Building Patooyee II

 

First a little history:  Patooyee started life as a pretty much stock CJ5.  Somehow, it eventually was turned into what you see to the left.  The initial intention was to build it into a competition rock crawler.  This was back when rock crawling first began.  The initial intent was not to make it so big though and somewhere during the build phase I became enthralled with big trucks.  The rigs being built at the time by Wagoner Machine Shop were so cool-looking and seemed to be able to walk up things that the smaller comp buggies couldn't.  Eventually it cam time to actually compete though and I rapidly realized that Patooyee was just to big in every way.  Too wide, too long, too tall, too heavy.  Watching it at its first comp was hilarious, but fun at the same time.  Trying to thread those annoying cones made me realize what I had to do though.  I had to build something small, light, narrow, and short!  So plans began to build Patooyee II ...

Patooyee II had to be not only small and light, but also unique.  I hate to do things the same as everyone else ... who cares if you win, you didn't do it on your own merit.  There were many different types of buggies being used at the time, all with different ideas behind them.  I borrowed from a few of them to make something totally different that, to my knowledge, no one has done yet.  But a big problem for me was simply getting started.  I racked my brain for ways to draw accurate plans that I could follow.