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Posted 1/15/2010 12:19:33 PM


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Hey bud It must be nice coming home and seing the bat in your back yard. can you give us an idea of how thick the kit is?

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Posted 1/15/2010 12:19:49 PM


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Hey bud It must be nice coming home and seing the bat in your back yard. can you give us an idea of how thick the kit is?

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Posted 1/15/2010 5:36:33 PM


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richie what color is that flat bed in the last pic ??

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Posted 1/15/2010 6:58:34 PM


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Hey T-man,

The ute in the pic is one i found on ebay real cheap and i was looking into using that as a donor since chevrolets are so expensive to buy. The back tray is a polished timber finish, alot of people do it for show.

Hey custom83,

Its mad coming home and seeing this bad ass car in the yard. In real life its so big like a small truck but slick. Its around 6m in length and 2.4m wide, so yeah a single garage is good but you wont have room to work on it. ill be starting soon when the work shop is done. Its bout 15m x 11m so i got enough room i think lol. When im done i wana convert my double garage on my house to single with half of it in the house showing my car. least i can drive it out if i ever have to.

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Posted 1/15/2010 7:25:57 PM


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Hey Richie, You've got to be the only guy on the Island with an 89 body. How cool is that? That pick-up thing would probably work but let me ask a couple questions......First, what the heck is it!!!....hehehe I mean who make the engine and tranny? Second does it have a box frame on it? Third is the suspension leaf springs or coils?......The reason I ask is most people here use Chevy engines because there are so many aftermarket parts it has adaptability...With automatic transmissions....I'm assuming it has some kind of box frame that would be good because they are the easiest to extend. Leaf springs can be flipped under the axle to lower the frames but coils could be replaced with an air bag system. Your seats basically need to be to either side of the driveshaft right in front of the rear axle.....

I am so looking forwad to your build. Take some pictures of that "Ranchero" so we can see whats under the body.......Thanks in advance....BWD

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Posted 1/15/2010 9:43:01 PM


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Hey big wave dave,

I know it feels good to hear im the only one in australia to own a 89 batmobile hehe. the ute is a holden hq ute. yeah it has a square design chassis also. Here is a link for 1 i found on ebay in australia. http://cgi.ebay.com.au/HOLDEN-HQ-UTE-308-V8-4-SPEED-UNFINISHED-PROJECT_W0QQitemZ170431253570QQcmdZViewItemQQptZAU_Cars?hash=item27ae7e8c42 . Tell me what you think? it has leaf springs on it. U have a cousin that has one i might ring him for some dimensions.

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Posted 1/22/2010 8:46:17 PM


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Hey Richi, I had a chance to look it up. It appears the Holden is built in New Zealand from a GM base. General Motors is the parent company for Holden. The 308 refers to the cubic inch of the motor and is equivalent in size to a 5.0 liter. They made a 3 speed automatic known as a trimatic. You say it has leaf springs that would be like a truck. One of the problems with leaf springs is the limited ability to lower the chassis. Springs are better because of the ability to lower the chassis by either cutting the springs or air bagging it. Air bags are nice cause you can adjust the ride heigth after the chassis has been loaded with the fnish curb weight. Coil springs usually have some type of four-link system to keep the axle centered.

All that being said there appears to be enough room to get the leaf springs under the body. If the leaf springs are mounted on the top of the axle you can relocate the leaf spring under the axle which will help to drop your ride heigth. Drop brackets at the end of the leaf springs will lower the chassis even further. The problem is the limited amont of travel going this route. Its like riding in an overloaded truck. And no matter how much you modify it the best ride you can get is a limited truck ride.

I initailly started my first 89 attempt using a 1970 Chevy pick-up. I figured using drop spindles, c-notch the rear chassis and reverse the springs. After all this I felt the ride would be dramatically compromised by limiting the suspension travel so I abandoned that donor. The Holden might have the same problem except I dont think you could find a drop spindle or c-notch package for a Holden. I hate to say no but if it was me I'd have to pass on the Holden unless you can find one with a rear coil spring system. Maybe other CTLC members have some opinions on this. I hope that helps...BWD

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Posted 5/3/2010 3:58:16 PM


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So what's the status Richie?

find a donor?

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Posted 10/30/2010 10:26:03 PM


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Hi all im back,

Wow its been like 7 months seen ive been on this forum and yes i still have the 89 kit but i havent touched it unfortunely. the past 7 months ive been busy with work, bought a new evo 10 so i havent spent money on the batmobile as yet. but latley i fell into some film work and im working for a company that scupltures anything so im looking fo details pics of the side mechanics and machne guns to get them to scuplture it for me. Anywhere to start looking? Oh im getting and returns costume made for me to go with me car heres a pic and a pic of my other toy hehe.

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Posted 10/30/2010 11:25:09 PM


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Congrats on the job Richard. I would love to have a chance to work for a film company.
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