SnowChicken Bombi Build

ezroller

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Just wanted to say hello HillBilt and to all. Just bought a 76 Bombi and like @Patroller said, I barely know what I'm doing. You thread is a great resource and thanks for taking the time. And to all of you that post, thanks. The community is quite small it seems.
 

HillBilt

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ust wanted to say hello HillBilt and to all. Just bought a 76 Bombi and like @Patroller said, I barely know what I'm doing. You thread is a great resource and thanks for taking the time. And to all of you that post, thanks. The community is quite small it seems.
Hello! congrats on your purchase and thanks! this forum is a great source of info
 

HillBilt

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Earlier I had posted about using a Ranger Jump seat for the third seat in the bombi, but my buddy has been pushing me to try a bench seat. So went on the hunt to see if I could make one work. I did find a decent seat, its the back seat from a late 90's Yukon. I slipped it in for a mock up and must say it is way more comfortable than the original. It also offers more seat room for passengers. I will look into making it fold forward like the original to access the battery and such, see how it goes. Im not 100% sold on the idea yet.
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ezroller

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Yeah, I'm gonna need a solution for that as well. Hows the head room sitting in that? Im short, 5'7 so I figured I could sacrifice a little headroom. Also thought a bout a cab chop and extension. The more I tear into this thing, the more i want to ditch everything in the cab and start fresh.
 

Snowy Rivers

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Some times the "Start Fresh" thing is the only way to get a good result.
Warming over stuff is fine, but after a while the warmed over thing just gets to be far too busy and the end result is not gonna cut it.

Roll back to a good starting point that will give you lots of options and then go ahead.
Even then there are always bugs in the idea the crop up along the way.

Gawd knows I have had several that were quite annoying....
Trying to think through all the systems and the interaction with things can be a real task.

The IMAGINEERING thing can be rewarding.....but the pathway to glory is generally littered with casualties....

Good luck...
 

HillBilt

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Yeah, I'm gonna need a solution for that as well. Hows the head room sitting in that? Im short, 5'7 so I figured I could sacrifice a little headroom. Also thought a bout a cab chop and extension. The more I tear into this thing, the more i want to ditch everything in the cab and start fresh.

Actually has more head room compared to original by probably 2" as it sits currently. I need to modify the factory GM hinges so I can get the seat back further as its closer to the pedals

That looks really good. Just needs cup holders....

Oh buddy, cup holders are a must!
 

HillBilt

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So my EFI got back ordered until Dec 15, kinda figured something was gonna happen lol. I now have all my ignition parts and my diff oil showed up today. Caterpillar TO-4 30w. Been bouncing around on the build and not really getting a lot of time but decided to dive into the tracks last night....wow, not really anything fun about that.
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I’m getting a lot of bolts spinning inside the cleat and man, it’s shitty. Definitely added some new words to my vocabulary and I’m only 1/2 done 1 track! Still fun though right.

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ezroller

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Yeah, it’s hard to get stuff right now it seems. Supply chain are getting crushed by the COVID.
Looking good!!! Yeah I’m not looking for are to tearing apart my tracks. Maybe try a bigger hammer? 😂😂😂
 

Calheavyrigger

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Any chance you have dimensions on the tub chassis? Im doing some modifications myself and am going to build a cad model of the machine once I strip it down. But if you had any as built dimensions that would be super helpful

thanks
 

Snowy Rivers

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Don't fight those bolts with the heads spinning
Get ya a couple of these bad boys. https://www.google.com/aclk?sa=L&ai...i8y5PIqr7tAhXTpJ4KHfIvDE0Q9aACegQIDBBL&adurl=

Should be easy to get at all the nuts.
Just split them and you're golden

A die grinder and a cutoff wheel will work, but you could nick the belting.

Or take a piece of sheet metal, drill a hole in it to lay over the nut to protect the track.....

The nut splitters work sweet though.....

Good luck on this one.
Rusted bolts are a bitch....especially when the head is a carriage type and you can't get at it.
 
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HillBilt

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Any chance you have dimensions on the tub chassis? Im doing some modifications myself and am going to build a cad model of the machine once I strip it down. But if you had any as built dimensions that would be super helpful

thanks
What dimensions are you looking for? width/length? I can measure it today
 

HillBilt

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Don't fight those bolts with the heads spinning
Get ya a couple of these bad boys. https://www.google.com/aclk?sa=L&ai...i8y5PIqr7tAhXTpJ4KHfIvDE0Q9aACegQIDBBL&adurl=

Should be easy to get at all the nuts.
Just split them and you're golden

A die grinder and a cutoff wheel will work, but you could nick the belting.

Or take a piece of sheet metal, drill a hole in it to lay over the nut to protect the track.....

The nut splitters work sweet though.....

Good luck on this one.
Rusted bolts are a bitch....especially when the head is a carriage type and you can't get at it.
Ive been getting pretty rowdy with a zippy wheel and using a torch to get the ones in the wheel guides. Been getting the majority with just breaking them loose by hand and hitting them with the impact, just more complaining then anything :bonk:
 

HillBilt

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Tub. Chassis.
Tub is 60” wide/100” long
Tub depth is 19.750” with the well or belly being 14” deep. The well starts at 5.750” down
Well is 20” wide and centred
Hope that makes sense hahaha. Can’t really get a good photo of the suspension because my tires are still on atm.
 

ezroller

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Ive been getting pretty rowdy with a zippy wheel and using a torch to get the ones in the wheel guides. Been getting the majority with just breaking them loose by hand and hitting them with the impact, just more complaining then anything :bonk:
Cutting disc for the win! Just cleaned my tub of all unnecessary bolts. It looks like swiss cheese now. :LOL:
 
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