The Phoenix - Piranha take 2

Re: The Phoenix - Piranha take 2

Postby Mongrel » Wed Jul 17, 2013 7:40 pm

Seat brackets made today from 20 x 2.5 RHS cut and folded then welded

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Setup the cross rails, all is nicely lined up and slides work properly. Lot of mucking around for something never seen but felt if not done right!

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Re: The Phoenix - Piranha take 2

Postby Mongrel » Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:48 pm

Still at it - had to wait for sparky to put in some 15A power points so I can use my new compressor and plasma cutter together...

Got stuck in to the AA front and practicing with the Plasma Cutter

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Need to perfect my technique a little but happy with the result so far...

Now for the rest if the buggers! My rear plates should be here next week with the front brake kit so the ball keeps rolling!
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Re: The Phoenix - Piranha take 2

Postby Mongrel » Sun Jul 21, 2013 7:08 pm

More progress:

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That's it for a couple of weeks, will be away for work again, if you are at the Sydney Working with Wood show next weekend come and say g'day! (Big Bloke at the Triton stand)

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Re: The Phoenix - Piranha take 2

Postby Mongrel » Tue Jul 23, 2013 8:53 pm

This is my favourite part of the build...

NEW PARTS!!!

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Got all my rear end plates and my front brake setup to suit the AA front

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Hard now that I have to wait a week to get stuck in again :x
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Re: The Phoenix - Piranha take 2

Postby chrishallett83 » Thu Aug 08, 2013 3:19 am

Ha ha ha, the Phoenix!

Brings a tear to my eye, Mongrel...

I'm glad to see you getting straight back into it mate!

Best wishes, and hopefully this build takes about the same number of months as the last one did years... :twisted:
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Re: The Phoenix - Piranha take 2

Postby Mongrel » Thu Aug 08, 2013 5:14 am

I hope so - it's very exciting times here, just chucked in my job after 8 1/2 years as I got headhunted...

There is a nice bucket that goes along with that so apart from the time squeeze it may just give me the coin to finish quickly. But time is where the issue lies - still plasma cutting and then flap disc'ing ready for the front end. It's all new to me so taking the time to get it right. Plenty of fiddly bits to do, welded up my rear carriage last night so will get to that this week I think.

Lots of bits staring at me waiting to fill their purpose - loving it!!
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Re: The Phoenix - Piranha take 2

Postby Mongrel » Sat Aug 10, 2013 3:57 pm

Back in the shed...

Welded the rear end up, working out the new dimensions with the extension

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Did some research on what I want the rear to look like, set it out to make sure it fits

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Made up the first side with some fiddling

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Glad I bought the radiator first, that way I know it all fits
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Re: The Phoenix - Piranha take 2

Postby Mongrel » Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:40 pm

That is one sexy ass!!

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Looks badass now - thanks to Ben (keepthedirtflying) for some inspiration...

Need to get my AA front sorted now - if only to balance out the table lol
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Re: The Phoenix - Piranha take 2

Postby aceface » Sun Aug 11, 2013 11:10 pm

Damn nice job m8
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Re: The Phoenix - Piranha take 2

Postby Mongrel » Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:26 pm

Started on my AA front end assembly

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It has taken me a while to comprehend the plans but its all coming together nicely now - couldn't thank Russell enough for this, while I have always been a fan of Tony's designs its the upswept nose that has me hooked...
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Re: The Phoenix - Piranha take 2

Postby 19wilson67 » Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:51 pm

Nice work Mongrel, looks very neat and tidy,
The rear looks does look mean!.
Went back over Ben's thread and paid more attention to roll bar design,
although in terms of aesthetics, IMO done as per plans does look a ballhair better,
But with the practicality of the space, i think it would be worth it.
I think Ben(keepthedirtflying) and yourself, may have inspired me to do very similar.
For instance i like Ben's mighty fuel tank in that space, also allowing gravity feed.

Do you plan to use that space with similar?
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Re: The Phoenix - Piranha take 2

Postby Mongrel » Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:09 pm

The fuel tank space is the big gain - having something usable is a massive plus and I can already see big benefits. Having had the old design as well I did like the look but practicality was rough - keep in mind it was designed to have the fuel on the wings originally. Also space for a radiator where everything isn't pushing up against it is important, the Civic rad is much bigger than the mini rad I used last time
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Re: The Phoenix - Piranha take 2

Postby keepthedirtflying » Thu Aug 15, 2013 9:56 pm

:P Very Nice Mongrel!!

Nice Workmanship!

What are you using for a motor?
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Re: The Phoenix - Piranha take 2

Postby Mongrel » Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:58 pm

I have my heart set on an R1 but when I am ready it will depend on what is available.

Ordered more bits today and cracking along in between jobs. Waiting for a definitive answer on the outboard vs inboard question I posted, still not sure...
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Re: The Phoenix - Piranha take 2

Postby keepthedirtflying » Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:11 pm

Mongrel.

I like outboard idea.

Your buggy your call.




FLick me an email at ben.roulston@abcopro.com.au

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Re: The Phoenix - Piranha take 2

Postby chrishallett83 » Fri Aug 16, 2013 2:30 am

I reckon chuck those top bars as far apart as you like as long as they don't end up so far down the bend radius that they start getting in the way of your egress from the buggy.
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Re: The Phoenix - Piranha take 2

Postby Mongrel » Fri Aug 16, 2013 7:16 am

I have only tacked the top bars in as I am still not sure, will probably need a diagonal to stop me doing a 'Jack-in-the-box' if something goes wrong. It needs to be safe but it needs to look good too...

Will put the seat back in and have more of a play. Ordered a sheet of 3mm Ali to do the floor and firewall, I am going to do the kick panels again like I did last time as well to stop sticks from shish kebabing my feet.

Picking up enough 16mm BMS bar today to make all the suspension bolts then I can start putting the front end together as well, then start bending up the front arms and sort out the rear arms.

Start new job on Monday so getting stuff sorted while I can
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Re: The Phoenix - Piranha take 2

Postby chrishallett83 » Fri Aug 16, 2013 1:43 pm

What's this new job all about? Still going to be hanging out with promo girls? 8)
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Re: The Phoenix - Piranha take 2

Postby Mongrel » Sat Aug 17, 2013 9:20 am

Ha ha - lots of 'screwing around' for me - sales manager for a fastener company, very exciting just picked up my new car so it's all real now...
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Re: The Phoenix - Piranha take 2

Postby chrishallett83 » Sun Aug 18, 2013 5:02 am

Mullins?
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