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Mazdawg

Rudy's Mazda 2200.  Rudy has transformed his Mazda from a lowly dawg into a nasty, rowdy, tiresmoking dragger.  Rudy's bagged and bodydropped dawg boasts a drivetrain straight from detroit muscle.  A 383 stroker motor motivates the package.  Legitimately dynoed at well over 400 horsepower, this engine turns a 4L80E transmission.  A stand alone trans computer controls the electronic shifting through the custom driveshaft into the built Ford 9 inch differential.  The narrowed rear end spins disc brakes and 20 inch wheels.  Rudy has been working on his project for quite a while trying to find the right combination of parts and engineering for the ultimate street truck.   Power, handling, and braking are all important aspects of this complete package.

Follow along as we build a custom rear frame clip for Rudy.  Rudy helped every step of the way and contributed many ideas to improve the overall design.  Rudy's truck utilizes a cantilever 4-link, Nascar sway bar design, triangulated linkage, and many other custom tricks.  Look for us to wrap up the Mazdawg with a pretty radical chop complete with a quartered roof in the coming months.

Rudy's new 9 inch Ford with fat rubber.   New frame rails under construction.   Rudy's old suspension and notch package.
New frame coming together.   Matt and Cary building the new back half. Old frame being removed.  
        New clip being set.
      Tying in the frame clip. Fuel set mocked up.
  Transmission cover installed .     Rear clip and suspension making progress.
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        Nearly complete.
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    Front crossmember for slight modifications. OK, maybe not slight. Rudy wiring up rear of truck
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A fresh combo skin rolled in from Grant Kustoms.  We built some taillight fillers for Rudy's truck and welded it all in.  Caddy lights will slow down vehicles.  Some trick control arms from Custom Werks in TN were installed by Rudy .   

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The combo skin going on. Fonze building taillight fillers.     Bracing inside of combo skin.
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Cutting in the Caddy lights.   Building a new trans crossmember. Phil working on the new member.  
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        New lower control arms with bag plates installed.
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    Installed in Mazda.   Slam bags mounted to the new control arms.
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  Some more pics of the completed rear suspension with flowmasters mounted.      
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New upper control arms compliment the lowers.        
         

The Chop top begins.  Rudy wanted a different chopped look with a larger roof.  So we went ahead and quartered the roof keeping all the pillar angles the same. 

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    Rudy working on Matt's bike.   Chris marking out for the chop top.
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    Chris cutting away. Shirt says it all.  
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Quartered roof visible from this shot.     Tacking filler plates in.  
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    Finished rear window section.    

Fonze built a custom roof skin for the top.  He followed with raingutter shaving and B pillar filler plates.  Phil is working on setting up the new fiberglass hood cowl.

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New cowl section. Pretty big at this point.   Phil spreading the resin on.  
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Pie section to be removed to lower the back of the cowl. Fonze cutting out new roof section. Fonze burning more of the shop's gloves.  Thanks buddy.    
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  Working the sheetmetal into shape.   Cary and Fonze putting some crown in the roof piece.  
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Shrinking the edges for a factory fit.       Quarter filler plates to replace old plastic ones.
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Fonze building new B Pillars.   Compound curved pieces need to fit tight.   Tacking new filler plates in.