Mark had been digging around for some reference of other Willy's and
dropped the bomb that an exo cage might be possible!!!
While Mark was getting the base ready, I started mocking up the cage
in 3d. This allowed me to easily iterate on design ideas without having
to actually lift a finger. I use a program called blender that's free
and open source. Not the best, but 3ds max is $3500, and blender has
enough tools to get the job done.
During this process Mark and I started an inspiration board on
to get some ideas on where to take the build. I really love the Ultimate
Adventure summer camp jeep and the icon cj-3.
Here's a shot of the motor and electronics area. Mark cut and bent a
piece of metal to serve as a platform for everything. One really cool
thing about this set up, is that you can run this rig without the body
or even swap out for anther body...
I bought MIP driveshaft's originally but there was too much binding
at the angle they were at, so we switched to Junfac. They seem to handle
the angle much better with little to no rubbing.
The first rollover is going to be painful.
Around this point in the build Mark fabbed up a hood hinge out of brass.
This thing is tits!
Pay no attention to Sly photo bombing the last pic...