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Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 03:48 AM
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Howdy everyone. My name is Matt, I've been wanting to build a baja for a LONG time. Mostly been into CalLook VW's up until this point. I live in Chandler with my wife and two boys, Jen, Max and Jacob. I was a firetruck mechanic in the Air Force for ten years and now run a plumbing business in Ahwatukee with my stepdad.
I found this '73 on craigslist two nights ago and had to snag it. The body is garbage, the ball joints are maxed out and it is missing an axle. However- it is an irs chassis with a single side cover tranny. I have an original German link pin frame head that I am going to swap out with my own homemade extended travel beam.
The baja was only $600 which was well worth it considering it has brand new 31/10.5/15 rears and 225/75/15 fronts! It also has a new wiring harness.
I know this is what they all say but its going to start as a fun desert car for the family to take on camping trips, but I'm not limiting myself. I'll let it tell me what it wants to become Laughing
I'm pretty handy with my hands, so I usually make ALL of my own parts. I hate buying something when I can make do own my own most of the time. We'll see when it comes to the cage. I'll probably build a bender and have a go.
I'll be using my '65 body on this project as its in pretty good shape. I have the 2276 48 IDA'd motor that I'll be using as well. I'm not sure how dual 48IDA's will work off road but I'm willing to give it a shot!
Anyway, here are the pics of the car I brought home. Honestly it looks like the guy used a HATCHET to cut the body for the 1 piece front end!





look at those maxed out ball joints!

Here is the body I'm going to use-


My big dilemma is figuring out whether or not I'm going to run link pin or ball joint. The class 5/1600 guys do okay with ball joint so I may? I'm just not sure. I've already built an extended travel link pin beam(from when I thought I was going to build off of my '65's chassis), but ball joint is so much easier(cheaper) to set up for disc brakes.
Anyway, I'll put up a build thread.
Thanks for having me,
Matt

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Post Post subject: Re: Matt from Chandler AZ
Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 04:15 AM
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Looks like a good find, i remember seeing that car on CL for sale. Most guys prefer Link Pin to Ball Joint because of the travel capabilities, and IRS rear, but at the end of the day, its your car do whatcha wanna Cool


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Welcome to the site! Looks like a good project


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wow, that bottom ball joint is crying for help!


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Welcome to AzBaja. I had my 2386 in my rail for a while with 48 IDAs and a W 130 cam. Offroad 48 IDAs make for a very interesting throttle / brake strategy. On fire roads and sand washes they are fine. In the rocks they will load up as you navigate at low throttle openings. If your going to really offroad this Baja and those carbs are working with a cam and heads worthy of 48 IDAs, I'd spray a coat of paint on the beat up body, just in case you find yourself experimenting using the body as part of your suspension.

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Post Post subject: Matt from Chandler AZ
Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 12:50 AM
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A little late for that perrib...LOL
But the Webers will def be touchy on the throttle. (See my post on your other thread about this) For your chassis as it sits, a 1600 dp with a 30 PICT-1 would be fine. A lot of offroad noobies tend to get all spun out about more power when what they should start out modifying is suspension to handle the power they have. The only place offroad where more power than suspension is fine is in deep sand.


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Post Post subject: Re: Matt from Chandler AZ
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Welcome to AzBaja. I had my 2386 in my rail for a while with 48 IDAs and a W 130 cam. Offroad 48 IDAs make for a very interesting throttle / brake strategy. On fire roads and sand washes they are fine. In the rocks they will load up as you navigate at low throttle openings. If your going to really offroad this Baja and those carbs are working with a cam and heads worthy of 48 IDAs, I'd spray a coat of paint on the beat up body, just in case you find yourself experimenting using the body as part of your suspension.

Thanks for the welcome guys, yeah Perrib I already cut up the body!

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Post Post subject: Re: Matt from Chandler AZ
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Who's late. Very Happy I always start with shredder fodder but at one time they cut up new bugs.
Like Mohave Racer states suspension and a stock engine will make you faster overall than power and a weak suspension.

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Thanks, I totally get that about the stock engine and better suspension, but this is the engine that I have.

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Yeah I get that. Just trying to make the point that the chassis has a lot of time and money between it's current condition and a condition where it will hang with the engine. but I think you get that. I'm pointing it out so others reading this maybe will get it too.


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Class 11 that 65 body!!!!!!!!! Sweeeet!


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Post Post subject: Re: Matt from Chandler AZ
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MojaveRacer208 wrote:
Yeah I get that. Just trying to make the point that the chassis has a lot of time and money between it's current condition and a condition where it will hang with the engine. but I think you get that. I'm pointing it out so others reading this maybe will get it too.

Suspension is the single most important part to think about first. Too many bajas are built with big motors and not enough suspension travel. 5-1600 racers have well built 1600dp motors, but their cars would be upside down without the right shocks.
Most of us would have trouble keeping up with a good 5-1600 that has a well tuned suspension. Think suspension first, then build the motor that fits your needs.

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