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Unread 02-12-2008, 11:49 AM   #136
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Too bad you are not in Cali Could use some help, sounds like you have the perfect background. There are people that travel from Texas to race Jeepspeed so get to building! You will not be disappointed. I am looking into the halon still but it is almost a sure thing we will have a system in place before we race. Thanks for the advice, much appreciated and best of luck!
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Too bad your not in MN. I worked in ProMod Drag racing and know a thing or two about fab and race prep, i would love to give you a hand. The jeep speed class intrigues me and it might be the best way for me and a couple of buddies to race at Baja I am thinking if we built one here in MN we could keep it in AZ at my families vacation house and travel for races.

I noticed a dialog about halon systems a couple pages back. If you can afford them and they don't push you over your 4K weight limit i would say to go for one! I have seen a couple guys burn up $100,000 race cars because there class didn't require halon and they were not running them. (one was a supercomp car and the other a fast door car) I had one crewman's daughter accidentally hit the lever in the garage and set off the bottle one time, it was a mess so make sure you keep the cotter pin in the bottle when not racing the car. Otherwise they are cheap piece of mind both from a $$$ point of view and from a safety point of view.

got the dash mocked up, made one set out of regular mild steel but we are most likely making the final product out of 6061 Aluminum, we have all the switches and buttons, just need to assemble and wire it all when I get some time, I'll take some pics of the mild steel dash in a bit:


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Unread 02-23-2008, 09:55 AM   #137
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Unread 02-24-2008, 10:34 AM   #138
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Unread 02-24-2008, 11:49 AM   #139
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Great progress, can wait to see it race.
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Unread 02-24-2008, 12:08 PM   #140
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she's looking purty!
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Unread 02-24-2008, 04:29 PM   #141
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Thanks guys! wife is due any day so on call! got the removable(to service the fuel cell) section of the tire rack/bumper almost done, may add some dimple die plates and a few more small tubes:

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Unread 02-24-2008, 04:45 PM   #142
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Looks amazing. :twothumbsup:
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Unread 02-24-2008, 05:21 PM   #143
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Thanks much!

Got the tires in and have plenty of room for a spare D/S and highlift underneath:

plenty of room for dual optimas and other spares:

the 9" is getting some silt drain holes, a fill plug/vent, and a much needed drain plug in the bottom, no way to drain them(easily) without pulling the 3rd member, so had to do that for frequent gear oil changes/inspections:
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Unread 02-26-2008, 12:16 PM   #144
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fill plug and vent combined, anybody see a problem with this set-up?
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Unread 03-01-2008, 02:24 PM   #145
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decided to start on the front leaf spring hangers while I had the rear end out...again. What a major pain they were, even after searching out the spot welds and drilling them out, they were stubborn! Those factory spot welds are surprisingly hard to tear without drilling them out completely.
Whats left of the psgner side hanger:

the start of the inside bolt access tube:

the start of the inner mount itself, there will be a piece of .250" plate formed into an L for the outer mount, and a piece of plate along the roof/floor.
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Unread 03-01-2008, 04:34 PM   #146
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the outer "cup" for the inner leaf spring mounting surface, made from .250" cold roll plate, the piece and the template are upside down relative as the top portion had to be almost vertical:
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Unread 03-01-2008, 05:27 PM   #147
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fill plug and vent combined, anybody see a problem with this set-up?

oh! oh! i know!!

it needs to be under the jeep to make the jeep move!

did i get it right?























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Unread 03-01-2008, 08:35 PM   #148
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Love this build! Super work!
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Unread 03-05-2008, 10:20 AM   #149
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Thanks Besrk! Much appreciated! After a few different versions of parts,and many hours of wasted time, and many chunks of wasted steel, I think I finally finished up my final design, aside from the outer spring mount that will be a single formed piece of 3/16" cold roll that should be here today, cold roll is hard to find around here thicker than 20 guage so I have to order from online metals.

here are the pieces that will make it up:
the thru tube and inner spring mount:

the main piece and how they go together but upside down, the box is a single piece of 3/16 with 2 90 deg bends

and all the parts together, should be close to installing them this afternoon but still have to make the mirror image for the other side, that will be easy as I kept and labeled all of my cardboard templates for each piece and the version, currently at version 3
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Unread 03-05-2008, 04:43 PM   #150
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got them all formed, welded, and mocked up, perfect fit! The top portion of the plate with gussets will be tied to the cage from the inside, should never have a problem with those:

from the inside of the "frame" rail:



lighting is a little screwy with my camera
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