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Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 06:33 PM
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looks quite cool! where did you get those rear trailing arms? they would look good on my 67 baja (after changing to irs). visit my blog under www.prostreetnotch.blog.de or here under "baja bug in germany".


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I purchased them from Dans Performance, I like the stock width and 1" longer arms they fit great!


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Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 03:57 PM
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Laughing Like your shock setup. Am thinking of doing the same style on mine. looking forward to more detailed photos of how you accomplish this feat. I did not want shocks running into the body. I have 3x3's ready to install as well as a 3" lift on the body from Bugzyla (American made, no flimsy china crap) Are you going to tie the shock cross bar into the roll cage? Question What about the underside, did you tie the down tubes into the chassis? Cant wait to see the finished project rolling on all four under its own power. Keep up the GREAT documentary as well as photos.


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The rear shock mounts are being built for light to medium duty use. No 60 mph whoops here in Fla. This car will see mostly street use and a little mud slinging. For now we are going to use the cheap coil spring type shocks with standard rubber eye mounts, If the set up works I see changing over to bearing type shocks in the near future. I'm on hold for now until I get the body back from the painter,that's when we can weld the lower mounts to the trailing arms. The rear caliper mounting was a royal PITA, but we managed to work it out to where the car will have functional E brakes, "Which is something I really wanted".


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Thanks for the reply. No 60 mph whoops in my future either. Lazy off road enjoyment dodging trees and occasional hills in my area. Basiclly a show and go street bug with smiple off road adventures to fishing holes and deer stands. Will be used on the street more than the dirt is why I didn't want the football size hole in the body for the shocks. Have the body off, the floor pans cut out, new BJ front end, 3" lift spindles, 5-205 disk for all 4 corners. T1 tranny and am building the engine with 78mm crank 90.5 jugs and W-110 cam 2007cc. Should push it along fine when it all comes together. And like you say not a darn thing fits right the 1st time around. Thanks again and look forward to letting you blaze the trail on this shocking shock instalation. I have a long way to go to get to where you are now.


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One thing I learned about the 3" spindles is it's allot more lift than I thought it would be, and the stock width 1" longer trailing arms required quite a bit of indexing to match the front lift. This is what ruled out the stock type 1 CV's because of the high angles. Original plans called for a 3" body lift, but the roof itself already sits at 6' 3", when the body is on the chassis. So I'm just going to take a loss and sell the body lift


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I am hoping that the 3x3 will allow me to raise the rear without the indexing hassels you speak of. I thought about using 1inch longer arms but decided to go with the 3x3 just for the leverage. I am 6'5" so I need head room thus the 3" lift kit. I also want to be a little taller than the average compact car running around. I have the 3" spindles and disks on but have not put tires on it and set it on the ground yet to check the hight out. I already have the 3x3's or I might consider going with 2x2 or maybe even the 1inch longer. Time will tell when I get to that point what will the final outcome will be. I just want the car to sit somewhat level. At the time I am working on the engine. It is over 105 degrees here for the last couple of days and my bug is outside. The engine is on a stand in the garage with a large fan. Funny how a two car garage ends up holding five cars worth of STUFF. So I have no room for the car in the garage. My Son and daughter-n-law are over seas and I have their entire house in my garage. Lucky me.


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Your on the right track, if I had it to do again "I would also use the 3"x3" arms. Cant wait to see pics of your project!!


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It's Green it's finally painted green!!




Body should be back on pan by next weekend!


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Now that is green!

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Looks mighty green, what's its name Kermit?

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Cars name was Jessie. but we might change it to Frogger!


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Finally the body is home and back on the chassis, "As soon as I saw it mounted we re named the car FrankenBug!"




Now the fun can begin where did I put all those parts!


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How about a close up of the shock mount you have sticking out of the body. I can see it in that last VERY GREEN photo but I can not make it out. I hope it is the shock mount that i see and not a pickle. Smile Looks SANITARY either way! I like what I see so far. You have done a GREAT JOB and I will be so happy when I get to where you are now!
I WAS working on the so called RUST FREE body till I found more rust than good stuff. so I bought another 69 body and get to start all over cleaning up the body and smoothing out the previous owners wiskey dents. What started out as a labor of love has turned into a PITA. Haven't decided on a color YET but I dont think you have to worry about another GREEN machine running around in TEXAS. May go with the John Deer Yellow. (another yellow buggy in this world cant hurt to much)


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I don't know how well the shock mounts will hold up, I have more pictures I took tonight i will get them posted soon. Everything I have ever built has been yellow so I wanted a change, "Well I got a change alright". This Baja will see much more street than beat so the shock mounts should be fine. As long as the 7/16 " bolt holds up.




I have got to work out some problems on the passenger door bottom hinge, "Don't buy the cheaper type pillar repair kits they break loose!"


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