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Post by redneck_davis on Wed May 08, 2013 3:01 am

Well due to the unfortunate loss of my blue Baja. . I'm starting a new project. I have a little more VW experience this time around. Traded my 67 in for this less solid one. But its a Baja and that's what I wanted. Its pretty bad structuraly so welding, cutting, and fabbing isn't going to hurt my feelings. It wouldn't survive a body swap to my 73 pan so its going to be welded into one solid piece. Using whatever I find:)







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Post by redneck_davis on Wed May 08, 2013 3:11 am

When your bottom door hinges float and the heater channel can be removed with a hammer, channel locks, and tin snips...its time to rebuild. 2x2 tubing, angle, flat bar.
H yess that's plywood floors:) guys they're temporary. Will make a great template when I buy sheet metal.


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Post by redneck_davis on Wed May 08, 2013 3:16 am

Oh and the floorboards were even worse. Removed by 2 angry 8yr olds with hammers. The grandkids next door love tearing stuff up so they didn't believe me when I handed them hammers and told them to knock them out
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Post by Grifspop on Wed May 08, 2013 11:32 am

redneck_davis wrote:Oh and the floorboards were even worse. Removed by 2 angry 8yr olds with hammers. The grandkids next door love tearing stuff up so they didn't believe me when I handed them hammers and told them to knock them out


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Post by redneck_davis on Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:50 am



Its getting there.
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Post by redneck_davis on Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:54 am

Picked up the 31in dune grapplers and rims last week. . Spent all last night wiring and chasing electrical problems. Still not right and still need wheel bearings and a tranny mount to drive.
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Post by redneck_davis on Mon Mar 30, 2015 12:53 pm

Started back at it. . had to move from my house i was renting with the shop to in town. So the car is now at a buddies under his barn.
I know the engine ran in the previous car. And a little in here. But first things first is the new floors and panels, bed line the interior, then the wiring, new fuel line, 2bb carb, wheel bearings, exhaust, brakes and on from there.

Here's some progress on the new pans. galvanized down first, an insulator/noise resistance then another layer of metal to paint.



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Post by redneck_davis on Mon Mar 30, 2015 1:04 pm

Also in the plans.. Old school lift kit up front. Cutting and twisting the beam up. Going to get a few notches out of the back of lift.
Sheet metal door panels, painted to match. Matching rear.
Center bucket seat in rear, just for the kid.

Everything will be custom fabricated, my buddy is a welder by trade and has not shortage of scrap material or tools to do it. We worked on a few projects, whatever I could dream, he could make work with metal. Less we buy, better off well be.
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Post by redneck_davis on Sat Apr 04, 2015 8:25 pm

Got a Lil more work done today. Finished the floors(unless we fab a drop down battery box). Also cut out door and rear panels.

Put galvanized down, cut 1/2in thick foam board for insulation/ sound deadener, then put a "paint grip"sheet down. It has primer on it already.

Used a yoga mat for pattern then for a noise canceling background



Had whips wife helping. Mine was at work, and I think of all my toys the bug is her least favorite
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Post by redneck_davis on Sat Apr 04, 2015 8:44 pm

Also took off the el cheapo Nerf bars and built custom ones.. Whip didn't have any solid bar laying around so I got a better idea


We tried out the new pipe bender.


These are ridiculously strong, and also welded solid to the car at the bottom. The top is bolted





Next week I'll probly get to the paint. Will have completed pictures with the paint then.
Going to add handles to the door panels and put some gloss on there
The floor and rear panels will receive roll on bedliner, and the Nerf bars too.
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Post by redneck_davis on Mon Apr 13, 2015 9:11 pm

More progress on the Nerf bars
Primer


And some color
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Post by redneck_davis on Mon Apr 13, 2015 9:19 pm

Also progress on the door panels. Added some paint.




And put some duplicolor bed armor on the inside, ran out out paint, will have to do the floor and front areas later

I had a full back seat from an Ford expedition. It was gonna be full width and also a little high for my preference. And with my seats being installed so far back there would be NO leg room back there. So I scratched that plan. . Smile were going to modify a metal park bench to fit. 3ft wide centered.
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Post by redneck_davis on Mon Apr 13, 2015 9:31 pm

I have a few other tricks up my sleeve also to go into this project.

I ordered a brand new buggy wire harness, let's start from scratch.

With a custom seat being bolted in there, I'm going to use a key switch main disconnect in the center under the edge of the seat. Make sure I can cut the juice off easily and from either side of the car.

Protected by the Nerf bars, will be a set of jump points on the outside of the car. (The ones like you see on a dragster). That'll let me jump it off or charge it with out accessing the battery itself.

Behind the backseat is going to be a 30gal metal drum with a 12" subwoofer mounted in the lid.the ultimaye Redneck bass tube.

Throwing around the idea of.building a roof rack, and also a back bumper. Going to have to have some easily accessed point to pull it out from the back tho.
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Post by redneck_davis on Sat Apr 18, 2015 10:11 pm

Little more do me today, weather was great,a change from last weekend.
Here's the jump points

And the sound system
Put Herculiner in the floor. Ain't my brand of choice but not too bad.
I wish the paint turned out a little better up front. But it'll work. Can always be re done later.
And here's the seat completed. I'll bolt it done next weekend after the paint dries

And for last today we added the clear turn signals


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Post by redneck_davis on Sat Apr 18, 2015 10:25 pm

Here's a better look at the subwoofer.. Surprisingly a very clean hit. No rattling b/c the drum has no flex in it.

And here's the main disconnect. Used welding leads for wires and soldered all the connections. Tucked it out of view and possible harm but yet close enough for convince or emergency


I'll buy the patio furniture tie on cushion later. The string on all four corner kinda stuff.
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Post by fluxcap on Sun Apr 19, 2015 7:36 am

Looks like you have got a lot done!

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Post by redneck_davis on Mon Apr 20, 2015 10:43 pm

Thanks... Working on getting it street legal and road worthy.

Next on list is mounting seats, wire harness, fuel tank, brakes and bearings.

Then out with the motor, new clutch, exhaust, some bling bling

Headlights
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Post by redneck_davis on Mon May 04, 2015 2:01 pm

Placed an order to SoCal. Something is back ordered so I'm waiting.
Fan shroud/ cyl tins
Exhaust
And some more..

Headlights came in. Gonna be fun to make them work.

Got the seats remounted. Front and rear.


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Post by redneck_davis on Mon May 04, 2015 2:09 pm

Also decided to tackle the wire harness. Been dreading that. I have to say it wasn't as bad as I thought.


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Post by redneck_davis on Mon May 04, 2015 2:17 pm

I also found this when I was wiring and couldn't figure out what or why...



I called type4rev and sent pics. He said I did pretty good finding reverse light
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Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Mon May 04, 2015 2:53 pm

Yeah that's a pretty cool find!

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Post by redneck_davis on Wed May 13, 2015 11:58 pm

A little late, but here's what got done this past weekend. Rework on the front turn signals and hood pins.

The old style lights I chose came with single 1156 bulbs which would not work to run park AND turn both. So I bought new 1157 sockets and tore into them. You can see the master plan in the background (a wore out, highlighted mess of a wiring schematic) I think you could make a killing selling a colored version:).
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Post by redneck_davis on Thu May 14, 2015 12:18 am

Surprise surprise, found even more bondo in the car. And a helluva lot thicker than it was when I drilled the holes for the jump points.


The old hood pin was completely bondo'd in. After drilling the rivots I snatched it out with pliers.



That's all of an 1\8in thick. Close to 1\4. Lol and why did they cut such a big hole? So I put a small plate in back, rivioted it to the body, then drilled my hole and mounted the new pins.



Small victory, but still a win. And I also received word that bunch of parts arrived.
New Alt, chrome cyl tin, chrome fan shroud(no ducts), a sidewinder exhaust, pertronix p!ug wires
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Post by redneck_davis on Mon May 18, 2015 11:41 pm

Well. This weekend we got the engine out, I can't wait to put the new exhaust on. I haven't found any pictures of this style on a Baja. And the chrome tins and shroud are gonna stand out awesome.
But now for the pics of the rest of my weekend. Man I hated to do this. But I had to slice and dice the $700 hood. Turned out decent though.


:/ had my fingers crossed


I was thinking just the angle, but my buddy was all about using the plasma on decorative plate


End result... I didn't think too bad. Couple reasons we went this route, I didn't want to fiberglass the hood, or have the extra weight of them on the hood itself. So I went with bucket lights. My original plan was a set of 4-6in mounted behind the openings on the hood. Turns out when ytour looking for a street legal hi/lo beam setup, it narrows your options. Could not find any smaller or cheaper than these. . so with the 31s on the car, they had to go forward and also up. Had no choice but the cut the crap out of it
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Post by redneck_davis on Mon May 18, 2015 11:59 pm

While I was cutting, I figured my the heck not. I took a few inches off all 4fenders, but a lot on the very rear


I also took the rear lights out, cleaned the sockets and replaced the wires, and new bulbs. . I have a little surprise for the spoiler, some tag bolts with a lit LED head on them and also going to tuck a LED strip in the top to shine off the engine chrome and backing plate. Installed a new roller throttle pedal w a new cable, new key switch, and some Joe dirt footprint pedals(forgot to get that picture)
Here's the rear after the slicer.
The wheel bearings/ front brakes are on the way. And so is the window regulator I needed for the pass door. Upgraded to the new one wire alternator or whatever. I am going to have to rebuild my 2bb carb and add heat riser tubes to the ebay intake, they're missing for some reason. Roof rack and front lift is going to be later, still debating on trying a few notches out of the spring plates.
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