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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-20-2008, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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I have some 1.25" and some 1.5" pipe left over from making a dune buggy (adult go-kart), and I was thinking I would make my own sub-frame connectors. So, a few questions.

On the 1968 coupe, are they square or pipe?
If its square, can I use pipe?
Has anyone else made there own?

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-20-2008, 06:56 PM
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You look at dazecars.com .. I know he made some.. I plan on using that as a guideline for mine.. Should probably do that soon, actually.
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wow that helps, thanks

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...exploring the site more...this is awesome, I'm very glad someone took the time to put this all together

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there are a few sites out there like that. I am doing the same over time. To many good ideas that I got from other folks not to share. That is how we make this site better. Daze is very good to deal with.

On the pipe vs. sqr tubing. There is a company that is making there subframe connectors from round tubing. They look really nice to.

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I guess it depends which way it would be flexing. I guarantee that steel, if bent diagonally, is far stronger than the round, but the sub frames won't necessarily be twisting like that. I'd use square, myself.
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I agree, tube is easier to make and if most manufacturers are taking the time to make them square than it is probably worth it.

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Square tubing is way easier to miter cut, so the angles will be easier to make.

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Unless you have a tube bender. I used a tcp subframe connector as a template for mine. Due to my side exhaust, I needed a funky bend in it. The guy, who did it, had a pipe bender and did it in one piece.
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Unless you have a tube bender....
Granted, but that's a pretty big "unless" for most DIYers.
I built Day's connectors as my very first welding project. Here's a couple pictures of them done. Here they are installed, before I painted them.
Then I decided they oughta be welded to the floor, so cleaned all the paint off, and so far have the passenger side welded, but not cleaned up. My welding isn't very pretty yet, but it looks like it should hold.

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It looks good from my house.

You could always buy the cheap ones from HF.
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...You could always buy the cheap ones from HF.
I didn't think they'd bend tubing that's heavy enough to make useful connectors. But never really looked very hard.

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They have some that are hydraulic. Many use them for making their roll cages.
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