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post #1 of 43 Old 02-22-2010, 06:02 AM Thread Starter
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Alright, I think I am ready to start this project. I have ordered some tools to get started, and DOM tubing should be here tommorrow. I will do my best to take pictures and keep up with what I am doing. This will be a slow project as funds become available. I am still looking for a donor vehicle to strip parts off of so, I am just going to start with the chassis. Here is a pic of the chassis modeled in Solidworks. I have made some changes to it, and decided this is what I am going with. I am sure that some of it will change as the build progresses. I have not put all the bracing in it yet, just the main chassis that I am almost certaing will work. This buggy will have the same wheel base as the 4-door JK and should have the same body width. Anyways, I hope to get started this weekend.


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Here are a couple of tools that I bought to start the build.



Got some DOM in yesterday. Probably not enough to finish, but will be a good start.


Laser cut the front winch plate, and floor for the back of the buggy. Will probably bend tommorrow.

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Got the old Bridgeport Mill set up and ready to do some tube notching.


Rear pan and winch plate bent.

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Started bending some tubing yesterday afternoon.


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After bending the frame rails I just could not stop. So I went ahead and put the lower part together. As of now I have 3 hours labor.


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Started adding the cab over the weekend.


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As of yesterday afternoon, this is what I have done.

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Ah, what you can do when you have the correct tools.

So what powerplant/drivetrain have you planned to use? Hope a 4 speed ATLAS is in the makeup. Front and rear winches? Dual steering? Air lift? What axles? Going for light weight or brute strength? Envious. Looking forward to following your build.

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Ah, what you can do when you have the correct tools.

So what powerplant/drivetrain have you planned to use? Hope a 4 speed ATLAS is in the makeup. Front and rear winches? Dual steering? Air lift? What axles? Going for light weight or brute strength? Envious. Looking forward to following your build.
I am looking for a donor vehicle for the axles, transmission, and transfer case. Looking for a 1-ton chevy. I am going to try and put this together on a budget to get it going. I will be upgrading parts for the rest of my life. Probably run a 350 chevy motor to start with. I am dead set on Dana 60 front, and probably 14 bolt rear.

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Sounds like you are planning on 40 inch tires or bigger. Have fun.

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Sounds like you are planning on 40 inch tires or bigger. Have fun.
I have planned everything around 42's.

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Subscribing as well. Itching to start a similar project but it will be next year more than likely before I can begin. I want to do two steering rocks, 4spd Atlas, powerstroke and something in the 46-54" range tire wise.

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Randy,

I'll get a link for you but the design is simular to the Murphylaw motorsport buggy that raced in the KOH. #816

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Powerstrokes are great engines but heavy, maybe the Cummins 4BT.

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Picked these 2.5 ton Rockwell's up today.





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Man, I wish I had the space, money, time and a strong back to build a buggy. Looks like you're doing it right. Keep posting.

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why does it look like there is a brake caliper on top of the diff?


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why does it look like there is a brake caliper on top of the diff?
Because there is. I guess alot of people running rockwells set the brakes up like that. I really don't no alot about these axles. As I stated above I was set on a 60/14. I just came across these axles and just could not turn them down. I have been searching all through Pirate the last few days for info. I think I am going to like these. Oh, I forgot to mention the tires are 48's. I will probably use them till I can save up for 42's.

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Looks great,
I can't wait to see the progress. I want to build one over the next year.
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im gonna echo Ogie's sentiments... i wish i could pull this off!


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why does it look like there is a brake caliper on top of the diff?
Like Randy said, it's a pinion brake, standard mod folks do on Rocks.
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what does a pinion brake do?


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slows the vehicle down. i should elaborate: you can put a mazda rotor and toyota caliper on the pinion and it is used to stop you. i believe you can find a mercury rotor that works as well. since you probably won't be driving this type of build on the street it can be used to stop the vehicle. i guess that really doesn't have much to do with it but I haven't seen many daily driven vehicles with rockwells and pinion brakes

one more thing to add before i get flammed...i don't know if it is a very good way to stop your vehicle...it could be awesome or it could suck... the bronco i drove with rockwells stopped really freaking well from 25 mph to 0mph but that is my only experience stopping a vehicle with rocks.

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