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Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: ianacole on November 01, 2005, 10:06:05 AM
Okay, the plan is beginning to come together, so I figured I'd fill everyone in on what's going on  :lol:

For the past few years, Grassroots Motorsports has hosted a car building challenge.  The year signifies the amount of money you are allowed to spend to purchase and build a competitive car.  This year I have a $2006 budget to work with.  Information can be found HERE! (http://www.grmotorsports.com/news/category/2006-challenge/)

So, yesterday I finalized the deal to pick up this:

(http://a.im.craigslist.org/j3/LO/tEmMbQ16egHUH4oX15TJCxUhtm7x.jpg)
(http://a.im.craigslist.org/fq/T7/jv3Xc2PlDBaY3bmk5pwLDSULKlb8.jpg)

And in it's current state:
(http://a.im.craigslist.org/og/3W/fL8YCvlyVLaSCg3e9GQAdvRf9wmN.jpg)

I may or may not use the wing as a joke on the top of the car because I will have my ass handed to me during the competition, but it should be fun nonetheless.  If I don't use it, it won't count towards the budget and perhaps we can offer $5 a whack on it at DATR!

So, I will need LOTS of help from everyone that is willing.  List of things that I need right off the bat:

1. Motor and Tranny...I would love to get my hands on something F/I to maximize the horsepower (a 1.8t would be awesome, but I think that would blow my budget).
2.  Hood and left fender...color doesn't matter...I'm think flat black or OD green anyways.
3.  Interior...gauges (doesn't need to be the stock cluster, I'll mount in a steel plate and run whatever gauges), at least one seat (I'd prefer a racing seat of sorts), and a harness (or belts).  I'd also love to find a cage, or the steel and a bender and tubing cutter to make my own (I have the welder).
4.Steering...not sure what's currently there, may be everything, nothing, or somewhere in between.
5.  Wheels and tires...one set of wheels with tires that can function as race rubber also (only needs a couple of events remaining), or two sets, one for street, one for race.
6.  Lights...I don't think any of the lights are there.
7.  RMCB5 stickers...

Then, I just could use all sorts of mechanical help.  As most everyone knows, the mechanical aspect is not foreign to me, but it always helps to have extra hands.

I have until October 2006 to complete the project.  The competition will be in Gainesville, FL, most likely the last weekend of October.

If anyone has any of the parts listed above available, or any suggestions, please let me know.  I do have to buy everything; if I receive something for free, I have to assume fair market value for the part.  But cheap is the operative word for aquisition, and really cheap is good.

Wish me luck  :lol:
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: jayryan on November 01, 2005, 10:26:27 AM
Awesome. I'll help with what I can which is pretty much nothing right now. Doesn't Randy have a set of free race rubbers still??
I do have a busted MBC and a set of four 252cc injectors I can sell ya. :wink:
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: 92UrS4 on November 01, 2005, 10:47:44 AM
hahahha...Ian I was looking at that car too!

I'd love to help out however I can. I was actually looking and MKI's as a potential for an RMCB5 project to build an auto-x car. :)

Get in touch with Scot (eurowner) on Vortex, I think he has a bunch of MKI parts, also, greggearhead in the springs, he always seems to have a bunch of parts.
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: aowhaus on November 01, 2005, 10:58:02 AM
I have some OEM parts from my Passat which I would like to get rid of (such as wipers, upper and lower grills, etc.).
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: TurboDub on November 01, 2005, 11:17:46 AM
Wouldn't temporarily swapping drivetrains between this and your GTI technically be "free"  :twisted:

How much does that thing weigh anyway???  8O
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: Eric18T on November 01, 2005, 11:52:34 AM
Quote from: "TurboDub"
Wouldn't temporarily swapping drivetrains between this and your GTI technically be "free"  :twisted:
 8O


that was what i was thinking..
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: ianacole on November 01, 2005, 01:14:59 PM
While I would love to supplant the engine from my daily driver, Megan would throw a fit :lol: Also, I would have to declare fair market value, which would kill my budget.

I'm going to post something similar to this in the RM section of the Vortex and see what kind of responses I get.

As the project progresses I'll post.

Does anyone have a MKI wheel and tire I can borrow this weekend?  I will need it to get the car home.
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: SivNiz on November 01, 2005, 02:47:44 PM
If you need any help with roll cage let me know.  I have been contemplating designing one for the B5, this could be a good warm-up project.
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: ianacole on November 01, 2005, 04:55:11 PM
Quote from: "SivNiz"
If you need any help with roll cage let me know.  I have been contemplating designing one for the B5, this could be a good warm-up project.


Thanks!  When I get to that point I'll drop you a line.  Do you have a bender or  the cutter that will round ends?
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: Cole on November 01, 2005, 05:29:10 PM
PullNSave :wink: ....also you may want to contact several towing companies. Sometimes they have cars just lying around that were towed. By law they can't sell them for more than $300 to cover the tow bill. So you might find a 1.8T that way :wink:
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: Cole on November 01, 2005, 05:57:12 PM
Cheap running Porsche (http://denver.craigslist.org/pts/104798632.html)
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: ianacole on November 01, 2005, 06:08:42 PM
Quote from: "Cole"
Cheap running Porsche (http://denver.craigslist.org/pts/104798632.html)


Thanks for the info on the towing bill...interesting.  Any thoughts on stuffing a 944 motor into a '77 rabit?  Brakes and wheels would be a nice addition.
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: scott on November 01, 2005, 06:24:06 PM
Quote from: "Cole"
PullNSave :wink: ....also you may want to contact several towing companies. Sometimes they have cars just lying around that were towed. By law they can't sell them for more than $300 to cover the tow bill. So you might find a 1.8T that way :wink:


This is not exactly true, the towing company by me gets around it by storing them for the amount of time it takes to apply for an abandoned vehicle title and once they apply for an dget that title they are then free to sell it at market value.
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: Cole on November 01, 2005, 06:51:36 PM
I would watch out for a towing company selling at market value. My understanding is that the law is there to prevent towing companies from just towing cars to sell. This would also cover charging high storage bills etc to prevent the owners from finding and recovering them.  I have not read the actuall law in many years (so it may have changed) but they may be using their own interpretation of that law otherwise.
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: PasSoup on November 01, 2005, 08:23:29 PM
oooh, oooh, I have an idea.  You could take the porsche motor and mount it behind the front seats, and BAM you have a mid engine Rabbit.  That would be freakin sweet.  :D
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: ianacole on November 01, 2005, 08:52:48 PM
Quote from: "PasSoup"
oooh, oooh, I have an idea.  You could take the porsche motor and mount it behind the front seats, and BAM you have a mid engine Rabbit.  That would be freakin sweet.  :D


That has actually crossed my mind...rear wheel drive and all...
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: jayryan on November 02, 2005, 07:53:54 AM
Quote from: "ianacole"
Quote from: "PasSoup"
oooh, oooh, I have an idea.  You could take the porsche motor and mount it behind the front seats, and BAM you have a mid engine Rabbit.  That would be freakin sweet.  :D


That has actually crossed my mind...rear wheel drive and all...


OMG. I want in.  :twisted:  :lol: I don't have a camera, but I'd start taping the work if you do something like this. Then we could work up a documentary in the vein of Monster Garage...
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: ianacole on November 02, 2005, 08:02:52 AM
Quote from: "jayryan"
OMG. I want in.  :twisted:  :lol: I don't have a camera, but I'd start taping the work if you do something like this. Then we could work up a documentary in the vein of Monster Garage...


Well, I do plan on taking an ugly amount of pictures, but I hadn't planned on video (I don't have a really nice video camera, but you can use it if you'd like).  But you are more than welcome to do a videography if you want.
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: SivNiz on November 02, 2005, 08:09:38 AM
Quote from: "ianacole"
Thanks!  When I get to that point I'll drop you a line.  Do you have a bender or  the cutter that will round ends?


I don't but I will ask around.  I could probably get my hands on them.
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: PasSoup on November 02, 2005, 08:21:55 AM
Quote from: "ianacole"

Well, I do plan on taking an ugly amount of pictures, but I hadn't planned on video (I don't have a really nice video camera, but you can use it if you'd like).  But you are more than welcome to do a videography if you want.


Yeah your wife could be the Hostess for the show.  HeHe  :lol:
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: Cole on November 02, 2005, 10:20:58 AM
Click here to go to Klode.com (http://klode.com) Do a search using just the manufacture "volk" and you will see that they have 162ish matches.

These are all wrecked "insurance totaled" vehicles that are auctioned off. If you can find a 1.8T VW that is absolutly destroyed with a good motor you might be able to get it for a very small bid. Then you can have your motor.

(there was an RS6 there a while back :wink: )
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: ianacole on November 02, 2005, 10:25:43 AM
Quote from: "Cole"
(there was an RS6 there a while back :wink: )


That would be sick  :twisted:
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: ianacole on November 02, 2005, 10:35:48 AM
Quote from: "Cole"
Click here to go to Klode.com (http://klode.com) Do a search using just the manufacture "volk" and you will see that they have 162ish matches.

These are all wrecked "insurance totaled" vehicles that are auctioned off. If you can find a 1.8T VW that is absolutly destroyed with a good motor you might be able to get it for a very small bid. Then you can have your motor.


Thanks for link, Cole.  Just got off the phone with them...having to buy a whole car may be a bit out of the budget, but I could sell off the remaining parts...they did have an R32...
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: SivNiz on November 02, 2005, 11:03:31 AM
http://denver.craigslist.org/car/108216515.html

1.8 GTI
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: ianacole on November 02, 2005, 11:06:53 AM
Quote from: "SivNiz"
http://denver.craigslist.org/car/108216515.html

1.8 GTI


Awesome!  Thanks...I'm going to give him a call this evening.

I'm finding I have a lot of options.
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: ianacole on November 04, 2005, 10:32:42 AM
I think I've made my engine/driveline choice:

http://denver.craigslist.org/pts/106727933.html

 :twisted:
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: s4josh on November 04, 2005, 10:51:27 AM
That would be an awesome setup in such a small car!  plus the Vortec 4.3L V6 is a solid motor that has been well tested and cheap to get parts for.  You will need to get a manual shift body for the auto trans, but they are less then $100 I believe and sometype of quick shifter setup.
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: ianacole on November 04, 2005, 11:04:14 AM
Manual shift body-I'm not sure what that is?  I was thinking of just getting a cable shifter and mounting a tunnel shifter somewhere.  But, yeah, for performance I think the tranny is going to be the weakest link.  I don't know much about this engine combo, but I assume there are some quick shift kits available.
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: Cole on November 04, 2005, 11:14:48 AM
Hmmm....now you need a rear axle and room for it to fit....then suspension to work with th axle etc.....I would almost just toss a GTI motor back in it and concentrate on making the car lite, fast and handle.
Title: The donor...
Post by: ianacole on November 19, 2005, 02:05:54 PM
Well, the donor made it home.  Some already know the plan, but those who don't, here are the photos of the soon to be transplanted motor and donor...

What's this?

(http://www.rmcb5.com/albums/album115/IMG_3630_sm25.jpg)


Well, that's just super...

(http://www.rmcb5.com/albums/album115/IMG_3632_sm25.jpg)

CHARGED!!

(http://www.rmcb5.com/albums/album115/IMG_3633_sm25.jpg)

That's going to fit where?

(http://www.rmcb5.com/albums/album115/IMG_3634_sm25.jpg)

And the soon to be engineless, front endless, car...

(http://www.rmcb5.com/albums/album115/IMG_3638_sm25.jpg)

It's a '92 Bonneville SSE, 3800 SC V6 FWD.  Should make a nice addition to the rear of the rabbit  :twisted:
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: s4josh on November 28, 2005, 11:54:23 AM
That will be sweet :D
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: PasSoup on November 28, 2005, 12:02:18 PM
If you make it I'll go and watch.
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: ianacole on November 28, 2005, 12:59:59 PM
Quote from: "PasSoup"
If you make it I'll go and watch.


I'll let you know...It will be the end of October next year in Gainsville.

Tear down should be commencing soon...I'm itching to take something apart.
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: gragravar on November 28, 2005, 04:11:21 PM
yeah, that engine looks like a better option for you than this find:

RS6 Motor intact except for

Broken Cam Gear (as seen in pic as missing)
Bent Valves on Driver Side Cylinder Head (seen as head missing cam gear)
Broken Alternator Bracket/Oil Cooler
Borken Front Timming Cover

Plus you have a fair amount of freight...

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Auid-RS6-V8-Twin-Turbo-Engine_W0QQitemZ4590459965QQcategoryZ102320QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: ianacole on November 28, 2005, 04:36:22 PM
Quote from: "gragravar"
yeah, that engine looks like a better option for you than this find:

RS6 Motor intact except for

Broken Cam Gear (as seen in pic as missing)
Bent Valves on Driver Side Cylinder Head (seen as head missing cam gear)
Broken Alternator Bracket/Oil Cooler
Borken Front Timming Cover

Plus you have a fair amount of freight...

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Auid-RS6-V8-Twin-Turbo-Engine_W0QQitemZ4590459965QQcategoryZ102320QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


And it would completely blow my budget...but could you imagine that engine in something as light as a Rabbit?!  Would probably tear it up...
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: s4josh on November 29, 2005, 03:04:40 PM
Are you going to remove the stock engine from the front of the car? If you do you should move/relocate everything you can forward of the front axel and mount it as low as posiable.  Don't mount the gas tank to far forward though maybe right over the front axel would be good.  Wouldn't want to see you burn up in a blazing flame of glory!
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: ianacole on November 29, 2005, 03:12:05 PM
The rabbit has no engine currently.  With the placement of the V6 in the rear, it's going to be more mid-engine than anything.  You're right though...I'm concerned about having enough weight up front to keep it handling well.  Fire would not be good...
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: s4josh on November 29, 2005, 03:21:56 PM
That engine is on a transaxel and its fuel injected, so you could try to mount it tipped in towards the back of the seat about 15-20 degrees or so to help move the weight inward between the front and rear axels and lower the center of gravity a little.  You will have to look at where the oil pump pickup is at in the oil pan and maybe mod the pickup, baffle, and oil pan to handle the tilted motor other than that it shouldn't hurt anything to tilt the motor.
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: gragravar on November 29, 2005, 03:22:32 PM
remember that wing that started this whole discussion.  you could always mount that up high over the hood for some weight and downforce in the front.  

now, that would be funny to see.  

 8O
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: ianacole on November 29, 2005, 03:40:35 PM
Quote from: "gragravar"
remember that wing that started this whole discussion.  you could always mount that up high over the hood for some weight and downforce in the front.  

now, that would be funny to see.  

 8O


I actually did think about that...but I may not be able to see over it LOL.  I have about 36" from the centerline of the rear axle to the back of the seat.  I may be able to make up some room by moving the motor back an inch or two...shouldn't bind the axles too bad.  My biggest concern right now is heat...how much heat is that thing going to generate on the seat back.  Also, I'm going to have to come up with some sort of firewall.
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: gragravar on November 29, 2005, 04:01:35 PM
you could also go the other direction, mount the motor up front, but behind the axles, and just move the firewall rearward, and then drive from the back seat.  for that matter you could get in through the back hatch too.
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: s4josh on November 30, 2005, 10:53:51 AM
I would use a decent gauge sheetmeat (10-16) for the firewall, because heat and fire are not your only concern.  If the trans or engine has some type of cytostrophic failure you don't want any parts intrusion into the passenger compartment.

The heat shield is easy, you just use an air gap.  Use steel sheet metal (16 gauge) for the engine compartment structure then use aluminized steel sheet metal (24-30 gauge) for the heatshield.  Just buy some 1/4" thin-wall steel pipe and 1/8"-3/16" x 3/4"-1" bolts/nuts/washers from Home Depot/Lowes/etc.  Cut the pipe into 1/2" lengths creating a spacer and drill holes in both the firewall and heatshield, and connect the two peices with the bolts.  It shouldn't rattle at all; if you have them tight and spaced correctly, you may want to use locking washers, so they dont come lose.  There are other ways of doing it, but thats a pretty simple and cheap way.  You will need to find a local metal supplier to get the lower gauge and larger pieces of sheet metal for the firewall.

I would also put a piece of 1/4" peice of lexan above the firewall and bolt it in.  that will help a little with the noise and give you some additional protection.  You could also use 1/8" lexan sheet, it would be cheaper.  You can make some L beams from the 16 gauge sheet metal drill holes in one side of the L beam every 6" or so and spot weld a beam on the back of each B pillar and the roof above the firewall then bolt the lexan shield into the L beams and the firewall.
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: s4josh on November 30, 2005, 11:03:24 AM
I would gladly come over and help you on some Sunday afternoon's if you like some help.  I don't have a lot of time outside of Sunday's, but I would like to help if you want some?
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: ianacole on November 30, 2005, 12:41:21 PM
I would love the help!  I haven't started tearing down the Bonneville yet...I haven't been home and it's been too cold (it's sitting outside in the driveway).  But, I plan on having everything out of the bonneville by the end of December.  I'm taking motor and tranny, front subframe and all attached components, radiator (I'll mount this in the front of the rabbit, assuming I can run hose from there) and fan, ECU, harness, shifter and cable (although I may not be able to use the cable), and then all the assosiated electronics (coil, etc).

I really like your idea of the firewall.  That should be fairly simple to build.  I had thought about the danger of something shooting out the side of the motor...I really would not like to have a piston in the back of my head.  I was planning on the Lexan, although it had been plexiglass in my mind.  Any idea where I could find this?
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: DenverPat on November 30, 2005, 12:45:34 PM
Try calling Plasticare for the Lexan.  Not sure if they sell it, but I would guess so.  If not, I'm sure they could point you in the right direction.
4211 S Natches Ct
Englewood, CO 80110
(303) 781-1171
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: ianacole on November 30, 2005, 12:46:35 PM
^^^ AWESOME!!! Thanks!!
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: s4josh on November 30, 2005, 01:34:10 PM
Heres a place online US Plastics - Lexan sheets (http://http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=USPlastic&category%5Fname=68&product%5Fid=10718).

You should do some messurements of where about you want the firewall height wise because you might be able to get away with a 24" by 48" ($71.05) sheet of instead of a 48" x 96" ($236.61) sheet of 1/4".

A good idea would be to replace all the windows minus the front windshield with Lexan because its 16 times lighter than glass and 3 times light then Acrylic.  You could use 1/8" for all side and rear windows.  A 4' x 8' sheet of 1/8" Lexan is $135.09, two sheets would prolly get all the side and rear windows.
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: RobD on November 30, 2005, 09:22:45 PM
As for sheet metal.....I could probably come up with a few helpful pieces.  I sell sheet metal for a company called Metalwest.  All we do is sheet metal.  Aluminized is not a regular off the shelf item.  It's typically used is ovens and tends to be contract specific.    As for standard carbon steel in 10 thru 20 guage not a problem.  We stock light gauge(26-30) galvaized but we also stock thin aluminum (.020 & .025).  I'm pretty sure I could come up with what you need to get the firewall constructed.

You might try a place called Regal plastics.  I think they bought out Cadillac plastics about 4-5 yrs ago and I'm pretty sure they carried lexan.  You might inquiry about remnant sheets(drops from other cuts out of stock sheets) as most places are willing to sell that stuff at a discount.

My cell phone is 303-885-7682 if you want to call and ask a few questions.
This week I'm in Alb NM so I'll be in and out from the phone. (playing golf tomorrow afternoon!)

Rob
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: s4josh on December 01, 2005, 09:12:49 AM
What type of welder/welding equipment do you have?  MIG, TIG, Acetylene torch, Palsma?
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: ianacole on December 01, 2005, 10:15:05 AM
Rob...That's awesome!!  Thank you very much!!  You will definitely be getting a call from me.

Josh - MIG.
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: s4josh on December 02, 2005, 09:22:56 AM
I am going to get one of those solar auto dimming welding masks for chrismas and I am ordering some new welding gloves and a apron from weldingdepot.com  :twisted:
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: ianacole on December 02, 2005, 10:25:11 AM
I'll have to check them out.  I just have the hand-held mask that came in the kit, and it's really annoying.  I've been looking for a full, auto-dimming helmet.  Are you up for giving some instruction in welding?  I've been hacking at it a little bit, but could definitely use some tutelage.
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: s4josh on December 02, 2005, 12:08:39 PM
Well I took welding class for two years in high school and went to techinical school for one year to become a machinist and have built a few dune buggies, a couple roll cages and some other smaller welding projects, but the last time I really did any welding was about 8 years ago, so I will have to get back into it.

Do you have a drill press, hand held drill (up to 1500-2000 rpm), angle grinder, and a bench grinder?   You will need a hook and pick set, steel brushes, and some MIG anti-splatter spray; if you don't have them already.

You will prolly need an Oxy-Acetylene torch for this project.  Gas-welding sheet metal make much nicer and cleaner welds.  They make it easier to cut parts out and cut parts off.  We could build a custom baffeled fuel tank for the front of the car with one.

Check out this website WeldingDepot (http://store.weldingdepot.com/cgi/weldingdepot/index.html)
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: ianacole on December 02, 2005, 12:46:41 PM
Quote from: "s4josh"
Do you have a drill press, hand held drill (up to 1500-2000 rpm), angle grinder, and a bench grinder?   You will need a hook and pick set, steel brushes, and some MIG anti-splatter spray; if you don't have them already.


I do have the press, drills, and grinders.  I have some heavy duty wire brushes, and the spikey hammer thingy.  I don't have the anti-spatter spray - I've never heard of it.

Quote from: "s4josh"
You will prolly need an Oxy-Acetylene torch for this project.  Gas-welding sheet metal make much nicer and cleaner welds.  They make it easier to cut parts out and cut parts off.  We could build a custom baffeled fuel tank for the front of the car with one.


I have this welder:

Lincoln Electric
Weld Pak 3200HD Wire Feed Welder
Model K2190-1

(http://www.homedepot.com/cmc_upload/HDUS/EN_US/asset/images/eplus/166038_3.jpg)

Quote from: "Home Depot"
Got some serious welding chores? Then you're going to want a serious welder. Lincoln Electric's Weld-Pak 3200HD handles a huge spectrum of flux-cored or MIG welding jobs -- from auto-body repairs to farm fixes to around the home chores. You just can't buy a 120V welder with a more versatile range! The Weld-Pak 3200HD comes ready to weld mild steel with self-shielded flux-cored wire right out of the box. Also included is virtually everything you need to MIG weld mild steel. Just add a cylinder of shielding gas. Rounding out the package is a welding handshield, instructional video and undercarriage. The convenient mild steel procedure chart inside the wire access door guides you to all the appropriate welder settings for the job at hand. The Weld-Pak 3200HD has a 25-135 amp output and welds up to 5/16 In. steel using flux-cored wire. The unit plugs into a 120V (20 amp) outlet. It comes with a 3 year warranty on parts and labor (90 days warranty on gun and cable).

    Welds up to 5/16 In. steel
    Output range 25-135 Amps DC
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Cool site!  Good prices on helmets.
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: s4josh on December 02, 2005, 02:25:17 PM
Very cool welder!  Flux core wire saves time and cleanup.  Lincoln's are good welders.

MIG Anti-splatter spray and gels just protect the surface you are welding on from the molten metal being throw from the arc.  Say your welding a car body panel you wouldn't flying molten metal bonding to the body panels surface, so you spray it on around that area to protect it.
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: Rusty on December 08, 2005, 09:55:19 AM
Kudos to you for this project!  If we were in the same city, I'd be all over this to help you out.  I'm pretty good with a wrench...

*bow*
Title: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: ianacole on December 08, 2005, 10:20:56 AM
I wish you were, too.  I have a feeling that I am going to need all the help I can get.

I was hoping to start pulling parts from the Bonnie this weekend, but I have a coolant leak in the GTI that I need to track down.
Title: Re: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: s4josh on January 17, 2006, 11:37:44 AM
Well I have my new auto-dimming welding helm and i am now just waiting on my welding gloves and apron to arrive next week :D

You still doing this and need some help Ian?
Title: Re: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: ianacole on January 17, 2006, 11:43:10 AM
I am and I would love some.  I'm beginning the tear down of the Bonneville the 28th of this month (Saturday) and hope to have it done by Sunday.  The running idea is that we'll pull everything from the front end, except the motor and tranny, use a couple of 1x1 box steel and weld them across the front frame rails to begin the box for the engine.  I hope to have this all done this weekend.  If you want to come over and help wrench (and do some light welding), I'd sure appreciate the help.
Title: Re: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: s4josh on January 17, 2006, 12:19:12 PM
I wouldn't be able to help on Saturday 28th, but I could come over and on the Sunday 29th around 10 am or later?
Title: Re: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: ianacole on January 17, 2006, 12:26:25 PM
That would be fantastic...I will probably cutting the motor out on Sunday, giving me time on Saturday to label everything.  10am is fine if that works for you.  My address is:

2129 S. Xenophon St.
Lakewood, 80228

Mapquest and google maps do a fairly good job with the directions, but if you need more, call me at 303 914 9696, that's my home (where my cell doesn't work).  My cell is 720 270 2147.
Title: Re: My GRM 2006 Challenge build-up
Post by: ianacole on January 28, 2006, 04:01:41 PM
Well, the dismantling has begun.  From the Bonnie I've removed most of the interior pieces that I will be using: shifter mount, gauge cluster, and a few other odds and ends.  Hopefully tomorrow I will have the motor pulled.

By the way, I found the specs on the 3800 SC V6:  205HP and 264TQ.