Piranha Project

Piranha Project

10150146769456839After seeing these buggies for years and dreaming of owning my own, I finally got the gumption to tackle the fabrication process, and teach myself a lot about welding and metalwork in the process.

My father had never been fond of metal work, and as a result, any time we needed to have something welded, up the street we went to the neighbors who would weld things for us.  Nope, my pops had no inclination at all to learn metal working.  Luckily for me, that changed when I found this buggy and its plans online.  You see, trying to get one of these buggies in the US would cost easily in excess of $10k after shipping, and I could build my own for under $5k.

To start with, I needed to add a few tools to my tool corral to start this project.  The first and most obvious is a welder, and for this task I chose a simple and affordable Hobart Handler 140.  This is a basic 120v MIG welder, and for my purposes, would easily handle the task.  Next up was an entirely optional tool, but one that proved to be rather useful in the end, a Hobart AirForce 500i Plasma Cutter.  Other than that, I had at hand a Bosch 4.5″ grinding wheel (flap discs are invaluable!), a horizontal / vertical band saw from Harbor Freight, and a tubing notcher from Harbor Freight as well.  Add a few metal hole saws and lots of flap discs, and thats the basic tools I needed to build this beast from scratch.

And so it begins…

 

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