M151 Rock Buggy Build

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Re: M151 Rock Buggy Build

Postby rickf » April 16th, 2011, 8:16 am

When it gets that rough I will just spectate and marvel at the deep pockets. I expect that I might break things when I go out (which I haven't done in years) but when it is guaranteed that you will break something then that is nuts as far as I am concerned. Buy hey, it,s your money and your vehicle. I do admire the workmanship that went into it, nice touch on the driveshaft spring.

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Re: M151 Rock Buggy Build

Postby muttman » June 24th, 2011, 11:23 am

I finally made some aluminum panels for front "fenders". I've only done one side so far.

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Re: M151 Rock Buggy Build

Postby rickf » June 26th, 2011, 8:21 am

I like the accent piece at the front of the cage tube. :roll: :lol:

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Re: M151 Rock Buggy Build

Postby muttman » February 5th, 2012, 10:08 pm

rickf wrote:I like the accent piece at the front of the cage tube. :roll: :lol:

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Thanks, there are actually 32 square points on the chassis and suspension :lol: .


I know its been a while since my last post, so here's a few pics of some recent wheelin. The Mutt has been running great; I've been driving it often and beating the hell out of it at offroad parks every chance I get. A few weeks ago I loaded up my camping gear and tools and drove it about 20 miles to Hale Mtn ORV Park, flogged it all weekend, then drove it home. The only carnage was a front hub and I bent the rear link near the joint (which is 2" dia, 1/4" wall tubing with a 1/4" plate gusset reinforcing it). It is still drivable, but the center u-joint rubs the link when articulating.

I'm in the planning/parts gathering stage of an engine and drivetrain swap. I'll probably go with a GM 4.3L V6 on propane, but a Ford 2.9L V6 on pane could work also. I will run a 2wd automatic transmission and a divorce mounted Nissan 720 pickup transfer case. The Nissan t-case is compact, gear driven, has a good low range, and is designed for a vertical orientation; so it should fit in the transmission tunnel without giving up any ground clearance.


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Here you can really see how the long side front axle shaft twists up when the tire catches, and it isn't because of the differential, as I replaced it with a full spool.

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This is the ledge that bent my rear link arm. My front hub was messed up, so I only had 3 wheels pulling, which required repeated full throttle bashings to make it up. It doesn't look bad from this angle, but that legde is 3-4 feet tall on an already scary steep climb.

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Re: M151 Rock Buggy Build

Postby MUTT Vet » April 24th, 2012, 6:01 pm

Awesome work!

It's a bit extreme for me because it has lost that mutt look. But it's along the same lines as what I wanted to do with mine...before the incident. Keep the outside pure and have fun with everything else. You've given me some great ideas and insight for my new A2.

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How come no body yells at this guy like I got yelled at (Rick) :wink: :lol: Just kiddin' Rick, luv ya brother!
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