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    Thread: Caddy V4.0 - glutton for punishment

    1. Member grizzlyone's Avatar
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      02-11-2011 08:50 PM #51
      More fun bits, tho not too shiny this time:



      Graphite impregnated poly

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      02-11-2011 09:30 PM #52
      I got the exact same valve cover for my caddy project. What's the story on those bushings?

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      02-12-2011 12:16 AM #53
      Quote Originally Posted by BadassLilGolf View Post
      What's the story on those bushings?
      They look like BFI poly motor mounts, poly control arm bushings, poly early strut mount bushings, and poly rack mounts.

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      02-12-2011 12:33 AM #54
      Quote Originally Posted by melmer View Post
      I went to the doctor and that **** buffed right out.
      damn mike.... adam got "it" in your eye.... ewww.... hope you're ok brother... safety googles next time?

      Quote Originally Posted by _WCHLVR_ View Post
      They look like BFI poly motor mounts, poly control arm bushings, poly early strut mount bushings, and poly rack mounts.
      wouldn't imagine adam getting mounts anywhere else...

      good stuff adam can't wait to see it in person. maybe missed it, but will it be ready by sowo?

      take care,
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      02-12-2011 08:51 AM #55
      Nash - the sad part is that I was wearing safety glasses. It really wasn't that bad. I went to the doctor on Monday during lunch and was back at work an hour later. The scary part was when the doctor tweased out the big chunk and then said "there's still a small piece buried in there. don't worry, i can probably dig that out with a needle." Adam promised me that he would have a full face shield for today

      I think Adam's goal is to be done by H20.

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      02-12-2011 11:03 AM #56
      Quote Originally Posted by _WCHLVR_ View Post
      They look like BFI poly motor mounts, poly control arm bushings, poly early strut mount bushings, and poly rack mounts.
      Ding*ding*ding!

      All are new/prototype pcs in 55a durometer material. There are 2 of the 'trans' mounts as I am running an early small side drivers mount bracket.

      Quote Originally Posted by Nashty Rabbit View Post
      damn mike.... adam got "it" in your eye.... ewww.... hope you're ok brother... safety googles next time?

      good stuff adam can't wait to see it in person. maybe missed it, but will it be ready by sowo?

      take care,
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      Dont be jealous Nash, there's enough of me to go around

      Quote Originally Posted by melmer View Post
      Adam promised me that he would have a full face shield for today
      I actually did pick one up last night at Lowe's Racing

      And yes Mike is correct, goal is to have it done by H20i this year. The engine bay and new motor set up are only Phase1 of the overall build. Interior redo is Phase2 and got some big plans for the Caddy's rear end, *wink-wink*

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      02-12-2011 06:54 PM #57
      And now with 100% more frame notches!




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      02-12-2011 06:59 PM #58
      Nice work! I just finished welding the back side of mine a couple days ago.

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      02-12-2011 10:58 PM #59
      Quote Originally Posted by melmer View Post
      Nash - the sad part is that I was wearing safety glasses. It really wasn't that bad. I went to the doctor on Monday during lunch and was back at work an hour later. The scary part was when the doctor tweased out the big chunk and then said "there's still a small piece buried in there. don't worry, i can probably dig that out with a needle." Adam promised me that he would have a full face shield for today

      I think Adam's goal is to be done by H20.
      damn mike. sorry to hear this. sounds more than "wasn't" that bad. either way, hope you get well soon

      Quote Originally Posted by grizzlyone View Post
      Dont be jealous Nash, there's enough of me to go around
      ......Phase2 and got some big plans for the Caddy's rear end, *wink-wink*
      too much naughty in one post...

      guessing wide wheels in the back.... look forward to seeing this...

      take care,
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      02-14-2011 06:43 PM #60
      One more OEM+ pc to the puzzle:





      Needs to be cleaned up and polished, but I did a few test spots and it will buff up nice and clear again

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      02-14-2011 09:21 PM #61
      like that rear window!

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      02-15-2011 03:31 AM #62
      I have been dieing to get my paws on one of those so I can get the specs off it.

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      02-17-2011 08:54 PM #63
      Cleaned up and re-coated the DP me and a buddy had welded up for the previous V3.0;






      Also got the bay cleaned and prepped for final touch up and spot filling prior to paint this weekend:


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      02-19-2011 11:38 AM #64
      Working on the spot areas and skin coating in prep for paint tomorrow hopefully.

      Also Brown brought more shiny:



      New IC piping as well as coolant piping, as I plan to not use any of the factory coolant hoses. Also dropped off the Afco radiator to get the upper inlet moved from the pass to drivers side.

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      02-20-2011 03:09 PM #65
      Look Ma, more sanding...with a fisheye lens no less:





      Mike fits in the bay so well

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      02-20-2011 04:08 PM #66
      Good looking build!

      Love the Caddy.

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      02-21-2011 09:22 AM #67
      Quote Originally Posted by grizzlyone View Post

      Mike fits in the bay so well
      Everybody needs one of me to reach those hard to get places. I can't wait until we are done sanding and move onto something more glamorous.

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      02-23-2011 07:04 PM #68
      Quote Originally Posted by melmer View Post
      Everybody needs one of me to reach those hard to get places. I can't wait until we are done sanding and move onto something more glamorous.

      Amen brother, though with the sealer sprayed I can see there is still more of that than I/we had hoped for...

      In other news, been cutting up more metal (and parts);



      Goodbye to the shifter linkage mounts on the steering rack. And I have begun the process of making extended strut mounts. This is the first set and will most likely end up on the 2dr Diesel while I fine tune the process. I have another set of early strut mounts and plan to do the same to them for the actual caddy set.

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      02-24-2011 08:16 PM #69
      And now with 1" more travel !





      I couldnt find any tubing exactly the right spec for ID and OD, so I split the tube lined it up and patched in a small pc in the gap for each one. For my first set I got to say I am pretty pleased. This set is a 1" rise and will actually be going in my 2dr jetta. Wanted to work out the details and test fit a moderate 1" rise in the caddy before making the final decision.

      Obviuosly I still have some grinding and clean up, but all in all a good night

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      02-24-2011 09:36 PM #70
      And all ground down/cleaned up:


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      02-24-2011 10:24 PM #71
      Mmm High Life. That is what my projects are sponsered with.

      Looking good so far.

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      02-27-2011 07:04 PM #72
      High Life sponsors most of my car work these days

      Well I got V2.0 of the extended strut mounts made up today.

      Before welding:



      All done:



      V2.0 is a 1.25" rise, vs my first pair (in white in the pics) which were a 1" rise

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      02-27-2011 08:38 PM #73
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      03-05-2011 06:52 PM #74
      Ever wonder what the 'guts' of a MK1 control arm look like? Well here you go:



      Cut them apart for the front and rear bushing portions to use in some new arms I had an idea for the other day. Here is the frame work of the first arm, and I used the wood table and screws to outline a jig for the 2nd arm to match:



      And with both arms near done, one more than the other:



      Still have to make up the bottom plate for the ball joint on both arms and weld that one.

      Why?, you might ask did I do all this?

      Well its hard to tell from the pics but the ball joint mounting location is angled a fair amount. And will position the ball joint parallel to the ground with the end of the arm 2.25" higher than the bushing mounts. Bascially this will set the ball joints parallel to the ground with the stance of my Caddy, vs with the stock arms the ball joints were fully maxed out at the end of their travel/movement. My hope and plan is that this will help out with the bump steer and twitchy handling due to the large static drop of the caddy. As a side note they weight about 2lbs less ea than the stock arms.

    25. 03-05-2011 07:05 PM #75
      Hope it works.
      Looks very cool regardless.

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