New pirahna build in wirral

New pirahna build in wirral

Postby Richard Ball » Sun Apr 17, 2011 1:37 am

Hi all
I am just about to start building a pirahna. I live in moreton on the wirral and would love to hear from any local guys who are building or have built and are using.
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Re: New pirahna build in wirral

Postby mike k » Sun Apr 17, 2011 7:33 pm

Morning rich if I can be of any help give me a call as I too am based on the wirral and the buggy is at my workshop in moreton . There Are some pics on here of my build,,,, mike
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Re: New pirahna build in wirral

Postby rob8420 » Mon Apr 18, 2011 4:17 am

Hi i am also building a piranha and have some front a arms for sale if you are interested
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Re: New pirahna build in wirral

Postby Richard Ball » Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:12 am

Mike did u use any kind of jig to make the as i was thinking about laying out the lines on a sheet of ply with blockes to hold the tubes and such in aligment for weilding
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Re: New pirahna build in wirral

Postby mike k » Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:38 pm

rick just a quickie as on my lunch
on large sheet 1.5in ply bolted with large U bolts

but try and get your head around this
if i was to build it again i would change things
1st make as much of the other parts 1st them make the frame
you make the frame and you think you are almost there the frame is the easy part all the other parts take an age

mike ,,
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Re: New pirahna build in wirral

Postby prana-pete » Tue Apr 19, 2011 4:08 am

I agree the last thing you build is the frame,
once youve built the hubs, A arms , all brackets, bushes, bolts, pedals,
when youve bought all the wheels, shocks, springs, seat, stearing wheel, ext
Then build the frame it only takes a day to put together everything else takes weeks- months- years,
Build it first and it takes up a lot of room and you then tend to rush everything else and cut corners to make it go.
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Re: New pirahna build in wirral

Postby mike k » Tue Apr 19, 2011 4:33 am

With ref to the frame , if I building it now . Wider roll bar , more length in the seating area , and engine bay [which we did], up sweep front end or Russ, s front or adapt the cuda front
before any one says why didnt you build a cuda i dont think I could , without 1st building the piranha you learn so much
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Re: New pirahna build in wirral

Postby mike k » Tue Apr 19, 2011 4:35 am

Rich hope the comments have been of some help , do you have somewhere to us it ?
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Re: New pirahna build in wirral

Postby Richard Ball » Tue Apr 19, 2011 6:34 am

Thanks for the comments guys very usefull
was thinking about doing it that way because my weilder will strugel to do thin wall stuff (only have an el cheapo sip arc) so was planing to do all the 6mm plate stuff ie the sus plates and stuff then bug a mate for the use of his snap-on mig. As regards to where to us it your guess is as good as mine was thinking the beach behind leasowe golf club (might not be the best idea) or get my mate with a quad to take us with him where he uses his some farme in wales and a not so legal track in deeside/queensferry.
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Re: New pirahna build in wirral

Postby Richard Ball » Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:35 am

mike where can u get drive train parts i.e unis and splined shafts on the wirral?
Allso is there any chance of getting a look at your buggy at some point please
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Re: New pirahna build in wirral

Postby mike k » Thu Apr 21, 2011 9:36 am

sorry i not using pto s for the drive custom made shafts from gb engineering
a sort of home brew affair corsa front hubs machined down and a corsa diff welded up with disc and sprocket
Twigster's piranha is using pto,s
i will let you know when its at a good point to veiw
only a few have seen it

[edited post as 1st 1 was on my phone sorry ]

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Re: New pirahna build in wirral

Postby Richard Ball » Fri Apr 22, 2011 11:36 pm

Cheers Mike.
Also where would be a good place to go for steel in the reguried sizes the only steel place is meresyside steel in birkenhead aqnd they seem to be a bit pricy?????
Thanks for ansewing my Questioins it is very much appreceated.
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Re: New pirahna build in wirral

Postby mike k » Fri Apr 22, 2011 11:46 pm

mersey metals owner is a customer of mine
steel is not cheap
just quick as taking 10 for lunch and i am working on the buggy

i would say as min budjet 2k to 2.5k and i have made 95% of the buggy
you could make it cheaper but it would look an arse

right back up making panels

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Re: New pirahna build in wirral

Postby Richard Ball » Sat Apr 23, 2011 2:16 am

well its going to be october before I start on the buggy then as I am trying to pay of some debt but that means more research time which is never a bad thing.
What did u use for steering rack coulom and such like mike as I can start to look for bits and bobs. disregard that last bit just saw that it was a rover metro from a breakers. Did you have to modify it in any way
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Re: New pirahna build in wirral

Postby Beelzeboss » Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:05 pm

All car steering racks will have to be shortened.
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Re: New pirahna build in wirral

Postby kevy-s13 » Sat Jan 21, 2012 12:44 pm

hey guys, i plan to start into my own piranha build here in the next week or two. did u say you plan to complete the build for a budget of around £2k-£2.5k?? thats the sorta budget i have for mine but dont want to start into it if im gona run out of cash to finish it. on the same note, dont wana scrimp on the budget either and end up with a shitter! lol
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Re: New pirahna build in wirral

Postby mike k » Thu Feb 02, 2012 12:29 am

bear in mind i have workshop mig tig lathe
when you start to farm out work the cost goes well up
good luck

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