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Its Sawsall time! Again!

Discussion in 'Center Of Gravity' started by Sandman, Jan 2, 2006.

  1. Sandman

    Sandman 3/4 ton status Author

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    Some of you might remember this:

    This was narrowed up about 10" on each side. The front was skinned out and it weighed in at 5200 pounds. Time to take care of that!


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    So out came the sawsall and the plasma cutter. Removed the stock body mounts from the body and the frame and dropped the body down as far as I could go. Cut the bottom of the cage off to lower it down. Removed the rest of the body except for firewall and floor. :D

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    Removed dash and cut the firewall back enough that the fusebox had to be located wear the clutch rod normally goes if you have a manual tranny. Also lowered the brake booster down 2.5" and went to a lower AL radiator. Front of new hood will be about 18" from the frame.

    Bent up some tube....

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    After a hard weekend its starting to take shape. Still need to finish the cage in the back and a few gussets here and there. I also have a fiberglass hood and the stock headlights will be going back in with a narrowed grill. The front end will be 42" wide.

    Looks fat and weird in this pic....

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    Now, Just in sheet metal alone, I weighed it all in at about 550 pounds cut off. Each back bedside weighed 77 pounds alone. I did not weigh all of the side armor that I removed but it was schedule 80 pipe and it was heavy. The tubing that went back on was much lighter. Plans are to panel spots and put in plexiglass for the winsheild and a few other spots. Looks like I will be able to set it up to see the passenger front tire from the drivers seat. Suspension has also raised almost 2" so I'll have to drop that back down when its all over.

    Fun fun! :laugh:

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  2. muddybuddy

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    time for a 4 link? haha, all that work, fabrication, tubing LINK IT.... ok that said.

    Looks good. Kind of want to tube the front of my S10 for better view angle. A body dropped K5, thats funny :D
     
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    stockk5 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    wow that looks so sick
     
  5. Esteban86K5

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    That is looking really clean. I like the lines on the front. Good job!!

    I really need to start building my junk. it seems that everyone is doing what I have planned to do. Now when I build mine it's just gonna be "like everyone elses":(
     
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    BadDog SOL Staff Member Super Moderator Author

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    Wow, lots of hard work and looking great!

    Looks like CoG material, want me to move it in there?
     
  7. Sandman

    Sandman 3/4 ton status Author

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    Could I reply to it?

    Yeah this sport is defiantly one of progression. This all started by me wanting to loose the rock sliders as they were more of a "rock catcher" then anything. You know, one thing leads to another!

    I'm going to try to get a doubler in this year also. I've already cut some of the floor out to clear things when the body dropped so a little more wont hurt.

    I also want the final ride height to be around 78" or so at the top of the cage with a flat underbelly.
     
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    BadDog SOL Staff Member Super Moderator Author

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    Sure. Anyone, even non-members can now reply in the CoG. But nobody can start threads there since too many people were getting their feelings hurt when stuff got moved. :D When we notice or get notified of a potential CoG post, it gets moved if we feel it belongs.

    And don't I know it about that "progression" thing. :rolleyes: Mine got way out of hand. More details and photos would be great as you get a chance, nice job...
     
  9. Esteban86K5

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    So how wide is it from door bar to door bar now? And are you going to add Blazer skins or not?
     
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    just gotta say :bow: :bow: :bow: :D
     
  11. Sandman

    Sandman 3/4 ton status Author

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    Move away then! I'll be able to keep better track of it. :D

    Err, I think it was around 52 or 54" or so. I have fiberglass skins of a hood and two fenders. I'm going to use the hood and the stock headlights but I dont think I'll be able to make the fenders work well. Mostly due to the front rake and then aleinment with the front grill. I'm going to give it a shot though.
     
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    I take it you had to move the steering column also??
    EDIT: looks like you didnt. I am in the process of doing the same thing and mine is 64" wide. Much narrower then that and the steering wheel is getting close to the widest point.
     
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    No, its in the stock location. Brake booster is right on top of it now though and the Fuse box is also right next to it. I reused my internal cage to save time and materials and it was lined up with the seating.
     
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    Nice Sandman....

    Way to go :hack:

    Marv
     
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    CK5 In my underwear Administrator Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    I can't believe anyone would do such a thing. :D
     
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    Having seen this thing in person, guys a LOT of thought went into how it's laid out. Talk about purpose built. Everything has a place and fits just right!

    Looks great out of the garage Matt, seriously! You did the back exactly like what my mind had pictured for it. Turned out NICE!
     
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    Wicked!

    Got me thinkin' now...:thinking:

    Should make a huge difference on the trail. :waytogo:
     
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    look like a real nice job but i thik we need to see more pic of the firewall mods -- the good bad and the ulgy ;)
     
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    Sandman,
    Somewhere about this place I posted a p/n for a rubber extrusion that will hold glass or plexi in a round tube framed opening. I believe it's in a old CoG thread, but I'm not sure.
    Food for thot anyway.....
     
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    I hope you all have hard heads or wear helmets.:doah: :doah: :doah:
     

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