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  • AvatarJohn Jones
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    Any updates Jason??  I’m sure you have been widdling away it at home….

    AvatarJasonS
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    Yes I have been making progress but life has taken over a lot since I was there. I need to get back on it, things are sounding more promising for SEMA, hopefully it all works out, I will have some pictures soon. I have been working on the transmission getting it ready to build. Its almost done and looks sweet!!! I found a sweet rear sway bar kit that is apparently available again. I will have an update on this also.

    I have been doing a lot of research into a wireless accessory switch panel so that I have less wires running around, this thing will look like a UFO coming down the road lol

    Next will be building the engine and finishing the floor stuff. Goal at this point is to have it on the ground with everything  complete underneath

    AvatarDario
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    Yes I have been making progress but life has taken over a lot since I was there. I need to get back on it, things are sounding more promising for SEMA, hopefully it all works out, I will have some pictures soon. I have been working on the transmission getting it ready to build. Its almost done and looks sweet!!! I found a sweet rear sway bar kit that is apparently available again. I will have an update on this also. I have been doing a lot of research into a wireless accessory switch panel so that I have less wires running around, this thing will look like a UFO coming down the road lol Next will be building the engine and finishing the floor stuff. Goal at this point is to have it on the ground with everything complete underneath

    Those UFO’s take a long time to finish…

    AvatarJasonS
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    Those UFO’s take a long time to finish…[/quote]

    Yes the wiring sucks trying to keep it simple and clean. It might fit in at Burning Man when i’m finished

    AvatarJasonS
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    Justin at Blackline Racing is helping me build the transmission. I learned I never want to build another

    This is the Quaife/ Limited slip

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    It will be a 4.12 Klingenberg R&P with a .89 4th

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    Still need to work on the reduction boxes

    AvatarPat K
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    Quafie!!!  Nice!

    Kingenberg? Something fancy?

    We will build it if it comes.

    AvatarJasonS
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    Quafie!!! Nice! Kingenberg? Something fancy?

    Yeah hopefully it will help me hang with the Syncro guys, the Klingenberg and Gleason are the two types of R&P VW had. The Klingenberg is harder to find and is supposedly stronger with a slightly different cut. The teeth seem a little longer and wider.

    AvatarJasonS
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    Transmission is done and I cant wait to use it! Back to grinding welds, welding floor compartments and figuring out the frame area.

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    mtnbusmtnbus
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    Damn, that looks nice!

     

    AvatarFranz
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    That is a badass transaxle. What do you think top speed will be?

    AvatarJasonS
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    Damn, that looks nice!

    Thanks

    That is a badass transaxle. What do you think top speed will be?

    I plan on driving it no more than 70-75, want make it last as long as possible.  Hoping the different 3rd and .89 4th will help keep a good speed climbing mtn passes on the hwy.

    AvatarJohn Jones
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    Can’t wait to climb some hills with ya!!!!! 😎  😎

    That is one impressive transaxle!!!!!

    AvatarJasonS
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    Can’t wait to climb some hills with ya!!!!! 😎 😎 That is one impressive transaxle!!!!!

    Thanks it is a beauty, too bad I plan to get it muddy and dirty 😀

    I finished welding up the under floor compartments  and now trying to plan out all the electrical running, oil lines and plumbing in the belly pan areas.

    I picked up this ADDCO 952 rear sway bar from JEGS.com and its on sale now for around $135, it will be interesting how I mount it with the cradle drop but I think it will work. https://www.jegs.com/i/ADDCO/020/952/10002/-1

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    AvatarJohn Jones
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    Hope your kicking ass on this if your not working… 😎    Hope your kicking ass on this if your ARE working… 😎

    Certainly.. we all are doing less socializing.. 😎  and so, have more time…. 😎

    AvatarJasonS
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    I am working on it slowly, getting ready to figure out all the electrical and oil lines before I POR-15 the underside. Realistically I think it will be completed this fall or winter. BBB might be its first trip.

    I have switched gears to Kellis Thing engine and transmission. I want to have it done for the summer to cruise and camp in and possibly bring the baby home in. I was brought home in a VW bug so trying to keep the tradition alive. We also have a little Apache tent trailer to tow behind it for camping.

    I have also signed up for my comprehensive final for my masters, so that is taking a lot of time and need to have it done before the baby.

    Still working which is good but I wish I wasn’t at times so I could get a lot of work done on everything.

    AvatarJasonS
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    Wow time flys now with a kid! Welcome Sawyer Jason Smurthwaite born 5/26/20.

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    I thought time went fast before a kid. Here he is at a month.IMG_20200625_121657_0

    I was able to get the Thing finished up while on leave and put a trailer hitch on it to tow an Apache tent trailer. New transmission and 1835 big valved 1.25 rocker engine. Has 67 HP and 106 lbs of torque, it just pulls! IMG_20200621_210856_9

    We were able to get out a couple weeks ago for his first trip to Panguitch area at one month, picture sums it up nicely. He was really fussy.FB_IMG_1593552600426

    This is at Panguitch Lake

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    Now I am working on this Apache Tent trailer for the Springs campout for all of us.

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    After this it’s back on the bus grinding welds and working on the underside!

    AvatarColeB
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    Nice Jason! Glad you’re getting out! Congrats again on the kid! I’m sure you will have great times together

    AvatarFranz
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    Just takes a little more balancing and quality time.

    AvatarJasonS
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    Been slowly working on the bus and grinding welds almost done. IMG_20200828_163039_6

    Started on building the 2″ wire tube for winch cables etc, belly pan fitment, oil cooler in the belly pan.

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    Also built the transmission mount and sway bar mount. Amazing how long this custom stuff takes.

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    AvatarWilly
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    Nice! Looks like you already have cut some holes through the cross members for plumbing too!

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