Mclovins Piranha Build!

Re: Mclovins Piranha Build!

Postby Mclovin » Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:09 pm

The photo doesn't even come slightly close to doing it justice.
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Re: Mclovins Piranha Build!

Postby Mclovin » Mon Jun 30, 2014 10:14 pm

Started to assemble everything today. My god its hard not to mark the painted parts!
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Orange looks really fluro in these photos. It is in fact more of a burnt orange colour.
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Re: Mclovins Piranha Build!

Postby Mclovin » Tue Jul 01, 2014 9:24 pm

Day two of assembly.

Had trouble fitting bushes due to the added thickness of the paint so every thing had to be turned down unfortunately.
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Re: Mclovins Piranha Build!

Postby Mclovin » Thu Jul 24, 2014 11:17 pm

Just another little one. No sure whether to paint the panels or keep them bare ally? Keeping in mind they will have a small width pinch weld on the outer.

Wiring, cables, and a few other bits and we are all sweet.
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Also where do i put a few tap in the system? Is a carby fueled engine with a gravity fed surge tank.
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Re: Mclovins Piranha Build!

Postby 14WRC » Sat Jul 26, 2014 4:54 pm

Looking good I like the bare ally
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Re: Mclovins Piranha Build!

Postby Mclovin » Mon Jul 28, 2014 8:54 pm

Brought a go pro for some footage. These cameras shoot at 4k resolution and 60FPS at 1080P! Impressive for such a small unit.
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Finished the wiring today to find I've wired in the starter button and ignition switch wrong. Starter kicks over but fuel pump and coils aren't receiving power. Had a quick look tonight at the wiring diagram to find the problem. Easy fix. So tomorrow we should have a running buggy!
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Re: Mclovins Piranha Build!

Postby Mclovin » Sun Aug 03, 2014 11:15 pm

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Days away.
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Re: Mclovins Piranha Build!

Postby keepthedirtflying » Mon Aug 04, 2014 10:06 am

Very Nice.

Very inspiring!!!


Well Done!!!!!!


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Re: Mclovins Piranha Build!

Postby Mclovin » Sun Oct 19, 2014 11:01 am

Next saturday is the day. The plan was to go to a huge abandoned sand quarry around the road from my place with a few motorbikes as well. Im having a friend take some action shots and footage so if all goes to plan i should have some amazing shots to share.

Have been going over a few things re doing some stuff i wasn't happy with as well as making it as safe as possible with things like: Fire extinguishers, fire wall, guard over the fuel pump in-case of leakage on the exhaust, limit straps, lowering of the seat for more head room as well as proper attachment of the seatbelt also a few extra bash plates so rocks and sticks dont end up in my crouch. I have carbonfiber wrapped all of my panels which i'm really happy with, although that sh#t is horrible to work with as its so fiddly.

Only shot i have of any progress:
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Also what temperature should the engine idle at? And when should the thermo fan kick in? I've ran a manual switch just in case but.
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Re: Mclovins Piranha Build!

Postby Antman » Sun Oct 19, 2014 8:06 pm

Hey McLovin,
Looks great man, hope it runs a treat for ya and all goes well!
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Re: Mclovins Piranha Build!

Postby Mclovin » Sun Oct 26, 2014 11:51 am

What a success! Spent the last two days testing out the buggy and pushing it to its limits. I'm proud to say that we had very minimal problems and surprisingly didn't break a thing. Myself and two mates drove it through paddocks, dirt roads, tight trails, pine forest roads in 6th gear and muddy puddles. The power this thing has is insane! Building this thing over the past 5 years has been more than worth it just for the enjoyment I got out of it yesterday. Its incredible the things you can achieve if you push through and put your mind to it.

Few things I need to adjust and fix are: More gas in the rear shocks with limit straps, rear hubs came loose, waterproofing of electrics, rear bash plate, sort out the rpm and speed on the dash, brakes seem to be a bit weak and a few other little things.

Here are some photos my friend took:
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Next trip will be up to the Peron Dunes up the East Coast of Tassie with a few motorbikes to company.
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Re: Mclovins Piranha Build!

Postby MRT » Sun Oct 26, 2014 12:21 pm

Well done McLovin. Going by your pics you all had a great day. You hit the nail on the head.
After spending all your time on building these machines. Up's and down's, plenty of them.
What a huge Buzz you get when you take it for the first drive. Enjoy the adrenalin rush. It's all worth it.
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Re: Mclovins Piranha Build!

Postby 14WRC » Sun Oct 26, 2014 8:00 pm

Congrats looks awesome such good pics
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Re: Mclovins Piranha Build!

Postby Mclovin » Mon Oct 27, 2014 6:03 pm

Whats the steering meant to be like in one of these? It seems to be very average. Or maybe I've set something up wrong? It just doesn't seem like I'm getting full lock.
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Re: Mclovins Piranha Build!

Postby Mongrel » Tue Oct 28, 2014 8:40 am

Looking good! Hard work has paid off - hopefully it will for me one day too...
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Re: Mclovins Piranha Build!

Postby Mclovin » Tue Oct 28, 2014 8:10 pm

I was freaking out about fuel leaks after seeing what happened to your build Mongrel! I just made sure I used all the correct fitting's where they were required and the use of sealant.

Thanks guys for the comments though. Cant wait till next time now! Just need a trailer....
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Re: Mclovins Piranha Build!

Postby aceface » Sat Nov 01, 2014 11:43 am

Ive been following your build mate, like you say sense of achievement for all the hours we have spent and will spend getting these great machines on the dirt. Well done.
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Re: Mclovins Piranha Build!

Postby Mclovin » Sun Dec 14, 2014 9:21 pm

This weekend came and went far too quickly for my liking. But in the short time we had I and 3 mates traveled up the East Coast of Tasmania for a run in the Peron Dunes at St Helens which is home to the longest running offroad event in Australia. Having never driven in sand before I was excited to see what it would be like. To my surprise it was absolutely insane fun. Great test of the suspension and the whole buggy. The Piranha exceeded my expectations in terms of durability, speed and handling. It was reaching close to 30 degrees but surprisingly didn't have any cooling issues. Might go for a 60t sprocket next time though as the sand is very tough on engine and driveline.

As a result the engine has decided to sh#t it self and is now making a very loud pinging sound. It started off as an inconsistent clicking which I thought was the cv's clicking but after closer listening it is coming from the clutch side of the engine (or so it seems). We are hoping it's clutch related as I did have a few issues over extending the clutch pedal causing weird sounds.

I'll have a closer look during the week and inspect the clutch. Would a heavy duty clutch be the go?

Anyway a few snaps of the trip:
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Get to the east coast of Tasmania. Absolutely stunning area of the world!
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Re: Mclovins Piranha Build!

Postby Mclovin » Mon Dec 15, 2014 8:36 pm

One guess to anyone who knows that happens when fuel ends up in the oil.

Drained the oil tonight to find any ones worst nightmare. Green oil, metal shavings and the strong smell of fuel. Some how fuel has made its way past the pistons down into the crank case and gear box completely destroying everything. So it looks like its going to be a new engine!

Anyone know what would cause this? The engine has always had problems starting if left for more than 24 hours. From what we can gather, when sitting the fuel has been draining from the header tank down into the carbies and somehow kept going all the way into the crank case.

Bugger.
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Re: Mclovins Piranha Build!

Postby Antman » Tue Dec 16, 2014 11:22 pm

G'day Mclovin
Mate I reckon you have had a sticky or worn float valve in ya carby
Being hard to start cause it gets flooded whilst sitting and the excess fuel seeps past the rings and straight into the sump, hence thinning your oil and causing premature bearing ware :cry:
Strip it down and inspect the ware you might just get away with a few carby kits and a new set of bearings & a gasket kit lot cheaper than a whole new motor!
Good luck mate hope it's not a total loss
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