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Old 09-10-2008, 03:47 AM
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I call it the EX4

. . . because it is my 4th "Experimental" project. (The other 3 were race cars.) I'm kind of new to this whole forum posting thing, so not sure if I'm doing this right. Here goes:


http://i487.photobucket.com/albums/r...Picture126.jpg

http://i487.photobucket.com/albums/r...4/tanktrap.jpg

http://i487.photobucket.com/albums/r...4/HPIM0978.jpg
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Old 09-10-2008, 06:19 AM
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Wow! That looks really nice and compact. Looks like a warthog. What is powering the little beast? Got any more pics? Some of the inside perhaps? What axles are under there? Looks fantabulous! Great job! I see it likes to articulate...

Any pics of your other 3 "experiments"? Your "experiments turn out pretty dah-gone saweet!
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Old 09-10-2008, 10:30 AM
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That is just bad ass I would love to see more pics of the build if you have any..
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Old 09-10-2008, 11:04 AM
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Dayam!

That thing is wicked kewel!

More info please!

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Old 09-10-2008, 02:45 PM
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very nice i like the clean lines x3 on more pics
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Old 09-10-2008, 03:50 PM
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Nice..! very well proportioned look as well as a nice stance...cool
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Old 09-10-2008, 04:43 PM
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Looks great.

Really close to this. Except yours will actually wheel and has solid axles.







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Old 09-10-2008, 04:50 PM
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Yes that is a cool rig.....I'd like to see more pics and info as well

Hey Boxer...is that the rig that used to be in the magazine ads?....BFG IIRC
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Old 09-10-2008, 05:17 PM
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Tom, that's purty slick.
Did you make it through the "trap" without the strap?
rear steer kicks a$$
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Old 09-10-2008, 05:48 PM
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Yes that is a cool rig.....I'd like to see more pics and info as well

Hey Boxer...is that the rig that used to be in the magazine ads?....BFG IIRC

yup i have a big bfg banner on my wall with it
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Old 09-10-2008, 05:50 PM
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yup i have a big bfg banner on my wall with it
It is my desktop on this PC...
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Old 09-10-2008, 06:22 PM
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Tom04

I didn't mean to distract from your build. I think what you did looks great. I just recognized some of the chassis design because I REALLY like the way the EX concept looks.

Maybe we should move the EX concept to another page and let Tom04 receive the credit he deserves for his project. I have other pictures of the EX concept. I will start a new thread in the OFFROAD section and reference them to each other.

And yes it was in the BFG poster series.

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Old 09-10-2008, 08:29 PM
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back on topic, is that a single link rear suspension i see in the pics? does it not want to stand up under load? the only other one i've seen was on a stretched sami and figured it only worked because of the weak motor and low speeds.

and how did you make the b pillars? or what are they made from?
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Old 09-11-2008, 04:01 AM
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Thanks for all the comments. It really means a lot to get approval from people who know what they are talking about. Just wanted to post-up and answer a few questions.

It has a fuel injected Ford 302. Since I stole the design idea from the Ford EX concept car, it only seemed polite that I use a Ford motor. It has a C6 automatic transmission and an NP205. (Some of you may know that they never made a small block C6 in a 4-wheel-drive. So, you have to buy a big block 4x4 C6 and swap output shafts.) The axles are both high pinion Dana 44's. I replaced the tubes and got custom length axles from Moser. I've heard all the warnings about how the 44's won't hold up, but the only problem I have ever had was when I let the rear stear go too far and pushed a cap off an outer u-joint. (Another guy noticed it at Fordyce Winch Hill #1. Still, I made it back to the Committee Trail and over Signal Peak.) If I ever trip over a big pile of $100 bills, I may use some of them to upgrade the transfer case and axles.

The coil springs are mounted on sliders so they can drop out another 10" past "full exension." That lets it get about 52" of articulation. (You can lift one wheel 52" off the ground and the others are still touching.)

The other experiments were all IMCA cars. If you ever saw me race, you would understand why I needed to find a hobby where you are supposed to go slow. Rock crawling seemed like a good fit.


The pics posted by BOXER are the same ones I used to copy the Ford EX. I saw the EX at a car show several years ago, and that thing is a work of art. It is just too bad that the lawyers and market will not let the car companies actually build stuff like that. I stretched a few things to make it look right with the bigger tires, but tried to keep pretty faithful to the original. A couple people at Rubicon actually asked if my buggy was the one from the poster. (Not quite. I don't have a supercharged aluminum V6, rear mounted transaxle, aluminum billet independant suspension and seats built with left over GT 40 parts . . . like the original does. (Did I mention that I wish Ford would really build that thing?))

It has gone through Tank Trap without the winch a few times, but not the time in the picture, and not recently. That trail gets pretty messed up after Top Truck.

The front and rear suspension links are both one big A-frame wishbone with a panhard bar. They pivot on 1-1/4" hiems. Never had any issues with it picking up the chassis under load, but it is always in 4-wheel drive and the front and rear links connect to the frame pretty close together. Could be they cancel each other out. Besides, if you look at the instant center of most 4 links, the moment arm is not significantly longer than my A-Frames. (Don't think for a minute that I really know what any of that means - it just works.)

The main hoop and lower frame rails are two 2" tubes with 1/8" plate welded between. I have a disk with some build pics around here somewhere. I'll post up when I find them.

Just for a little "Coming Attractions," attached are pics of the bucks for the body mold for EX5.



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Old 09-11-2008, 05:16 AM
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like the mold. looks like something mopar would make a concept out of. you don't have any videos of the ex4 on hills or rocks do you? do you think the relatively short pan hards help keep it under control?
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Old 09-11-2008, 03:59 PM
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FAWSOM!

And I had decided not to build another rig...
You are a BAD influence!
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Old 09-11-2008, 04:21 PM
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We are gonna need a build thread on the EX5
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Old 09-11-2008, 09:46 PM
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Wow. That thing is a very cool looking buggy. I like how the cage just isn't DOM everywhere but it's actually skinned a bit. And you didn't dimple die it all. haha... (nothing against Dimples just good to see something a bit different).
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Old 09-11-2008, 10:38 PM
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that thing is sick dawg
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Old 09-11-2008, 11:03 PM
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that thing is sick dawg
No sheet..friggin awesome dude.....

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