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Old December 29th, 2009, 08:45 PM
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I have begun building the basic structures of the Defender in my 3D software. I am taking the measurements from the RAVE cd as far as the frame is concerned. There is also pretty good data there for building the axles and many of the other running gear. I will use stock parts to start with.
I hope to build a generic model 90 and 110. From these variants can be produced.
As for powertrain, these will have the LT77 gearbox (shell only) and R380. Motive power will be either V8 gas or stock diesel 200,300 or TD5.
Everything will be built with correct heirarchy so that when a tire hits a bump it will compress the springs, the shock and raise the axle. When you turn the steering wheel, the worm gears in the steering box will turn the pitman arm and crank the wheels over. In addition I hope to build parts with working internals. All will be to exact scale. Bolts will screw into threaded holes (thanks for the DXF files McMaster-Carr)
I don't know how many lunch breaks this will consume...a lot I think. The benefit of course is that any kind of modification or alteration can be prototyped for previsualization. If the parts fit, they can be exported as DXF files for AutoCad. This means that anything can be prototyped virtually and looked at from all angles...even checked for fit.
Rollcages, roofracks, bumpers...even suspension parts...can be built in the computer and sent to a CNC machine for cutting. Pretty darn cool, huh?
Will keep you posted.
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Old December 29th, 2009, 09:19 PM
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Sounds cool!

What s/w are you using? Pro E, Solid Works, Catia?

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Old December 29th, 2009, 10:20 PM
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Dude, thats hardcore. I have a CNC and my best buddy has a waterjet. If you want to test make something, send me a file. Did you ever get the transfer case I sent?
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what scale you looking at?
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Old December 30th, 2009, 06:43 AM
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keep us posted Bill, I would be very interested as well.
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Old December 30th, 2009, 07:56 AM
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what scale you looking at?
It will be built 1 to 1.

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Dude, thats hardcore. I have a CNC and my best buddy has a waterjet. If you want to test make something, send me a file. Did you ever get the transfer case I sent?
I've already done the "testing" I have built studio set pieces that were sent out to a CNC router for cutting. It works great. It had to work since the clients were spending a LOT of money to have this set built.
I have not done anything in steel, but I'm sure it works the same way more or less. I haven't done anything really complex like wheels or cast parts.
PM sent re: Xfer case.
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I have been waiting years for someone to do this. Rock on dude!
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