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PostSubject: My new cage work in progress (Updated with new pictures 4/7/10)   January 18th 2010, 1:56 pm

Hey guys, Dana at Wesfab is been working on my car the last few days. I swung by to pull some stuff out to make for more room to tie into the dash bar so I figured I'd snap a few pictures of the progress. He definitely knows what he is doing, his notching is a work of art. Most of what you see in the pictures is just cut and fit, not even welded in yet. I was very happy to see how nice his work is so far. I can't wait to see it when its all done.







The main hoop is so nicely fit that when I first got there I didn't think he had even started yet because you didn't see anything from the side profile. Much better than the old pink roll bar.

WesFab's number: 406-350-2887 ask for Dana and tell him I sent you.

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PostSubject: Re: My new cage work in progress (Updated with new pictures 4/7/10)   January 18th 2010, 5:31 pm

Dang, that looks sweet. What are you going to do about the finish? Pink? Smile

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PostSubject: Re: My new cage work in progress (Updated with new pictures 4/7/10)   January 19th 2010, 10:10 am

No this one will be either black or some other dark color. We'll see if I end up painting it with POR or having a body shop paint it for me. Anyone work at a body shop and wanna hook me up with some painting?

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PostSubject: Re: My new cage work in progress (Updated with new pictures 4/7/10)   January 19th 2010, 6:22 pm

Oh oh! I do I do! Suppose it would need to be painted "in" the car huh? It would be better if you could paint it pre-installation.

Also I wouldn't recomend going directly to a body shop, just talk to a painter at one lol.
Big Sky Collission is so busy right now with production work that we wouldn't be able to get the job done in good time (like we ever do anyway lol).
In the summer when some of the smaller shops are slow would be the best time to hit one up, if you decide to go that route.

I could talk to a couple of our painters if you like to see if they would do it as a home project. LMK, kinda skatterbrained right now bom

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PostSubject: Re: My new cage work in progress (Updated with new pictures 4/7/10)   January 19th 2010, 10:14 pm

Smase... try doing something "quality" for once.
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PostSubject: Re: My new cage work in progress (Updated with new pictures 4/7/10)   January 20th 2010, 10:11 am

Sorry Nels! I'll cut this one out and start again!

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PostSubject: Re: My new cage work in progress (Updated with new pictures 4/7/10)   January 22nd 2010, 11:24 am

Here's a few more pictures, Dana did an amazing job with all the welding. I will probably end up adding more gussets as I get used to the cage before I paint it, an maybe a few more bars. If anyone wants his card or number let me know. He can do all kinds of sweet work, cages, sheet metal work, tin work. I have lots of stuff I plan on keeping him busy with. My cage is all made out of DOM Chromoly.


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PostSubject: Re: My new cage work in progress (Updated with new pictures 4/7/10)   January 22nd 2010, 1:22 pm

It's comin along nicely, looks great!

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PostSubject: Re: My new cage work in progress (Updated with new pictures 4/7/10)   January 26th 2010, 3:47 pm

*DROOL*

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PostSubject: Re: My new cage work in progress (Updated with new pictures 4/7/10)   January 26th 2010, 6:50 pm

Looks pretty dang good. he must take your seats in and out every time he wants to weld???

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PostSubject: Re: My new cage work in progress (Updated with new pictures 4/7/10)   January 26th 2010, 9:37 pm

I like it, but even though you dont think so, I vote for pink again.
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PostSubject: Re: My new cage work in progress (Updated with new pictures 4/7/10)   January 26th 2010, 10:52 pm

Damn that is a badass cage.
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PostSubject: Re: My new cage work in progress (Updated with new pictures 4/7/10)   January 28th 2010, 10:41 pm

daena does good work and hes a super nice guy next time you go out there ask him to show you his scratch built aluminum tube chassis lt1 baja rig its wrecked but some of the best fab work I have ever seen.
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PostSubject: Re: My new cage work in progress (Updated with new pictures 4/7/10)   January 29th 2010, 10:24 am

Jake asked him to show us that when we were out there, that thing is pretty wild. I wish I could weld.

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PostSubject: Re: My new cage work in progress (Updated with new pictures 4/7/10)   January 31st 2010, 1:38 pm

you are welcome to come dink around in the garage anytime. is that 4130 or lcs?
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PostSubject: Re: My new cage work in progress (Updated with new pictures 4/7/10)   January 31st 2010, 6:20 pm

Its chromoly 4130 I believe. I need to add a few more bars and gusset the A pillars so I can paint it. Can you TIG weld Eric? You know anyone with the tools to make Dimple died gussets if I make a template? I know Dana can do it and make it sweet but it would suck to drive out there with no windshield. I may have to just have someone do it at my house or close by.

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PostSubject: Re: My new cage work in progress (Updated with new pictures 4/7/10)   February 1st 2010, 8:02 pm

yeah I can tig whatever.. but I dont know anyone who can dimple die. You wanna borrow some goggles? haha
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PostSubject: Re: My new cage work in progress (Updated with new pictures 4/7/10)   February 1st 2010, 9:08 pm

Yeah I been thinking about pulling the window out when the snow melts and throw some goggles and a few jackets since I don't have heat and drive it out there. We'll see, I just want to get it all painted and put the interior back in. I know some people who can make the gussets so I may have them make them for me and then see if someone wants to weld them in for me.

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PostSubject: Re: My new cage work in progress (Updated with new pictures 4/7/10)   February 3rd 2010, 8:36 pm

I can weld them in if you like? they do need to be heliarced since its 4130
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PostSubject: Re: My new cage work in progress (Updated with new pictures 4/7/10)   February 7th 2010, 5:11 pm

dana and jake skullin from weld er up both are geniuse tig welders and when i get my act together jake is going to put in my cage for sure. i would do it myself, but i like the whole pretty welds and correctness both of these guys excell at with their welding skills. by the way, your cage is super sick!
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PostSubject: Re: My new cage work in progress (Updated with new pictures 4/7/10)   February 8th 2010, 10:34 am

Thanks Josh, its been a while hope everything is going good for you. Looks like you have changed cars since I last saw you.

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PostSubject: Re: My new cage work in progress (Updated with new pictures 4/7/10)   February 8th 2010, 1:27 pm

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Thanks Josh, its been a while hope everything is going good for you. Looks like you have changed cars since I last saw you.

Yaeh, it's nice to see Josh in a non-bastard car. lol

A GM car in primer is still better than a Ford with paint regardless of a bow tie engine upgrade or not. lol (Ryan Holly should like that comment Laughing )
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PostSubject: Re: My new cage work in progress (Updated with new pictures 4/7/10)   February 8th 2010, 9:40 pm

yep, i will keep my gm all gm too, except for the detroit 60 series turboes, them are okay in my book King
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PostSubject: Re: My new cage work in progress (Updated with new pictures 4/7/10)   February 9th 2010, 9:21 am

turbotudor wrote:
dana and jake skullin from weld er up both are geniuse tig welders and when i get my act together jake is going to put in my cage for sure. i would do it myself, but i like the whole pretty welds and correctness both of these guys excell at with their welding skills. by the way, your cage is super sick!

yeAh ill second that . jake did my cage . its perfect.

very nice cage too Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: My new cage work in progress (Updated with new pictures 4/7/10)   February 9th 2010, 3:18 pm

i think i'll save weight and have home depot put in a schedule 40 pvc 25.5 outlaw cage
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PostSubject: Re: My new cage work in progress (Updated with new pictures 4/7/10)   February 11th 2010, 12:15 am

turbotudor wrote:
i think i'll save weight and have home depot put in a schedule 40 pvc 25.5 outlaw cage

them there pvc cages are sweet. real strong and lightweight. You can get them even lighter if you fill them up with helium when you're done making the cage. drunken
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PostSubject: Re: My new cage work in progress (Updated with new pictures 4/7/10)   February 11th 2010, 5:36 pm

yeah. and if you attach it with velcro to the floor, you can remove it whenever you want to.
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PostSubject: Re: My new cage work in progress (Updated with new pictures 4/7/10)   February 14th 2010, 7:49 am

I am going to have to get a hold of this guy during the summer and have him weld in a few more bars. Very impressed with the welds on the cage.

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PostSubject: Re: My new cage work in progress (Updated with new pictures 4/7/10)   February 14th 2010, 7:50 am

Jason, will you add the phone number to the title/first post for future reference?

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PostSubject: Re: My new cage work in progress (Updated with new pictures 4/7/10)   February 15th 2010, 11:20 am

I added it to the first post. He's out in Worden. If you want him to do anything you need to setup an appointment as he's usually pretty busy but a great guy and does very nice work.

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PostSubject: Re: My new cage work in progress (Updated with new pictures 4/7/10)   February 17th 2010, 9:38 pm

So Smase can you still use your dome light? HA Looks great now go drift the crap out of it?





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PostSubject: Re: My new cage work in progress (Updated with new pictures 4/7/10)   February 18th 2010, 2:48 pm

OK come down and get your car and lets go have fun. Better yet just move down here.

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PostSubject: Re: My new cage work in progress (Updated with new pictures 4/7/10)   February 18th 2010, 3:14 pm

Todd you get my message about talking to your painting buddies? Or anyone else on here do any auto pain work? I want to atleast get the cage painted but I am thinking it may be simpler and look better to just do the whole interior.

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PostSubject: Re: My new cage work in progress (Updated with new pictures 4/7/10)   February 18th 2010, 6:35 pm

I didn't get any message no, But something like painting the whole interrior would be more of a job for a custom shop. I would give Trackside Automody a try honestly.

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PostSubject: Re: My new cage work in progress (Updated with new pictures 4/7/10)   April 7th 2010, 11:22 am

Here's a few more pics with the A pillar gussets and door gars all finished up. Now I just need to clean everything up and get the cage painted.






Tabs for the harnesses.


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Thanks to Eric (F20bmt) for welding up the door bar gussets.

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PostSubject: Re: My new cage work in progress (Updated with new pictures 4/7/10)   April 17th 2010, 4:20 am

Saw this beast in person last weekend all painted up and it looks stellar. I am jealous.

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PostSubject: Re: My new cage work in progress (Updated with new pictures 4/7/10)   April 17th 2010, 10:54 am

Shocked that is sweeet!!!
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