ETS Drift Ute – This time next week

So you all know you can see this at WTAC next weekend right? Well this time next week it will be all over and inside the trailer on the way back home, after its unloaded then I’m looking forward to catching up on some serious sleep.

This was me at 3am this morning, last night was meant to be a simple “make an exhaust” night but it didn’t really turn out to be that easy.

Once the exhaust was done we lifted the cab back on to check the fitment.

All the front suspension was now clear coated and fitted back into its home, it dosnt take long to strip and refit everything.

I refitted the dummy “motor” and gearbox and reinforced the frame for the trip to sydney.

As i write this post the hilux is sitting in the shed with all the bodywork on, you will have to check back thursday morning to see the finished product, I’m in love!

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  1. So keen to see this at WTAC!

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  2. So much time put into the ute, can’t imagine how Celia feels hah! See you next weekend dude

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  3. that last picture, shit man, I dunno what to say, awesome doesn’t even begin to describe it, must be a trip in real life

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  4. ute is awesome… really high build quality… LOVE the clear coat… looking to do a ute like this in ireland…

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  5. This is too awesome for words. I’m digging the clear coat, I always wanted to do that.

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  6. now the question is are we ever gona see a budget to the beast of a build?

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    • You want to know how much its cost? I guess a little over $15,000 in one and half years

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      • Damn dude thats pretty good for building an entire car from scratch, i would love to see it with my own eyes ever gona come to SA?

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  7. Speaking of loading it on the trailer, did you finish the bagged trailer you were building? Looking forward to seeing the ute in one piece!

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  8. Are you going to recreate the suspension links with encapsulated spherical bearings once you get it dialed in, or are you planning on leaving all the the threaded rod ends in bending?

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    • I dont understand, please explain that too me?

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      • Here’s a picture kind of showing what I was talking about: http://www.formulastudent.de/uploads/RTEmagicC_image009.jpg.jpg

        Ignore the a-arm on the left, the one on the right is what I meant by the encapsulated bearings.

        As a general rule, threaded bits are only for tension/compression, as the threads create a lot of stress risers. So there’s a couple different ways of doing it:

        1) use threaded rod ends with a generous safety factor to avoid problems down the road.
        2) Temporarily use threaded rod ends until you get the thing dialed in, then make new suspension arms with encapsulated bearings.

        I was just curious. It’s no big deal, my own car has several threaded rod ends in the front suspension. It’s difficult to get away from in a McPherson strut front suspension.

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  9. Interesting Kyle…..

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  10. Don’t give him more work – I wanna see this thing on the track….. :o)

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  11. What workshop is it sitting at the moment?

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    • Its my garage, 100% built by myself, it dosnt go to any other garages

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      • prett awesome setup you got going on! i thought it could have been the wheeltech garage

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