1972 Nopar Volksrod Hellride

irk miller

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The 1972 Nopar Volksrod Hellride with my daughter Stella, who is totally geeked out for this ride.

Okay folks. Another car thread. For better or for worse, there are very few internet forums with an interface as good as Simple Machines. I like this crowd and I love this site, so you guys get all of my BS. I've been back and forth with a guy in Milledgeville, GA over a moto swap. He really wanted my 1970 Roadrunner and i really wanted that Roadrunner out of my garage. It's just too far gone for me, and he builds and repairs cars for a living so he's set up to do anything. He originally had a built sbc 350 with a Wieiand supercharger, but his notion of value and my notion of value for the kit was just too far apart. He finally came back with another 350 sans a supercharger and we made a deal.


1980's pre-Vortec 350


1989 - 1992 240SX seats


The dash and a really bad, or at least bad to me, exposed wiring harness


Bart D hole rims and Mickey Thompson ET Street R rear tires


(Possibly Jax Pro Sport) fuel cell located in the engine bay. I love this setup.

This is where things really get a little funny. There are some good decisions that follow, but some craftsmanship issues. Torch cut brackets, some questionable welds, etc. The car is setup to be able to adjust ride height in a similar fashion to a race car, but there is no damping shocks front or back. There are just springs (coil-rear, leaf-front). It makes for an interesting ride. This is where things will absolutely be changed or redone. Most of the running gear and rear end is 72 Chevelle...


Note the torch cut bracket attaching the traction bar to the frame


custom driveshaft


Rear springs. You can see the adjuster at the top (left in pic), which is adjust inside the cabin

So there it is. The beginning of the end. Hopefully, we'll see a bunch of changes, including a much cleaner look.
 

irk miller

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I totally forgot to show you the best fab work of all. To fit the huge rear wheels, he had to cut out the front of the wheel well. The were then filled with cardboard, back on the inside by fiberglass and coated with resin on the outside.

 

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cxman said:
boy that steering shaft ujoint has a job to do at that acute a angle
Yeah it does. I was mulling over how to change that last night. I think the steering wheel has plenty of room to move down, but I'm not sure yet.
 

whynot

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WOW.......... I love this, been something I've wanted to do all my life.

My wife is on me to get another bug.

I'll show her this and see what she thinks.
 

SONICJK

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That thing is ridiculous.
Should be a fun project especially if you can keep it driveable while doing it.

Who the hell thought it was a good idea to do springs and no shocks? Mind blown there.
 

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I didn’t like how low the headlights were, or the box tube mount, so I cut some cradle out of a cb750 frame. I have an idea for how that motor mount will tie into the rest of the front end.




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irk miller

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SONIC. said:
That thing is ridiculous.
Should be a fun project especially if you can keep it driveable while doing it.

Who the hell thought it was a good idea to do springs and no shocks? Mind blown there.
It weighs all of 1500lbs max, so way more power than it needs. Those springs hold the weight, but it feels like riding offroad on a chopper. He described it as feeling like a go kart, but go karts don't spring like this thing does.
 

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That thing is totally insane. Gotta love insane. :)

Is there a way to add damping to the front? The rear should be easier to engineer, but with that transverse leaf spring, it's not easy to see what might work.
 

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If you're interested in making it more driveable why don't you do a sub-frame swap from something like a 3rd gen camaro/firebird? Its a popular swap to get a decent front end for cheap.
 

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doc_rot said:
If you're interested in making it more driveable why don't you do a sub-frame swap from something like a 3rd gen camaro/firebird? Its a popular swap to get a decent front end for cheap.
Because suicide front ends are way more cooler hanging out front lol

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you could use 2 ujoints and a short shaft on 2 fixed bearing on half the angle so each u joint is doing half the deflection
 

irk miller

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Haha. I may or may not damper the front. I'm more worried about the rear end, as far as dampening goes. I have a set of 4" drop shocks from my C10 when I went to 3", so they alone should stiffen it up a good bit if want to run them. Regardless, a pair of Beetle KYB Gas-A-Just out back will do the job once I get the mounts from Speedway.
 
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