CopperBaja's Baja

Offroad VW based vehicles have problems/insights all their own. Not to mention the knowledge gained in VW durability.
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Post by CopperBaja » Mon Jul 23, 2007 12:59 pm

What I started with:
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Looks nice from the outside, huh?
Let's open the trunk....rust and nasty wiring
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Neglected engine....it didn't run...
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Pile of garbage:
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Cleaned up the trunk area:
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Post by CopperBaja » Mon Jul 23, 2007 1:02 pm

What the dash USED to look like:
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Found that the front bumper is not connected correctly....(still have to fix it...:lol: )
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When I yanked the dirty old carpet, I found this....I'm told it was to help reinforce the rear of the car.....I eventually tied my cage into it. :)
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PO even left the old bumper mounts....maybe he thought he would change back someday???
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Post by CopperBaja » Mon Jul 23, 2007 1:10 pm

During the rewire, I pulled the fan shroud to clean it up:
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Had to change from ext reg alternator to int reg alternator.
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Started cleaning up the pedal assembly...
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Found that the PO had welded the clutch pedal...thus destroying my chance of a clean rebuild:
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Along the way, I installed a bodylift
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por-15'd the pan
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Had a Chenowth roll-cage installed...with a few mods:
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Installed seats from a 2003 Nissan 350Z...(still need to install seatbelts, but not worried about them til it's actually moving)
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and reworked the dash a bit...The steering wheel now has a quick-disconnect, as well.
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Post by CopperBaja » Mon Jul 23, 2007 1:12 pm

More recently, I just fabbed a CB radio mount using the ashtray as a support.

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Post by Projectile Motion » Mon Jul 23, 2007 1:12 pm

Looks great but that paint is way too pretty for a Baja. :wink:

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Post by CopperBaja » Mon Jul 23, 2007 1:22 pm

And what under the hood looks like now:
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Less holes...( I think the PO drilled a hole every time he needed to run a new wire....there are still a few small holes, but I might use them...for something.

And in just a matter of months, my little helper has went from:
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to:
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and:
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I don't think we wanted out of the driver's seat...he loved sitting there!
...but he started to drool on the seat a bit too much. :lol:
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Post by CopperBaja » Mon Jul 23, 2007 1:24 pm

Projectile Motion wrote:Looks great but that paint is way too pretty for a Baja. :wink:
I think so too! Should be out getting some scratches on it this desert season....most of the current dirt is dust from sitting in the garage for a year and a half. :lol:
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Post by Leatherneck » Mon Jul 23, 2007 1:30 pm

Real clean looking work, heck of a body lift. :wink:

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Good looking son you have, keep him busy but most important have fun with him.

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Post by CopperBaja » Mon Jul 23, 2007 1:37 pm

Leatherneck wrote:Real clean looking work, heck of a body lift. :wink:

Good looking son you have, keep him busy but most important have fun with him.
Thanks!

I'm searching for ideas to close in the sides of the face of the CB and insulate it....I was thinking of just using double-sided foam seal, but do they make install kits for CB radios, like they do for car radios? I'd like a nice clean face on the dash side....

OH! And do they make Lighted CB antennas? I know they make lighted whips....
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Post by scott the viking » Mon Jul 23, 2007 2:18 pm

CopperBaja wrote:
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Hey Jeff, cute kid...good move putting that shirt on him so you don't forget what he is. :lol:

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Post by CopperBaja » Mon Jul 23, 2007 3:25 pm

scott the viking wrote:Hey Jeff, cute kid...good move putting that shirt on him so you don't forget what he is. :lol:
Thanks! That's actually a note for me, so I don't throw him around and break him! ha!

That was a quick candid shot that my wife helped setup....I'm just glad he didn't try to eat the screwdriver. :)

Here's what he was doing right before that....and pretty much after, as well.
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....he was in the phase of just finding out that he had feet. :lol:
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Post by ChadRat » Mon Jul 23, 2007 5:02 pm

CopperBaja wrote: ....he was in the phase of just finding out that he had feet. :lol:
I think bajaherbie is in the same phase. :D

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Post by david58 » Mon Jul 23, 2007 5:29 pm

ChadRat wrote:
CopperBaja wrote: ....he was in the phase of just finding out that he had feet. :lol:
I think bajaherbie is in the same phase. :D
Again? :lol:
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Post by RyanB » Mon Jul 23, 2007 5:47 pm

Awesome pics man! quite the lil helper!!!

And I nominate this for BEST use of an ashtray evah !! Hehe.
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Post by CopperBaja » Tue Jul 24, 2007 5:02 pm

Thanks Ryan!

The mount that came with the CB was only 2" deep, so I had to figure out a way to securely mount it...and make it so that it would come out, if needed.
If I ever go to a bigger CB radio, I can always cut and bend things.

My to-do list:
Driveable
Pedal assy
gas tank
Hi-beam switch
Install battery
Bleed brakes
Install windows

Off-Road Ready
skid plates
off road lights
solid trans mount

"Finished"
sound deadener
carpet
rear seat
radio in glovebox
roof rack w/ spare tire mount

Someday: Thing front-end, rear coilovers, 3x3's.
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