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Unhatched, Propane, Rollcage.....

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#1 Bugaru


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Posted 29 April 2006 - 04:52 AM

Ok so I've been gone for a while, but for good reason. I just finished my "yearlong" project I started after sinking it in a mudhole last winter. Propane conversion, 22 point rollcage bumper to bumper, top mount radiator and raised radiator mount for better approach angle, adjustable strut lifts for max ground clearance off-road and proper camber on the road. Sand rail seats with the slots for my five point harnesses, power steering (VW top end). Propane tank is 33 gallon, mounted where the back seat used to be, custom exhaust that goes over the crossmember, and the obvious, completely gutted interior and unhatched. Crappy pics can be seen here


Better photos are on their way...

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Posted 29 April 2006 - 07:15 AM

Did you put the propane bits together yourself, or did you buy a "kit"? I'd like a little more info on that part of your conversion, plz! :D BTW, props on the project. Sounds cool.

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Posted 29 April 2006 - 08:04 AM

Lookin good! Awesome stuff.

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Posted 29 April 2006 - 09:09 AM

Yeah, awesome work! Looks like you really put some thought and engineering into your offroad mods.

Can't wait to see some more pics!

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Posted 29 April 2006 - 09:31 AM

Looks really cool.Nice job!

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Posted 29 April 2006 - 12:10 PM

Thanks guys....

The propane system was put together by a tech at Suburban Propane's Conversion Center in Portland, OR. Basically I told him what I wanted and what it was going on and he gave me all the parts. I am using the Impco 200 carb with a bolt pattern that fits the Weber base adapter, the carb is oversized a bit, but the only thing that does is cost more. I wanted one that would work with a turbocharger or without. It runs really smooth and the propane conversion was actually the easiest part of the job. The conversion center I went to had a huge collection of used tanks so I had plenty of options for mounting.

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Posted 29 April 2006 - 02:19 PM

the 200 seems to be the mixer of choice for 4cyl turbo apps. I dont like how it has a 90 degree elbow on it though, I will probably use a 225 if I decide to go propane on my next motor.
your hatch is MEAN looking.
got any detail pics of the cage IE in cab, and some of the mounting points?:D

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Posted 29 April 2006 - 05:04 PM

glad you finally finished it... only took what, a year, year and a half?

now you gotta bring it back up here to play in the mud, none of that pu$$y sand stuff.

did you paint the roll cage yet? still going with white?

I want high res good pics !!!!!!1

but all in all it looks beautiful, just how I imagined it.

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Posted 29 April 2006 - 07:23 PM

It's about effin time Ian, damn.
What happened, I thought the roll cage was gonna be white?

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Posted 29 April 2006 - 08:30 PM

You guys are complaining about the color of the roll cage? Look at the whole thing! It's beautiful! I could never put the time into making something that cool.

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Posted 29 April 2006 - 10:32 PM

I've got some higher quality pics coming soon, and the cage, yeah I already had the black paint...

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Posted 30 April 2006 - 04:06 AM

Awesome! nice work! I work on alot of LPG trucks...

At least if ya get stuck ...next time you can use the tank for cooking up some grub!
We fabbed an adapter , so we can fill up 5gal tanks for our bbq's...(when we transer LP gas into a spare tank so we can change fuel pumps/filters).



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Posted 30 April 2006 - 01:16 PM

What up Ian, Its Chris from the muffler shop. The hatch looks illin, youll half to come up and play soon with nicky, ryan and me. Its time to see if she still floats. I'm going to throw my hatch together after I thrash on the wagon a little more. P.S. thanx for the gas tank.

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Posted 30 April 2006 - 09:49 PM

More crappy pics......As you can see the bodywork still needs work but the rest is done, took it out for a short drive today.....Hey Chris, thanks for all the tubing, the exhaust works great.




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Posted 30 April 2006 - 11:21 PM

how big of tubing did you use?and how did you get 22 mounting points?

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 12:02 AM

Lookin sharp. How's the power on the propane?

Guess you don't need a heater down in So-Cal eh? :lol:


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Posted 01 May 2006 - 01:34 PM

I'm looking for a used 200 for my Gl10 now. Isn't the 225 more of an air filter setup and not that get for blow through turbo?

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 02:58 PM

The tubing is 1.5" x .095 DOM, and the 22 points are anywhere the cage terminates to the vehicle, which are 3 for the rear hoop, 5 for the front hoop, 6 for the rear downbraces and rear bumper mounts, and the rest are tied in to the rollcage from the front bumper mounts to the strut towers down to some lower bracing and skidplate supports and back though the firewall.

Gd the power is good, I'll let you know more after I take it out for the first time and give it a real test! Ha Ha, yup no heater.

As far as the 225 goes, I think you can mix and match parts to do whatever works for your application, housings, fittings...that's what I did.

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 03:20 PM

Wow. Looks great

We'll have to get together sometime and wheel.

I am sure there are plenty of places between LA and San Diego to have some fun.


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Posted 01 May 2006 - 08:44 PM

:clap: :clap:
Double post sorry.

#21 Matty B

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 08:50 PM

Go the Gasseous powered Subies!

:clap: :clap: Well done on the project, It feels good to get it all together and running.

That thing will be unstoppable,
Is it dedicated Propane or are you running a liquid fuel system as well?

Thats going to change a few ideas of what a Subie can do an where they can go.

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Posted 03 May 2006 - 09:50 PM

Took the hatch out today for a test run. Absolutely no power loss with the propane, in fact I think it runs better and more consistent than the weber I was running. Not having a windshield sucks, I need to get that put in and buy some chapstick. The top mount radiator works nicely, and the new approach angle is unreal, didn't even use the skidplate once today on things I would have stuffed my old bumper into before.

see pics here


I will try to get a better camera next time......Oh yeah Matty it is a propane only system......

#23 Matty B

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Posted 03 May 2006 - 10:06 PM

Took the hatch out today for a test run. Absolutely no power loss with Oh yeah Matty it is a propane only system......


Wind it up rich Bugaru, drive it a month and then lean it out a little.

Ease the old girl into it.

Love your work:clap:

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