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Journals / The Eppic OffRoadster
« on: January 21, 2018, 11:53 PM »
Today was more sculpting.  Not a lot of interesting bits.  Can't decide on where I want the lines to go though.  Front where it meets the bumper isn't right yet.  Think I'm pulling a body line from the wrong spot.




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Journals / The Eppic OffRoadster
« on: January 21, 2018, 01:04 AM »
This week my social media all of a sudden was flooded with posts of people sharing a link of my car.  Turns out Jalopinik put me on their front page.  That's been another adventure of heavy internet activity on my youtube and fb accounts.
https://jalopnik.com/this-unholy-child-of-a-miata-and-a-snowmobile-is-your-n-1822236031


Now came the forming of the fenders and they began to take shape and a vision of the finished product started to appear.









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Journals / The Eppic OffRoadster
« on: January 21, 2018, 12:54 AM »
From here things seemed to escalade... go big or go home right?  No wussy fenders here.  Lets go with a full wide body big wheeled bad assed pre-running trophy truck style Miata!  Because street cred is more valuable than all these new cryptocoin's.

The thing with experimenting is that you don't really know how things are going to go.  So it's been a slow process of trial and error.  After starting this endeavour, I've done a little research.  Apparently this is actually somewhat of a fairly common way to do this task.  For those that are wondering why I use expanding foam.  It's my base for shaping how I want my fenders to look.  Once I have them formed how I want, I fiberglass over the foam.  Sand it down.  Body filler on that.  Sand it down.  Then paint the car.













The typical trend this process is taking is add some foam.  slice most of it off.  Then add some more in other places.  And slice that off so you can add more foam in more places again.  All this is time consuming as you have to wait for foam to cure.  (24 hours)  So in the interest of efficiency, I started on some other projects on the car as well.

Like rock lights!




and a custom fabbed roof rack






And in order to get my wheels sitting where I would like them, I needed to extend my control arms a tad. This also aids in the correction of my cv angle.












Also coming up with new and different ways of suspending the miata chassis.  Mr. Denzel did all the research required and fabbed up some long travel suspension from some ford shocks and honda springs.  DIY is the way of life around these parts!  That man deserves a medal!  I like having him around.











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Journals / The Eppic OffRoadster
« on: January 21, 2018, 12:24 AM »
With that stage of the build completed.  I finished off the year in Mexico on this thing!  SO MUCH AWESOMENESS!


Came home and got on the 3d printer to make some new air vents.  Turned out pretty neat actually.


Bumper ripped off on the way home from that day in the snow...  So I needed to make a new one.  The scrap bin was kind to me.


Some of my light pile is starting to get used.




Then it was time to get back to work!  Here in Canadia we are not allowed to have cool uncovered wheels.  First step is to WELD UP THEM UGLY HOLES FINALLY!







Then came another attempt to come up with a fender flare that looks half decent began.  No more awful tubes! 











But gave that idea up as I didn't like it much more then the tubes.

Now... as per the build, go big or go home.  Lets sculpt some custom wide body madness onto this guy and make us an Eppic offroadster-prerunner!
Not knowing what I'm doing, with just an idea in my head of what could work, I set off to work.











Simply because I have to power to do so... Mr. Redneck apprentice in training dude guy buddy pal makes for some entertaining pictures.  His name is Denzel by the way. 










I'm finally liking the trajectory these flares are headed.




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Journals / The Eppic OffRoadster
« on: January 20, 2018, 11:29 PM »
Up next on the picture list is some anticipation for the future.  I sell lights.  An Eppic right needs to represent! 




Whilst the Offroadster is getting it's new engine, I acquired another Miata to drive.
We call it the Minilift Miata.  It's turned into an experimental vehicle on different ways to lift a miata.  Like throwing front suspension in the rear.  Free 50% lift kit.


It had a diff with a better gear ratio for my big tires so that all got swapped along with the suspension setup I was running on it.  NB miata shocks and springs with NA top hats.  Also another variant of lifting a miata.  Gives about 1.5"-2" of lift.  More on that car later.




This car has come a long way.


Black friday came around and I bought myself a Paco kit to see how that compared to my home built lift.  There's is better built.  I just used scraps from around the shop.  Not high quality water jet cut pieces welded together.  So here we have a Paco 3" lift and NB suspension. 




Random moment in the shop when I had to filter out all the BS around me...



Previous picture was placed for the intent of at least making you smirk if not giggle.  It's ok to laugh.  Just let it out.  You'll feel better. 


Still have no idea what to do with these things.


Also Black Friday yielded an awesome dealio on Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac's!  Probably Canada's 4x4 communities favorite tire.  A healthy upgrade for this beast.  235/75r15


With tires mounted and the badassery turned up... Made another youtube video.


Pictures of the day in the snow.
















And of course after any good day of playing in the snow... things need a good drying.


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Journals / The Eppic OffRoadster
« on: January 20, 2018, 10:53 PM »
Hey hey, how abouts an updates eh?

Didn't end up putting my 1uz in the car.  That's going in a different project.  Rebuilt the 1.6L as it felt wrong to just throw away all that hard work I did making it look pretty.
Sure more power would be nice but, power costs money and we all like to put our money in different places.  One day this thing will get some more power.  Until then... here we go. 

Bought myself some 14" tires of a rzr.  Traction is a win now!










That burning oil issue however was no longer something I was willing to put up with.  The time came to pull that fancy painted engine out of there.



First things first is to check those bearings.


Disassembled on the bench


A fair amount of build up eh?  That might be enough to increase compression.


The cost of burning equal amounts of fuel and oil are clearly visible.




Dinky tires and out he door she goes while I rebuild the engine.  Reminds me of a monster truck with regular truck tires on it.



Good thing I have a bunch of these engines laying around.  Pull the best crank out and polish that one up.


New pistons.  .030 over


Serviced my lifters with the help of my redneck apprentice.




Valve retainers are a real patience testing practice.  Pesky buggers sure are annoying to get in place.


Slap that head back on there and lets get her back together.






No need for a transmission jack.  I stay fit for a reason. (I have 8 miata's.  I'm just helping reinforce the hair dresser stereotype with that shirt choice apparently. Don't judge me!)


Had to compare it to the Cummins sitting right beside it.  That engine is almost the size of the whole car.


And it's sittin pretty ready to go back in.


Celebration time now that it's in and runs!






Working on doing more video stuff these days.  Go subscribe to the youtube channel if you like.

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Journals / The Eppic OffRoadster
« on: September 24, 2017, 12:09 AM »
Well it's been a crazy summer.  Had some major life changes.  Doing lots of other stuff.  Trying to have a life again and not spend 20 hours a day building cool stuff.  It's not all that fun when you do that for 6 months in a row.    Here's what you haven't seen of the Eppic Offroadster from this summer if you're not following this thing on instagram or facebook.

Instagram: @Eppicindustries
Facebook: Eppic Industries
Youtube: Eppic Industries

Starting things off with my biggest event of the year.  We were the #1 thing to see at Steinbach's Summer In The City.  Here's a wee bit of what went down at that!















Had the fam jam down to help out with things and rep some Eppic Shirts


Youtube channel was starting to pick up too.  Those were fun episodes to make.  Hoping to get to some more this winter.


























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Highlight video of the event.  It was a party!!!


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Originally posted by jordisonjr
Is that a pogo stick hood prop?
Yup.  A red necks hood strut...

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It's a ton of work getting all your cars and then some ready for an event.  But it's worth it.  Hard work feels good.

Spitfire got some upgrades.



Finally dipped my own quad.



and now it's on the the race car and the offroadster.


I will be doing some live air brushing too on saturday if the weather holds out.

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This is our largest event of the year.  We are partnered with X-Company dance studios to bring the entertainment + cool environment for the youth/young adult crowd at Steinbach's Summer in the City festival. However we kind of attract everyone and not just the youngin's.  Last year we were named "The largest out door hip hop/break dance battle" in the province.  Winner got a $300 cash prize.  We've quickly become THE major attraction at Summer in The City next to the big celebrities on the main stage.  X-Company provides the stage with all the breakdancing.  We provide a showcase of custom art work in all sorts of forms that draw in the crowds.
We get a kick out of all the non car people telling us "This feels like I'm in fast and the furious!" to which we roll our eyes, smile and nod.
This year is only going to be bigger and better.  They've given me an entire street to fill this year.  We've got a crazy wild line up planned for this year.  Bikes, Quads, Trucks, Cars, Audio systems, A Polaris Slingshot, our 3d printer and of course a whole host of Miata's.  One for every terrain... :) 
There's also going to be skate and bmx contests run all day as well on the back half of our section at the skate park.

We will be doing some free draws for gift certificates to Eppic Industries and 3D printed fidget spinners.

We also plan to throw some surprises in there for you guys as well.  You'll just have to come down to find out what those are though. ;)
Here's just a peek at some of the things you can expect to see this summer!





















And more to come yet.  Hope we see you there.

Check out our website:
EppicIndustries.com

Follow us on:
Facebook - Eppic Industries
Instagram - @Eppicindustries
YouTube - Eppic Industries

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This is our largest event of the year.  We are partnered with X-Company dance studios to bring the entertainment + cool environment for the youth/young adult crowd at Steinbach's Summer in the City festival. However we kind of attract everyone and not just the youngin's.  Last year we were named "The largest out door hip hop/break dance battle" in the province.  Winner got a $300 cash prize.  We've quickly become THE major attraction at Summer in The City next to the big celebrities on the main stage.  X-Company provides the stage with all the breakdancing.  We provide a showcase of custom art work in all sorts of forms that draw in the crowds.
We get a kick out of all the non car people telling us "This feels like I'm in fast and the furious!" to which we roll our eyes, smile and nod.
This year is only going to be bigger and better.  They've given me an entire street to fill this year.  We've got a crazy wild line up planned for this year.  Bikes, Quads, Trucks, Cars, Audio systems, A Polaris Slingshot, our 3d printer and of course a whole host of Miata's.  One for every terrain... :) 
There's also going to be skate and bmx contests run all day as well on the back half of our section at the skate park.

We will be doing some free draws for gift certificates to Eppic Industries and 3D printed fidget spinners.

We also plan to throw some surprises in there for you guys as well.  You'll just have to come down to find out what those are though. ;)
Here's just a peek at some of the things you can expect to see this summer!





















And more to come yet.  Hope we see you there.

Check out our website:
EppicIndustries.com

Follow us on:
Facebook - Eppic Industries
Instagram - @Eppicindustries
YouTube - Eppic Industries

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Journals / The Eppic OffRoadster
« on: June 01, 2017, 07:43 AM »
Originally posted by dano
What happened to the fender flares?

They were ugly.  I don't like having ugly cars. 

I'll re-design and make it a bad-ass car.
For now though I'm in the re-restoring process of the ol spitty.
Subscribe to my youtube to watch the action on that.

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Re-restoring this bad boy. Lots of paint chips and paint shrinkage from not using sealer the first time I did this car.  This is how one learns their lesson.  This time the rebuild is getting vlogged on youtube.
Subscribe to my channel to watch the process.



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Journals / The Eppic OffRoadster
« on: May 16, 2017, 11:19 PM »
I smile and the crowds smile. That's what my business is all about.





let kids sit in your cars at car shows. It's like the highlight of their childhood when you're 8 and get to sit in a cool car. Smiles galore on this little guy and his parents.


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Journals / The Eppic OffRoadster
« on: May 11, 2017, 06:54 PM »

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Eppic Industries / Hydro-Dip Show Thread
« on: May 11, 2017, 06:14 PM »
How about another update my friends.  :)









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Journals / The Eppic OffRoadster
« on: March 17, 2017, 10:31 AM »
Originally posted by jordisonjr
That looks like the most uncomfortable ride possible :lol:
Is a lift/longer travel suspension in the future plans?

ya it's terrible.  Long arm kit in the works.

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Eppic Industries / Hydro-Dip Show Thread
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Eppic Industries / Hydro-Dip Show Thread
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Journals / The Eppic OffRoadster
« on: March 16, 2017, 10:31 PM »

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Journals / The Eppic OffRoadster
« on: March 06, 2017, 08:40 AM »

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Journals / The Eppic OffRoadster
« on: March 05, 2017, 11:24 AM »
Almost a uniform color.


Found a batman tail light in my pile of parts.


Headed out to the 2017 Winter Mega Run.  Video footage of the day to come yet too.




Brought the ski's for people to see.  Wasn't enough snow to use them.


On display for the fans to check out.



Met a ton of great people today.  Lots of awesome fan's checking out the Offroadster.  Had a great time explaining and showing people the world of Hydrgraphics.


And then it was time to go for a rip.











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Journals / The Eppic OffRoadster
« on: March 03, 2017, 04:19 PM »
Originally posted by firelizard
Lucky. There's a few hundred worth of tickets there if they felt like it.
Steinbach is still transitioning out of the small town phase so I just assume the police have some grace for those of us that grew up here and still think of it as small town.
However driving around a life size RC car is pretty much a magnet for questioning no matter where you go. 

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Journals / The Eppic OffRoadster
« on: March 03, 2017, 02:47 PM »
Originally posted by jordisonjr
You actually drive this on the road and expect to not get pulled over? lol

That's an assumption you're making.  I've never said that.  This is my only vehicle right now so I use it for A - B tasks and go straight home. 

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