Water Rat's labour of Love

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Water Rat's labour of Love

Postby WaterRat » Wed May 06, 2009 12:33 am

I have include a lot of this information in other sections of the forum, but as it is a buggy build - then I figure this is the spot for it.

I picked this buggy up in one of those "right place-right time" moments :D . It was basically a floorpan the tub and heaps of bits and pieces, which was exactly what I was after (at the time I thought that anyway :? ).

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After dragging it home and stashing it away foar a while I was eventually motivated (read: prodded, pushed, threatened) into getting a start on the build.

So after a few (many) months, this is where I'm at with the task so far. I've had some mod's made to the pan and the gearbox has had a freshen up (and a new coat of paint).

Image Pan finally cleaned and painted.

Image Front end attached.

Image Rear suspension started. Hard part is yet to come... Those damn spring plates!
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Re: Water Rat's labour of Love

Postby DDWR450F » Wed May 06, 2009 3:08 am

Nice work man, very tidy!
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Re: Water Rat's labour of Love

Postby VWNuts » Wed May 06, 2009 11:20 pm

Looking good Dave.... nice to see some progress
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Re: Water Rat's labour of Love

Postby dbryar » Tue May 19, 2009 6:57 pm

From my experience, spring plates aren't that hard to get on.

Chain a trolley jack to the shock tower (so the chasis remains at a static height to the jack), then use a couple of F-clamps and a flat piece of iron to hold the plate on the spline, just behind the 4 housing bolts. Do the top clamp up tight and leave room on the bottom clamp to let the spring plate move between the shock tower/housing and the flat plate. Start jacking up the spring plate and wind up the bottom clamp when the spring plate crosses the lower stop, locking it in place. Bolt on the outer bush housing, remove the jack, clamps and the plate, and your done.
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Re: Water Rat's labour of Love

Postby MarkMark » Wed May 20, 2009 3:26 am

What are you going to do to limit rebound travel on the front suspension?
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Re: Water Rat's labour of Love

Postby Brad » Sun Sep 19, 2010 3:56 pm

Is this done yet ?
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