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PostSubject: THE '72 BAJA CONVERSION TO THE '72 BAJA/RAT   Wed Jan 26, 2011 1:50 pm

GOT STARTED ON PUTTING THE FRONT END EXTENTION ON THE CAR THIS PAST WEEKEND. YOU ALL REMEMBER WHAT IT LOOKED LIKE RIGHT Cool


WELL HERES WHERE IVE BEEN ON SATURDAY:



AND WHAT I GOT DONE ON SUNDAY:



AND WHAT IS HOLDING ME UP RIGHT NOW FROM CONTINUING WITH EXTENDING MY STEERING SHAFT IS THIS DAMN FLANGE Evil or Very Mad


IT IS RUSTED ON. IVE TRYED SPREADING IT AND POUNDING IT OFF, HEATING IT, PB BLASTING IT. EVERYTHING SO FAR TO NO AVAILE. IM THINKING I MAY JUST CUT IT OFF. ANY IDEAS BEFORE I PULL THE SAWZAW OUT AGAIN?

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PostSubject: Re: THE '72 BAJA CONVERSION TO THE '72 BAJA/RAT   Wed Jan 26, 2011 1:51 pm

I have a gear puller that I think might work
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PostSubject: Re: THE '72 BAJA CONVERSION TO THE '72 BAJA/RAT   Wed Jan 26, 2011 2:10 pm

I HAD THOUGHT OF THAT BUT I REALLY DONT WANT TO PULL EITHER THE BEAM OR STEERING BOX OFF AND THERES ONLY ABOUT 3-4 INCHES OF ROOM Mad

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1972 BODY & PAN FOR SALE (PAN NEEDS BOTH PAN HALVES REPLACED, SOLID BAJA BODY, WILLING TO SEPERATE) $600 OBO (PAID $750)
1970 PAN FOR SALE (WAS A FULL SIZED BUGGY THAT BURNT.  HAS NEW BRAKE HARD LINE MASTER BACK & REAR FLEX LINES, & NEW CONTROL ARM BUSHINGS/BOLTS NOT INSTALLED) $300 OBO PAID $350


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PostSubject: Re: THE '72 BAJA CONVERSION TO THE '72 BAJA/RAT   Thu Jan 27, 2011 11:42 am

Did you try soaking it in WD40?

It may be old school, but when stuff on my quads would rust and corrode from all the salt and sea air at Pismo I would soak them in WD40 a couple of times a day and then take a rubber mallet to it.

WD40 seems to do well on loosening up the rust.

I also have an pnumatic air hammer/chissel if you want to give that a go. If you can get it in there, it will most likely knock it off.
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PostSubject: Re: THE '72 BAJA CONVERSION TO THE '72 BAJA/RAT   Thu Jan 27, 2011 10:50 pm

How about I make you a disc that would bolt right to it? (like the rubber doughnut used to) I can put a 1-1/2" long x 3/4" dia. shaft on one side that will fit your universal joint.
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PostSubject: Re: THE '72 BAJA CONVERSION TO THE '72 BAJA/RAT   Fri Jan 28, 2011 1:38 am

Well.......got that flange off finally. And swapped out steering shafts. Now just need a sleeve or something to go on the steering box shaft to take it from 5/8 to 3/4, a shaft extension to weld to the steering shaft to take it from 7/8 to 3/4, then a measurement from u joint to u joint for another length of 3/4 shaft to complete the steering extension. Thanx again to Eric "our group Fab man" for the parts to get me where I'm at so far.

No more pics yet but was thinking bout loading it on my trailer & bringing it with Sunday. Whatcha all think?

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1970 PAN FOR SALE (WAS A FULL SIZED BUGGY THAT BURNT.  HAS NEW BRAKE HARD LINE MASTER BACK & REAR FLEX LINES, & NEW CONTROL ARM BUSHINGS/BOLTS NOT INSTALLED) $300 OBO PAID $350


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PostSubject: Re: THE '72 BAJA CONVERSION TO THE '72 BAJA/RAT   Fri Jan 28, 2011 2:12 am

sounds like a lot of work....LOL lol!

Can't wait to see what it looks like finished.. I am having a hard time envisioning it with a longer nose.

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PostSubject: Re: THE '72 BAJA CONVERSION TO THE '72 BAJA/RAT   Fri Jan 28, 2011 2:27 am

I think you should man up and use some duct tape and drive it on Sunday!

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PostSubject: Re: THE '72 BAJA CONVERSION TO THE '72 BAJA/RAT   Fri Jan 28, 2011 11:09 pm

Got your coupler done tonight! This bolts to the yoke (that you just removed) The shaft on the left will weld to the shortened steering(column) shaft. I'll bring them to IHOP Sunday. Give me a call at 530-575 7617 and we can go over the next step. Eric
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PostSubject: Re: THE '72 BAJA CONVERSION TO THE '72 BAJA/RAT   Mon Jan 31, 2011 7:42 pm

Man Cliff you're really going all out on this deal. It was cool to see on Sunday. Hope it all works out for ya.

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PostSubject: Re: THE '72 BAJA CONVERSION TO THE '72 BAJA/RAT   Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:58 pm

Hey Cliff, the steering gear is in and works nice! I'll be home after 4:30 Wednesday, so you can pick it up.[img][/img]
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PostSubject: Re: THE '72 BAJA CONVERSION TO THE '72 BAJA/RAT   Tue Feb 01, 2011 11:03 pm

That looks clean.
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PostSubject: Re: THE '72 BAJA CONVERSION TO THE '72 BAJA/RAT   Tue Feb 01, 2011 11:06 pm

It's heavy duty. Those are 20hp U-joints for a tractor PTO!
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PostSubject: Re: THE '72 BAJA CONVERSION TO THE '72 BAJA/RAT   Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:26 am

Will the gas tank clear?

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PostSubject: Re: THE '72 BAJA CONVERSION TO THE '72 BAJA/RAT   Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:38 am

No, Cliff is going raise the tank with framework.
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PostSubject: Re: THE '72 BAJA CONVERSION TO THE '72 BAJA/RAT   Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:18 am

That looks super clean. Nice work!
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PostSubject: Re: THE '72 BAJA CONVERSION TO THE '72 BAJA/RAT   Wed Feb 02, 2011 2:59 pm

WOW!!!!!!

THAT LOOKS GREAT ERIC!!!

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR HELP WITH PROJECT. MY OTHER 72 RATROD SHOULD GO MUCH EASIER NOW. LOL I MAY EVEN MAKE IT REAL EASY AND GO WITH THE RACK AND PINION ON THAT ONE Laughing

I WILL SEE IF I CAN CLOSE UP A LITTLE EARLY TONIGHT SO I CAN COME BY AND GET IT.

THANX AGAIN FOR ALL THE HELP, PARTS, MACHINE WORK, ETC. LET ME KNOW IF THERES ANYTHING I CAN HELP YOU WITH clown

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1970 PAN FOR SALE (WAS A FULL SIZED BUGGY THAT BURNT.  HAS NEW BRAKE HARD LINE MASTER BACK & REAR FLEX LINES, & NEW CONTROL ARM BUSHINGS/BOLTS NOT INSTALLED) $300 OBO PAID $350


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PostSubject: Re: THE '72 BAJA CONVERSION TO THE '72 BAJA/RAT   Wed Feb 02, 2011 4:38 pm

Nice work Cliff. It turned out really good.

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PostSubject: Re: THE '72 BAJA CONVERSION TO THE '72 BAJA/RAT   Wed Feb 02, 2011 6:51 pm

NOT 100% DONE YET. STILL HAVE A WIND BLOCK TO WELD IN AND PROBABLY SOME BRACKETS TO RAISE AT LEAST THE FRONT OF THE STOCK GAS TANK. JUST ABOUT THERE Twisted Evil Twisted Evil

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1970 PAN FOR SALE (WAS A FULL SIZED BUGGY THAT BURNT.  HAS NEW BRAKE HARD LINE MASTER BACK & REAR FLEX LINES, & NEW CONTROL ARM BUSHINGS/BOLTS NOT INSTALLED) $300 OBO PAID $350


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PostSubject: Re: THE '72 BAJA CONVERSION TO THE '72 BAJA/RAT   Thu Feb 03, 2011 12:31 am

Will you have it done by tech day though? How do you think it will effect the handling?

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PostSubject: Re: THE '72 BAJA CONVERSION TO THE '72 BAJA/RAT   Thu Feb 03, 2011 1:03 pm

I WILL DO MY BEST TO HAVE IT BACK ON THE ROAD BY TECH DAY. JUST NEED TO RAISE THE TANK AND PUT IN A WIND BLOCK. SHOULDNT BE TO HARD.

LOL FAMOUS LAST WORDS HUH Very Happy

FROM WHAT IVE READ ABOUT OTHERS IT DRIVES PRETTY MUCH THE SAME. ITS JUST THAT HOT ROD LOOK TO MAKE IT DIFFERENT.

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1970 PAN FOR SALE (WAS A FULL SIZED BUGGY THAT BURNT.  HAS NEW BRAKE HARD LINE MASTER BACK & REAR FLEX LINES, & NEW CONTROL ARM BUSHINGS/BOLTS NOT INSTALLED) $300 OBO PAID $350


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PostSubject: Re: THE '72 BAJA CONVERSION TO THE '72 BAJA/RAT   Thu Feb 03, 2011 4:41 pm

It definitely will set it apart.

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PostSubject: Re: THE '72 BAJA CONVERSION TO THE '72 BAJA/RAT   Tue Feb 08, 2011 1:58 pm

WELL.................GOT THE CAR BACK FROM ERICS ON WED. LAST WEEK. BLEW A COOLANT HOSE TO MY EGR COOLER ON MY TRUCK ON THE WAY HOME Sad . TOOK ABOUT 30 MIN TO COOL DOWN AND FIX THEN ANOTHER 45 OR SO TO VERY LIGHTLY DRIVE TO FIND COOLANT. FOUR STOPS, $43 AND 4 GALLONS OF READY MIX LATER.....BACK ON MY WAY HOME. *#^@IN WATERCOOLED VEHICLES Laughing Laughing

GOT THE GAS TANK RAISED, "TRUNK" PAINTED BLED BRAKES, RETORQUED EVERYTHING SATURDAY. TOOK A QUICK DRIVE TO GET GAS. IT WORKED Twisted Evil

SUNDAY MARY AND I WENT TO GRASS VALLEY TO GET A COUPLE PARTS AND DO SOME GROCERY SHOPPING. STILL HAS THE SHAKE OF WARPED ROTORS WHEN I BRAKE Laughing BUT IT GOT A BIT OF A SHIMMY AT ABOUT 35 AND 45 MPH Suspect . CHECKED THINGS OUT WHEN WE GOT HOME.......I SHOULD PROBABLY DO THE BALL JOINTS AND STEERING STABILIZER, BUT TIGHTENED UP THE WHEEL BARINGS A LITTLE AND TOOK A QUICK DRIVE DOWN TO WHERE GIOVANNI'S USED TO BE AND DIDNT NOTICE THE SHIMMY.....MAYBE IT WAS THE BARINGS Question Question

SO......................I WOULD POST SOME PICS BUT THAT WOULD RUIN THE FUN Twisted Evil Twisted Evil IF YOU WANT TO SEE IT YOULL HAVE TO COME TO TECH DAY ON THE FEB 19TH Exclamation Twisted Evil

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1970 PAN FOR SALE (WAS A FULL SIZED BUGGY THAT BURNT.  HAS NEW BRAKE HARD LINE MASTER BACK & REAR FLEX LINES, & NEW CONTROL ARM BUSHINGS/BOLTS NOT INSTALLED) $300 OBO PAID $350


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PostSubject: Re: THE '72 BAJA CONVERSION TO THE '72 BAJA/RAT   Tue Feb 08, 2011 6:04 pm

Hopefully setting the bearings cured the problem.

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