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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2023 9:54 am    Post subject: Re: Old school 61 baja project Reply with quote

Been busy but lagging about posting pics so here is a photo dump so I can kinda catch up.
Still gotta paint the diagonal braces.

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Bit the bullet and just got a new drivers seat.

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I'll get some better pics outside the garage, the lighting is awful in here.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2023 10:03 am    Post subject: Re: Old school 61 baja project Reply with quote

And for the record I have 3 bolts holding in the main hoop, one 3/8" bolt threaded right up the middle of the 1/4" baseplate

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2023 4:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Old school 61 baja project Reply with quote

Finally get the baja rolling again with the roll bar secured, seats dialed in all ready to enjoy the thing again after weeks of killing myself. . . . BUT
now the master cylinder has crapped out on me. UGH!! Crying or Very sad
Oh well that's how it goes. Sad

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I guess it was time for the upgrade anyway.

I did make some nifty floor mats for it too.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2023 9:50 am    Post subject: Re: Old school 61 baja project Reply with quote

Got this on yesterday, just gotta bleed em now and all should be good.
I gotta admit it was nerve wracking bending the line going to the rear.
I sure didn't wanna break it and have to replace that, but I took my time and it finally line up.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2023 12:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Old school 61 baja project Reply with quote

Just posting some current pics, nothing special.
Probably won't be doing any work on it for a while, just gonna drive and enjoy it for now.

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It's been about a year and a half since I started.
Not bad for an old buzzard. . . LOL


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2024 8:01 am    Post subject: Re: Old school 61 baja project Reply with quote

Iíve been following this thread since you started it Iím impressed with the way it has turned out! I need to build something like it to tow behind my motor home. Cool happy new year to ya!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2024 12:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Old school 61 baja project Reply with quote

ppilotmike wrote:
Iíve been following this thread since you started it Iím impressed with the way it has turned out! I need to build something like it to tow behind my motor home. Cool happy new year to ya!


Thanks ppilotmike and happy new year to you. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2024 10:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Old school 61 baja project Reply with quote

Not much new going on lately but did get the harness on today, planning a day trip to Gorman soon for a shake down.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2024 10:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Old school 61 baja project Reply with quote

Gosh those belts look familiar. Same identical ones as I've had in my Baja Bug since 2009. Replaced once due to age.

In a street driven Bug, they're a PITA. But my wife put up with them for several years of daily driver use.

Now I need to replace the seats that have been in there since 1983. They're getting pretty rough.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2024 12:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Old school 61 baja project Reply with quote

dustymojave wrote:
Gosh those belts look familiar. Same identical ones as I've had in my Baja Bug since 2009. Replaced once due to age.

In a street driven Bug, they're a PITA. But my wife put up with them for several years of daily driver use.

Now I need to replace the seats that have been in there since 1983. They're getting pretty rough.


Yes they are a PITA on a street car. LOL
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2024 12:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Old school 61 baja project Reply with quote

Well I finally took her out for a day trip.
Hungry Valley OHV park in Gorman. Not the greatest place to off road but it's only about 60 miles up the 5
120 mile round trip and whatever we did in the dirt.
She ran flawless all day!!!

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Funny thing is the blue manx is my old green buggy I built a long time ago. Still running the floor sweeper 1776cc I put together just to sell it. LOL
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2024 10:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Old school 61 baja project Reply with quote

Another trip to Gorman

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 29, 2024 7:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Old school 61 baja project Reply with quote

Taking care of some loose ends.
Finished up the weld on these brackets and a shot of satin black.

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Then a coat of smoke grey for the diagonal braces.

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I know not very exciting stuff LOL
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2024 1:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Old school 61 baja project Reply with quote

After a few trips to Gorman I felt that the frame horns needed a little better support so I started in on these down bars from the cage mounts.

OK kids full disclosure, I waisted an entire day doing this only to find out that the drivers side bar was making contact with the #3 exhaust.
UGH !!!!! Embarassed Embarassed Embarassed
In the true spirit of the home garage builders stuff happens.
I had a sneaky feeling that there might be a problem so it was only tacked in place.
The next morning I put my dummy motor in to check and sure enough!!!

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2024 1:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Old school 61 baja project Reply with quote

I was trying to avoid running the bars inside the car because I didn't wanna make anymore holes where dirt and dust can get it but oh well here we go. LOL

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This should work out just fine.
I guess yesterday wasn't a total loss, lower Mounts are good and solid, top bungs already done and lucky me the tubes just needed to be a little shorter to fit from the inside.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2024 9:36 am    Post subject: Re: Old school 61 baja project Reply with quote

Time for some more cut n trim. It's time for this stuff to go.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2024 10:52 am    Post subject: Re: Old school 61 baja project Reply with quote

Looks good, but just keep in mind that the down strut for the motor mount will be larger at either end than the hole you currently have. Personally, I would make up a two-piece split plate that is screwed to the floor around the strut tube. This way you can have a larger enough hole in the floor to work through easily AND then seal it up with a rubber gasket cut on one side only to sandwich under the split plate to the floor around the tube tightly.

Good luck! You've done lots of work so far.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2024 11:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Old school 61 baja project Reply with quote

Dan_Lockwood wrote:
Looks good, but just keep in mind that the down strut for the motor mount will be larger at either end than the hole you currently have. Personally, I would make up a two-piece split plate that is screwed to the floor around the strut tube. This way you can have a larger enough hole in the floor to work through easily AND then seal it up with a rubber gasket cut on one side only to sandwich under the split plate to the floor around the tube tightly.

Good luck! You've done lots of work so far.

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Thanks Dan
I did need to enlarge the holes to get them out so I could finish weld and paint.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2024 10:58 am    Post subject: Re: Old school 61 baja project Reply with quote

Patching up some holes, made a new combo coil / filter mount, and waiting for paint to dry.

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Some scap aluminum sheet for the heater hole delete.

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And straightening up the wiring.

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Got the trany mount done and back in last night.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2024 3:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Old school 61 baja project Reply with quote

Nice job man! 👏
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