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Offroad VW based vehicles have problems/insights all their own. Not to mention the knowledge gained in VW durability.

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Making progress...

Post by Skidmark » Tue Dec 26, 2006 9:15 pm

I went into work today to make some parts for the baja. I milled out the dash panel, but not without some mistakes... :roll: The two large gauge holes are undersized and the gauges won't fit. After checking my drawing, I got the number wrong. At least they are too small and can be opened up. I didn't get the switch panel completed, so when I get that part in the mill, I will open these holes up at the same time.

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I got the skid plate made up. Here are some shots of the plate and test fitting it to the car for the first time. Like the dash, I will need to trim some material off, but not much. I still need to drill the mounting holes.

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Post by david58 » Tue Dec 26, 2006 9:24 pm

That's looking good Skidmark. It is better to have to cut twice than have to start over for sure. I got the same problem with the holes too small in a pre-made console. How are you going to enlarge the holes? I have a couple ideas on mine.
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Post by Skidmark » Tue Dec 26, 2006 9:26 pm

I am going to put it back in the CNC mill at work and cut them larger... just like the first time. 8)

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Post by 1FASTHOE » Tue Dec 26, 2006 9:26 pm

lookin good skiddy, how many gauges do you need ? :wink:

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Post by MNAirHead » Tue Dec 26, 2006 9:30 pm

skid..

learning question...

Are the dots on your skid plate... visual markers for a brake.. or are they perferations for a home bend?

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Post by Skidmark » Tue Dec 26, 2006 9:31 pm

You can't tell in the pic, but I engraved for the switch and indicator light descriptions. I am going to fill the engraving with black paint, then line grain the whole panel. A coat of satin clear coat to eliminate glare, and it should look killer! The top bezel of the dash will be flat black for no glare as well.

1FASTHOE,
Well, let's see....

Tach
Speedo
H2O temp
Oil press.
Volts
Fuel
Shift light
GPS

That would be eight. Yup, I need 8 gauges. :lol:

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Post by Skidmark » Tue Dec 26, 2006 9:36 pm

MNAirhead wrote:
Are the dots on your skid plate... visual markers for a brake.. or are they perferations for a home bend?
I don't see any dots... I drew lines across the part to indicate the start and stop point of the bend radius, then had to draw two more father apart so I could line it up with the brake dies... I used the small brake at my work to bend it (4' bolster).

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Post by MNAirHead » Tue Dec 26, 2006 9:37 pm

got it .. thought you may have found a trick for we weekenders.

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Post by Skidmark » Tue Dec 26, 2006 11:22 pm

Here is a shot of the panel installed and the bezel on top. Keep in mind the bezel will be flat black... I can't wait to see it with all the gauges in it!

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Post by Leatherneck » Tue Dec 26, 2006 11:29 pm

Skid you are coming along, I can't wait to see it with gauges in and moving some of course more then others. 8)

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Post by MNAirHead » Wed Dec 27, 2006 12:41 am

alright... you're committed

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Post by Skidmark » Thu Dec 28, 2006 11:47 pm

I hit McKenzie's today and finally got the last of the lines and fittings for my brakes. After I got home, I was looking at where I want the bulkhead fitting to come through the rear firewall and thought... screw it. I pulled the engine and trans back out of the car. I had to replace the rear toraion bars anyway with the new 30mm SAW's that I got. So it all came back out agaaaiiin....

This is after I finished installing the torsion bars and spring plates.
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I also finished drilling the last holes for the mid mount while the trans was out.
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I also took the opportunity to put in a lock pin for the rear torsion pivot bolt. I just cut a short length of 1.75 dia. X .12w tubing, drilled a cross hole, and stitch welded them on. The pins are a ball detent pin tso they can't come out ontheir own - $1.28 at the local hardware store...
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Tomorrow the drivetrain goes back in and the rear brake lines get installed. I should be able to finish the front skid plate and the front brake lines as well. I am under garage arrest until Sunday night... must keep working............ 8)

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Post by DesertGuy » Fri Dec 29, 2006 12:01 am

Skid, are you using AN fittings on your brake lines? Also, take plenty of pictures of your brake install (residual psi, brake light switch, and any distribution blocks) I am curious on how you set yours up...

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BTW, Progress looks Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet :wink:

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Post by Skidmark » Fri Dec 29, 2006 12:30 am

I haven't thought about a residual valve. Aren't those only required when the wheel cylinders are above the M/C's? Both of my M/C's are above the wheel cylinders. They are both 3/4" CNC's with a balance bar. I am using #3 AN fittings everywere except the wheel cylinders and end of the hard lines. Those are the 10mm metric bubble flare. Let me know about the residual valve... not sure if I need one.

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Post by DesertGuy » Fri Dec 29, 2006 12:44 am

Skidmark wrote:Let me know about the residual valve... not sure if I need one.
...and here I was hoping you had the answer for me... I knew about using one if the MC was below, but I thought I heard along the way to use one regardless. I was wondering also since I am running the dual MC pedal. I will see if I can dig up where I read that, maybe someone can chime in. Info about setting up and hardlining brakes seems few and far inbetween.

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