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Old 11-15-2011, 03:46 AM
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Question No other like it.

I'm gonna give this build thread a good try.

I've been sorta hiding this project from the public. It saves me from doing a lot of explaining. Now I'm gonna put it on here in front of 11,000 some members of this forum, and see what happens.

I got 98% of the pipe for free, the engine (250ci) was free, the transmission was free, the rear end was 75 bucks. The front end was a Dana 44 off a Chevy, I got it for $20 because the axles were messed up. I cut the center out and made the rest to fit. The rear suspension top links were for a Kubota tractor or something, $16 each. The rear springs are the main leaves from a one ton dodge rear spring pack, free. I paid $500 for the donor '42 Chevy, and kept a few parts and scrapped the rest for about $250 back. The front springs are torsion bars off of some Japanese mini SUV like a Honda pathfinder or something. I found out that they're the same thing on the Isuzu rodeos, kinda strange. Anyway, that was about $40.

I'm sure you all don't really care what I spent on it, but hell, I might as well use this as a record for myself to check back on.

The whole thing is welded with a Lincoln AC225 welder.

Oh, and yes, that's a propane tank. I got that whole setup for $200. I plan to run it on propane only, and with a small turbo. I got a turbo from a Mazda for $60.

We'll see how it goes...
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Old 11-15-2011, 06:04 AM
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Looks um ....... interesting
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Old 11-15-2011, 06:08 AM
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Very interesting build! and I like that tow truck too

Carry on, I'll be right here.
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Old 11-15-2011, 09:00 AM
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The overall look is pretty cool. I like the oversized frame, and the oversized tires and wheels. My only thought is how the tie rod works with the suspension. You are thinking outside the box, and I really like that.
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Old 11-15-2011, 09:20 AM
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God help the other car if you ever have a fender bender with this beast. That would be like getting hit with a wrecking ball! That's as heavy duty as they come.
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Old 11-15-2011, 09:30 AM
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With my post you only have 10,996 more questions to answer [ddev
What year vehicle is the engine out of ? I think those have 2 bbl carbs on them right ?
Since your goin with propane, If you decide to sell the carb, intake and exhaust manifolds, let me know
I also like the tow rig

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Old 11-15-2011, 09:41 AM
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Thumbs up frame

l like it

gives the term ''tube frame'' a whole new dimension

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Old 11-15-2011, 10:03 AM
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That thing is going to look killer! Questions...how does the suspension travel...I might be missing something, but it looks like everything is welded together up front?? Also what kind of pipe are you using?

Keep up the good work!

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Old 11-15-2011, 10:17 AM
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I thought the same thing, Troy, but after looking closer I realized those big tubes are holding torsion bars (see the adjusters on the backside?) and the fronts pivot on the tubes, they are not fixed.

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Old 11-15-2011, 10:36 AM
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I really like the idea behind that front end, but the tie rod setup is going to cause major bump steer. As those suspension arms pivot up/down, you are going to shorten the distance between the wheels, and the tie rod connecting the two will force the wheels to turn outward.
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