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Old 04-25-2013, 06:36 AM
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Father/Daughter 4 x 4 Buggy Project

I have an old early 80's Chevy 4x4 short wheel base truck that's been sitting for a number of years that ran very well when I bought it. It has set up for several years due to a divorce and other opportunities. Recently my stepdaughter asked if I had something we could build to ride our trails with. We have about three miles of trails I craved out on twenty acres we have to ride four wheelers and the like on.

Back when I was in them teen years of 16, 17, 18 maybe even 19 - 20, I had built a few old cut-down cars. You know them where you sorta roll the body off, shorten the frame, built a floor pan, create some kind of dash, hang the master cylinder and steering, then hit the road.

I would like to use this old truck and do the same along with showing her how to do a lot of things along the way. Since she is taking a classin vo-tech school around the automotive world, I really think since it is her idea, it would be fun.

Are there any builds on here like I'm referring too?
Since in all my projects by when I was a kid never had a roll bar, I figure we had better have one on this. (It's amazing how your outlook changes when you get older/wiser) Where can I find a thread with a decent room cage that would work for such. We are not rock climbing, or any high speed flying thru the woods crap. We just want something to climb onto ride over the trails, maybe let her drive me while I par-take in an adult beverage, LOL.
Would like to set the rear end up without leaf springs (maybe four link) to make it shorter, ideas?

Any ideas? I really appreciate anyone help, advice or comments. I'm currently cleaning my shop out to get started on this very soon.

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Old 04-25-2013, 11:57 AM
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:27 PM
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Old 04-26-2013, 01:02 AM
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Because I am lazy I wold keep the GM firewall, cowl and floor pan.
That gives you the floor mounted and the firewall has all the mounts for the steering column and brakes.
Cut and weld as necessary.
A simple cage can then be fabb'd up to surround the drivers compartment.
Consider the drive-shaft angles as you plan your shortening.
If I were to link it I would link the front and run the rear leaf springs.

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Old 04-26-2013, 06:15 AM
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Probably not a bad idea to keep the FW, Cowl and floor pan, since it would shorten the build time by a lot. Will keep this in mind for sure. I can't remember how we used to build the old "cut-downs" as we called them in our world.

Any pictures of some simple roll cages out there to look at? I'm not after a roll cage that will survive a 100mph crash, since we are only limited to about 25-30 acreas. It will never see payment.

Any builds for a four link for the front?

Plan to weld spider gears in the rear, thought about a locker that takes the place of the spider gears in the front? Any thoughts? I know I really don't need to Lincoln lock the front, for it will be hell to steer, probably next to impossible with the lighter load.

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