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Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 01:24 AM
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Figured it was time I finally introduced myself on here & showed some pics of my Baja project.

I picked up a roller chassis a few months ago with the intentions of building it for a dune toy, but soon realized it was going to be far more work than I had time to invest before dune season. I began searching for a decent sand rail that I could rob the drivetrain & other parts out of to get the first car up & running in time, but I stumbled upon a fairly clean runner down in Tucson. I picked it up & have begun doing some minor modifications for this season.

Goal for this season is to do minor things to it to make it safe & reliable enough to get us through the season without breaking the bank. I've already gutted the interior as far as seats & carpet, bought some like new Renegade suspension seats & I'll be tearing out the old crusty wiring & building a new harness in the next few weeks. I'm going to run Crow harnesses & a 6 point cage on the interior, then possibly bedliner the floor to make it easy to clean out. The rear bumper is a bit hokey, so I'll probably build a new one & tie it into the cage some how, but I'm going to leave the front one for now.

I scored a set of Bilstein remote reservoir shocks for the rear from a buddy & I've got a set of Rigid D2's that I've had laying around my garage waiting for something to go on, so I've got to find a place to mount them. I'll be yanking the motor & resealing it soon too. I'll be having the engine tins sand blasted & powdercoated in a less offensive color, plus replacing the rusty exhaust too. I work really close to Arizona Transaxle Exchange, so I'm going to see about getting a T1 trans with a more sand & 30" tire friendly gear set for this season, to try to keep it cheap.

Brake lines & master cylinder will be replaced soon too & depending on the shape of the brakes when I pull them apart, I may go through them soon too.
The orders from the High Command (my wife) are to spend as little money on it now as possible, try it out this season & see if it's something I'm gonna want to keep driving in the sand. If it looks promising after the first trip, then I have the green light to go wild.

Future plans if it works good in the sand are:
Wider/longer rear arms
Bus trans
Better front suspension (either A-arms or BugZyla conversion setup of some sort)
Monster engine with a hair dryer attached to it.

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Loaded up for the trip home:



New seats:


Wife's favorite color is purple & mine is blue, so I made a deal to include some purple here & there. I'll probably end up painting the cage purple when I put it in, as long as it isn't super hideous.

Current specs on the Engine:
1700 DP (stroker crank) with 110 Engle Cam & Weber Progressive carb & SVDA distributor.

I'm also going to have to tune the carb, it's got some serious flat spots & doesn't like to idle very well. The P.O. just took it out of the box & stuck it on.

As for now, I'm calling it the 10-20 bug, it's a perfect 10 from 20 feet. The paint looks good in pics, but it's got some serious runs & sags all over, so I'll eventually have to sand it down & repaint it. I'll probably do a satin scheme, just like I did on my first chassis (I like that shade of blue MUCH better)


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The one picture worked. It looks like something good to start with.

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Tried viewing on my phone & my wife's computer, they all show up there.

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They are working now. Its looking good.

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looking good.

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Looks nice!


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Got the Bilsteins bolted up, just need to figure out where to mount the reservoirs & I'll be golden. I modified the factory seat bottoms yesterday & welded up some tabs to mount the seats, so they're all bolted up & ready to go now. I also got the new bolt on valve covers mounted this morning, cured one set of oil leaks. I did find that my transmission pukes out of the front while it was backed into my garage, face down the sloped driveway. That & the popping out of gear & grinding when trying to down shift, gives me enough reason to pull it out & exchange it for one with a more sand friendly gear ratio.

I'll be replacing half shaft boots soon & I've got all the parts I need now to build the wiring harness, so I'll be doing that in the next few weekends too.

Roll cage & repairing the floor will be the next major steps after the harness is built.

Pics of the shocks:


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Got a bunch of stuff done since last update. Completely rewired the car, got the seats mounted, re-indexed the rear torsions & installed urethane bushings. Installed the aluminum dash & added a cylinder head temp gauge. Tonight we started replacing the rear halves of the floor pans, with the drivers side all welded in & ready for minor cleanup. Bought the 6pt cage & it's on deck to go in once the floor pans are done. Last, but definitely not least, got my ceramic coated exhaust installed. Really surprised how much better it runs. I even did some minor modifications to it...


I'll post up other pics once I get back on my actual computer.

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LOL I hope that's just for show!

Nice paint, maybe the name needs to be smurf related. Smile

What about Babe, you know, with the Lumberjack Paul Bunyan?



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LOL I hope that's just for show!

Nice paint, maybe the name needs to be smurf related. Smile

What about Babe, you know, with the Lumberjack Paul Bunyan?


Lol, the "stinger is actually the vacuum attachment for my leaf blower. 12 hours in the garage during yesterday's heat made me a little loopy towards the end. Razz

As far as the paint goes, the longer I have the Bug, the more I hate that color. At some point I'm going to sand it down & respray it, but for now, it's got paint on it, it's all one color, so I don't really care.

Naming it babe is pretty funny though Laughing

Here's a few pics of the progress I've made so far. Going a lot slower than I wanted, but I really haven't had much time to do anything the past few weeks.

I also ordered my personalized license plate for the car, I'll be sure to get pics on here ASAP once it comes in, I'm sure some of you will find it amusing.
















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Nice job your doing. What gearing did you end up with?

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I haven't addressed the gearing yet, but I'm going with a Bus trans at some point. IIRC, the R&P ratio was a 5.38:1 in the one I was looking at.

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We all get a loopy in az during summer! Smile

Maybe the pics don't do it justice, but I kinda like it. Too bad we can't trade and you can start painting all over again. lol

Progress looks good though!


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The color is kinda ok, but it looks like Stevie Wonder shot it. There are huge runs all over. It was painted by the previous owner. I want to do a two tone in the same scheme I did on my other bug I had in my first post. The purple accents I'm adding to please my wife, also don't go well with the smurf blue.



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