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SandDude's '56 Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby SandDude » Sat Mar 27, 2010 7:51 pm

Well I sold off my VW Dragster so I could finally build a Baja Bug.

I have big plans for this Car...Here's what I picked up Friday after work.

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Re: SandDude's Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby gimpy60 » Sun Mar 28, 2010 5:32 am

Buff it out & roll it. Got a good start. Should keep ya busy a couple of weeks anyhow. Good luck dude.
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Re: SandDude's Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby vdubjim » Sun Mar 28, 2010 7:41 pm

Damn! Is that daves old one?
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Re: SandDude's Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby SandDude » Sun Mar 28, 2010 7:50 pm

vdubjim wrote:Damn! Is that daves old one?


Yes Sir! 8-)

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Re: SandDude's Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby vdubjim » Sun Mar 28, 2010 8:02 pm

damn. i figured he would never sell it!
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Re: SandDude's Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby SandDude » Sun Mar 28, 2010 8:32 pm

Maybe this project will motivate you to get work on your Oval Baja? 8-)

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Re: SandDude's Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby 62DC » Thu Apr 08, 2010 12:31 am

looks like a good start... let me know if you need help .. not that I dont already have too much to do on my own ..
but will always stop by and lend a hand .. or play with little man so you can get stuff done 8-)
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Re: SandDude's Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby SandDude » Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:50 pm

Well after I cleaned out the back of my truck & the inside of the baja

The dust finally settled & then that's when I found the Gremlin!!! :shock:

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Re: SandDude's Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby SandDude » Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:52 pm

Been making a little progress, got it up to date & into my name

Also a box of 944 stub axles & 944 CV's showed up today.

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Re: SandDude's Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby SandDude » Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:54 pm

Got some more goodies in the mail this week!

(2x3 trailing arms) :D

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Re: SandDude's Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby SandDude » Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:55 pm

So for I've gutted the cage & everything, the pans are decent not sure if I want to replace them completely or just replace pieces & Rhino Line them???

Tomorrow the body is coming off & going to be stored at my buddy GrizzRider's shop until I'm ready for it after all my pan/suspension work.

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Re: SandDude's Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby SandDude » Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:56 pm

I got busy on the Baja this weekend & here's how far I got......

*Oh & sorry I meant to put all my empties on the final pan pic

I musta had so many I forgot... :x

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Re: SandDude's Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby SandDude » Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:57 pm

I did more work today......

I removed the pans, scraped all the insulation off, found an old access panel & made a new one for the clutch.

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Re: SandDude's Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby vwlimoguy » Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:16 pm

You gotta love chipping away all that black asphalt crap!
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Re: SandDude's Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby SandDude » Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:52 pm

Didn't do any work today.....

Just went to the EmpiKid's place of business & spent lots of money. :?

He helped me dig through all the pan halves & come up with the best two, he even threw in some brake springs on the deal.

Also fixed me up with some Type 3 rear FRUMS.....

I also got a package in the mail today! :D

I am also including a shot of my rear suspension parts & I still need some inner rear poly bushings.

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Re: SandDude's Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby 62DC » Wed Apr 14, 2010 10:29 pm

looks to me like you need that end play kit more than me :lol: hey lets get this thing done so we can fix my single
so I can get back to my double :roll:
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Re: SandDude's Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby SandDude » Sat Apr 17, 2010 3:26 pm

Well I'm done working on it today......

Everything is ground down & the pans are test fitted.

Hopefully I'll be able to get the pans welded in tomorrow :?:

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Re: SandDude's Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby vdubjim » Sat Apr 17, 2010 3:28 pm

hope your body bolts line up!
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Re: SandDude's Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby 62DC » Fri Apr 23, 2010 10:48 am

vdubjim wrote:hope your body bolts line up!

3 inch body lift ... a mig and some cold bear .. it will come together..
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Re: SandDude's Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby 62DC » Sun Apr 25, 2010 12:57 pm

ah .. see your getting side tracked.. ha ha . just like me an my DC :lol:
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Re: SandDude's Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby SandDude » Sun Apr 25, 2010 9:53 pm

62DC wrote:ah .. see your getting side tracked.. ha ha . just like me an my DC :lol:


This is all your FAULT! :?

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Re: SandDude's Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby vdubjim » Sun Apr 25, 2010 11:01 pm

wtf?
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Re: SandDude's Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby SandDude » Mon Apr 26, 2010 6:27 am

vdubjim wrote:wtf?


Yeah.....I have 2 now. :?

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Re: SandDude's Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby vdubjim » Mon Apr 26, 2010 7:39 am

LOL.
This has got to be the oddest trading group ive ver seen!
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Re: SandDude's Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby 62DC » Mon Apr 26, 2010 3:29 pm

vdubjim wrote:LOL.
This has got to be the oddest trading group ive ver seen!

just keeping it all in the family :lol:
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Re: SandDude's Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby SandDude » Mon Apr 26, 2010 5:20 pm

vdubjim wrote:LOL.
This has got to be the oddest trading group ive ver seen!


Sooooo....What do you wanna trade me for it?

Its kinda like living in a small town with only 5 girls to pick from, soon or later everybody gets a turn! :twisted:

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Re: SandDude's Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby vdubjim » Tue Apr 27, 2010 8:05 pm

LOL trade for that? I got some bent 4 lug wheels here i might trade. about it.
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Re: SandDude's Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby SandDude » Wed May 05, 2010 6:44 pm

Well I've been working on both baja's now...... :roll:

Here's a pic of my power plant, need to change the cam & the venturis in the carbs for the Baja.

The gussets on the lift spindles are all tigged up.

I got the pans all welded in, but still need to do a lot of grinding on the removed seat tracks & the cut rear shock towers.

Then off to the sandblasters............. 8)

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Re: SandDude's Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby 62DC » Thu May 06, 2010 6:51 pm

its looking good man .. I will bring your shaft back in a day or so .. I need to swap out my motor and use the
it one more time.. I have a few parts for ya .. you might be able to use on the other bug
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Re: SandDude's Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby SandDude » Sun May 09, 2010 9:23 pm

Well I've been bustin' my butt trying to get this '69 back on the road this weekend.

I repainted the engine area & rebuilt the motor.

Now all I need to figure out now is carbs & exhaust.

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Re: SandDude's Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby vdubjim » Mon May 10, 2010 1:31 pm

who did the linebore?
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Re: SandDude's Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby SandDude » Mon May 10, 2010 7:01 pm

vdubjim wrote:who did the linebore?


I cleaned it up myself....It locked up but didn't spin a bearing.

However the crank needed some machine work, That was done by Wise Machine.

:arrow: Fast Eddie can aline-bore cases now.

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Re: SandDude's Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby SandDude » Wed May 12, 2010 7:03 pm

I've decided to go w/ some EMPI 40's on the '69, I'm gonna try to squeeze all the power I can outta this 'lil 1600.

I got a package from F.O.A. today for the '56 Baja & I had some expert help opening the packages. :D

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Re: SandDude's '56 & '69 Baja Builds (lotsa pix)

Postby 62DC » Thu May 13, 2010 2:23 am

I can use some help from your little helper.. need someone to clean my floors... :lol:
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Re: SandDude's '56 & '69 Baja Builds (lotsa pix)

Postby SandDude » Thu May 13, 2010 6:31 am

I promise you....everything you own would be in the floor if he were to help you! :shock:

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Re: SandDude's '56 & '69 Baja Builds (lotsa pix)

Postby SandDude » Sun May 16, 2010 5:46 pm

Yee-Haw I got the '69 running :!: :!: :!: :D

Here are some pix .......

I included an Oklahoma Weather pic & one of the clutch tube mount,

That is broke off the inside of the pan. :?

I plan to weld a 'L' bracket inside the hump, to the bottom & one to the clutch tube.

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Re: SandDude's '56 & '69 Baja Builds (lotsa pix)

Postby SandDude » Mon May 17, 2010 11:10 pm

Today was a Big Day for 'lil Dude (Braden) :!: :D

He's been calling it a Bah Bah, making plenty of motor sounds &

Finally Today was his first ride in a VW ever,

He even wanted to drive it when we got home.

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Re: SandDude's '56 & '69 Baja Builds (lotsa pix)

Postby vdubjim » Mon May 17, 2010 11:23 pm

ha cool!
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Re: SandDude's '56 & '69 Baja Builds (lotsa pix)

Postby 9 Fingers » Tue May 18, 2010 6:25 pm

It looks like you gave him plenty of leg room :lol: Or were you going for the Mexican Taxi OD green Baja look???????????
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Re: SandDude's '56 & '69 Baja Builds (lotsa pix)

Postby SandDude » Wed May 19, 2010 8:58 pm

9fingers.... :lol:

I got the pass. seat back in today after I fixed the clutch tube.

I couldn't get to my buddy's house to use the welder,

So I fixed it w/ bolts & a hose clamp.

Also I figured out why it had Jerry Can mounts on each side....

Yeah, the gas gauge doesn't work. :roll:

Anyways I bought a military 20L poly style Jerry Can off a dude on CraigsList

& I need one more if any of you guys have one for $ale???

Now it has the Mad Max Road Warrior Look! 8)

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Re: SandDude's '56 & '69 Baja Builds (lotsa pix)

Postby vdubjim » Thu May 20, 2010 3:29 pm

smoke those turn signals!
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Re: SandDude's '56 & '69 Baja Builds (lotsa pix)

Postby 9 Fingers » Thu May 20, 2010 7:15 pm

Or lose the fender mount lights and fill the holes. Then get a set of head lamps with the turn signal incorporated.
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Re: SandDude's '56 & '69 Baja Builds (lotsa pix)

Postby SandDude » Thu May 20, 2010 9:34 pm

Great ideas guys, but I first I need to get the turn signals working.... :?

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Re: SandDude's '56 & '69 Baja Builds (lotsa pix)

Postby vdubjim » Thu May 20, 2010 10:43 pm

ditch the black box, wire it up oldskool.
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Re: SandDude's '56 & '69 Baja Builds (lotsa pix)

Postby SandDude » Thu May 20, 2010 11:02 pm

vdubjim wrote:ditch the black box, wire it up oldskool.


I think the black box has already been ditched & I'm now left with a "Rick James' hair-do" wiring harness..... :roll:

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Re: SandDude's '56 & '69 Baja Builds (lotsa pix)

Postby SandDude » Sun Jun 13, 2010 7:23 pm

....A small update, I've been trying to test-fit the 3" body lift w/ my bus tranny.

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Re: SandDude's '56 & '69 Baja Builds (lotsa pix)

Postby vdubjim » Sun Jun 13, 2010 10:52 pm

seeing your shock mounts, definitely not going back to stock!!
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Re: SandDude's '56 & '69 Baja Builds (lotsa pix)

Postby mandoclimber » Sat Jul 03, 2010 1:24 pm

Looks like the blue tip wrench was used.... I am excited to see this thing in person...
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Re: SandDude's '56 Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby SandDude » Sat Jul 03, 2010 3:04 pm

I $old the '69 Baja & I need to get back on the '56 Baja, I've been preoccupied w/ a few other Off-Road projects.....

My next move is to finish grinding the pan & take all my 'Pan Parts' to the Sand Blaster

Then throw some gloss black on everything before assembly.

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Re: SandDude's '56 Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby 62DC » Tue Jul 27, 2010 10:41 pm

SandDude wrote:I $old the '69 Baja & I need to get back on the '56 Baja, I've been preoccupied w/ a few other Off-Road projects.....

My next move is to finish grinding the pan & take all my 'Pan Parts' to the Sand Blaster

Then throw some gloss black on everything before assembly.

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I know all about the whole preoccupied thing... ha ha... :lol: 63 notch getting painted .. and sold my other bus .. still have to do something
with the 64 notch ... then I can get back to the double.. have not been on my quads yet this season .. waiting for shawn to take me with him
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Re: SandDude's '56 Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby vdubjim » Wed Jul 28, 2010 12:00 am

notch getting painted? LOL
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Re: SandDude's '56 Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby Joe-405 » Sat Feb 05, 2011 3:18 pm

Where did all the pics go i was getting extremely jealous ??????



On a side note i love the old school green paint scheme !
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Re: SandDude's '56 Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby SandDude » Sat Feb 05, 2011 5:08 pm

Joe-405 wrote:Where did all the pics go i was getting extremely jealous ??????



On a side note i love the old school green paint scheme !


Thanx, all the Pix are Fixed.

I'm going to get back on this project as soon as my boy is ready to do this with me?

I helped my Dad build a '74 Chevy el camino when I was at a very young.... I learned alot & that experience/knowledge has stuck with me my whole life.

Until then he's already an Awesome Co-Pilot! 8-)

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Re: SandDude's '56 Baja Build (lotsa pix)

Postby Joe-405 » Sat Feb 05, 2011 10:45 pm

I bet that was a cold trip to Sonic !!!! lol And thanks for the pic fix sir
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