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Old 12-25-2014, 01:30 AM
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Hello "Off-Road Fabrication Network"
My name is Ken and I am just getting my feet wet. The long and short of it... I was married for 23 years, have two older teenage daughters, and did the entire daddy-do, honey-do life style, which didn't include any of this. I did build model cars and plenty of RC cars and boats.
As my title says, this is my first build, as well as just learning to weld and bend tubing, but I have other skills in my corner. I'm a CNC machinist where I make Rocket and Jet Engine parts, and I do have small bench top equipment to fabricate with.
For those who would like to offer suggestions or opinions…. please do, as I welcome any and all comments, praises, or dislikes.
I started this build in September of 2013, but because I am working in a Harbor Freight portable garage (TENT!) in my back yard, my progress is a bit slow…. “but I’m in the game”.

I started with a 2004 Honda Rincon 650 utility quad and a specific goal in mind…. transform the quad into a “Side by Side”. To clarify, I am not building a 4wheel drive vehicle with parts pulled from the quad. I am posting photos of my build to bring you all up to the point I am at today.
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Old 12-25-2014, 01:37 AM
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Hello,
More shots up to where I'm at now.
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Old 12-25-2014, 08:44 PM
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Welcome to OFN!
Looking good. Thanks for posting pics, always love to see what others are building. I look forward to the progress.
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Old 12-25-2014, 09:55 PM
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Thank you Deaner, much appreciated. long time dream finally coming true.... fabricating something larger then a 1:25 scale model or a 1:10 scale car / boat. You may see things that don't make sense, or go no where, but that's my building style. I build the shell first and then fill it in. Merry Christmas!
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Old 10-05-2015, 04:45 AM
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Been a while since updated. Still in it or on hold? Looks like you have a steep learning curve.
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Old 10-05-2015, 01:11 PM
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Hi Gotlift, I'm trying to attach photos to a reply but with no luck. I uploaded new photos to my album, but when I try to do a "new reply" and attach photos, I'm unable to attach them??? Any help here...
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Old 10-05-2015, 03:28 PM
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I use photobucket and copy the link to the image. Hit the picture icon and paste the URL in the popup.

Did you finish your project?
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Old 10-05-2015, 03:52 PM
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Hey..., I'm still going at it and thank you for asking. I spent the summer upgrading from a tent in my back yard to a metal car cover which I converted into a work shop, framed in ends, wiring, insulation, scratch built swamp cooler, etc. So I haven't worked on my buggy for a while.... well except for the last two weeks. I'm just about finished with the major fabrication work, which means I can finally put the engine back in and start plumbing and wiring. This is where I'm at today. Hope you all enjoy, and thanks for checking out my project.
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Old 10-05-2015, 04:07 PM
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Nice looking high roller! I like seeing people build from their imagination. Looks like you are progressing nicely and it looks like its going to be a show piece. Are you using bend tech software?
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Old 10-05-2015, 04:47 PM
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Thanks! I didn't intend to build in any direction except to make it a pick up, but I do like the tall stance. As for the design work, this is all imagination, I build as I go.... I have been thinking about chassis software for future work, but as a CNC machinist, I do have Cad/Cam software I can work with. I will admit..... I do build for the "WOW" factor, with a heavy emphasis on strength, I get more comments about over kill then anything.
Thank you again for following my progress
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Old 10-11-2015, 09:52 PM
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Hi ORF Network, A few more photos of my build as of Sunday evening..... Way to much tedious work, but close to dropping the engine back in.
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