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Never Say Die: Rebuilding the Green Mamba
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MAMBA
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 9:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Never Say Die: Rebuilding the Green Mamba Reply with quote

Note: those engine mount were VERY time consuming to make, each one had 2 tabs and 1 plate that had to be hand shaped to original that doc made, of course "I" messed one up and had to redo 1 tab.. Rolling Eyes Sad Rolling Eyes
At the end, Im VERY happy with how they ended up. I have noticed to Doc has unique attention to detail, if not perfect its being torn off and redone.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 12:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Never Say Die: Rebuilding the Green Mamba Reply with quote

So this box was waiting for me when i got home friday


Contents...


Trail gear fully loaded calipers


New rotors



Hardware, brackets, brake lines and instructions.


that completes the rear disk brake mod on my 87 4runner rear axle...

Next in line are my 82 landcruiser vented rotors and ifs 4x4 calipers for front axle.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 1:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Never Say Die: Rebuilding the Green Mamba Reply with quote

Nice. Brings back memories of putting Sequoia breaks on my Taco.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 6:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Never Say Die: Rebuilding the Green Mamba Reply with quote

You can just bring those over two my house.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2014 8:47 am    Post subject: Re: Never Say Die: Rebuilding the Green Mamba Reply with quote

glideraz wrote:
You can just bring those over two my house.
So more parts came in,
Dimpled and slotted 82' landcruiser front rotors, i was looking for a complete kit that had the v6 ifs toyota calipers. But i decided to contact the kid who built her originally, good thing i did because come to find out that i ALREADY had vented rotors AND V6 calipers. So i just decided to upgrade the rotors, my calipers and brake pads are in almost NEW condition!

i found a KILLER deal on some Bilstein 9100 17" remote res coilovers w/out springs and RECENTLY rebuilt, i paid $200, a steal if u ask me. Doc said thats exactly what we need, ( co's w/out springs) since we dont know the final weight.




So, i get to Doc's house yesturday and he already has that top axle truss cut and bent, he just needs to grind the undersides down to make a PERFECT match to the axle since there is a few offsets on axle he had to shape into truss. We proceed to cut, shape and drill the 2 tabs you see down there, of course, easier to say/type than do, since we're basically cuttin n shapin by hand (angle grinders ).


by then end of the day we had truss and tabs welded unto axle housing



we also cut and shaped 2 steel plate braces that will go welded in back of axle/truss, dont know if Doc had time to get them welded on, but i like what he said when i asked, "what are those holes for",,, "COOLNESS!"... S he explains how hes GOING to get rid off any/all unused metal in the build, now, if u ask me, removing metal from metal should make that metal weaker, but, oviously not, but Doc can explain that part better than I, i just know that ALL tabs, crossmembers, and plating that we do will all have that COOL FACTOR when looking at it, and will hold up against ALL the ABUSE that i put it thru, and I can be an abusive person when wheeling! All in All, a very good day in the shop. THANKS DOC!

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2014 1:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Never Say Die: Rebuilding the Green Mamba Reply with quote



Yeah I welded that up... I couldn't WAIT!!

The holes remove metal where the strength of the metal isn't getting used so much. Consequently there should be some weight savings without significant strength reduction. If I continue this plan of weight reduction over the whole build, then the cumulative weight reduction will be significant.

I'm really happy with this design for a number of reasons and I wish I'd done mine this way!

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az4runner wrote:
glideraz wrote:
if I where you I would just get some jb weld
Is jb weld really as strong as if I just welded them on with my welder?

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Could be stronger it all depends on how you weld
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2014 3:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Never Say Die: Rebuilding the Green Mamba Reply with quote

BellyDoc wrote:


Yeah I welded that up... I couldn't WAIT!!

The holes remove metal where the strength of the metal isn't getting used so much. Consequently there should be some weight savings without significant strength reduction. If I continue this plan of weight reduction over the whole build, then the cumulative weight reduction will be significant.

I'm really happy with this design for a number of reasons and I wish I'd done mine this way!

Looks AWESOME DOC, id knew you wouldnt b able to resist...
And i think i had my grinder goin when you explained the "hole situation".. Cool

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 1:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Never Say Die: Rebuilding the Green Mamba Reply with quote

Do you guys have dimple die's?

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 3:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Never Say Die: Rebuilding the Green Mamba Reply with quote

I wanna build something someday.......

This is how dreams get started!!!

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 8:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Never Say Die: Rebuilding the Green Mamba Reply with quote

you guys have 4 extra hi lift jacks laying around?

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 9:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Never Say Die: Rebuilding the Green Mamba Reply with quote

donkeypuncher wrote:
you guys have 4 extra hi lift jacks laying around?
Affirmative, they will be reunited wit owners 2moro

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 10:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Never Say Die: Rebuilding the Green Mamba Reply with quote

Lol.
didnt need it back. Miss ya brotha.
but if you bring it back leave mine with adam. Im on shift the next two days

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 11:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Never Say Die: Rebuilding the Green Mamba Reply with quote

okiefj wrote:
Do you guys have dimple die's?

I've got one for 1.75", which I almost used on this. It'll form a dimple in 1/8" plate but the result isn't crisp. In this part, the holes are too close to the edge and the shape would have distorted.

Dimpled holes are awesome. I need more dies.

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glideraz wrote:
if I where you I would just get some jb weld
Is jb weld really as strong as if I just welded them on with my welder?

glideraz wrote:
Could be stronger it all depends on how you weld
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 1:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Never Say Die: Rebuilding the Green Mamba Reply with quote

[quote="BellyDoc"]
okiefj wrote:

Dimpled holes are awesome. I need more dies.

Dimples FTW!

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 8:03 am    Post subject: Re: Never Say Die: Rebuilding the Green Mamba Reply with quote

Few more goodies in the garage





heims!...

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