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Complete tear down and makeover on my car

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4 hours ago, Super Hunky said:

You know Jeff..If you make it too Pretty you're going to hesitate when it comes time to take it out Bangin' through the bushes in the hardpack....Just Sayin'

Agreed.

These guys that sell used cars without any plugs in the tires or scratches in the panels.  What's up with that? 

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Time for some safety- fire safety.  Fire sucks and with the amount of fires burning in the So CA area now seems like a good time for to go over some basic stuff for us off-road enthusiasts.  If you don't have an extinguisher in your sandrail, SxS, prerunner, lifted gold cart or whatever you drive then get one!  Or get two. 

Being on fire in the desert sucks.  I know because it happened to me at 100mph in a class 1 car.  Also happened to me at 115mph in a boat.  Me and fire don't get along.

 

 

20190511_130338.jpg I've had dual extinguishers on my car since I bought it.  I happened to see a mobile extinguisher service near my house and I hit the guys up to refill my empty 20# bottle from my house (uh, there was a smudge pot 'incident'- long story).  They said they'd handle it so I ran home and got it.  While BSing with them I asked if they had any old 5# bottles for sale, I needed two.  He happened to have two 2019 certified bottle for $45 each so I bought them.

 

 

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Ignore the bolt in the top position on the quick release mount- it's temporary until I get a push-pin.  I bought two quick release mounts form @aduelingdesign on Instagram (young kid, made in the USA) and planned to mount them in the same place.  But these extinguishers were double the size of my last pair and way too big to be in that spot.  They need to be easy to get to so after trying them in several spots I settled on the B pillar at the floor.

 

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One on each side of the car.

 

Along with my new extinguishers I decided it was time to install my fire suppression system I bought 3 years ago and put on a shelf.

 

 

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The plan was to put in under the rear seat and just have two nozzles, one pointed at each header.  The reason for this is headers are what start fires.  There wouldn't be any nozzles in the cab area.  All the fuel is in the back of the car so there 'should not' be any fire up there.  But the pull cable wasn't long enough to reach the dash from here.  I want the handle in the middle of the dash so either person in the front eat can reach it. 

 

 

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Then I remembered a system I installed in a BFD car where I mounted the bottle under the dash.  It was tucked up out of the way.

 

 

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This is a great spot for the bottle.  The pull cable will only be 18" long.

 

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One nozzle for the left header.

 

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One nozzle for the right header.

 

 

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I know I said I wasn't putting a nozzle on the dash but with the bottle so close and the dual outlets on the bottle head it was simple to add one here.  Sorry back seat passengers, nothing for you.  I recycled an old 10" steel braided brake line so I didn't have to bend up any hard line.  I haven't installed the pull cable yet.  I was missing some pieces but now have them so I'll finish it up when I get the car back.

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There's been some discussion on which is better for brake lines- hard line or braided line.  My preference is hard line.

 

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I use a piece of TIG rod to mock the lines up.

 

 

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3/16" stainless hard line.

 

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Kartek carries these stainless brake line clips.  I drilled and tapped the holes.  Wish I did it before I installed the shocks.

 

 

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I got a couple of the Drake fire extinguisher mounts.  I don't have my engine boxed in so an onboard system wouldn't help as much.

Looking good man.  I'm waiting for the grand unveil.

 

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Rad thread!

dude if you get lost in the desert in that thing with all those gps......😂

keep this thread going lots of info and has sparked some ideas

thx

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4 hours ago, Mac said:

I got a couple of the Drake fire extinguisher mounts.  I don't have my engine boxed in so an onboard system wouldn't help as much.

Looking good man.  I'm waiting for the grand unveil.

 

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Those are really nice and I've installed similar AXIA mounts on a couple differnt SxS's (yes, I work on SxS's sometimes). Unveiling should be soon.

3 hours ago, CHRIS J said:

Rad thread!

dude if you get lost in the desert in that thing with all those gps......😂

keep this thread going lots of info and has sparked some ideas

thx

Thanks man. Glad you're getting some ideas, that's why I post. 

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 This is my old rear light bar with the old style clear oval lights.  It worked fine for a couple seasons but I had KATG build a new one when he did the front half of the body.

 

 

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This one was more updated and looked great but it was never used.  As usual I was out of time before the season started and I never got around to looking at how I was going to mount my LED whips.  This roof wing covered the tabs on the rear of the roof.  I was going to cut them off but I'm glad I didn't.  Instead I put the old oval lights back on the car and ran them all last season so I did't have to weld on new tabs for the whips.

 

 

 

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When I had KATG do the rear section of the body I also had him do a faux radius roof and integrated rear light bar. 

 

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It came out really bitchen and was slotted for the @jjoseph99 LED whips which utilized the original tabs on the frame.  No cutting and no welding for new tabs.

 

The hole was cut for a 31" wie Baja Designs rear light bar.  Dayum!  Those things retail for $450.  Eff all that, even my 'bro' deal was $325.  I ended up looking around for something else that would fit and found a UTV rear light bar on Amazon for $100.  But now I had to modify the opening to fit the cheap ass light, and I'm not an aluminum guy.

 

 

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About $100 on Amazon.  The outside lights are Tail/Brake, the other pair are Amber and the center is a white Reverse light.  They can be wired up a few different ways- basic, which was the plan, or you can have the Amber's flashing, strobe, etc.  I would never need that shit.

 

 

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This is the opening size.

 

 

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This is the rear light bar size.  Gonna have to cut it a little.

 

 

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What a PIA!  Aluminum shit is everywhere.

 

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The mounting brackets that came with the light bar wouldn't work for this light box so I chopped them up and welded them.

 

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Eventually this light box will come off and go back to KATG to be 'fixed'.  I got a little heavy handed and my lines are not even close to straight.

 

 

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The amber's are bright AF.  Not bad for $100.

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Next hurdle was the air filter.

 

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I mounted an R2C on the chassis when I had my Magnuson super charger.

 

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Used the same R2C when I replaced the Magnuson with a sheet metal intake.

 

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I cut the R2C mounts off when I installed my LS7 because the dry-sump tank had to be on the left side.  I made a half tube mount using hose clamps to hold the R2C to the chassis.

 

 

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When KATG did the rear fenders I didn't have any tubes to mount the R2C on.  They put this little filter on temporarily to keep the intake clean.

 

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I put a larger CBM 9" air filter on with a silicone 45* hose.  I only ran it for one trip last season before tearing the car apart.  

I'm always surprised to see people running two large canister type filters on their NA engines.  I see 1500-2000hp twin turbo engines that only have a small 6" filters on the turbos.  I think the dual filter thing is more aesthetics than anything else.  They really aren't necessary for the sand.  Most super charged engines only have a 9" air filter like the one pictured above.

 

 

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I do still consider my car a prerunner and someday I'll be back on the hard-pack so I'd like to plan ahead and make a spare tire mount.  I set a tire up there to see if my R2C would fit anywhere.  There's probably enough room on the right side if the tire rack is a little taller.

 

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Mocked up a spot for the R2C.

 

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I could mount the canister directly to the fender but then it would be a PIA to remove, and it has to be removed to pull the element out for cleaning.

 

 

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Doing my usual half tube with hose clamps mount.

 

 

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Made mounts out of 1/2x1/2 angle iron and shaped them for clearance on the canister.

 

 

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Welded the R2C brackets to the mounts I made.

 

 

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I notched the fender where the hose clamps will go around the chassis.

 

 

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Clamped to the chassis.

 

 

 

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I made it the same height as the intake, even though it doesn't look like it in this picture.  But the giant ass silicone hoses looked like shit and were bugging me.

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Very nice Jeff.  

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21 minutes ago, fastcorvairs said:

Very nice Jeff.  

Thanks.  I'm actually sick of working on it and I just want to drive it.  5 more days...

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Such a Nice Job..My Hat is Off too You sir

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The exhaust on the car was a little short of clearing the rear skid pate.

 

 

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I hit up David at Hothead Headers and asked him to extend the merged pipe about 3".  I dropped it off to him and he had it done a few days later.  The hole in the skid plate was bugging me, and some friends were giving me shit for the prolapsed butthole on the back of my car.  I hit up Hothead again to see if he had a bezel I could put on there and he said he made each one custom to fit correctly.  I set up an appointment to bring the car to him.  Once there I told him the extension he did was exactly what I asked for but now I wanted to change it.  I thought something more oval or even a dual tip would look better.  I told him to do whatever he wanted and let me know when it was ready.  I also asked him to make a new intake pipe so I could get rid of the two giant silicone hoses from the air filter to the throttle body.  Then I remembered my R2C mount was broken on the inside so he said he'd weld that up too.

 

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As usual David killed it!  Looks so much better now.  Just need to get the stuff powder coated.

 

 

 

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This R2C canister has been beat on.

 

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I drilled out the rivets for the latches.

 

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I took the R2C, intake tube, skid plate and two sets of beadlock rings to the powder coater a couple weeks ago.  I called them this past Friday and they said they had no one working due to all the freeway closures caused by the fires.  Eff me.  I told him I need my stuff by Monday and he said he'd let them know first thing that morning.

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School me on your intake manifold, I hear great things about that design

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16 minutes ago, CHRIS J said:

School me on your intake manifold, I hear great things about that design

I believe it's a real Jeff Davis intake, @Super Hunky would know, I got my Turnkey LS7 from him.  I had a Chinese sheet metal intake on my LS2 and it wasn't a 'good' one.  Danzio tuned my car and said it had vacuum leaks because the O rings wouldn't seal.  They machined it but still had to use silicone and a gasket.  It worked fine after that.

I have a real Hogan intake if you're looking for something.  I bought it and some other parts from @tjZ06.  Never used it, been sitting on a shelf for 3 years.

 

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1 hour ago, L.R.S. said:

I believe it's a real Jeff Davis intake, @Super Hunky would know, I got my Turnkey LS7 from him.  I had a Chinese sheet metal intake on my LS2 and it wasn't a 'good' one.  Danzio tuned my car and said it had vacuum leaks because the O rings wouldn't seal.  They machined it but still had to use silicone and a gasket.  It worked fine after that.

I have a real Hogan intake if you're looking for something.  I bought it and some other parts from @tjZ06.  Never used it, been sitting on a shelf for 3 years.

 

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Yep it's a real 2500$ Jeff Davis sheet metal manifold..There weren't any 500$ Chinese knockoffs back then..Wouldn't have bought one anyway..That engine also has a 600hp cam and upgraded rockers as I recall..Very solid motor..

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Just now, Super Hunky said:

Yep it's a real 2500$ Jeff Davis sheet metal manifold..There weren't any 500$ Chinese knockoffs back then..Wouldn't have bought one anyway..That engine also has a 600hp cam and upgraded rockers as I recall..Very solid motor..

Thanks man, I always forget the details about this motor.  It's been a GREAT engine for the past two seasons.  Your car going to be in the sand this season?  And I don't mean your Funco, I mean your REAL car!

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7 minutes ago, L.R.S. said:

Thanks man, I always forget the details about this motor.  It's been a GREAT engine for the past two seasons.  Your car going to be in the sand this season?  And I don't mean your Funco, I mean your REAL car!

Ya but it's still not all the way done..Curt (CRB) was going to try and get the hood done but Alumacraft showed up with another car and I got bumped..Rear shock upgrade and the larger fuel cell aren't done as well but Pete (Peterbuilt) and I are going to take it over the hill and run it at Ocotillo next weekend and see how it goes..Probably need Danzio to retune it still..We have a gang going out for Rzr world weekend so I'll get to run it in the sand the for Halloween..It's been awhile since I've stuck my foot in that big motor..Really looking forward to it..

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The floor is a nice single piece and was 'Line-X' coated by the previous owner.  Unfortunately he also rattle can sprayed the chassis with primer paint after the floor was bolted on and it looked like shit.

 

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I figured if he sprayed painted it so could I.

 

 

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Looks much better.

 

 

 

The only two items KATG didn't do are the dash and the windshield frame.  The dash was done by Jones Fab a few years ago and the windshield was bought from a board member here that had the same car and some leftover parts from his build.  In hindsight I should have had KATG make me a new windshield frame.  It wold have been way less work than stripping the blue powder coat off this one.

 

 

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I took it to my powder coater and he said they couldn't sand blast it because it wold get too hot and warp the frame.  He suggested a chemical stripper.

 

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Using a chemical stripper SUCKED.  It was a huge mess and took FOREVER.  I gave up at one point and took a wire wheel to the frame.  I move around a lot to make sure the frame didn't get too hot.  

 

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Good enough for me.

 

 

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I bought my paddles from the same guy that had the windshield.  I've never cared about the red beadlock rings, until now.  When @dbart did the renderings he did one with black rings and one with grey.  I liked the grey which would match some of the wrap colors.

 

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Three seasons of sand under the beadlock rings.

 

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I went with a dark 'gun metal' grey.

 

 

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They look black in the pics but they are dark grey.

 

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