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Old 01-18-2011, 12:19 AM
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Ya having enough space to keep the lathe in the shop, instead of in my grandpas garage, has made me want to use it much much more. So I tend to make a lot of finicky little detail stuff now.

Doing some axle clean up. I never liked the stock Toyota breathers much, and the welds are, well, factory. So I cut it out and machined a tapered plug that indexes in the hole I cut. Will get tapped to 1/8" NPT and run a standard axle breather, or possibly a filter. Also going is the axle fill plug, in favor of a flush one.



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Old 01-18-2011, 08:18 AM
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Ya having enough space to keep the lathe in the shop, instead of in my grandpas garage, has made me want to use it much much more. So I tend to make a lot of finicky little detail stuff now.
This becomes a sickness...but I'm sure you're aware of this by now...
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Old 01-18-2011, 08:22 AM
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Thank you.


Planning ahead. Spent the day making scale drawings for laser cut parts.


I missed this post the first time around. Nice work! I understand that CAD is faster and easier most of the time, but there are some times it is just better to put pencil to paper.
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Old 01-18-2011, 11:56 AM
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paper drawings is the way i do most my work still havent gotten bend tech and my auto cad program is harder than just sittin at the drafting table
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Old 01-18-2011, 12:40 PM
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I am totally aware, I've started making cool little things that are nearly pointless. But its a show truck so I am allowed to do that. Lol.

And I do not actually have any CAD program. I tend to like drawing things out in full scale though because I can see if it will work or not. I changed the crossmember from my initial thought, so if I just sent dimensions to my laser guy I would have had to modify it. And the lower bars I originally wanted sleeved holes through it, but after laying it out it didn't look right. So I decided to go with the layered look.

I wish I had CAD, or even knew how to use it. But I've been doing it this way for years now.
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Old 01-18-2011, 03:05 PM
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i find that making my link bars outta pvc pipe first really helps you get to cycle the suspension and see if theres any binding and its way cheaper than steel or cromo also there aint nuthin wrong with keeping it old school
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Old 01-18-2011, 11:01 PM
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Lol, ya I am very hands on, so so much computer literate.


Okay this is totally off subject, but I was approached with an idea, that spawned a few of my own. This is close to something I have wanted to do for a while, done with budget parts. Customer asked me to illustrate my ideas so he could see what was going on in my head. So I did a little research and this is what I came up with. Rear engine LWB pickup, with IRS, gas tank up front, etc. No idea if this will even go anywhere, but I am essentially "pitching" the project tomorrow.



It looks a little like an indy car from above to me.
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Old 01-19-2011, 01:28 AM
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i asume the guy has a standard cab but a extended cab would be way sexy with an engine behind the front seats. An electric motor would be awsome too. that would get you into minitrucking for sure.
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Old 01-19-2011, 02:45 AM
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No truck bought yet, its for LeMons again. I am unsure this will even happen. Would be a standard cab long bed, with the wheelbase stretched another 6-8 inches. I have started collecting parts to do something similar on my own project, but with a proper transaxle and a true SWB at 103". This one would be close to 120" wheelbase.

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Old 01-19-2011, 11:38 AM
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look into mindiola or kartek the first is a tranny company that makes tranys for off road apps with this setup and the second you can get cv axles flanges and everything for rear mounted engines running irs its prettymuch a class 1 but sittin on the ground
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Old 01-19-2011, 12:18 PM
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Ya I have looked into that type of stuff for my project, this one needs to be done with mostly stock parts and a tight budget.
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Old 01-19-2011, 12:34 PM
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good luck with that getting a irs... mabey outta a wrecked expedition or navigator they come with irs and some are even set up for air bags already. ill look into it when i get to the shop and let you know what comes with irs and can handle a v8
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Old 01-19-2011, 01:22 PM
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I have a Supra axle for this idea already. And its only getting a 4 cylinder. Mine will have a transaxle, so no IRS diff, just the transaxle, then I build the rest from there. I've got most of it planned out, my project just wont happen any time soon.
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Old 01-19-2011, 01:26 PM
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Also this idea would not be bagged, it is intended for the LeMons race again. My idea was to use Jaguar XJ coilovers. They come with 4 on the back, and they are $18 at Pick-N-Pull.
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Old 01-19-2011, 06:30 PM
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So I figured out how to illustrate my shifter idea. Very purpose built, not trying to be pretty.



Thanks to argonsniffer and his Peugeot build for the idea.
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Old 02-05-2011, 03:32 AM
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Here are some pics from Joel of some laser cut stuff.


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Old 02-21-2011, 11:33 PM
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Got the bungs welded into the rear axle for Chad's truck. Started putting together the sheet metal lower links, and got the fish plates on the rear of the frame.





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Old 02-25-2011, 11:30 PM
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Got the front suspension cut off and upper arm mounts in place.
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Old 03-04-2011, 01:15 AM
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Lower bars done.
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