This is a site built by a buddy of mine (StudioRhoad.com) to document the progress of my project 620 build that Iím doing. I hope I have the patience to continue adding and updating as I move further along with the project. I will also be blogging about general stuff in my life as I experience them. Feel free to check out my About page for more info and background.

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Posted by Chad on March 17, 2010

Some action time.

Turner Field on Feb. 27th

And then this is from this past weekend. A bunch of the Driftmechaniks got together and were able to use Atlanta Motor Speedway for the day. Great Times!!

Atlanta Motor Speedway

Posted by Chad on March 11, 2010

Shark Advisory. Stay out of the water.

Red flag surf alert. Be aware of impending shark attacks if wading to deep in the water.

VooDoo Garage sent me some vinyl to put on side. It turned out great! Thanks Timm!!

I was able to catch up with my buddy Andy Sapp (sorry, I don’t know how to link to his site. http://andysapp.com/2010/02/hes-a-shark ) and he put it on for me. It was three layers and took a little while and he got it perfect! I think the eyes could stand to be a little bigger but overall it turned out awesome!

http://voodoogarageinc.com

Posted by Chad on January 3, 2010

Update from before Christmas

It’s been a bit since I’ve updated the site. Actually it’s been a while since I’ve updated anything. Chris has been the one that’s been keeping things up to date lately. So here’s some from me.

We got the truck done and on the road. FINALLY! We had quite a few issues including but not limited to the factory actuator on the 20g not holding boost, running out of fuel, freezing to death everywhere I went due to all the holes in the firewall and floor board for the roll cage.

At the Dyno:

We had some issues with making the numbers. We found out that I was running the factory actuator and that it wasn’t holding but only around 5 lbs of boost before it was opening up all the way. I took it to Tiger Racing and Sam was able to figure it out in about 20 seconds. And that is not a joke! 20 seconds and he’d figured it out. He pulled the retainer off and tightened it up and we were able to get quite a bit more boost.

Retuned it again at Top Speed and this time we were having fuel issues and changed out the fuel pump, filters and then came to the conclusion that it had to be the regulator. So on my way to Foerst Motorwerks I ran out of gas. I felt like at idiot for not seeing this one coming. We filled it up, went back to the dyno and it ran like a scolded rat!! Before I left the dyno to head to Matt’s it was putting down 275 rwhp before breaking up. After getting back with a full tank Doug and Matt took it out for a few runs to see how it was holding up under semi-full boost and it was doing great. They figured it was sitting around 300ish rwhp at that point.

So here’s some pictures from the next day in Nashville.

Enough for now.

Posted by Chad on October 16, 2009

Brake yo’self!

I got these on yesterday among some other stuff.

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Posted by Chad on October 15, 2009

Recut the intercooler & dash.

A few updates. Can’t explain a lot of them. Just pics of things as we SLOWLY wrap it up. I swear this thing is going to be the death of me due to stress!!

We had to recut the intercooler for a second time.
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I know the bay looks like shart.
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Went with a new shifter that my brother made while he was here one weekend. 25mm cell casing. He also mounted the hand brake.
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And it looks like I’m gonna be able fit the original center console back in its spot.
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The gauges look good. Thanks Erin.

Also, not pictured is Matts old seat that I acquired that will be installed as soon as I get brackets. Thanks Matt.

There is a ton of little things that I’m having to tackle that I won’t be posting pictures of like fuel lines, brake and clutch line, PS lines, battery relocating, ground wires, door bars, throttle pedal bracket and throttle plenum bracket.
But I will try to remember to video the start up.
And I don’t know when this will be done, as I keep giving general dates that keep getting shot out of the water. Hopefully it will be done for the event.

Posted by Chad on July 24, 2009

Peaking her out of the garage

Ok, More updates. I’m to tired to write about stuff. So just pictures.

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I’m going to install this as soon as I get back from our 5 day camping trip to Heat Stroke Island.
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Tempted to make it a push brake. There’s not very much room next to the shifter.
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Posted by Chad on July 3, 2009

The Ratson is starting to take shape

Ok, a few updates.

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Played around with MS paint or one of the programs on my laptop:
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I”ve got a long weekend to work on this thing and I’ve got a lot of stuff planned to do so hopefully I’ll have some good updates to post on Monday.

Posted by Chad on June 22, 2009

Transmission tunnel taking shape.

Nothing real new. I’ve been working on this thing but the footings on the cage took quite a while because I wanted them to be solid but yet removable incase I ever need to remove the cab at some point.

I completed the tunnel yesterday and today I have to pop the cab up one more time to finish off some welding on the bottom of the cage before I can install the dash bar and strut tower cage supports.
Then its steering column, pedals, door bars, seats, fuel cell, truck bed, more cage in the bed, rad and intercooler support, piping, etc,. All in that order.

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Posted by Chad on June 6, 2009

Tranny tunnel and roll cage

Ok, I havent posted anything in a bit so I figured I would put up some more stuff.

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Time to make the firewall and tunnel
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remembered that I needed to make the tranny mount and do the exhaust before finishing the firewall and tunnel.
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Added one more x-frame for support and was able to run the exhaust over that and within the frame rails to keep it from scraping.
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My brother came into town last weekend to help me with the cage since he’s built several and I’ve built none.
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We drilled holes in the floor so we could drop the cage down and weld and paint w/o having to mess up any thing.
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The cage isn’t 100% yet. We had to stop because we ran out of time and I need to see where the steering column is going to be and also the pedals before installing the dash bar.

Posted by Chad on April 27, 2009

Cab placement

Scott and I slapped the cab on.

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Had to cut the inner fender almost all the way out for the strut towers.
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The truck seemed to get smaller as we put it on. Here’s Scott standing next to it to give a reference.
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The wheels stick out a little bit.
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I still have to get these things done before it comes to an event.
Install motor
Modify tunnel
Measure and order driveshaft
Build tranny mount
Install steering column
Install Wilwood Pedals
Install Radiator and Intercooler
Make intercooler plumbing
Make dash
Install gauges
Make Downpipe and Exhaust
Reinstall Firewall
Rebuild inner firewall
Install flares
General bodywork and primer
Alignment
Tuning..