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'73 VW Class 11 build

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3 years 2 months ago - 3 years 2 months ago #20468 by michaelbrenner
michaelbrenner replied the topic: '73 VW Class 11 build
It sure did do it wrong the first time and nobody here told me so. Did you also notice that I mentioned that we bent the beam in that spot 3 races in a row (3 new beams) till we decided to look at the way we were doing it? We can't do it now but I would have skipped that bar all together and put the a-pillar ontop of the heater channel with a reinforcement plate welded on to distribute the load onto the channel. This is also where I would connect the lower beam support tube.

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3 years 2 months ago #20470 by dezertthing
dezertthing replied the topic: '73 VW Class 11 build
Sounds to me like you would have rather built more of a disposable, light weight, short course car?

I understand the benefit of saving weight, but I also believe that to build a car that will last, and be durable, you really shouldn't cut too many corners. I'm pretty set in my design of joining the front beam to the rear torsion housing with two stout pieces of .120 . In my mind, that's the foundation of the entire chassis, and with that foundation in place, I can utilize lighter tubing in places that some builders wouldn't use it. The way you described might save some weight, but I just envision tearing the body to pieces by relying on it as a structural chassis member.

I guess this is the reason I love off road racing so much. It's still possible to build a car of your own design, in your own garage, and go race it against the best in the class. If you get it wrong, you can always go back to the drawing board, but if you do something out of the box, and get it right, you just changed the game. This will be the second tube chassis build for me, so it's safe to say I learned a lot from the first build. It's also safe to say that I'll learn a lot from this build.

With all due respect, I don't want to just build a Daveco replica... :ohmy:
We know his cars can win races, I want to find out if my car can win races.

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3 years 2 months ago #20475 by DirtDgr
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dezertthing wrote:
With all due respect, I don't want to just build a Daveco replica... :ohmy:
We know his cars can win races, I want to find out if my car can win races.



His car DOES win races. A lot of them! Probably most of the ones it is in.

His car, and Cisco's car are killing it in the WSOB. They are clearly in a different league and their cars have a lot to do with it. I think light weight has a lot to do with it too.

I'll take a DaveCo clone car any day, But I appreciate that you want to build your own design. Thanks for keeping us informed and all the pics! Very cool.,

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3 years 2 months ago - 3 years 2 months ago #20476 by DirtDgr
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dezertthing wrote:
I decided to use a sleeve, and just weld straight to the beam, instead of using beam clamps.




In this pic it looks like you added material to the tops of the shock towers? Or is it just the weird light angle?

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3 years 2 months ago #20477 by dezertthing
dezertthing replied the topic: '73 VW Class 11 build
Nothing added there. It does look weird in the picture though.

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