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Doing Things Right The First Time
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Posted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 08:04 AM
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I thought it might be both fun and informative for everyone to post some mistakes they have made in building their bajas. We all post regularly about things we are happy with, but what about those decisions that you regret making? I know for me, I've been guilty of buying something once, not being happy with it, having to buy a different one and spending more money (and time) in the long run to make things right. I've got a miserably long list of these mistakes that I could admit to, but for now, I'll just start with one:

I should have bought a SACO rack and pinion, rather than the Latest Rage one. I didn't know any better at the time, and just took the advice of a stupid salesman. Now, after dropping $200 on the LR, I'll be spending another $500 on the right one. I guess I could opt for the regular model SACO for around $350, but I don't want to do this three times, so I'm going "ALL IN" on the super beefy one. Of course, the SACO rack has a longer mount at the bottom that won't fit the car I built around the other one, so I'm going to need to modify something else. Money, time, aggravation, and a downed vehicle will be the result of this poor decision.

Anyone else wanna fess up? If not, I could probably put up AT LEAST another dozen or so....

Maybe someone out there will read this thread and save a bunch of heartache on their build.


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Started with a '67... Found out you can not use a Pinto rack and pinion on a VW after I got it mounted...

I did tons of reaserch so I do not have any thing major... Things I do not like and would love to fix are the CV joint boots, bust all the time...Wrong gear ratio in the car, great for off road but a little to low for the street...


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Building my baja on old school technology because I used to have one just like it (bus reduction box swing axle trans) and now I am getting the parts together to convert it to IRS & 3x3s.


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Starting with a rusted out 66, i just jumped on it without reallly inspecting the car.


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I did the same as you with the Rack. I ended up killing the lastest rage one, and just bought a SACO one.

Mine is a 69, and i wish i would of found the rust spots on my firewall before i started to change everything.


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didn't tighten my coil down enough, the coil ended up turning and the hot wire touched my fan shroud.

got me all "fired up"


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I started my '67 in gear thinking it was in neutral. Not a big deal, right? Well, It had a holley electric fuel pump and would light just as soon as that key popped over, and I had it floored. To make it even better, I'd just put a brand new hood and front apron on it, and I drove it int he front of my parent's house. The house only had minor damage. The '67 got another new hood and apron shortly thereafter, and I've never, EVER started another manual car w/o checking to see what gear I was in since.


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wish i would have pulled the body off the pan and media blasted body and pan, before starting my build. now its too late..


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Checking the bearings to the case, the case and crank went to gether so perfectly. Got all Excited and built it to long block, then realized that I didn't put the case dowel pins in place........ FUDGE>>>>>>>>>


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Let's see. The list is so long. First because I didn't know anything about ACVWs, the $%&# I bought it from, screwed the heck out of me. Then I wasted untold csah and time on cheap parts that turned out to be junk. Worked countless hours to get things right. But the bottom line is...... I learned more buy getting a piece of junk that needed everything than I would have if I bought someone else's car. The only problem is....learning costs $$$$$$. I still wouldn't change a thing. Smile


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I haven't had too many major regrets. I looked long and hard before finally buying a car, and finding a 1961 (AZ emissions exempt) with a LP front, and a rear which had already been properly converted to IRS was the best move I could have made. Plus, a 1600 DP.

I almost pulled the trigger on several cars prior to this.

I think my major problem is beating the car so hard before doing the mods it needs for my driving style. I need more font travel and a wider beam (Bugzyla to the rescue), and DEFINITELY either 3x3s, or failing that, better torsions - or at a minimum cranking the rear more and upgrading the shock mount system.

Bottom line, I need to stop beating it and make improvements. I am wrecking parts.

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My first mistake was buying a '75 without doing my homework (like making maybe ONE stinkin' phone call). The '75 is (was) fuel injected, so the emissions standards are pretty hard to pass. Especially after the previous owner converted to a carb. The guys at my local shop have to retard the spark and lean out the carb to the point where the car makes about 2.5 HP. They made it pass though. Then I bought a manual (factory) 'cause I was having electrical problems. The wiring diagram for a '74 is 2 pages and for the '75 (remember- F.I.) is about 8 pages. I never could get the lights to work. So, next week I drive down to Chirco's for a complete vw oem copy wiring harness ('74). So I decided to order both pan halves, 4 cv boot kits, a rebuilt trans w/ mounts, pan gasket, switches, shift coupler... well, you get the idea. I should have plenty more screw-ups to report in the near future.


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So far, buying the cheap ($300) body lift kit. I love the look and height but as others mentioned on my posting about them, it's weak. So much that I cut aluminum spacers (to keep weight down) to place around the mounting bolts. Plus I had to do some trimming to get it to fit right.
I'm sure I'll have a few more regrets once I call it done. I know it'll never be "done" but on da road done is what I mean.


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