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New Navajo Truggy build

Discussion in 'Modified 1991-1994 Explorers' started by Elgatoprerunner, March 14, 2011.

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  1. GRNMACHINE

    GRNMACHINE Well-Known Member

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    Your work just keeps getting wilder & better! Simply Unbelievable. Your work is insane. Do you plan on doing any finish work on the body? Not that it matters much, everyone will be looking at your fab. work anyway.
     
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  3. Elgatoprerunner

    Elgatoprerunner Active Member

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    My plan was to cut a few tacks and take the whole cage off to weld it. At that time I will probably fix a few things on the body and paint it.

    I started tig welding yesterday because I was excited to make the tail light housings.

    That was my 2nd attempt at Tig welding by the way. I'm sure you can tell by my arc marks. Buffer should take those out. All welds were done "in position"

    I bought a 4x10 sheet of 16 guage 304 SS yesterday. Thats what the tail light housings are made of, tool box, ice chest, pannels, any thing else I can think of. That sheet was $300
     
  4. SwaintaN

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    it all looks bad ass, subscribed a min back to watch because its awesome. but the tire sticking out like that, not afraid of it catching?
     
  5. Elgatoprerunner

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    I located the spare the way I did for a few reasons.
    Visibility, center of gravity, departure angle and storage.

    If it gets hung up I'll just gas it.
     
  6. SwaintaN

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    gassing it always work, lol. the only thing i was really thinking of would be rock crawling, coming down from a steep rock and getting stuck, just curious did you think of a roof mount?
     
  7. Elgatoprerunner

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    Tail lights.

    They turned out pretty much the way I wanted them to.

    Are they menacing enough???


    You can never have too many of these clamps. They come in so handy.
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    All of the pieces were plasma cut free hand.
    I chock that up to years on the torch cutting bevels for welders.

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  8. SwaintaN

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    love the light, makes it look like its staring you down like itll eat you
     
  9. Elgatoprerunner

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    Good. That's the look I was going for.

    I have some ideas for the light bar/ roof rack also. It will be forward facing and aggressive.
     
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    X2, might keep people from tailgating unless they appreciate amazing fab skills. WOW:thumbsup:
     
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    Just finished going through your whole thread, very impressive work showing excellent design work, well executed planning and advanced fab skills. I favor the desert trucks and am subscribing. Look forward to seeing yet more interesting progress on your Navaho.
     
  12. Elgatoprerunner

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    Ice chest and tool box part 1

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    I tried to use up every bit of space I had. The boxes fit kind of like a puzzle with the tail lights.
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    I'll weld in a patch piece to take up this void.
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    This is the passenger side tool box. I buffed out all the welds. Welded some 1/2" S.S tubing for a nice finished edge.
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    This is the drivers side cooler. It will have 1" of insulation. Might be some tricky welds on this piece. Don't want it to leak and mildew.
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    The bottom will also be insulated. I forgot to take a picture of the step but the floor consist of two layers of S.S with spacers welded to them to allow the foam to expand.
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    These are spacers to allow the spray foam insulation to get around all the nooks.[​IMG]

    I still have a lot left to do on the cooler.
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    Hopefully I will get these done by next weekend.
    I need to buy more flapper wheels.
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    First off, let me say that I can appreciate all the hard work you have into this build...but I don't understand the need for all the tubing in the rear. You are very obviously a skilled fabricator but it seems to me that you incorporated an excessive amount of tube work just because you had that much on hand. Regardless, I am excited to see this rig in action!
     
  14. Elgatoprerunner

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    Maybe a little. It is a truggy after all. It's hard making something that both functions well and looks good.
    Like the old saying. "what's worth doing is worth over doing"
     
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    Likin' it

    Strong, functional, well fabricated and weight bias to the rear...all important considerations for a pre runner that needs a bit of "heads up attitude" on the jumps. The fact that it looks agressive as heck is a plus and a tribute to good asthetic design.
     
  16. Elgatoprerunner

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    Started back on the cage

    I was able to focus some time today on the front of the exo cage.


    These pieces of tubing are random lengths. I'm not going for the Bull look. They will be cut back. I might tie the light bar into them to make it removable.
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    Ran vertical tubing from the front of the rock sliders.The cross tube unfortunately makes the passenger side windshield wiper
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    Nice stance.

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  17. Elgatoprerunner

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    More cage work

    Having a angle finding level really helps finding those bastard angles.
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    Next week light bar.
     
  18. jaschlum

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    Just read through your whole build!! Amazing!! I cannot wait for the finished product, this is sweet!! Keep it up! :salute:
     
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    no plans to put the front fenders on again? looks insane compared to what it looked like at my work when i used to see it
     
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    Very, very well done. The end result is gonna be impressive, keep it up!
     
  21. Elgatoprerunner

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    HID light bar and cage

    Started on the light bar today.

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    Still have to make tabs for the adjuster bar.
     

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