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Posted 7/21/2017 8:20:19 PM
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I posted a copy of this post here because it might be of some benefit
to someone planning, starting, or currently building a Bat Vehicle.

Projection and Progress Reports are an excellent way to move any Bat
Vehicle build forward. Here is mine for my Tumbler build.

PROGRESS REPORT: 3-months later
Posted this list on 4-21-2017

Vertigo's Tumbler Build Update: Projected close range work.

COMPLETED:

Will be adding and welding in more structural steel tubing to back end
of Tumbler. (completed)

Have ordered 2" X 1/4" wall DOM steel tubing, heavy duty 4-link hemi
end axle suspension kit, heavy

duty axle truss, and associated hemi end connection brackets/mounts.
(completed cutting, welding, and installation)

Have ordered 4-rear 44" Interco SAM-43 Super Swamper tires. Back
ordered until 1-MAY-2017. (completed: in my possession)

Waiting for 2 custom built front wheels. Expected delivery early
June-2017. (Completed: received them in July-2017)

Constructed rear body panels and mounted 4-recessed propane tanks for
rear afterburner assembly. (Completed)

STILL IN PROGRESS:

Once Super Swamper 44" Interco tires arrive will mount one on a single
mount wheel and inflate to proper pressure and use to get accurate
measurements before finalizing design for custom rear wheels. (still
in progress but should not take too much time)

Once design for rear wheels is finalized will order custom wheels and
expect delivery in a month or so. (still in progress: custom wheels
usually take 3-4 months to receive.)

Will also probably end up refitting the GM 14 bolt axle with disk
brakes. (still in progress: but should not take too much time. Hope to
complete by end of July-2017)
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Posted 7/21/2017 8:30:29 PM
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I posted a copy of this post here because it might be of some benefit
to someone planning, starting, or currently building a Bat Vehicle.

Projection and Progress Reports are an excellent way to move any Bat
Vehicle build forward. Here is the new projection report for my
Tumbler build.

A PROJECTION REPORT for close range work is usually aimed at around
3-months into the future. A PROJECTION REPORT’s most significant
advantages are that it will help most Bat Vehicle builders avoid
builder block and that all you need is something to write with, on
something to write on, or an I phone etc… to create/update a
Projection Report on your Bat Vehicle build.

PROJECTION REPORT: Vertigo’s Batman Tumbler

Vertigo's Tumbler Build Update: Projected close range work for next
three months. (For me that is around 100-hours, maybe more.)

Cut and weld propane tank valve protection shields.

I will probably end up not using these tanks because of the risks
associated with being so close to the engine but with heat shields I
could use them and even use a propane engine conversion as well. I am
isolating the driver/passenger compartment from all fuel sources and
potential external fires. I will also install a quality fire
suppression system. I could mount a 5 or 10 gallon propane tank inside
a safety blow out compartment, concealed within the body panels to
power the afterburner as well. A lot to think about on these build
aspects.

Mount one Super Swamper 44" Interco tire on a single mount wheel,
inflate to proper pressure, mount on an axle end with 2000 pounds of
weight, and use to get accurate measurements that include side wall
weighed deflection before finalizing design for custom rear wheels.

Once design for rear wheels is finalized will order custom wheels and
expect delivery in 3 months or so.

Refit the GM 14 bolt axle with disk brake rotors and calipers.

Use 2” X 2” X ¼” wall tubing to build U-shaped upper shocks and
actuators integrated frame assembly.

Cut and weld 2” X 2” x ¼” wall tubing lower support assembly for
U-shaped upper shocks and actuators integrated frame assembly.

Construct and mount proxy shocks between GM 14-bolt axle shock mounts
and U-shaped upper shock mounts on actuators integrated frame
assembly.

Cut and weld in upper Tumber body frame with relevant supports for
contour integrated gull-wing doors.

Cut and weld, blow out compartments concealed within the body panels
for fuel tanks.

Will probably spend any time left over during the next three months on
front steering system and/or on cutting/welding body panels.

This should keep me busy for a while.   vertigo
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Posted 7/22/2017 9:31:52 PM
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I placed a copy of this post here because it might be of some benefit
to someone planning, starting, or currently building a Bat Vehicle.
What my experience with welding hemi-joint thread tubing inserts has taught me.

My tubing was 2” X ¼” wall and my hemi-joints were 1-1/4 X 12 TPI and
the matching threaded tubing inserts were just slightly over 1/8”
thick. When you subtract the cut thread depth the 1/8” thick tubing
insert is really about 1.25/32” or approximately .070 thousandths. No
wonder welder heat warps the threads.

One of the most important things that I learned about welding
hemi-joint threaded tubing inserts.

Buy the left and right handed taps for the hemi-joint threaded tubing inserts.

You will almost certainly need them if you do good solid welds on the
threaded tubing inserts.

If you don’t need the taps there is a very, very, strong possibility
that your welds are not as good as they should be.

I test welded two hemi-joint threaded tubing inserts.

One I welded with appropriate welder settings and the correct
techniques for good quality welds.

The hemi-joint would not screw in after it reached the inside weld ring.

I used the tap to clean up the threads.

I cut it in half. The weld penetration was complete and well integrated.

The second, I welded with reduced welder settings and the correct
stager and cooling techniques suggested on many of the welder forum
postings.

I coated the hemi-joint with anti-seize compound and still required a
short length of steel bar to screw it into the threaded insert.

I did not need the tap.

I cut it in half. The weld penetration was incomplete and poorly integrated.

It appears that you can’t do a high quality weld and not need to use
the tap on the threads.

Perhaps that why NASA and many high performance car builders use taps
after welding hemi-joint thread tubing inserts.  My experience with
welding hemi-joint threaded tubing inserts tells me that I should
always use a tap after welding. Even the one that I welded with less
quality welding techniques still needed anti-seize compound and a
short length of steel bar to screw it into the threaded insert;
indicating that there were still significant binding forces present.
And a FINAL CAUTION:  NEVER WELD A HEMI-JOINT THREADED TUBING INSERT
WITH THE HEMI-JOINT SCREWED INTO IT. THE HEAT WILL ALMOST ALWAYS
DESTROY THE HEMI-JOINT’s TEFLON LINER and make it worthless.   vertigo
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Posted 7/22/2017 9:50:51 PM
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I placed a copy of this post here because the photo images of the four-link axle system might be of some benefit
to someone planning, starting, or currently building a Bat Vehicle.

Finished welding upper four link chassis mounts and completed installation of four-link axle system. vertigo


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Posted 7/24/2017 7:01:16 PM
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I placed a copy of this post here because it might be of some benefit
to someone planning, starting, or currently building a Bat Vehicle.

Here is an outstanding and VERY VALUABLE RESOURCE for very high
quality heavy duty multi-link suspension systems, axle parts, brakes,
etc., manufactured by a guy that really loves what he is doing and a
very honorable man. (My number one place to go, when I want to buy
very high quality and heavy duty multi-link suspension systems, axle
parts, and extreme duty axle and chassis mounts.

ruffstuffspecialties.com

“Lots of people ask me every day how I got into this business of
making 4x4 parts? My answer is pretty easy. I had bought a '73
land-cruiser and tried to find parts for the modifications I wanted.
They were simply not made to the standards I desired and the Customer
Service was pitiful, it was as if they were doing me a favor by
overcharging me for things I could do better, so I resurrected
Ruffstuff Specialties.

I know, resurrected Ruffstuff from what? In 1980 I had just gotten
out of the army and was going to college at NAU in Flagstaff Arizona
and in a small way mountain biking was just starting up. I had some
experience with a torch and started Ruffstuff Specialties building
Mountain Bike Framesets. I wasn't Tom Ritchey but Ruffstuff was in the
first wave. We built 17 framesets over 2 years and I was still a
student so I was essentially starving. I closed Ruffstuff afer 2 years
and 2 years later the Stump-jumper came out and that was all she
wrote! I was already a River Guide in the Grand Canyon and wasn't
about to walk away from that so I didn't go back to starving.

When we started building 4X4 Fabrication parts we were a wholesale
only shop serving about 40 4X4 shops within 100 miles. I developed our
product line directly from those shops input so we didn't start with
hit or miss stuff, it was tried and tested long before we ever opened
for retail. In fact, I was fairly satisfied with a part time wholesale
only business but things happened and we took that first step. The 2
main things were that a group of the companies I supplied got together
and asked me to go retail for name recognition so they could better
sell our parts. The other thing was my job moving to Chicago.
Happenings at the same time tied it all together and it just made
sense.

As we grew we have taken great pains to stay true to our origins, we
have never settled for "Strong Enough" and do not intend to ever take
that route. We have never been afraid to try new ideas and we have
never rushed an untested item to market. Lastly, and this is a big one
to me. We do not use YOUR money (Pre-Orders) to fund OUR R&D, how
often that happens in this business simply amazes me. In business
there is something called Risk & Reward. If I spend my money I am
entitled to a fair profit, if I spend your money to develop a product
I am entitled to nothing, I never took the risk.”   Dan Fredrickson
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Posted 7/26/2017 7:58:05 PM
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Been physically building on my Tumbler a lot over the past few months
but have also been putting in about 3-hours a week on the design and
planning of my DOJ Batmobile.  At this point I am strongly leaning
towards an in line tandem design with independent multi-skewing.  My
only lamentation is that we don’t have 12’ wide roads.

Projection Report:

By the end of 2017 I plan to complete my research and design.

I would like to begin stripping down my donor vehicle on January 1st 2018.

Explore 3D files available as to suability of managing this design.

Experiment with displaced modularity in CAD.

Displaced Modularity would be related to separating the key module
components of possible donor vehicles into independent sections such
as front tires/axle, engine/transmission, driver/passenger
compartment, rear tires/axle and then moving them independently of
each other in an over-lay transparency over the DOJ movie vehicle.
After that, it becomes a matter of analyzing what needs to be done in
between the modules to mechanically re-link them functionally.

Explore additional possible donor vehicles with displaced modularity.

Make a final decision on my donor vehicle.

Have a current donor vehicle but will most likely end up trying to
acquire a Dodge 3500 4 X 4 crew cab with 172” wheelbase.

Attached is a rendition of my current design.     vertigo



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Posted 8/1/2017 8:20:03 PM
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Bought a copy of the B v S DOJ Batmobile 3D file in STL format today.

File will not be of much benefit without a quality 3D CAD/CAM setup.

Most likely will buy Rhino3D version 5.0 as program for CAD and

RhinoCAM-Mill as program for computer aided machining.

For someone that might be planning to build a Tumbler or another Bat Vehicle one could use a laser or mechanical scan of plastic models to input information into a 3D program such as Rhino3D. After building the right files one then could use a CNC mill to machine parts.   vertigo
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Posted 8/2/2017 6:27:34 PM
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I placed a copy of this post here because it might be of some benefit
to someone planning, starting, or currently building a Bat Vehicle.

Shock Absorbers and Coil-Over Spring Calculations

There are many shock absorbers with coil-over spring plug in
calculators on line. The best I have found, so far, are related to the
Off-Road shock and spring guides.

One of the best is found at:

CRAWLpedia – The Off Road Encyclopedia
www.crawlpedia.com

Twelve Off-Road Shock Guides

Performance off-road racing shocks, like those available from King,
Fox, and Bilstein, are designed to be easily rebuilt and custom tuned.
Our Shock Valving Guide and Shock Tuning Guide explain how shock
valving works and how shims are used to adjust compression and rebound
damping.

Crawlpedia Shock Shootout:
A detailed review of every major brand of performance off-road shocks.

ORI STX Struts Guide:
A complete guide to ORI STX Struts including setup and tuning instructions.

Shock Measurement Guide:
How to properly measure for a new set of shocks, coil-overs, or struts.

Coil-over Install and Setup Guide:
This detailed guide covers how to install and setup a new set of coil-overs.

Coil-over Spring Rate Corrections:
If your coil-over spring rates are off, this guide will show you how
to fix them.

Performance Shock Valving Guide:
A thorough explanation of how shocks and their internal components work.

Performance Shock Tuning Guide:
Detailed instructions on how performance off-road racing shocks are tuned.

Shim Stack Valving Examples:
Seven sample compression and rebound shim stacks from light to firm.

Race Shock Rebuild Instructions:
How to service and rebuild King Off-Road Racing shock absorbers.

Coil-over Spring Rate Calculator:
Find the proper coil-over spring rates for your vehicle with this calculator.

Hydraulic Bump Stop Guide:
Everything you need to know about hydraulic bump stops and jounce shocks.

Shock Oil Volume Calculator:
Estimate the amount of shock oil you need to refill your performance shocks.
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Posted 8/3/2017 7:33:01 PM
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I placed a copy of this post here for informational and historical purposes only.

Mounted a 44" Super Swamped with a method used by some off roaders and many others to mount tires.
This is not a method recommended by anyone due to the danger and liability issues associated with the method. Most use the disclaimer: For Informational Purposes Only.

The story of my experience with this method is not a recommendation for its use. Though my experience turned out well, the method is dangerous by definition.
Used this method today to mount one of my Super Swamper tires on a test steel rim.
Tried it with the tire standing up but gas blow by prevented the bead from seating.
When I laid the tire on it's side the method worked like a charm.
Sprayed approximately 2 ounces of starter fluid past the unseated bead around inside the tire.
Waited a couple of minutes to allow the liquid starter fluid to vaporize.
Then put a wadded up piece of paper on the end of an eight foot section of old conduit.
Set the paper on fire and held the flame near the unseated bead.
Poof, as almost in slow motion the tire inflated from the expanding gases and the beads seated perfectly.
Note: One off road site reminded its viewers to make sure a valve stem was seated in the steel wheel to hold the gas pressure inside to hold the beads in place.
Many off road sites also remind their viewers to never lean over the tire/wheel and to always set off the starter fluid ignition with a flame at the end if a long piece of steel rod or pipe.
I inflated the tire to 25 PSI and took all the relevant measures to use in determining the appropriate dually spacing. vertigo
Mounting tires with starter fluid.
Here is a YouTube video for mounting the 44" inch Super Swamper with starter fluid.
Exploding Super Swamper Mount
TheJhall87
There are thousands of videos that show the starter fluid method to mount all kinds of tires on line.



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Posted 8/14/2017 7:16:59 PM
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Did some donor research today on the DOJ.

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