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Grimm Reaper Racing's Barracuda Build
« on: February 21, 2009, 10:21:12 AM »
Hey boys,
     I just thought that seeings how I just got banned from the Edge forum, I'd start posting pics of my cuda build right here.

The build started back in August of 2008 and with the help of many on the Edge site. (some of which are not allowed on the Edge site anymore  ::))

A special thanks goes out to Jim Howe of Howe's Welding & Metal Fabrication of Ames, IA.  He is one of my current employers, and has allowed his shop at my disposal.  Without him none of this would've been possible.

Also a fair amount of thanks goes to Doug Heim for his knowledge of the "issues" of the Cuda.  He saved me a lot of time and hassle, and does an awesome job with machined parts.

This is what I have so far...

http://s496.photobucket.com/albums/rr325/grimmytat/

Thanks for looking, I'll be sure to keep it updated.
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Re: Grimm Reaper Racing's Barracuda Build
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2009, 12:18:58 PM »
Edit by Bugpac: Lets stick to buggy Building here.. Looking good grim keep us posted..
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Re: Grimm Reaper Racing's Barracuda Build
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2009, 01:45:36 PM »
Yep,please!
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Re: Grimm Reaper Racing's Barracuda Build
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2009, 04:44:26 PM »
Can I 3rd it? Im glad to see the BS go!  ;D
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Re: Grimm Reaper Racing's Barracuda Build
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2009, 10:10:58 PM »
Grimm,

I see some good stuff going on in the gallery!  ;D  Feel free to give us some info on what your doing with your build.  Yummi posted some very helpful information on how to post those gallery pictures into your build log thread.....  That's here!  Anyway the info is in this thread:

http://dtsfab.com/index/index.php?topic=997.0

I am trying to figure out what the round pieces are sitting on the lathe?  4-5" round, got a through hole, 3/4-1" thick?  One of them is turned smooth.

After your calculations, do you mind telling us the matl thickness that you settled on for tabs and bulkheads?  I am not an edge builder yet, but just curious.

Last question, what is the rake angle of the cuda, and is there anti-dive built in?

Thanks.
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Re: Grimm Reaper Racing's Barracuda Build
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2009, 10:34:33 PM »
Grimm has some very helpfull info. The discs are essentially an anti warp tool. I wont get into it to steal his fame. Id like to see you post up some pics and info bud. Let me know if you need help with the pics. Lets get into talking about more builds! and whats going on with them. Were always happy to see progress.

On the other hand I can say I speak with Grimm quite often and he is very busy with school and 2 jobs. well 3 if you count his own business. Maybe he just needs to find the time. Hopfully its soon!

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Re: Grimm Reaper Racing's Barracuda Build
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2009, 09:57:00 AM »
Quick little back ground before I start.  These are just a few things about me.

1.  This is me in my element





2.  I'm a couple months shy of 28yrs and I've abused my body so much racing and playing sports I feel as though I'm going to be turning 48yrs old.

3.  Currently I'm a senior at Iowa State University, majoring in mechanical engineering with a minor in materials engineering.

4.  Before I started my formal education on engineering; I worked for McNeilus as an AWS certified welder for year and a half.  After that I went to school at the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in Phoenix, Arizona.  Shortly after 9/11, I returned to Iowa and started working construction in the carpenters union local 1382 and local 87 where I became a journeyman carpenter.

5.  I currently work as an engineer for a small green energy contractor in Des Moines, Iowa as well as a manager / engineer in a fabrication shop in Ames, Iowa called Howe's Welding & Metal Fabrication.  Here are some pics of Howe's Welding & Metal Fab.












It's in this shop that the Cuda's saga begins... ;D ;D

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Re: Grimm Reaper Racing's Barracuda Build
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2009, 10:07:48 AM »
Wow you got some serious shit at your disposal :o
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Re: Grimm Reaper Racing's Barracuda Build
« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2009, 10:11:02 AM »
I first started the Cuda build in early August of 2008.  For the first two weeks I CAD modeled everything in the plans and then put together my dxf files for our waterjet.



























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« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2009, 10:19:57 AM »
I must add that it was about this time that I had met Doug Heim.  I must have called him a dozen times the first week I started on the chassis construction.  Doug was VERY helpful with the problems that I had run into.  He gave me excellent info on the problems of the Cuda and gave me even better advice on how to fix them.  Thanks again Douglas! ;)

And so started the chassis construction...






















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Re: Grimm Reaper Racing's Barracuda Build
« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2009, 05:57:10 PM »
Thanks for sharing so far Adam. Im sure you have alot more to add when you fint time. I know your alot further than this! Love the pics and how your going about the format of your build. We must take a look back and see how it all began!
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Re: Grimm Reaper Racing's Barracuda Build
« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2009, 05:50:25 AM »
Seeing  the background of your shop makes me feel better Grimm  ;D
My shop is stuffed to the gills as well




Build looks good tho-
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Re: Grimm Reaper Racing's Barracuda Build
« Reply #12 on: March 08, 2009, 07:13:44 AM »
Just to give everyone an idea of the tools that I used for the construction of the chassis, I thought I'd go ahead and post up some photos of the equipment.


Here is a pic of the Di-Arco tubing bender that I use. 






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« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2009, 07:16:50 AM »
Here is the machine I use for coping the tubing. 





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Re: Grimm Reaper Racing's Barracuda Build
« Reply #14 on: March 08, 2009, 07:26:21 AM »
As you can see the coping machine is sitting on a couple of T-stands.  This proved to be a real pain in the arse.  So as part of my payment for using the shop, I made a portable, folding stand for it.  I spent the better part of a Saturday,14 hours I think it was, designing, CAD modeling, and building it. 


























Here is a pic of the coping machine folded up for storage.  The best part of the portable stand is that I designed it to release tension on the belt so it doesn't stretch it out while it's being stored. 






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