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Project RATROD...AKA...LOWRIDER. ...new pics--->11-17-08

Thu Feb 14, 2008 7:31 am

Ok just some pics and mods lots left to do,I'm just finishing up lots of projects that piled up in my building during the "BEE season" :lol:

Oops after relocating radiator to bury the winch into front end
Forgot about little things like the radiator clamp :roll:

so out with old and in with new


radiator moved back 2" shows fuses for relays

Hoodpins since I cut so much radiator support away,hood wouldn't always open.

latest bling 8)
A switch panel that will mount on the rollcage infront of and above heater controls.Winch control,in/out. 3 light switches for front,2 for fans,rev light and interior light.I had to move alot of crap since the cage takes up so much room.

and yes that is a sea turtle swimming above sea grass.........

got's ta represent TEAM TURTLE


Front bumper that gained over 3" of front clearance over stock bumper

There will be lot's of updates and pics.
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Thu Feb 14, 2008 8:29 am

lookin good man!

Thu Feb 14, 2008 10:38 am

Dat's right...
33s and FLAT A-arms! :twisted:

Doug, allow me to be the first to say it...



Thu Feb 14, 2008 11:05 am

wow - nice front bumper.... think something like that would work with my winch mount???

Thu Feb 14, 2008 11:08 am

I'll post more pics either tomorrow or tuesday morning.

No it wouldn't exactly work for you,I'll post side pics and you'll see why.I tucked that thing way in,the headlights stick out further than most of the bumper.

Thu Feb 14, 2008 11:28 am

Most excellent getting that winch tucked in soooo tight. Image Yeah, I'm waiting for more photos also. Image

Thu Feb 14, 2008 2:30 pm

Sweet. That switch panel is so cool. More pics.

Thu Feb 14, 2008 4:32 pm

Totally dig the switch bracket!!! Image
Who did the laser cutting? You?


Fri Feb 15, 2008 12:00 am

I love the switch panel Doug. Let's see it in place.


Fri Feb 15, 2008 1:53 am

When you installed the lectric fans, did you put the relays in with the lead pointed up?
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Fri Feb 15, 2008 7:24 am

Doug -- all this time, you've been trying to tell me what tires you're running, when all you had to say was...


'They're the Blair Witch Tires' :twisted: :lol:

I would LOVE to see a list of all of the previous owners of those M/Ts... It would probably read like a 'Who's-Who' of Planet Isuzoo! 8)

Photo-wise, for a start, I'm sure we would all like to see some pix of the Roll Cage (* Yes, I know you're not finished with it... get over it -- no one is going to complain if it isn't perfect yet :P ), as well as some flexed-out shots of that 3/4 rear spring set-up 8)


Fri Feb 15, 2008 7:33 am

ok you pic ho's

heres some more

People who build truks should not have home improvement store CC's

spray foam does not make a permanent fix for huge rust out's this is what the rockers where made of

it's all good it let me tuck up the skidder,it's not done in this pic since the outer rub rails missing

also ignore what the can says.......bondo will stick to chrome bumpers atleast 1/4" thick :roll:


I took them off,every time I'd back into something they'd squash not letting the tailgate open.......another bumper is in the works.

Apick of the winch tuck

Veiw thru windshield :twisted:

another looking at the dash............and no it's not nearly done yet :P

pick of the traction bar tucked up tight,beside the welded rear this was the best mod to date,no spring rap at all,the rearend is nailed to the graound
front mount:

rear mount:

and sneak peak at the light bar,it'll be mounted low ala TT 8)

You'll notice that alot of the pics look old,that's because it's been wheeled hard this past year.
I'll get more pics up on monday or tuesday.

Fri Feb 15, 2008 7:38 am

The switch panel was done by a friend with a plasma table,it will mount on the cage infront of the heater controls,you can see the mounts in cage pic.

The relays are mounted as they look in top pic,If they get water in them there's alot of other problems with connections,they are mounted the way they are for quick diagnostics and replacement,thatnks for insite tho' you are correct.

G-morning Smiley your up early :P

Fri Feb 15, 2008 8:14 am

Bansil wrote:G-morning Smiley your up early

See -- I told you that I *can* get up early enough to start racing (even if no one believes me) :P :lol:

Are you sure there's gonna be enough room for Mr. Smiley's long legs? -- That lower cross bar looks like a real shin smacker :shock:


Fri Feb 15, 2008 8:34 am

No as it looks he needs a horse jockey to ride with him.

I don't envy you trying to build a roll cage, is that as far forward as the front part of the cage will be?


Fri Feb 15, 2008 8:55 am

I was thinking that Simley will need a helmet and some knee pads for sure!

Looking good Doug!

Fri Feb 15, 2008 11:08 am

ugh the seats aren't mounted just thrown in there :shock: I take them out to weld etc. then just throw them in to keep the weather and cats off them.

The seats will be mounted 3" lower than stock and back about 6-8" so there won't be much turning your head sideways and looking to the right and left unless I install port holes :P It's not bad tho' even in stock position I have 4" of shin clearance.

as to mounting it much further forward there is a body mount in the way
and I need to be able to weld 360* to the frame.It's not attached and can be easily modified--------still haven't put the "nascar" bars on the side yet.

If bo and luke can get out of a small charger window there shouldn't be much trouble....as for fast.........well.We're old so we'll worry more about 8) .......

It's really not bad just kinda weird with big feet.

Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:01 am

I really need to do your traction bar mod. Cuz I get really bad axle wrap and I have broken the center pin in my leaf springs two times. let me know how you did it.

Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:23 am

Coors Light?!?!?!?1

Us Canadians reserve all light beer for children and the elderly!!! :lol: :D

Sat Feb 16, 2008 2:08 am

where did you get your hood pins? mine were from advance auto and rusted to ---- looks BAD i like the hood pins on my 94 just not covered in RUST they are only 3months old not even!!!

Sat Feb 16, 2008 2:16 am

Looks sweet man!!!

Anymore info on the green/white trooper??? 8)


Sat Feb 16, 2008 9:28 am

Looks cool. How about a side pic?

Sat Feb 16, 2008 10:18 am

RodeoRed wrote:Coors Light?!?!?!?1

Us Canadians reserve all light beer for children and the elderly!!! :lol: :D

Someone else must've left that bottle there... Doug's a Wino!



Mon Feb 18, 2008 7:42 am

Anymore info on the green/white trooper
:roll: ugh ..oops what trooper....... :P ?

The traction bar setup is basically what every leaf sprung rig runs,nothing fancy.What specific ? do you have about it?

Mon Feb 18, 2008 4:53 pm

a few more didn't get much done this weekend with weather and all.

view from rear showing Bpillar,there are still 2 pcs missing that will make it a complete X,Those will be last after cage is dropped thru floor for the last time.

A few corner braces

Upper front top brace

Lightbar mockup

Another showing center mount

A sideshot

All for now.......
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