.jpg

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild128.jpg

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild127.jpg

Steve Rickard
September 4th, 2007, 08:16 PM
After returning from the exhaust shop Friday evening we decided it was time to hang the tinwork.

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild134.jpg

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild138.jpg

Yea it is definitely blue! We tied up any loose ends we could think of on Saturday and decided it was time for some testing. So we aired up the shocks to ride height and travelled to our buddies ranch. Some of you have wheeled there!

Steve Rickard
September 4th, 2007, 08:42 PM
Well the ranch proved to be enlightening in that there were no problems! Yea, that blind squirrell thing again!

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild148.jpg

So, after the ranch test we got a wild hair and decided it was time for a real test and we headed to Indy yesterday! Buggy performed flawlessly! :D

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild151.jpg

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild160.jpg

Only thing left now is the graphics. We are going to have some vinyl graphics of Willys in script either this http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/willysscript.jpg or this one http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/willys.jpg for both sides of the hood and a Willys Overland WO like this http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/willysoverland.jpg for the rear panel.

This has been quite a rewarding and challenging build. Started on the chassis in March and disassembled the donor June first, so about 5 months from the first bend.
Hope you have enjoyed the pics!

jeeplvr79
September 4th, 2007, 08:52 PM
DEFINITELY like the blue... if you ever need a test driver let me know... :hail:

Mule
September 4th, 2007, 10:02 PM
Did you get a hydro kit from pro-tools or make one yourself? I have the same bender and it is still manual. I plan to add hydro to it this fall.

You may try a "Self built mod" hydro. I used a JD2 that has an air actuated long ram from Harbor freight. It cost about $70 and worked really well. I have one for my JD2 but haven't rigged it up yet, otherwise I would have some pics....


Steve,
what shocks are those? I have been out of the wheeling world for about 3 years and am trying to play catch up on some stuff like that. I'm building another crawler and like the simplicity of those. Also, what cutting brake setup did you use?

PS, The Overland looks cool.
Greg

Steve Rickard
September 5th, 2007, 06:42 PM
DEFINITELY like the blue... if you ever need a test driver let me know... :hail:

Nora, thanks! My buddy, Jack thought it might be too much blue! If you see us on the trail, stop us and tell Jack I said you can drive the buggy! :eek: He'll probably let you. :D



Steve,
what shocks are those? I have been out of the wheeling world for about 3 years and am trying to play catch up on some stuff like that. I'm building another crawler and like the simplicity of those. Also, what cutting brake setup did you use?

PS, The Overland looks cool.
Greg

Greg, the shocks are Fox air shocks. Tuning is simple with oil level adjustments, oil viscosity change, and valving. Nitrogen sets the ride height. Sway-A-Way and others also make them. IMHO they are well suited to a slow speed, lighter weight crawler. If you want to blast the fireroads and baja around I would go with coilovers.

As far as cutting brakes, we didn't plumb any in! I have found by just disengaging the rear and mashing the brake pedal while turning the wheel, it will front dig just fine. We don't do any competitions so accuracy of the turn is not that important to us!

Cruzin Illusion
September 5th, 2007, 06:57 PM
Very nice build and awesome fabrication work!!!

Captain Crunch
September 5th, 2007, 09:44 PM
Steve and Jack, looks great! See you guys in Farmington!:D

tim"toolman"
September 9th, 2007, 08:59 AM
Steve, Are you going to run limit straps or just let the shocks limit?? Also do you have an idea on final costs minus the stak??? Just thinking mine would be a good donor prodject as well........It works good but is too heavy :)

tim"toolman"
September 9th, 2007, 09:00 AM
Steve and Jack, looks great! See you guys in Farmington!:D

Did the other shock wear as bad as the one that broke??

Steve Rickard
September 9th, 2007, 06:26 PM
Very nice build and awesome fabrication work!!!

Thanks!


Steve and Jack, looks great! See you guys in Farmington!:D

Captain, we are ready to see if the new, improved, lighter weight version will work better too!


Steve, Are you going to run limit straps or just let the shocks limit?? Also do you have an idea on final costs minus the stak??? Just thinking mine would be a good donor prodject as well........It works good but is too heavy :)

Tim, no limit straps per se. The suck winches act as a limiting strap if you only allow an inch or two of slack in the rope.

As far as costs go I am pretty sure it came in well under $10K with out the STaK. Jack kept pretty good records and will be able to tell you more.

Colin
September 9th, 2007, 06:32 PM
Awesome work, you guys make it look so easy :D

Love that blue!

guapotaco
September 10th, 2007, 07:14 PM
wow, that is one clean rig, some sick fab skills at work here for sure!

LJRubi
September 11th, 2007, 11:14 PM
Wow to do that kind of work in such a short time is mind blowing.
The quality of work is incredible and the neatness.:eek:
No wonder people want you to fix their BMW's.:thumbsup:
Matt

I realize now that I have been in the presence of a genius.

Steve Rickard
October 19th, 2007, 11:58 AM
Awesome work, you guys make it look so easy :D

Love that blue!

Thanks, it is easy, just time consuming and expensive! :D


wow, that is one clean rig, some sick fab skills at work here for sure!

Thanks Jeremy! Nice to meet you and your girl at BV Carnage.


Wow to do that kind of work in such a short time is mind blowing.
The quality of work is incredible and the neatness.:eek:
No wonder people want you to fix their BMW's.:thumbsup:
Matt

I realize now that I have been in the presence of a genius.

Matt, Matt, Matt, you are making me :o . Hardly a genius!

Steve Rickard
October 19th, 2007, 12:04 PM
Finally put a tranny tunnel cover on it and can now call this project a wrap!

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild204.jpg

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild203.jpg


Farewell NAPA Tow Rig. It's off to the scrapyard.
Thanks for following along everybody! ;)

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild205.jpg

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u99/Steve_Rickard/crucesandflattybuild206.jpg

Damian
October 24th, 2007, 08:24 PM
Very nice build

Matt
November 13th, 2007, 04:53 AM
Such a clean rig, very nice

74BuckinBronc
November 13th, 2007, 02:30 PM
Wow! You truely do have a knack for building a buggy. It is very clean and neat. Seems you have done this many a time! Throw some pinstripes on the body to break up the blue a bit.

J.D.

sonofmayhem
November 16th, 2007, 11:58 PM
Wow that is sweet....