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baja bus with a difference

Postby ernie norley » Wed Apr 10, 2013 6:23 pm

G'day all After a period of recuperation& selling the baja I am now in the process of building 4x4 bay kombi. It will be mid engine. Starting at the front 3.5 rover v8 a toyote hiace diesel 5speed then nissan 720 transfer case commodore IRS diff center's rear LSD the front drive spindle's are rodeo reamed out to accept the vw balljoint & camber cone in top. I have relocated the steering center arm to bottom of beam insted of the middle to allow diff clearance some pics
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Re: baja bus with a difference

Postby ernie norley » Wed Apr 10, 2013 6:29 pm

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Re: baja bus with a difference

Postby Lovebuggy » Thu Apr 11, 2013 8:40 am

Seems like a full on project to bring all those parts together.

Look forward to more photos.
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Re: baja bus with a difference

Postby ernie norley » Thu Apr 11, 2013 3:44 pm

G'day all. Been a hold up with the 1st spindle & intermediate shaft for trans. So here are a couple of the non modified spindle to give you an idea of were I am headed note the size of kombi spindle I won't know if I will need to spread the beams to fit them until I get the test 1 back
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Re: baja bus with a difference

Postby ernie norley » Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:07 pm

G'day all. picked up 5speed today hope to have intermediate shaft back on Friday. pic's of how the 2 will sit up to each other.Image
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Re: baja bus with a difference

Postby Brad » Tue Apr 16, 2013 3:00 am

Interesting build, what is the plan for the front diff ?
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Re: baja bus with a difference

Postby ernie norley » Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:40 pm

G'day Brad. how are you. the diffs are IRS VT v6 auto commodores the axles will be cut & shut the engineer is doing a spigot on them he reckons they will be pretty strong for the task. I have plenty of room on the beam since I moved the center arm to the bottom of the beam still looking at using similar I think you were using on iguana with a astra electric pump. Take care over there all the best
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Re: baja bus with a difference

Postby bugman » Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:50 am

will this be road registered?
sorry if it was already mentioned, but i couldnt see it anywhere.
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Re: baja bus with a difference

Postby ernie norley » Thu Apr 18, 2013 5:37 pm

G'day Bugman I'm meeting with engineer on monday to discus what he needs for blue tag if he says no to 4x4 it will just be mid engine but I cant see any issues due to factory chassis planned chassis boxing commercial vehicle less problem's than passenger. If it goes ahead I will then look at seats in rear I have the pics of the factory 4x4 bays as a reference for 4x4 set up. so should no 4x4 or not next week. Has anyone spotted the maroon bay on the goldie with gen2 commodore motor it is nearly twice the size of the rover & hanging out the back a bit.will put some pics up of the intermediate shaft I still have to get the toyota slip yoke machined to fit into kombi gearbox drive flange should be done on tuesday. hope to pick up the front modified spindle tomorrow so I can test fit it to front end & check that the adjustment nut will give me enough movement for alignment. all for now
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Re: baja bus with a difference

Postby ernie norley » Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:35 pm

G'day all this is the intermediate shaft between the gearbox & the transfer case it's made up of kombi half shaft Nissan uni flange Toyota slip yoke kombi cv joint this is short enough to allow me to run the 4x4 transfer case
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Re: baja bus with a difference

Postby ernie norley » Sun Apr 21, 2013 10:31 am

G'day all. spent 1/2 hour setting up front diff. pretty simple a piece of angle gusseted to lower beam that will accept the original commodore mount. note the Nissan uni joint flange on the pinion it is the same size locator as the commodore so drill 4 holes & the Datsun 180b halfshaft will bolt up. Yes the axles are bent because their hose to check clearance ok there. Note the clearance on the pivot center arm yes the tierod nuts are loose but still plenty of room.
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Re: baja bus with a difference

Postby OzTowdster » Sun Apr 21, 2013 4:55 pm

Ernie , the other thing they are going to check as part of the blue plate inspection is your bump steer with the new stub axles , if thats all good your certainly on a winner
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Re: baja bus with a difference

Postby ernie norley » Sun Apr 21, 2013 7:35 pm

G'day Andrew. thanks for the info. great vw mind's think alike Matt berry pm'd me with the same concerns. That is the only thing that can cause a problem. if that happens I will have to copy the factory version if they built it it must be okay I was just trying keep the mods down for tag man as far as welded changes. The more I can use from standard or bolt on the better I like it especially if I break something which is highly possible
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Re: baja bus with a difference

Postby ernie norley » Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:12 pm

G'day all. Some pics as you can see the floor is pretty good it's like this from front to rear. The flares are from volks conversions for the front I'm going to cut a set of rears to shape & remove the original arch & bolt flares to the door so part of it opens with the door. don't particularly like the rat look but may just wax it for now till I can afford the paint even then it will not be a resto paint job thinking hk Monaro sebring orange with matt black roof that's my all time favourite colour had a bellet a peugot 203c with a triple carbed grey motor tf mg gearbox my dunstall Norton commando were all that colour. The better half cracked it when I wanted to paint her pale primrose xj6 the same so it's my turn.

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Re: baja bus with a difference

Postby bajabone » Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:40 pm

Sorry to say this Ernie but WHY ?
Realistically what are the chances of it getting registered? Might be easy to just buy a Landcruiser !

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