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Old June 19th, 2014, 22:33
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Re: the sound of inevitability

If I linked the rear I will just start with a full tube chassis from Twisted. That's in a few years. I hear what your saying on the leaves but they are staying for now. I still have a spare, cooler, parts, and tools bolted down in the back. Links are tough to get the right geometry on a buggy anyways I don't want to mess with that on full bodied rig (or what's left).

What I've seen is starting with a factory rig you are always limited and won't reach what a buggy will do. Completely going nuts you can get to 80% of a buggy. For the time and effort at that point I'll go full buggy from Twisted.
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Old July 3rd, 2014, 22:46
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Re: the sound of inevitability

well back at it after a break and a baja race.

working on the rear bumper-ette's.


trimmed up:


tacked in place:


still have to cap the ends, and drill a hole for the leaf spring bolt.


drivers side:
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Old July 12th, 2014, 21:05
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Re: the sound of inevitability

been awhile without any updates:

rear end is all tacked in:


bumperettes:


main chunk of the sliders in. Went in much easier than was anticipated.




but patching in both ends of the sliders are going to be loads of fun.
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Old July 13th, 2014, 21:18
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Re: the sound of inevitability

patching in the rear holes:

start with this:



trim out the spring bushing sheetmetal:





trim off the edges of the spring hangers and 45 to the front edge.





And the passenger side pieces cut and tacked in place.
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Old July 20th, 2014, 21:54
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Re: the sound of inevitability

front part of the sliders are patched in:



And the rust and open holes in the passenger floor are now fixed.


The back section has some warpage but it will be all storage, bummer though I was trying to keep it all flat. Turned out pretty good, will be decent once it's all sealed up and coated. Now I can get the lower half of the X done and the passenger seat mounted.

Will probably do the drivers side as well just to make it all nice and flat and clean up the pitch seam area.
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Old July 26th, 2014, 21:14
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been awhile without any updates:

rear end is all tacked in:


bumperettes:
This "bumper" is really simple but I'm a big fan! I was just wondering if it would be possible to recess a small LED turn signal in there, allowing you to remove the LED and access the leaf springs bolt? That would be pretty sweet.
Anyway, got any updates for us?
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Old July 29th, 2014, 20:04
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Re: the sound of inevitability

Yeah you could put a LED in that hole. I'm trying like heck to keep all of the wiring out of the back end, back of the seats is as far as I want to run it if possible. Plus I'm not sure I could keep the light usable and not crush it.

Bottom half of the X is tacked in and the door bars are tacked.







So all the main tubes are in place for the rear 3/4 of the vehicle. Need to start getting everything welded up. Once that's done I have a couple of small braces and reinforcement pieces to add, cage gussets. Then rear spare tie down and the rear light bar. Also seal and coat the floor once it's welded. Lots done but alot of stuff left.
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Old August 25th, 2014, 21:39
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Re: the sound of inevitability

ok really behind on the updates but our event, Dakota Territory Challenge, starts Thursday so I'm been cramming as much work in as possible. I think I'm sitting pretty good at this point.

After it was running we flexed it up and determined the front end caps had to come back a good inch, so they and the body was cut back more and patched up:

Passenger side:



Drivers Side:



The new panel seams and all the gaps have been sealed with 3M Marine 5200. Stuff seems to work really well, strong but it takes awhile to drive. Like 24-48 hours to firm up. 7 days is full cure! So that was a pain in the butt to work around. Next was the bedliner. I used Metal Shield coating. I started to brush it on and it looked okay but had alot of brush marks. Jason looked at it and thought his Schutz gun would work. We had to thin it out with mineral spirits but it worked and looked great. Almost like a professional shop did it.





But this stuff takes forever to dry. We sprayed it Saturday night and it was tacky Sunday and still soft today. They say 48 hours to firm and they are not joking.

Also got the cage painted. Black hammered paint, Rustoleum. Worked well and dried pretty quickly.

Tonight I got the seatbelts in, the wiring pulled and mostly weeded out, and the seats in.

No pics with the seats, did it right before I left and forgot to takes pics.

Gas tank extension:


Roof:



Rear fender trimmed flush to fit with the rear panels.





So unfortunately I ran out of time to even think about starting on the front half. So I will be bolting the front clip back on for DTC. I wasn't sure what to do for the side panel so I got some 0.40" racing aluminum in red and we will be breaking panels and zip tying them on for the time being.

Have the wiring to finish up, mount the light bar, high lift mounts, install spare tire, front clip, interior console, install roof and probably a few other things. Going to be a busy couple of days.
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Re: the sound of inevitability

Got it all together and on the trail for the Dakota Challenge. Everything worked great, have quite a few finishing touches I want to do but there is wheeling that needs to be done!

Day before the event, front on and most extra stuff bolted down. Back to Twisted to get the gooseneck and pick up the temporary side skins.





Temp skins zip tied on. We didn't go full bore with the skins as the front end still needs to done and unsure where the body lines will land. Need to figure out something to break up the flat panels. Maybe a break like the stock body sides have. Picked up some red stock car aluminum for cheap and it will work for the time being. While not a direct match it's close enough.



Night run to start the event.



Day 1 of the DTC

Day on the trail:
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Re: the sound of inevitability

I like it better without panels.
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I like it better without panels.
Me too. Does it NEED panels?
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Re: the sound of inevitability

Yeah I am undecided on the panels. I wasn't sure on them but I do like having them on. Keep alot of the road crap, water, and mud we ran into out of the inside. Also keeps straps/coats, etc from falling out.

The final skins will be different. Want to have them look like a XJ.
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anyways it did pretty well this weekend. Happy with the end result, no glass.

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Re: the sound of inevitability

Personally, I like the panels. If you incorporate the body line down the side, I think they'd look killer.
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Do you have intentions of narrowing the front down?
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