Other build created by MNorby, Nov 10, 2012
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MNorby's Goat - Ibex build
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In the mean time I picked up a 71k5 for cheap that I started through some 3/4 tons and some 40s I got cheap for a run around rig:
Then decided I didn't like the tube bodied pickup frame so took the parts out of it and traded that chassis to rfda_454 for a welder and put them in the 71 K5 and started building it:
Build thread here: http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/chevy/553755-71-blazer-build.html
The 71 K5 was a tank and decided I wanted something smaller. Sold the body and tube work and kept the frame/drivetrain:
Picked up a 97 GMC Sonoma and mounted to frame and started building:
Picked up a pair of steering rockwells for it a year ago and built them:
Build thread here: http://coloradok5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=290389
I wheeled it for 3 years and had alot of fun in it but it was still huge and I wanted more. I was doing some link calculations for installing the rockwells a few months ago and went to shop to take some measurements and ended up leaving the shop selling majority of the rig:
I looked into building a tube buggy chassis but after selling all my parts I ended up deciding on a 2 seat Ibex chassis from goatbuilt.com. While waiting for it to arrive I also decided I wanted a high pinion front axle so picked up a late 80s kingpin for 60 and rebuilt it and installed my solid knuckles and GM outers on it and sold my GM 60 with the ford outers. Trussed it and ready to install link/shock mounts and need to pickup some chromoly inner shafts yet but put the stockers in for now.
Then the chassis finally showed up:
Got the fixture table build and started on it last weekend. I internally sleeved all the lower tubes exposed to rocks with 1.5x.095 tubing.
Went out to shop last night/this morning and got the rest of the tubes installed:
Ratchet straps are your friend to get everything all lined up and square:
And off the fixture table and ready for link mounts, engine crossmember, skidplate brackets, and final weld:
Wow! You have gone through some serious stages. Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work
looking good Matt, I need a little schooling here, would the final welding best be done on the jig?
And as much as you wheel, I assume the trussing out to the knuckles is overkill, especially for the weight of this rig with a 6.0 as opposed to the 454?
Cool, I saw those chassis on Pirate. Did it go together without too many headaches?
Outstanding. It looks indestructible but I am sure you will find out if it can be broken.
It went together really easy. The last few tubes have to be installed off the jig because of interference. The axle trusses will continue out full width with the addition of the shock brackets but retain the shocks being as low as possible to tube. I got started on the rear truss last week too. Specs for the rig will be 6.0, th400 reverse valve body, 3.8 atlas 2, HP 60 with chevy outers and spartan locker, 14ff welded disked, 5.38s, 110" wheelbase, my old 43s on H1s for now, etc....
Ill be keeping my eye on this. I always loved your rig with the s10 body.
I chuckled to myself because between this picture:
and this picture, before I even scrolled down to it.
I thought about your video of you almost flipping over backwards and the first thing that popped into my head was "mayhem ensued"
Guess ill watch
sub'd for the awesomeness to come
Way to haul a$$, on the build.
looks good Matt. Keep the pics coming.
Keep up the awesome!!!
I followed your previous 1st gen to s10 truggy build. That thing was sick. I'm excited to see how this one turns out!
This statement totally encompasses my feelings about this build.
Got the chassis 99% welded and started getting skid plate mounts installed. Waiting for weld washers to arrive so I can do link mounts.
I bet the smell in your shop is awesome right now!!!!
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