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  • Franz
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    I tacked the base to the ump box…then decided to take it to our local aluminum specialties welding shop. Kind of a tricky set up with limited space for the torch and gas lense.

    The filter assembly is going to sit nicely behind the driver seat with easy access to check the filter. Tipped 10 degrees down so that sediment falls to the purge valve.

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    Franz
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    Fitting the spare tire today. It wouldn’t let the hood close, about 1” too high. I reduced the fuel tank capacity enough let the tire sit down into it.

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    Cole, Do you Porsche guys like these old soggy rubber mounts? Is there any performance piece available? Solid mounts?
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    Thinking the front skid tube can run along side these lower control arms with some tabs sandwiched under the control arm mounts.

    Would it be a good idea to put more spacer under the rear control arm mount to increase spindle angle, and promote rearward suspension path?

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    ColeB
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    Jack said he’s never seen those fail…. so he said he didn’t think we needed to change them. But I saw these online

    https://www.rsrproducts.com/product-page/rebel-s-racing-901-911-semi-solid-transmission-mounts

    Pat K
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    How worried are y’all about engine/trans noise  in this car?  Solid is reliable, rubber is quieter/“30%” less reliable.

    We will build it if it comes.

    Franz
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    I like the c pilar cross bar moved to the top of the firewall for the option of shoulder harnesses with wrap around mounts.

    Bent and fit some engine bay tubes on the side of the carbs…figure we will attach a skid plate/bumper to the rear mount area somehow.

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    Franz
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    We got the shortened air boxes back today. Nice welds.

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    ColeB
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    Got word that Zims has alternator stands in stock again. Should be one on the way to you today.

    also, the case came back from machine work. Heads and crank should be close behind. Tasty3527643B-2653-4E43-AE83-912C3D4A9924

    Franz
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    👌very nice

    Franz
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    Front suspension reinforcement. Planning to weld tube to the plate. This will provide good mounting for the skid plate.

    Cut the trunk sheet metal to access the backside of the mounts. More fab work tomorrow.

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    Franz
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    Welded 1/4” plate to the forward suspension mounts. Then fit tubes to the shock towers. The gas tank barely slides between the them.

    I’m done adding tubes/weight to the car…Other than skid plates.

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    Franz
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    Fitting the air filter and plumbing today. I measured and cut the firewall carefully.

    The filter seems best strait down the middle, but does take up a lot of room. It looked strange tipped up or sideways.

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    The hinges will barely clear the sides of the air boxes.

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    John Jones
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    I’m going with it looks strange no matter where you place it… 😎

    Franz
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    Fab’d a bitchn air filter mount today and tacked in place.

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    Thinking about rear skid while the engine is in and on the lift. I’m going to bend some tube tomorrow.

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    East Africa car for reference.

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    John Jones
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    Should be able to point it and floor it…. 😎

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    ColeB
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    Mad scientist Franz at it again! I’m excited to see this thing in person again. Going to be so cool

    Franz
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    Been thinking about starting final cage welding now that skid plates are planned.

    Going over all the accessory stuff that needs to go into this car. Battery kill switch, fire suppression, and struggling with jack options.

    We want to avoid a hydraulic jack for reliability. Surprisingly, the VW beetle stock jack is a good design being light weight and resilient. It would need a taller shaft, and a round insert, so that it could be “pushed over” a boulder and allow to rotate in the jack point. A bus jack is taller and uses an open threaded shaft…not so good for dirt.

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    I’ve been looking all over the inter webs at different jacks. I think these are the best non-hydraulic options. Guys were saying the f-o-a and King screw jacks had problems.

    This can am Jack is rated at 2200lbs
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    And this Trayco jack looks nice. They show a Baja bug on their instagram too. Must have to contact them directly as I can’t find any for sale.

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    https://m.facebook.com/pg/TRAYCOusa/posts/

    https://www.instagram.com/trayco.usa/?hl=en

    Apparently Wilkey is a fan.

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    ColeB
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    Those look cool and fancy. I like the idea of editing a stock jack… reliable and looks og and more vintage. But if we can save weight and get some more ease out of a new jack then that might be the way

    John Jones
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    I like the stock jack idea too.  simple… Your not gonna need it anyway… 😎  😎  Have you seen them awesome tires…. 😎  😎

    Cole.. we will need DAILY updates while you guys are over there racing!!!!  😎

    ColeB
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    I’m sure I will! As much as we have service and WiFi… I think the first couple weeks we won’t have much connectivity… Mongolia is pretty undeveloped hahaha. Mongolia is going to be dope

    Franz
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    The alternator stand from Zim’s arrived.

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