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  1. Morning all, well the MadTrax build (or should I say rebuild) has been flying.. Not quite finished yet but not far off Lot's of parts have been painted and bolted back on to the frame.. A pile of painted parts.. The finish on the fuel tank isn't perfect, as is the way once the top coats go on you can see all the missed bits!! But overall I'm happy with it.. I needed to do a few bit's before the O/S footrest thingy could be bolted back on, one such bit the the 90'd drive in the photo. The big bolt sticking out the top is the breather.. The trouble is I'm running the unit upside down! So the big bolt was replaced with something smaller and oil tight.. To stop the drive from blowing oil out through any/all the gaskets I needed to put a breather back in.. This bolt on the bottom (although it's now the top) goes through the casing, so it was drilled and tapped to fit a grease nipple.. The nipple was drilled out to remove the little ball bearing and spring thus making it a breathing nipple?? Handy for putting a bit of pipe on Not much left to bolt now To finish off this update, here's the latest video.. enjoy
  2. Hi Norm, I know which plastic toy snakes your talking about, the ones with lots and lots of bendy joints.. Used to have one a a kid.. And yes I see why the exhaust reminds you of one.. You were lucky with the adder, that could of hurt a bit! Hi John, good to see you back... I'm also struggling to find forum time at the mo.. Why does life has to be so busy??? The finished product isn't too far away now as you will see. Glad you liked the camera motion thingy, it's gets some more use in the next video For a few days there wasn't anything I could do on MadTrax until the paint I had ordered turned up, so..... I had a bit of a tidy and clean up in the lathe corner of the workshop. The white doored paint cupboard came out from the corner behind the lathe and now lives in a place I can actually reach it. The "lathe shelf" now looks a lot neater and emptier.. As most of the smaller tools now live in this labeled cabinet.. And to finish off the lathe got a much overdue clean up.. Finally last weekend my long awaited paint turned up, so Monday was paint the frame and engine day Which made Tuesday "get the engine, transfer box and rear end in" day.. A bit thank you to Rob for all your help with this.. Ta muchly mate.. More parts bolted back on the frame, most of the front end.. A "few" freshly painted parts hanging about the place drying.. And that is where the rebuild has got to as of yesterday.. To finish off this update have a couple of videos.. Enjoy
  3. Thanks Norm Morning all, more progress has been made which is a good thing.. A pile of cleaned and primered parts stashed under the bench waiting for a top coat.. The rest of the suspension components were buried under a bench behind the engine, so of course the engine had to come out.. Might as well plonk it on the bench and have a look.. After cleaning the engine didn't look too bad, only a small bit of paint has come off.. Unsure it needs repainting at this point.. Will have to think on it. I also made a start sorting the radiator out.. As you can see a lot of fins need straightening out.. it's one of those jobs that gets done a bit at a time sitting at my desk with the heater blowing at me The exhaust system has been cleaned up and any pin holes found (each section was pressurised to find any leaks) and welded up.. Just for a laugh I thought I'd bolt the exhaust on to the engine to have a look... It looks rather mad
  4. With the tank and frame stored out the way I had some space on the bench to fill up with parts that need cleaning and painting. A wire brush on a drill came in handy for cleaning off all the years of crud. It leaves a slightly bright but rough finish which should dull down with age. The transfer box. Front end. Rear end complete with mounting brackets A front suspension strut in need of a de-fur and clean up. A fury front hub.. And a cleaned up rear hub More wire brushing and painting.. At least the calipers clean up really well And that folks is about where I'm up to at the mo with this build.. Silly season has left me a bit skint but hopefully I can get some paint next week and start getting this beast of a machine back together again..
  5. The time had come to sort out the only bit of bodywork on MadTrax, the fuel tank.. At some point I welded on an extension to the back of the tank so it filled a gap left below the seat.. Of course this all now needed to be tidied up, so que the body body filler! Looking a bit rough here still.. Lots of fillering and sanding later I gave it a squirt of white primer as it's all I had that wasn't red oxide primer! A careful rub down with 800 grade wet 'n' dry later the tank was then hit with 3 heavy red oxide coats... Once the paint had fully hardened it was them flattened back with 1500 grade wet 'n' dry to get it ready for the top coats. Carefully plonked on the frame along with the seat to have a look... Me likes As it turned out the frame was the only "out of the way, nothing can get dropped on it" place I had to store the tank, so a sheet was put over to keep the dust at bay.. Yes I need to adjust the filler cap.
  6. Hi Guy's, sorry it's been a while since the last update.. Life has been a bit er.. busy.. And being "on call" for a month waiting for grandkid No 11 hasn't helped.. Anyway... The frame now looks like this with all welding finally done (have I said that before?), and a coat of red oxide in the right places.. Yes the bit I missed at the front has been done You may notice a few bit's of metal bolted to the frame.. The bit's of metal happen to be foot rests and anything that sticks through them or near them.. This is the O/S.. Now skinned with some strong steel mesh and given a squirt of the red stuff. The N/S foot rest thingy taking shape, it also has to hold a a small guard so your legs can't get pulled in by the rotating driveshaft.. Never fun! That should do the trick A few parts have been cleaned up and given a coat of the red stuff. This plate which bolts in the base of the frame to add some extra strength and protection has a lip welded on each end just to make sure it's strong enough for the job. A couple of captive nuts welded in the top tube of the frame.. Yes I did re-weld the top nut once this photo was taken. The captive nuts are for bolting this bracket on which also bolts to the top of the engine and is quite handy for holding up the coils
  7. Morning all, no progress has been made on Wheel-Vo at all in quite a while, all the parts have been carefully stashed away until I get MadTrax finished, but some thinking has been happening.. The nice slot mags that came from a CX trike a long long time ago were dug out to see how they looked.. Me rather likes To get the wheels to fit the Volvo axle I'm going to have to make a pair of wheel adaptors as the PCD on the wheels is a lot bigger than the Volvo PCD.. The trike the wheels came from was running (we think) an Escort rear axle using these adaptors to get the wheel to fit!!! The thought of putting any power through these is scary to say the least!! But as luck would have it I did make a start on a pair of wheel adaptors to fit these very wheels onto Project Why Not which saves some work although there is still plenty of lathe time needed to finish them.. When I start back on this project the first job is to tempoary widen/lengthen/make a bit taller all the panels until the "upscaling?" looks right and of course the engine and other bit's are covered by the bodywork.. Then I can start measuring for a chassis and try to work out how to get suspension under the thing.. No suspension (like Why Not) would be easier, but Why Not gave my body such a hammering that I don't think plonking a cushion on seat would be enough
  8. Morning all, long time no update! Progress has been rather slow, a lot slower than it should be, but life, illness and having a workshop full of wood tools (don't worry, I havn't given up on metal and turned to wood, most of the wood tools have gone now) has slowed things down. Life on MadTrax has been grind, weld, grind, weld, chop some metal off, weld nwe stuff in, grind, weld..... you get the idea. The frame has spent most of it's time on one side or the other and even upside down at times! I think in this photo I was adding strentghening to one of the transfer box mounts on the frame. A lot of my "earlier" welds on the frame were done before my Murex Mig welder had an overhaul and a new gun... And it showed on the welds! So a lot of time has been spent grinding out bad welds and replacing them with good welds like this. The pressed steel rear suspension uprights had the outside boxed in a long time ago, the inside has been done now.. Cleaned up with a touch of red oxide.. You may remember this orrible bit of Quadzilla frame that was at the front.. Well, it has been cut out and replaced with some nice tube to match the rest of the frame.. Looks way better A couple more views.. The engine guard has come in very handy when the frame is the right way up, it keeps the frame upright and makes it very easy to turn around on the bench.. That's all the photo's I have for now. I have slowly been working from the back forwards and have now reached the point where I just have to finish off bit's infront of where the engiine should be.. On the next build I will try and fully weld up everything as I go along... I've had to do so much "finishing" welding and grinding it's quite soul destroying!
  9. Thanks Ewan, the CPJT makes it a lot more fun and interesting than just having the camera on a tripod..
  10. Ian

    Wheelhorse snowblower

    Your doing a great job there Chris, from a pile of rusty parts to someting far more red and shiny I snowblower has always been on my want list, but if the past 6 odd winters are anything to go by, I'm not sure Hawkhurst would get enough snow to need one!
  11. Hi Richard, hope your keeping well.. Robot Wars eh... It's been a long time since I last watched it... Is it still going? The last time I heard anything about Craig Charles he was/is doing a Funk and Soul music show on BBC 6 Music! Not that I have anything against a bit of Funk you understand It would be cool to catch up with you again Richard, no rush whenever is good for you Now for a fun video The stripdown should of taken a day at the most, but when everything is being video'd using my Camera Panning Jig Thingy, one day gets stretched to five! With the frame stripped down I could make a start on the final welding.. Well, almost The last couple of bit's of "made out of a cheap office desk" Quadzilla frame were bugging me.. The only problem was important bits such as front suspension lower mounts and front diff mounts are made out of one big plate that's welded to the Quadzilla frame.. And it's kinda important to make sure these mounts stay in the same place. So after a lot of bracing including something to hold the said plate in the right place, the lower front got the chop! Would you look at the rust in that! At some point during the build the bit of tube that these two bit's of desk are attached to was welded in not quite where it should of been.. In other words it looked pished but wasn't noticable until everything had been stripped from the frame! Cleaning the suspension plate of the left over bit's of rusty desk took a while, here's the plate bolted back on where it should be.. A bit of space to fill to connect everything back up again.. A lot of new thick wall tube has gone back in the front, but I forgot to take any photo's yesterday..
  12. Not much to report other tha MadTrax now looks like this!! With a bit of luck I will get the strip down video finished and up today, so you can see how the above happened
  13. Morning all, Wow almost 2 years since I last updated this thread! Quite a lot has changed on the Camera Panning Jig Thingy or CPJT for short.. The bearing wheels lost thier inner tube rubber tyres/tires as well, they kept losing them.. Despite a nice tight fit on the bearings they would work their way one way or the other and come off! String or fishing line was always a bad idea really.. The fishing line was a very strong one, I can't remember now what it was rated at) but it would still stretch and eventually snap! I didn't fancy it breaking when doing a vertical shot and my video camera hurttling towards the ground at a very fast and very damaging rate Soooo, now we have a whole lotta thread Let's start at the smaller end... That's the end of a rather long length of threaded rod with a "made on the lathe" thingy that screws onto the rod (with a lock nut) and allows me to put a bearing or two on the end of the threaded rod.. Yes you are seeing correctly, that is a skateboard wheel and bearings fixed on the frame The idea is the skateboard wheel allows for a little bit of movement which makes everything run a lot smoother. Moving along the threaded rod we come to the camera carriage thingy.. Zoom in a bit and you can see the threaded rod runs through a couple of nut's welded onto the carriage.. As the threaded rod turns, it forces the nut's to wind down (or up) the thread which being welded to the carriage moves the carriage along the rails... Cool eh A view from the underside.. The lead pipe is zip tied on to the carriage to counter balance the weight of the carriage and camera on top when the CPJY is being used vertically.. Otherwise know as up and down Moving down (or is it up?) to the business end we have a couple of pulleys a belt and half a wiper motor.. With the pulleys set this way the carriage moves down the rails at a ground breaking 1 inch per minute. The carriage has a little over 6 foot of travel along the rails which gives me a 1hr 12mins recording time as the camera pans it's way down the rails.. That may sound like a long time, but is is very handy when filming long scenes such as stripping all the parts off MadTrax If I swap the pulleys around then I get a total travel time of about 6 mins.. I have made a couple of other pulleys (no photo) which can be swapped in giving more travel time options.. A better view of this end, a computer cooling fan has been fixed on to help keep the wiper motor cool.. It does get a bit hot which I expect it did when it was actually being used as a wiper motor! Power now comes from a Mustang CB radio power pack.. No fancy speed control this time (as the pulleys take care of the speed), just forward and back depending on how the two wires are connected. The lengths (and heights) I go to to bring you all good video footage You can see al the "panning action" in the next MadTrax video, strip down in timelapse
  14. That Rolls crew cab looks great, I'd happly use it every day if I could afford the fuel I think that was "The Beast" Mk1 Norm that went up in flames.. If I remember rightly it was kinda based or used bit's of a Capri body? The Beast Mk 2 as above used to have a Rolls Royce grill, JD on the current grill stands for John Dodd. The story (of which I expect there are many) goe's, John Dodd was driving The Beast abroad (Spain or Germany, I can't remember) on a motorway and flew past a Porsche at a very high speed.. The next day the said Porsche owner went to a Rolls dealership asking for the new Rolls estate! This is when RR got the 'Orse about Mr Dood using their grill on The Beast.. The court hearing was in London, so every day of the hearing Mr Dodd drove The Beast to the court in the center of London I've heard The Beast is still alive and well, now living with Mr Dodd in Spain but it does come over to the UK once a year for an MOT.. Disclamer... All the above is based on on a fading memory and only 2 coffees so far today, so it might not be 100% acurate..
  15. Thanks Norm, it's good to have it driving after all this time. Soooo, what does it drive like? Well, very good as it happens.. MadTrax feels very stable and planted with not even a hint of "it's going to topple over" Oh, and it's fast... In high ratio of course.. Trying to work out the gearing is impossible, so I'm going to guess it will top out about 80mph.. Not that I fancy doing that sort of speed on a quad of course Off road it's just as good, it feels almost unstoppable. Rob and I were testing it by driving across deep ruts back and forth.. Eventually it started spinning the rear wheels, flick the switch to 4x4 mode and it pulled it's self out straight away.. Amazingly despite the testing abuse nothing broke! Me happy with that A few minor little problems to sort.. During the off road testing MadTrax did get rather hot, in a "needle in the red" sort of way! Part of the problem was an airlock in the cooling system, of course the highest point is where the temp sender is! As the water level in the expansion tank is no longer dropping I guess all the air has gone out the system.. The other part of the problem is while riding MadTrax, the engine is at high RPM but the quad isn't moving that fast to push cold air through the rad.. So I have got an extra cooling fan to fix to the outside of the rad, it should help things out.. One thing the engine is doing that I wish it wouldn't is it's running very rich! The carbs have already been cleaned out, so a bit of carb tuning and balancing will be done when MadTrax goes back together.. I did try and get some off road video footage, but for some reason I was having a bad camera day and didn't notice the camera was already recording.. So when I hit the "start recording" button to film the action, I was actually stopping recording! The end result was I had mostly footage of "the bits inbetween" rather than the action! No photo's other than this screen grab of MadTrax ripping up the grass.. The smoke is from the over fueling! MadTrax is now back up on the bench ready to be pulled apart tomorrow or Friday. Lot's of bit's to be "fully welded up", and painted.