90's throw back.....Manche build

mcutler

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Last time the Copper Crawler is loaded for travel, going to its new home this weekend in Missouri, to its new owner Jared Stover.

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Sad day...

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Time for some new blood....

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Let the destruction begin....

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Getting parts ready for mock up..

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This build will be getting a little desert flair, with a rock crawler heart, maintain the Manche identity, and as a throw back, will retain its title and street legalness, and also have decided to retain the original paint/patina for a little rod nostalgic look. Along with creature comforts such a heat, and wipers. I dislike the word truggy, this will be a race truck in sheep's clothing.....not to say I'm going racing....but I could....



On a side note, one of the things I enjoy most about this sport is the life long friends we make. I ride with a terrific group of people, and I couldn't build anything without their support.

Case in point; ran into Brian Cannon (aka @loose cannon) last week and proceeded to tell him of my 2000 mile road trip this weekend to deliver the buggy and pick up my axles and wheels for this build. He quickly jumped on ship to help me drive this trip in less than 3 days with only the promise of being fed well. So I texted him this morning to confirm, of which his reply gave me a good chuckle that I needed.....

"I have decided that I don't like you, so a three day trip will help with our friendship, what time you picking me up"

What would we do without friends and family....? Thanks Brian.

I have many friends in this sport/life, I need not list the names, they know who they are.

I'm very excited about this build, it's going to be a fun trip, and I hope to expand my skill set as well as build a great truck/buggy that looks as well as it performs.
 

paradisePWoffrd

Recovering Project Junkie
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Newton, NC
:bounce::bounce2: I am pumped to see what you do with this. I feel like we are both on the same build thought process these days.

What's the deal with the EB body?
 

mcutler

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mt.airy nc
It's a frame off I'm helping a friend with. He originally purchased this, but is unhappy with the product, I'm returning it to the manufacturer for him on my trip, in La Vergne , tn. We've been constructing an all new steel body for the last month....a true pain in the ass, simply because there are no records of blue prints, or measurements to go by.
 

GearHead11

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Winston Salem
Oh yes, liking the direction of this thread already! I would love to ride down and check it out sometime. You're only about 30 min from me
 

Paul

Dr 'Dre
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The mad scientist is at it again! In on page one.
Good luck on your trip with the hairy ape, one of you fawkers are gonna return pregnant.
Just sayin....
;)
 

Blaze

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StretchASU

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Creedmoor, NC
In for this one. I've had the itch to build a DD/wheelable/dirtbike hauler Manche for a while. Your plan just sounds cooler. :lol:
 

cardudenc

jeep a holic, resident assho;e
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morganton
been thinking about building 1 of my comanches into a similar style crawler. wanting to use 1 as the shop truck.
cant wait to see this work progress. the Cooper Crawler as my fav buggy, and im sure this will more than likely top that build.

i would've been dn for a rd trip. been doing nthn but laying around for weeks since surgery. but wouldn't want to see what goes on for 1 of u to get pregnant.
 

95yjjeep

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Charlotte
I'm in on this one for sure! Good luck. Have some fun and enjoy the welder burns! Glad you got your buggy sold and are able to build something new. The majority of the fun is hanging with friends and building sh*t!
 

Paul

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:flipoff2:your just mad your not with us Birmingham Alabama headed home with some bad ass parts in tow
Are you craving pickles and ice cream yet?
Told you it wasn't an Advil he gave you, it was a roofie.
GHB lowers your inhibition level to zero.
 

mcutler

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mt.airy nc
Specs for the axles are-

-New 5.43 gears in both low pinion drop outs. Detroit unit will go in rear, spooled unit will be a spare.
-A fresh rebuilt mega hi 9 with 5.40 gears, dual load bolts, and spool will be used in front, arriving this week.
-All forged 1350 yokes.
-6 lug unit bearings
-rear shafts are new ctm 300m double spline
-front shafts are ctm drive home 300m, new long side, one new ctm joint, and a spare ctm stub.
-spidertrax ultimate knuckles, 3.5" 1/4 housing, wms 66
-all yokes are clearanced for 45° steering.
-no brakes or slugs yet, still researching

Should be a stout, light set up for 39's

Thanks for the interest guys, stay tuned...

Matt
 
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