Ed's Baja Bug build.

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Ed's Baja Bug build.

Postby no1clyde » Mon Aug 18, 2014 6:47 pm

I guess it is time to start a thread, I was going to wait till I had a roller but the thread on lifts got me posting pics so here we go. First off I have not build a Baja before, the only VW based car I have built is my yellow buggy. It is a Berrion kit that I changed a little but this Baja is just some of my ideas. I worked for 32 years as a equipment mechanic for the Nevada DOT and worked with a great machinist/welder that showed me you can make most anything if you want to. Well now I am retired and this is one of my hobbies. I have some kinda different ideas that if they don't work will get changed but I plan to try to work thru things if I can.

First my buggy.
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Now the bug I started with.
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Putting on the Baja kit, my first ever like many things in this thread :lol:
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Re: Ed's Baja Bug build.

Postby TimS » Mon Aug 18, 2014 7:13 pm

Looking forward to this. I know you build from what you have and make it work. Your work, though, is thought-out and complete... finish product is impressive and innovative. You are not afraid to try something new, but also are not afraid to scrap it and start over. I look forward to seeing this progress.
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Re: Ed's Baja Bug build.

Postby no1clyde » Mon Aug 18, 2014 7:13 pm

Having trouble putting the pics in the order I want but I guess I will be a old pro by the time this project is done :roll:
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Now I decided to build a 3" lift and tie the beam to the torsion when done. As with most things I do it has evolved into what it is today.
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Now I thought about what to do next to get tie rod clearance so I came up with this set up and ran with it.
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So at some point getting to this point I built the beam too. I used 2 1/4" 1/4" wall dom, a little heavy but I figured if I was going to weld it in it better be over built.
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Re: Ed's Baja Bug build.

Postby no1clyde » Mon Aug 18, 2014 7:16 pm

Thanks Tim I know you have been wanting me to show it and it will help me with the input from others. BTW this is going to be a dual sport prerunner type car that I hope some day to take on rides like Tims coming up.

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Re: Ed's Baja Bug build.

Postby no1clyde » Mon Aug 18, 2014 7:32 pm

In go SACO bushings and then reamed out to fit 1 1/2" 1/4" wall dom that I will build arms from.
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Had to cut out quite abit to get the 1 1'2" to fit nice but they feel sweet.

On to arm building, I built a jig and made my link pin ends and arm parts. I used 1 1/4" by 1/4"wall for the arms and 1 1/4" by 3/8" wall to build the link pin holders out of. This is the setup but not with the real link pin holders.
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Starting to make the link pin holders on my old Craftsman lathe.
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Re: Ed's Baja Bug build.

Postby Ol'fogasaurus » Mon Aug 18, 2014 7:34 pm

Your doing fine in the build, documenting it and the pictures and Yup, Tim does need company at times.

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Re: Ed's Baja Bug build.

Postby JUSSUMGUY » Mon Aug 18, 2014 7:56 pm

Glad to see you posting this Ed. :D Keep up the good work.
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Re: Ed's Baja Bug build.

Postby no1clyde » Mon Aug 18, 2014 8:02 pm

Welded the arms together but they are not done yet, I need to add 1/4" gussets on the out side and to the inside/ On the bottom arms I will add another 1/4" gusset to the inside to both space it out 6.5mm to get the king pin inclination and to build my shock mounts from. Here is a test fit though. I spaced the beam to be a parallel beam and I can rotate the arms completely in a circle by toggling the spindle at the top and bottom.
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One of my odd ideas is to use some spare dirt bike rear shocks on the front of this car and this is just a mock up for my thoughts. These shock have about 4 1/2" of travel and on my bike they give 13" of wheel travel and between me and the bike we put about 350 lbs on 1 of them so I am thinking I can make one on each side work on this car. I know how to work on them and have all the parts and tools to change the valving as needed. One of those ides that may get tossed :D Also the outer beam spacers are not welded yet and longer one will be made to make part of the shock mounts.
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Body is now bolted back on and doing some thinking and shock mount testing.
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With the car at this height is how it may end up with 12 -13" travel and around 4" of sag. I will cage the car out and it is getting 2 1/2" coilovers SAWs on the back and wider arms. I also have a ej22 and a 091 for it when the time comes. This is just the start of a long range build like many others here, just I don't know what I am doing other than making things for it to entertaining myself :lol: Looking at all the cool cars people build on here has been my inspiration and I have checked out most of them and taking ideas from all of them. I appreciate all input and do know this is some what different than most and some of my ideas just plane may not work but I will give it a go.

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Re: Ed's Baja Bug build.

Postby no1clyde » Mon Aug 18, 2014 8:08 pm

Thanks Richard and Lee. There will be times when nothing is getting done and other times it is all I will be doing. I took last week off to go to Idaho dirt bike riding and now I am recovering from that :lol:

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Re: Ed's Baja Bug build.

Postby BAJA-IT » Tue Aug 19, 2014 3:45 pm

It's looking good Ed. Should be a fun ride when you get it finished.

Just curious, how many degrees did you angle the beam back? (castor)
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Re: Ed's Baja Bug build.

Postby no1clyde » Tue Aug 19, 2014 4:04 pm

Thanks BAJA-IT, Cameron I think :oops:

Went for 7* but it came out 8.25*. The back is not raised either yet so it looks like more than that too. Not on any time limits on this project but I do hope it comes close to my ideas :lol:

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Re: Ed's Baja Bug build.

Postby CentralWAbaja » Tue Aug 19, 2014 9:26 pm

Looks good thanks for sharing
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Re: Ed's Baja Bug build.

Postby no1clyde » Wed Aug 20, 2014 8:56 am

Thanks CWA, your car is amazing for sure.

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Re: Ed's Baja Bug build.

Postby CentralWAbaja » Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:11 am

Thanks CWA, your car is amazing for sure.

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Well, thank you. I am just an example of somebody that had no clue when I started either. Also a good example of what happens when you get a little caught up in building the "ultimate toy" for yourself....ok getting a lot caught up in it. :lol:
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Re: Ed's Baja Bug build.

Postby Ol'fogasaurus » Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:35 am

It is also and example of asking too many questions of too many people. Opinions are fun to get but can cause/drive one to expand their built a lot too. :wink: Actually there is a lot of information not from just here but from a lot of other sites there too so it is worth looking hard at.

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