Prior to July, 1998 -- As mentioned in the
family Sanrdrail page, I purchased this rail about 8 months ago for $4250.00. The
Previous Owner (PO) told me that it had a 2110cc engine with about 5 seasons on it, but
that it still ran great.
The Project Milestones
August, 1998 -- Engine developed an oil leak
at the rear main seal, and the clutch was slipping up the dunes. Wrecked the rail
jumping it over a blind hill, stupid me, and cracked and bent the frame.
September, 1998 -- Removed engine to find a
huge crack behind #3 cylinder that extended from the top of the case to the bottom of the
case. Disassembled engine only to find that it was a stock engine with 92mm pistons,
and a small camshaft. I ordered a new close ratio transmission from Transform
($925.00) that came with close ratio 3rd and 4th gears. Removed the transmission from the
frame, cut the rear frame out to have it flanged for easier engine/transmission removal
October, 1998 -- Ordered approximately
$1000.00 worth of engine parts for the 2275cc monster motor!!!!
November, 1998 -- Ordered more engine parts,
couldn't do any work yet.
March 19, 1999 -- Ordered the last of the
engine parts. Assembled the bottom end, totalled up the amount of money spent on the
rail so far, $4000 in parts for the engine and transmission, with about another $300 to
spend. (Whew, a lot more than I figured, but I know everything is done right).
March 22, 1999 -- Picked up the trailer and
set an appointment for the welder to fix the crack in the frame and weld some better ramps
onto the trailer.
March 26, 1999 -- Finish assembling the
March 30, 1999 -- Picked up the sandrail
frame from the welder, he did an awesome job fixing the crack and welding the flanges to
March 31, 1999 -- Installed the
April 1, 1999 -- Well, I did it. I
purchased the last of the major parts for the sandrail for this year. I just spent
$500 to purchase the new 1 5/8" merged header with a U-bend, the Supertrapp muffler
(looks way cool), two new struts to replace the blown rear units, two new front shocks,
Flame Thrower 40,000 volt coil, a few miscellaneous gaskets, and a chrome alternator nut.
The total budget ended up at about $5000 for the engine rebuild, trans. rebuild,
suspension rebuild, new seats w/covers, welded frame, and new ramps for trailer.
After looking back on how much I initialy was going to spend on the engine, ended
up spending about $3500, I realized that I had to buy everything for the engine.
From things as significant as the engine case, all the way down to insignificant
details like the dipstick, and the coil bracket.
What comes next? -- Re-wire the alternator
and tail lights, install the engine, install the seats, re-assemble the rear suspension,
and add pictures of the progress and finished product.