We're here in sunny Gilbert, AZ for the buildup of a serious buggy. A rig that is being built to excel in all areas. From the top echelon of competitive rock crawling in the W.E. Rock Pro Modified class, to racing in events like "King of the Hammers" to running the Rubicon Trail, this rig is being built to do it all in style. Did I mention we are going to build it in a week?
The guys have been hard at work since yesterday, and it shows. The motor is already mounted to some tubing. More coming very soon as I sort through the pictures Jason has already taken.
The webcam didn't survive the flight from CA to AZ. It's not operating, so we will have to do photo updates today, and maybe I can find another webcam locally.
Sorry to let you all down today with the lack of substance. I fought the webcam, and was able to come up with one. I will should be able to get it working shortly. In the meantime, here's a video of Camo, Jason, and Nick discussing the beginning of the build. Check it out:
POSTED 5:24PM Monday
Don and Kitchell carefully line up the panhard bar mount, and tack it into place.
Nick pulls out the motor so he can weld up the motor mounts and front part of the chassis.
POSTED 6:00PM Monday
Since the LS7 is drive-by-wire, the throttle body had to be replaced with this massive 3.5" unit UMI.
A little forethought makes tranny removal a lot easier...
A shot of the massive 14" Spidertrax brakes.
POSTED 7:06PM Monday
The motor got dropped back in the mounts, and now it's time to mock it up between the wheels! It's starting to look like a rig already!
In the picture below, Shannon has mocked up lines with grids on the floor. He is squaring the axles and chassis so that they can begin the suspension links. Video is coming of Shannon explaining how he is doing this mockup.
And a quick look around the shop reveals many many Monsters!!!