Omar's 2 Seat Sandrail/Buggy

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Omar's 2 Seat Sandrail/Buggy

Postby Omar67 » Thu May 03, 2012 11:09 am

Well, I want to get this project done this month, been at it for years, literally. Lack of time, determination, and most of all, money have made it a slow process. My goal is to have it running (not done, when are they done?) by Memorial Day weekend for a shake-out run. I'll be hitting the dunes by the beach in Mexico that weekend, and this turd better make it there with me.

I'll post some pictures later, but I wanted to post this so I would commit to this.
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Postby dhp60 » Thu May 03, 2012 11:11 am

=D>

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Postby Omar67 » Thu May 03, 2012 12:35 pm

Ok, here are some background pictures.

Here's how I found this baby about 3 years ago:
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I work for the an engineering consulting firm and we do stuff for the mining industry. Anyways, I go get to travel a lot, so fast forward about 6-7 months till I got a chance to start playing around with this. First stab at the rear suspension included new disc brakes, new bearings, and rebuilt/regreased CV joints. New Fox shocks with external reservoirs on all corners. Transmission was just cleaned up, it's supposed to be a sand tranny, but I guess I'll know when I take it out.
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Got some used bucket seats and had to clean them up and rebuild them. Painted the frames, used the existing cushion where available, rigged up cushions where needed.
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As for the engine, I built (with the much needed guidance from by buddy Brandon from Speedshack) a 2110 with 36 Dells. Started out as a 1915 rebuild, ended up with a 2110 and all new parts internals. only thing not new on the longblock is the case (which I now wish I had replaced for peace of mind). Some pictures of the engine build:
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Got some old-school KC lights which I plan on using, put I am thinking about maybe getting something more modern.
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Grinded off the super lame adjusters that came with my Warrior/China beam, to put the adjusters I bought from KCW a few moons ago. By moons I mean months if not over a year [-(

Fast forward to a few months ago, I took this over to my buddy that does some killer welding to weld the front beam adjusters, move the seats back 6 inches to make this a comfortable two-seater (instead of a crowded 4 seater), weld some tabs, and fab up a thing to mount my rear lights. Here's where we're at now.
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Plans for May:
Install engine and misc engine stuff (breather box, ignition, filter bracket, lines, etc)
Get all the wiring done (waiting on switches and need to get my harness done)
A battery would help with the wiring I think.
Run brake and clutch lines.
Install all the small little things that I've yet to encounter #-o
Get this running and registered.
Dune and have fun.

Fuck, that was the longest post of my life.
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Postby dhp60 » Thu May 03, 2012 12:50 pm

you have my vote......maybe [-(

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Postby Omar67 » Thu May 03, 2012 12:57 pm

dhp60 wrote:you have my vote......maybe [-(


Pretty please! [-o<


Link of the engine running:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J033tZiQ ... ture=g-upl
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Postby Omar67 » Thu May 03, 2012 3:21 pm

Looking for a tach for this thing, so if anyone has one they want to sell let me know. Thinking about buying this guy:
http://www.amazon.com/Auto-Meter-3905-S ... 689&sr=8-1
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Postby Franz » Thu May 03, 2012 4:47 pm

Looks badass!

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Postby Omar67 » Thu May 03, 2012 4:56 pm

Franz wrote:Looks badass!


Thanks man!
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Postby john jones » Thu May 03, 2012 10:34 pm

I am liking these rails more and more... Makes me want to build a baja..

did I just say that? putting around in the desert sounds like fun. and we have lots of desert.

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Postby Omar67 » Fri May 04, 2012 8:13 am

john jones wrote:I am liking these rails more and more... Makes me want to build a baja..

did I just say that? putting around in the desert sounds like fun. and we have lots of desert.


Also John, even if they go fast, the wife doesn't have to worry about falling off Smile

Instead of a trail bike you need a trail rail/baja \:D/
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Postby Omar67 » Fri May 04, 2012 8:16 am

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Engine is in \:D/

Got a head start on the brake lines. Not much done yesterday, stayed late at work. My K-Four switches were delivered to my work this morning, I know what I'll be doing this weekend.
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Postby Omar67 » Mon May 07, 2012 4:06 pm

Got my brake lines and clutch line done over the weekend, as well as the accelerator cable. I also installed some bullet lights on the front beam, and replaced my old-school KC lights with some newer Hellas. Battery is in as well (did that the other night but forgot to mention it).

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Now, time for some gauge shopping and wiring.



I have some Royal Cockpit VDO gauges that I was going to use. I actually don't like them much, specially for my rail, but I had them so I figured I would just use them. Well, my dog thought one of the gauges was a chew toy, so I might be replacing the gauges altogether now ](*,)
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I spent most of my Sunday putting together some furniture from IKEA. Holy crap, so freaking time consuming, but I guess it was worth it. The magazine and manly-as-fuck elephant humidifier are there for size reference Smile
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Postby Omar67 » Mon May 07, 2012 11:10 pm

Took the engine out tonight to drill and tap the 1.5in tube behind the engine to mount my Compu-Fire and my breather box. Ended up not trusting the tube to be thick enough to have enough thread, so I drilled the tube through and used longer bolts.

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Postby Omar67 » Fri May 18, 2012 4:28 pm

Finished up my gauge console, planning on running the wiring this weekend.
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I don't have a starting rail yet, but I already have a U of A flag ready to roll Smile
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I finally bought a trailer today, I guess I kinda needed one of those if this thing is to see the sand next weekend.
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More updates this weekend.
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Postby Omar67 » Sat May 19, 2012 11:57 pm

Today was a pretty eventful day. Woke up and took the dogs to the dog park, ran for a little with them and realized it was going to be a hot day today. So I decided it was time to fix up and old swamp cooler I had laying around. Took it apart, cleaned it all up, and put some new pads. Took up most of my morning but it was well worth it.
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After I had some nice cool air flowing in the garage, I installed a new throw out bearing and put the engine back in. Man, it's so much easier than in my bug. Got some more stainless bolts, god they are expensive and add up quick. At this point I don't even care, just want this done! Mounted my tach and flag mount.

Now I'm in the middle of the wiring... A lot more tedious than I ever expected. Got a clusterfuck of wires, at least I'm using different colors to help out in the end... I hope. Here's where I'm at right now...long night ahead.
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