The journey begins...Glenn and Nicks Barracuda build log

The journey begins...Glenn and Nicks Barracuda build log

Postby Buggypilot » Tue Dec 24, 2013 9:05 am

So just an introduction this post.


I am Glenn and Nick is my son. I raced in off-roading in class 7 a million years ago (86/87) with a 36 horsepower Volkswagen homemade buggy that was built by myself and my father. I was an apprentice mechanic so when I wasn't recovering from a wedgie, sitting at a repco waiting for the " long weight" the foreman told me to go and get or trying to get my bicycle down from the garage roof I was building the single seat class 7 at home in my parents garage.
One of the first requirements of being an apprentice mechanic is learning to swear correctly. I managed an A pass in this regard quickly and as my dad and I had no huge tolerance for each other at that particular time we did exercise our abilities in this area almost all the time. He worked hard and I was....well....a teenager. Nuff said. Dad welded the frame together with arc. He was dynamic and a little agricultural. I was a procrastinator and a perfectionist. That pretty much hasn't changed a lot. After the class 7 was built, raced and the ORANZ title was taken home we were good mates and that hasn't changed either. Dad will help with this build in the electrical department and will attempt to stop me stuffing around.

Nick is just starting college. He's 12 and has been karting since he was 9. Now bolting on a rotax to his machine.
Nick will excel at fidgeting in the workshop. He is handy on the spanners and will be fitting and removing parts, can mig weld so will be welding the jigs , cleans up well and will more than likely sit in the seat a lot when we get that far making a lot of racing noises etc.

My wife will have a huge interest in this machine. Mainly the financial side of it. I will have to find creative ways to cook the books or the wardrobe will be full of clothes and shoes. You know what I mean.

Couple of pics now. We want to move towns for Nicks schooling. I see this as a golden opportunity for a big new shed. I really need it. Ours is just too small now.
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Me left, Nick and Dad
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The office
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First project with the mig...worked well for chinese brand
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Re: The journey begins...Glenn and Nicks Barracuda build log

Postby Buggypilot » Tue Dec 24, 2013 9:10 am

Here is the tig, mig and mill I will be using for the build. Yup, all chinese stuff. Does all work well though so will do the job.
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The mill
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The trusty mig
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The tig....need a wp9 torch for it
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Re: The journey begins...Glenn and Nicks Barracuda build log

Postby Buggypilot » Tue Dec 24, 2013 9:27 am

The karting takes some time so not as much time as I would like for building.
The tube gets bent when everyone is back to work in jan. I have slowly built up tube, billet aluminium rounds, heim joints, bearings, brakes, cv joints, shocks and adding when I can.
Looking forward to a Perth trip as soon as I can so I can get out to Edge.
Unfortunately for build time I will be working in a different office about March next year and that will slow things for a few months. It's a bugger when work gets in the way of fun.

Next time I post on this build thread it will be when I actually get tube on the build table and have something to show.
Intro over....time to start building...........
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Some of my DOM tube from the USA.
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The lads ride
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The Lathe. As long as you hold your tongue right...it works well
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Re: The journey begins...Glenn and Nicks Barracuda build log

Postby aceface » Tue Dec 24, 2013 11:30 am

You seem to be very organised, will be following this one.
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Postby joost » Wed Dec 25, 2013 2:40 am

Looks good! I will follow this project.
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Re: The journey begins...Glenn and Nicks Barracuda build log

Postby 14WRC » Wed Dec 25, 2013 9:55 am

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Re: The journey begins...Glenn and Nicks Barracuda build log

Postby Buggypilot » Wed Dec 25, 2013 3:19 pm

Thanks guys.
Here is one of my ADS shocks. 4 bypass tube nitrogen air.
Sold these to the wife based on "safety"
She's a sucker for that.
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ADS four tube bypass air shock.
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Re: The journey begins...Glenn and Nicks Barracuda build log

Postby Buggypilot » Wed Dec 25, 2013 3:38 pm

I know I said I wouldn't post till I had tube on the build table but here is a couple of things I have turned up. I am using boots on the heims to try and make them last longer. You can see one in the picture.
Also is the 1 inch fitting I made for the lathe to grip tube for coping. Got to make a 1.25 inch one and also the 1.5 inch.
I was too stingy to buy an 8 inch rotary table so got a 6 inch one and adapted my face plate from the lathe I haven't used. Whalla! An 8 inch rotary table.
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Re: The journey begins...Glenn and Nicks Barracuda build log

Postby mark_NZ » Sat Dec 28, 2013 2:55 pm

Looking good mate, keep up the progress and keep us posted!

just out of interest what planes do you fly?

cheers
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Re: The journey begins...Glenn and Nicks Barracuda build log

Postby Buggypilot » Sat Dec 28, 2013 3:37 pm

cheers Mark.

767's at present.
777's next March all going well.
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Re: The journey begins...Glenn and Nicks Barracuda build log

Postby Buggypilot » Mon Jan 27, 2014 9:29 pm

Got my tube to the benders so hoping it all comes back perfect.
Meantime put together a build table. Shown upside down in the pic. Will finish off the welding on it tomorrow. It looks overkill but it serves two purposes. After the build the top structure will form the backbone of the buggies trailer so the bit with the wheels on is removeable. I welded up the chassis part and the boy welded up the trolley part. He did a pretty good job on most of it for a first time welder. The build trailer needs to be able to move around hence the wheels.
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Almost done build table
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Practicing the mig
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Chassis for trailer and top of build table
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Re: The journey begins...Glenn and Nicks Barracuda build log

Postby Buggypilot » Tue Jan 28, 2014 8:28 pm

So apart from the wood top the build table is done.
2 lessons.
1. Measure your door opening before making the table if you want to drag it in and out of the garage. I thought the door was 2.2 metres. Had to chop the trolley part down.
2. Grinding discs take skin off quickly without gloves. I have learnt that one a few times before. Just waiting for it to sink in.
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Postby oddy59 » Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:09 pm

Nice work guys,keenly watching...Baz.
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Re: The journey begins...Glenn and Nicks Barracuda build log

Postby Dabuggie » Wed Jan 29, 2014 7:51 am

great looking work shop..love the work table :mrgreen:
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Re: The journey begins...Glenn and Nicks Barracuda build log

Postby Buggypilot » Thu Jan 30, 2014 9:13 pm

Thanks guys.
Finished the table...almost. The top is 2440mm long and 1100mm wide. I have put some angle iron in to make sure the Mdf is supported flat. Zinc coated it as the top will be part of the trailer I thought I would keep it from rusting. When made into the trailer I will have it dipped. Now just waiting patiently for that steel to come back from the benders.. :roll:
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Just the machine screws needed to hold down the Mdf top.
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Re: The journey begins...Glenn and Nicks Barracuda build log

Postby Buggypilot » Fri Feb 14, 2014 1:39 pm

Look what turned up today. Been a long process getting the DOM steel from the USA to being all bent up sitting in my workshop. Big ups to Christchurch Autobend for working with me on this. I bent Damien's ear many times. They over packed it at my request and did a bloody good job to ensure I got it without bends in the wrong places from shipping!

Got in to Edge the other day. Awesome workshop. Tony got me started with some really nice laser cutting and an edge steering rack. Got some of his beadlock wheels sorted already.....so that's one set taken already and he doesn't have them in yet. If you want some 15's you better get in quick!
Want to get another trip over there soon. Need more stuff!

Excited. :P
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Postby mark_NZ » Fri Feb 14, 2014 8:12 pm

Awesome!

bet you're itching to start welding!
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Postby AA+sidie » Sat Feb 15, 2014 8:26 am

Just sent you a e-mail about a conversation I had last week with Martin about roll cages on these buggies, Have a read and maybe get in touch with him before you start welding anything together.
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Re: The journey begins...Glenn and Nicks Barracuda build log

Postby Buggypilot » Sun Feb 23, 2014 4:22 pm

Thanks Lachlan. Have done.
Here is a few goodies I got from Edge.
They go together like a jigsaw and are great quality. No welding yet. Just checking everything.
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Rears
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Postby Buggypilot » Sun Feb 23, 2014 4:24 pm

The wine glass is for heart health. Google it. It's true!
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Necessary tool within the workshop. Stress relief
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