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    Quote Originally Posted by Lawdog734 View Post
    The rear axle, which is splined to match the hub
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    What did you do to get the axle shaft out of the trailing arm? I assume a shop press? Looks like the axle shaft is pressed into a sealed bearing.
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    Pretty sure he still owns them and runs the squad buggy in Baja races.


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    Tech DPV I would love to talk to you and help you out with these vehicles I own 4 Chenowth

    Hello I would like to know more about these vehicles and can probably help you out quite a bit. Please contact.
    Quote Originally Posted by Lawdog734 View Post
    Actually, there has been quite a bit of progress. I finally have the 3-Seat vehicle completely stripped down to the bare chassis and have been able to get a better look of what needs to be repaired.

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    The support tubing from the seats back needs to be replaced. While the torsion adjustment housing will likely need to be cut out and replaced as well, the tubes that make up the remainder of the housing is in remarkably good shape otherwise.

    So this is what I've found as needing repair:


    Support tubing under the seats and gas tank.
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    Right rear frame horn - supports the transaxle and engine. While this one looks the gnarliest, both horns will need to be replaced because of the rust forward of the torsion bar
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    Attachment 531562 I would like to talk to you about these vehicles please contact me. Thx

    Torsion Adjustment Housing
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    So that's just the framework that needs to be done before I can start building on it again. Most everything that I've pulled off of it can be restored, or I can identify and easily replace. The areas that had me the most concerned was the rotating platform for the gunners seat and the rear hubs. The gunners platform would need to be completely fab'd if I messed it up - and I really thought I was going to have to destroy it to get it off. Fortunately a lot of penetrating fluid and heat and we got it coaxed off. The rear hubs are from Summers Brothers and are no longer made. Both of the hubs have some fractures at the edges, but I think they can be used anyway. I contacted Summers Brothers yesterday and they said that if I sent back what I had, they could recast them for me - but I'm sure it wouldn't be cheap.

    The few other problem areas are shown below.

    Not one, but two broken torsion bars
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    Summers Brothers Rear Hub
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    The rear axle, which is splined to match the hub
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    And then is secured by this big nut - about 2.5" across
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    The Spring Plates have thinned out a little due to corrosion. Given the load they're under I figure it would be smarter (and safer) to replace them. They're cut down Sway-Away swingaxle spring plates, which isn't an uncommon mod on the race buggies
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    This is the other area that concerns me. The front transaxle mount (top) is flat plate and is easily recreated. The rear mount though (bottom) isn't something that you can just go out and buy and will need to be fabbed up. I was given the spec sheet for it from an old Chenowth employee, but that means I still need to get it made - which likely won't come cheap.
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    I never did get the transaxle separated from the engine, which ticks me off to no end. Given that it was a stroked Type4 2 liter from FAT performance, I'm going to send it to them to see what they can do to bring it back to life. Since they're the pros, I'll send the whole unit over to them and they can take it apart, as much as I don't want to ship the extra weight and size of a transaxle.

    All in all, I'm feeling pretty good about it. I can turn a wrench, but have no fab skills so I'm going to have to rely on my recently retired uncle to help me out with that - it's just going to take time. I'm trying to make it happen in a fairly expeditious manner. I'd really like to have it up and running again by Memorial Day, 2015, which I know is extremely ambitious, but I've got to at least set some goals.

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    I apologize I am new to this forum. I would like to talk to you more about the vehicles please contact me I have four of their buggies. Thank you

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    Oops forgot to check for following page in thread before replying. Sorry guys.

    Moderator, please delete this goof if at all possible.

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