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    Boise idaho
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    Mk4 VW R32, ‘79 620Kc, ‘59 Dodge Power Wagon
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    All things mechanical

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  1. Ben_upde

    Greetings! Intro/build thread

    If you do it more than once in a blue moon it might make sense to buy benders and bead rollers. I’d honestly prefer to just have a single mandrel bent tube in the shape I want with a bead rolled at each end but nobody in the area has the capability and I cannot front those costs for practically zero return. Always compromises but in the end it’ll do exactly what I need it to so i’m happy.
  2. Ben_upde

    Greetings! Intro/build thread

    It's not for everyone. Hell i’m literally building the truck for only myself. It’s a lifetime keeper deal 🙃
  3. Ben_upde

    Greetings! Intro/build thread

    Price. These cast bends are cheaper and have tighter radiuses than mandrel bent tubing. I think they were about $7 each versus $30+ for a mandrel bent aluminum elbow. I could make it out of steel but meh.
  4. Ben_upde

    Greetings! Intro/build thread

    Charge pipe routed and mocked up. Not quite where I wanted to run it but in the interest of keeping a stock-ish appearance, behind the valance was not gonna work. Still need to source more 2.5” aluminum pipe so I can finalize and weld it all together. Pretty happy with how it fits and where it fits 🙂 Coming thru the fenderwell and down, the silicone will not stay I didn’t have any 2.5” pipe left to mock up with, nor did I want to cut it up till I was sure where it would go I just have some scrap 2” sitting as a placeholder for now. Plenty of room for the larger pipe though This silicone step up connector will likely stay as a means of disassembly for maintenance/repair in the future ‘Custom’ duct tape temporary pipe hanger 😂 It all hides nicely behind the valance and lip though. Only the slightest hints of what’s going on from the sides 🤔
  5. Ben_upde

    Greetings! Intro/build thread

    I think once the truck is painted and the color scheme is completed it’ll look a lot more at home. To narrow the sway bar I just heated an existing bend and tweaked the arm inward on each side. I have a spring shop locally that will re-heat treat it for me when i am to the point of finalizing everything.
  6. Ben_upde

    Greetings! Intro/build thread

    And using most of the stock audi linkages and shifter mechanism I determined with a working mockup that everything feels great and will work exactly as anticipated. Shifter sits in exactly the same place as it used to so a little trimming and fabbing and the Audi shift box will fit right at home. Short video https://imgur.com/a/K0Fc22b
  7. Ben_upde

    Greetings! Intro/build thread

    Narrowed the D21 sway bar about 3.5” at the eyes, moved the 620 frame mounts rearward and tweaked the end links and viola!, front sway bar 😁
  8. Ben_upde

    Greetings! Intro/build thread

    Engine wiring harness routed and loomed. Still gotta mount the ECU in the cab and wire it up. Also need to reroute the light wiring outside of the bay to keep it hidden. That’ll happen soon 🙂
  9. Ben_upde

    Greetings! Intro/build thread

    D21 spindles, rotors, calipers, brackets and sway bar along with Trooper rear rotors and calipers scored at the local u-pull-it yard for $170!!
  10. Ben_upde

    Greetings! Intro/build thread

    Finally got my tires ordered and mounted! Am i ever pleased with the look 😍
  11. Ben_upde

    1975 B620 A/C Fan Blade Question

    King cab is KHL620
  12. Ben_upde

    Greetings! Intro/build thread

    A little bit of wiring routed and loomed up 🙃
  13. Ben_upde

    Greetings! Intro/build thread

    Paint came in. Ordered 3 rattle cans for the engine bay and random spots so I thought i’d give her a quick color test. Super happy with the color 😁
  14. Ben_upde

    Greetings! Intro/build thread

    And the ultra boring part
  15. Ben_upde

    Greetings! Intro/build thread

    Crazy busy with work so not a lot has happened. Did get the radiator situation sorted put about 95% and started wiring the pig. Gonna bring the wiring thru the firewall with cannon plugs. Cleaner look, easier to work on and i’ll be putting the ECU inside so should be less resistant to damage
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