AzBaja.com, Home of the VW Baja Bug  
Toggle ContentToggle Content
Toggle Content AzBaja Site info

Welcome Anonymous

Nickname
Password

Membership:
Latest: Tremelune
New Today: 0
New Yesterday: 0
Overall: 3559

People Online:
Members: 0
Visitors: 123
Total: 123
Who Is Where:
 Visitors:
01: Baja Forums
02: Baja Forums
03: Baja Forums
04: AMAZON.com
05: Baja Forums
06: AMAZON.com
07: AMAZON.com
08: Baja Forums
09: AMAZON.com
10: AMAZON.com
11: AMAZON.com
12: AMAZON.com
13: AMAZON.com
14: Baja Forums
15: Baja Forums
16: AMAZON.com
17: AMAZON.com
18: AMAZON.com
19: Baja Forums
20: AMAZON.com
21: AMAZON.com
22: Baja Forums
23: AMAZON.com
24: Baja Forums
25: AMAZON.com
26: AMAZON.com
27: AMAZON.com
28: Baja Forums
29: Baja Forums
30: AMAZON.com
31: AMAZON.com
32: AMAZON.com
33: AMAZON.com
34: Baja Forums
35: Pictures
36: AMAZON.com
37: Baja Forums
38: Baja Forums
39: AMAZON.com
40: AMAZON.com
41: AMAZON.com
42: AMAZON.com
43: AMAZON.com
44: AMAZON.com
45: Baja Forums
46: AMAZON.com
47: AMAZON.com
48: AMAZON.com
49: AMAZON.com
50: Baja Forums
51: AMAZON.com
52: Baja Forums
53: AMAZON.com
54: AMAZON.com
55: Baja Forums
56: AMAZON.com
57: AMAZON.com
58: AMAZON.com
59: AMAZON.com
60: Baja Forums
61: AMAZON.com
62: AMAZON.com
63: AMAZON.com
64: AMAZON.com
65: Baja Forums
66: AMAZON.com
67: AMAZON.com
68: Baja Forums
69: AMAZON.com
70: AMAZON.com
71: AMAZON.com
72: Baja Forums
73: AMAZON.com
74: Baja Forums
75: AMAZON.com
76: AMAZON.com
77: Baja Forums
78: Pictures
79: AMAZON.com
80: AMAZON.com
81: AMAZON.com
82: Event Calendar
83: AMAZON.com
84: Baja Forums
85: AMAZON.com
86: AMAZON.com
87: Baja Forums
88: AMAZON.com
89: Baja Forums
90: Pictures
91: AMAZON.com
92: AMAZON.com
93: Baja Forums
94: AMAZON.com
95: AMAZON.com
96: Baja Forums
97: AMAZON.com
98: AMAZON.com
99: Event Calendar
100: Baja Forums
101: Baja Forums
102: AMAZON.com
103: AMAZON.com
104: AMAZON.com
105: AMAZON.com
106: Baja Forums
107: Baja Forums
108: Baja Forums
109: AMAZON.com
110: AMAZON.com
111: AMAZON.com
112: Baja Forums
113: AMAZON.com
114: AMAZON.com
115: Baja Forums
116: AMAZON.com
117: Baja Forums
118: Baja Forums
119: AMAZON.com
120: AMAZON.com
121: Baja Forums
122: AMAZON.com
123: AMAZON.com

Staff Online:

No staff members are online!

Toggle Content GPS

Baja Forums -:- AzBaja.com Members -:- Projects and Builds -:- fast_1 baja project
Amazon Store

fast_1 baja project
Tell us about your Project, Were you at in tyour build. Post Pictures etc.
Users browsing this topic: None
Post new topic Reply to topic Printer Friendly Page

1 2 3
>
View previous topic :: View next topic
Author Message
fast_1
Sergeant
Sergeant

fast_1

Offline

Joined: Jul 22, 2008
Posts: 252
Location: Flagstaff, AZ
Karma: 0

Post Post subject: fast_1 baja project
Posted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 02:06 AM
Reply with quote

Well...

For those of you who don't know I bought t_town_baja's red baja last week. So far I love it, I've only had it out in the woods once (found out all the rain tore the roads up, and saw some high schoolers who drove their pathfinder off of a 30-40 foot embankment). I did get it muddy going to work.

It's almost 4:00 Saturday afternoon, I got a good deal done since last night, although not nearly as much as I wanted. I broke two of my cardinal rules, eating at the computer and having frosty beverages before 4 p.m. But I am exhausted and eating a delicious tamale, so I figured a Dos Equis would be a good idea. Anyways I'll outline what I have done so far, some things I still wanna do, and some little things I have found out about the baja. Hopefully I'll get a little done every weekend so I can keep this thread alive and document what I've done.

I'll go over what I have purchased for the car thus far, prices not included.

1. Baja Bugs and Buggies book - purchased before the car and read cover to cover.
2. Hella twin-tone horn - was gonna install on my other car but the baja doesn't have a horn so it gets priority
3. How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive - started reading
4. Weber Tech manual - skimmed and read a few things
5. Universal Turn Signal from Chirco - still waiting for it
6. Spark Arrestor also from Chrico - US Forest Service are serious about those up here
7. Locks for the hood
8. A couple of paints and rubber coatings
9. Brand new pair of 31x10.50r15 BFG M/Ts mmmmm...

So far I'll I have actually done is put my hood locks on, wire wheel the paint off of the nerf bars, and get the tires installed. I want to do a tune-up this weekend but I don't know if I'll have the time or energy. Hopefully in the near future I will be able to put a stereo with an iPod hook up in (nothing crazy, no amps and subs, just something I can listen to music on), fix the leaky side cover, get everything I want painted, sort of considering a buggy whip, and the list goes on. Heres some pics of what I have done. The image quality sucks... Sorry, It was dark and rainy an I used my cheap camera and edited them using photobucket. If I used photoshop I would be at it for hours (graphic design student).

Hood locks, I'm gonna coat them in Plasti Dip. I can't decide if I should do black or red...


Heres the side bar after some wire wheeling, still gotta do the stuff near the body and some nooks and crannies. Im gonna paint them with the same stuff as the front and rear bumpers.



This is where I placed my jack (middle of the plate with four bolts) to get the car in the air, its just forward of the rear wheel. Is it a good spot?


Some of the little things I've noticed are that the driver side rear wheel has lug studs in the brake drum, whereas the passenger still uses the annoying lug bolts. I wanna change those asap... The oil pressure sensor thing, which has been wired for an oil temp gauge drips a little bit of oil. And my driver side, side cover on the tranny has started leaking a good deal. Im gonna fix that before I drive it much. I tightened all of the bolts I could get to and one was quite loose. The other was up against the frame horn and I couldn't get a wrench on it. With it jacked up I didn't wanna undo the line lock to spin the wheels so I could tighten it. Once it dries out and cools down, Im gonna go back out and finish grinding and start masking. At this point I'll get back under there and tightnen the last bolt. If it does turn out that I have to replace the seal I'm thinking I may as well start the IRS conversion. I think I have all the parts so what the heck... Hopefully thats not the case for now. Ultimately I would like to go to long travel coil-overs in the rear, and a-arms up front, but thats a long time and a lot of money away.

One thing I was curious about were what is the best place to put Jack stands on the front and rear? I placed mine below the frame horns. My jack was barely tall enough to get the tires off the ground. I am used to low cars that I can't get the jack under not ones that are too high. I welded up some three inch high ramps so I could get the jack under my other car but they would not help in this case... Thats all I can think of for now, any help from you guys will be greatly appreciated and I hope this thread is somewhat interesting even though it is quite long-winded.

James


_________________
Red '67 Baja - Tons of fun Stuff!

Last edited by fast_1 on Sun Sep 14, 2008 09:32 AM; edited 1 times in total
Back to top
View user's profile
fast_1
Sergeant
Sergeant

fast_1

Offline

Joined: Jul 22, 2008
Posts: 252
Location: Flagstaff, AZ
Karma: 0

Post Post subject: Re: fast_1 baja project
Posted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 06:18 AM
Reply with quote

Got a bit more work done before it got to dark. Nothing much just worked on more wire-wheeling. It is kind of annoying, I have an angle grinder with a 5" or 5.5" braided wire wheel (I think 5.5"), a drill with a 3" wire brush and then a dremel. I can't find a happy medium between the drill and dremel. The drill is too big to maneuver in some places and the wire wheel I have for the dremel is way to small. I'm gonna look at different wheels for the dremel and see if I can get something thats perfect.

Also I checked the tires, they were at 36 psi Shocked Thats fine if I used my bug for towing! Anyways if I remember right that was near the standard we used in the smears auto center. I lowered the psi down to 25 and it actually lowered the stance of the car by a inch or more. They were so full and tall I could actually see the change in camber. Damn swing axle, I wish the IRS fairy would visit me tonight...


_________________
Red '67 Baja - Tons of fun Stuff!
Back to top
View user's profile
fast_1
Sergeant
Sergeant

fast_1

Offline

Joined: Jul 22, 2008
Posts: 252
Location: Flagstaff, AZ
Karma: 0

Post Post subject: Re: fast_1 baja project
Posted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 06:07 AM
Reply with quote

Once again, not much accomplished today. I was totally wiped out from yesterday and in a depressed mood, because of classes starting tomorrow and friends leaving.

I did manage to get out and take a good look at the wiring. To my great relief it has been done cleanly and does not use the stock fuse block. Of the three Bugs some of my friends have owned the wiring in all of them was a nightmare, different colored wires going every which way. There's one slot left for another fuse, this will go too my Hella twin tone horn. I may have to get another fuse box with a larger capacity if I decide to install some kind of stereo, and a CB with a loud speaker might be fun too. The instructions with the horn kind of suck, just a crappy wiring diagram on the box... At least it's just a horn, hopefully the hardest part will be figuring out where to mount the trumpets.


_________________
Red '67 Baja - Tons of fun Stuff!
Back to top
View user's profile
fast_1
Sergeant
Sergeant

fast_1

Offline

Joined: Jul 22, 2008
Posts: 252
Location: Flagstaff, AZ
Karma: 0

Post Post subject: Re: fast_1 baja project
Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 04:27 AM
Reply with quote

Got a package from Chrico today!

It had my spark arrestor and turn signal switch. Got the spark arrestor mounted and it looks kind of goofy hanging off the stinger... Im gonna run 8 discs for now and see how that is. It came with 12, but I wanna quiet it down a bit. Im considering getting a u-bend for it so the spark arrestor doesn't look so ridiculous. Im kind of worried about hot exhaust gas getting blown on the engine but it has been done enough that I doubt it's a problem. Theres a lighting storm going on so I gotta shut my computer down...


_________________
Red '67 Baja - Tons of fun Stuff!
Back to top
View user's profile
oldfart
Staff SGT.
Staff SGT.

oldfart

Offline

Joined: Aug 25, 2006
Posts: 410
Location: sierra vista az
Karma: +1

Post Post subject: Re: fast_1 baja project
Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 05:24 AM
Reply with quote

Nice car.
If you're using a inexpensive floor jack, get a good chunk of 4x4, pressure treated or oak to support the full length of the jack. But you'll need to invest in a hi lift jack for offroading.
Before you start major suspension mods, take the time to check out some Class 11 cars in HOTVW's. Pretty stone stock all over. Just my 2 cents.
And the Keep your VW alive book...if you skip a page of commentary you miss alot. It's a primer on not just VW's, but life, and a history lesson too.
I love the part about buying a used bus....if you read it, you'll know what I mean.


_________________
8 (!) grandkids. I'm old and smell funny.
Back to top
View user's profile
fast_1
Sergeant
Sergeant

fast_1

Offline

Joined: Jul 22, 2008
Posts: 252
Location: Flagstaff, AZ
Karma: 0

Post Post subject: Re: fast_1 baja project
Posted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 05:31 AM
Reply with quote

Got some more done over the three day weekend!

Finished prepping and painting my nerf bars, they turned out really well. I guess it proves that prep work up front is important (I spent probably 8-12 hours wire wheeling etc...). Also figured out where to mount the horn trumpets. I think they are in an area that is well protected from getting beaten up on the trail. Now I just gotta find an awesome horn button to use. Here are some pics. Once again I apologize for the crapiness of the pictures. I've figured out that I either need to adjust the focus or the lens is scratched. It is a really cheap camera that my grandma got for a b-day or x-mas and passed on to me. She was the only one who could take decent pictures with it. Hopefully I will get a Canon Rebel XT or a Nikon D40 for my b-day at the end of the month...

The nerf bars were flat black, so I painted them to match the bumpers.




Heres the horn kinda tucked up behind the hood, the main thing Im worried about is the long, flimsy brackets they came with. I may shorten them or make some new ones.




_________________
Red '67 Baja - Tons of fun Stuff!
Back to top
View user's profile
T_Town_Baja
Staff SGT.
Staff SGT.

T_Town_Baja

Offline

Joined: Oct 23, 2006
Posts: 532
Location: Tucson, AZ
Karma: +5

Post Post subject: Re: fast_1 baja project
Posted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 05:30 PM
Reply with quote

james, how loud are those things? lol. Looking good man. Nerf bars came out damn nice.

Also, to respond to your question about the jack point (plate with 4 bolts). It should be fine to jack from there, being that it is a point where the cage ties to the pan AND goes right to the rear torsion housing.


Blaine

Back to top
View user's profile
JumpinBruceB
Corporal
Corporal

JumpinBruceB

Offline

Joined: Jul 26, 2008
Posts: 133
Location: Denver
Karma: +2

Post Post subject: Re: fast_1 baja project
Posted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 11:07 PM
Reply with quote

Lookin good so far man I was wondering what you used to paint the bumpers. And i like that plasti dip stuff i have never seen that before

Back to top
View user's profile
fast_1
Sergeant
Sergeant

fast_1

Offline

Joined: Jul 22, 2008
Posts: 252
Location: Flagstaff, AZ
Karma: 0

Post Post subject: Re: fast_1 baja project
Posted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 02:42 AM
Reply with quote

Blaine Im not sure how loud they are yet, I've only actually wired up one and used it. The box says 110 db. so it should get peoples attention. My buddy had a train horn in his WRX wagon that was awesome and I was considering one of those. If so I could also have on-board air. But there are two issues with that: 1. I would have to find a place to mount the compressor and tank and the compressor is kind of obnoxious. 2. I think it would cause more problems than it would prevent, although blasting people who deserve it is super fun. Thanks for the compliant and the answer about the jack point, I figured those plates were part of the cage so I went ahead and used them. Im starting to consider a roof rack mount a hi-lift on, I wonder if Swine's rack would hold up???

JumpinBruceB, thanks. I have to give credit where credit is due. I didn't actually paint the bumpers, they were fabbed and painted by T_Town_Baja before I bought it. I just carried on the torch and matched the nerf bars. The stuff that we used was a rustoleum product called hammered. It has a gun-metalish colored lid that has a hammered texture. I bought it at True Value and it was only one color for hammered so I assume thats it. If you want I can take a picture of the can so you can get a better idea. And on that plasti dip stuff, the only place that carried it up here was Napa. I checked all the normal stores and no one knew what it was. It was kind of expensive like $20.00 a can.


_________________
Red '67 Baja - Tons of fun Stuff!
Back to top
View user's profile
fast_1
Sergeant
Sergeant

fast_1

Offline

Joined: Jul 22, 2008
Posts: 252
Location: Flagstaff, AZ
Karma: 0

Post Post subject: Re: fast_1 baja project
Posted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 02:53 AM
Reply with quote

By the way, this is kinda stupid. Wiring diagram on my horn says I need a 16 amp fuse between the battery and the relay... They don't sell 16 amp fuses at the parts stores here. Im gonna run a 15 and hope that it doesn't blow every time I use the horn.


_________________
Red '67 Baja - Tons of fun Stuff!
Back to top
View user's profile
JumpinBruceB
Corporal
Corporal

JumpinBruceB

Offline

Joined: Jul 26, 2008
Posts: 133
Location: Denver
Karma: +2

Post Post subject: Re: fast_1 baja project
Posted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 04:39 AM
Reply with quote

damn that is expensive...yea if you would not mind that would be awesome i have been trying to figure out something that is strong without spending the money to powder coat

Back to top
View user's profile
T_Town_Baja
Staff SGT.
Staff SGT.

T_Town_Baja

Offline

Joined: Oct 23, 2006
Posts: 532
Location: Tucson, AZ
Karma: +5

Post Post subject: Re: fast_1 baja project
Posted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 05:19 PM
Reply with quote

There are multiple colors of the Hammered Paints. Down in Tucson, I have several Grey/Silver colors, a few Blacks and a Blue/Green. I really like the way it looks, but it can be tough to get it to lay perfect.


Blaine

Back to top
View user's profile
fast_1
Sergeant
Sergeant

fast_1

Offline

Joined: Jul 22, 2008
Posts: 252
Location: Flagstaff, AZ
Karma: 0

Post Post subject: Re: fast_1 baja project
Posted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 03:36 AM
Reply with quote

Managed to do a little this weekend. I got the horn 90% wired up and then I decided before I finished doing the wiring that I want to paint the front end part of the cage/chassis. So I unmounted everything.

I spent the afternoon sanding off the light surface rust and trying to figure out what I wanna paint it with. I don't wanna spray it because I would have to mask the beam, master cylinder, brake lines, tire rods, wires, lights, and the list goes on.... So I wanna brush it on which will probably take longer and not look as good, but I am an artist so I like paint brushes and Im going for function over form.

After doing all that work I found this stuff called rust bullet.

www.rustbullet.com/Pro...motive.htm

It's pretty damn expensive, but it seems to fit my needs. I would prefer black but the satin gray is not to bad. And they sell it in small quantities so I can get what I need and be on my way. Has anyone used this stuff? Or have any other suggestions?

Also is it worth while to convert from lug bolts to studs? I prefer the studs, but are they as strong? One rear wheel has studs, one has bolts and I think both fronts have the bolts. Thanks guys...

James

P.S. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy I ordered a 60 inch all cast Hi-Lift and the bumper lift attachment. Im pretty excited!!!


_________________
Red '67 Baja - Tons of fun Stuff!
Back to top
View user's profile
fast_1
Sergeant
Sergeant

fast_1

Offline

Joined: Jul 22, 2008
Posts: 252
Location: Flagstaff, AZ
Karma: 0

Post Post subject: Re: fast_1 baja project
Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 03:01 AM
Reply with quote

Yeaahhhh! I got one coat of Rust Bullet down, it looks pretty sweet. And for brush on it dries fairly smooth and pretty fast. I was a little sloppy but what the hell it's not a show car. Im considering doing the whole cage with this stuff. Once I get the second coat down I'll take pictures. And some day I will replace all of the horrible fuzzy pictures I already have up in this thread.

Im gonna hopefully start driving it daily in the next week or so, and I really wanna get it out in the woods some more. My 22nd B-day is at the end of the month so I'm trying to think of a way to incorporate the baja.

James


_________________
Red '67 Baja - Tons of fun Stuff!
Back to top
View user's profile
VWDavo
Sergeant
Sergeant

VWDavo

Offline

Joined: Aug 25, 2006
Posts: 283
Location: Dallas Area Texas
Karma: 0

Post Post subject: Re: fast_1 baja project
Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 05:08 AM
Reply with quote

The Rust bullet stuff looks pretty cool. Keep us updated on how you like it.


_________________
A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.
-Gerald Ford
Back to top
View user's profile MSN Messenger

1 2 3
>
Post new topic Reply to topic Printer Friendly Page

 Topics   Replies   Author   Views   Last Post 
Announcement
No new posts VW Volkswagen & Baja Bug General Discussion Baja Bugs on Wiki needs HELP!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baja_Bug
4 Admin_AzBaja 4700 Baja Bugs on Wiki need...
 Sat Dec 22, 2012 04:57 AM 
MojaveRacer208 View latest post
Sticky
No new posts VW Volkswagen & Baja Bug General Discussion what did you do to your buggy/baja/Thing/Sandrail today?
[ Go to pageGo to page: 1 ... 103, 104, 105 ]
1567 mufasavnvmc 788252 what did you do to you...
 Tue Aug 15, 2017 03:29 AM 
Azdrtdog View latest post
No new posts VW Volkswagen & Baja Bug General Discussion Baja sightings
Saw a baja driving around town somewhere? Post it up!
[ Go to pageGo to page: 1 ... 18, 19, 20 ]
285 MusicManiac 195952 Re: Baja sightings
 Thu Jan 23, 2014 03:41 AM 
MojaveRacer208 View latest post
Normal
No new posts Projects and Builds My 69 project
[ Go to pageGo to page: 1 ... 76, 77, 78 ]
1169 Dalton 228334 My 69 project
 Sun Sep 17, 2017 02:08 PM 
Dalton View latest post
No new posts Projects and Builds Project Purple People Eater 3 Yasha7fold 809 Project Purple People ...
 Wed Jul 12, 2017 08:03 PM 
Yasha7fold View latest post
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You can reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You cannot attach files in this forum
You cannot download files in this forum

Toggle Content Picture Box

Toggle Content Great things to Buy

Toggle Content Other Sites

Toggle Content Parts - For your Car

If you see Errors please E-mail Eric (AT) AzBaja.com X XX XXX
azbaja.com Webutation

eXTReMe Tracker
XXXX
The logos and trademarks used on this site are the property of their respective owners
We are not responsible for comments posted by our users, as they are the property of the poster. Any use, commercial or educational, requires written permission from the author.
Interactive software released under GNU GPL, Code Credits, Privacy Policy