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Postby MakeMinorv8 » Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:54 pm

Out in the cold today keeping warm with the welding and grinding sparks!

Rear lower panels welded in

Notice the 1/2 inch thick filler around the welding. Some accident damage here me thinks......!

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Took the chance to fill in the fuel cap recess on this side
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The lower front flanges have all but gone so I set to making new panels and cutting out the old.

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Also found a small rust hole at the front of one side where the floor had originally sat up against the panel causing a water trap. Soon cut out and new piece welded in. You can also see here how bad the flanges were! :shock:

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One more flange to weld in. Then the fun and games start with fitment (?) of the new rear light units. We will see how that goes.
Unless my arch repair panels arrive than that plan might change.

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Postby MakeMinorv8 » Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:54 pm

Plan changed! :D

Courier brought me my arch panels this morning.

Old arches cut out (boy were they rusty!) and new ones test fitted.

All looks good so far.  


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I'm hoping to borrow my mates spot-welder to stick these on. I can weld the gutters on too while I have it.
Otherwise I will drill holes in the flanges and plug weld.

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Postby MakeMinorv8 » Sat Mar 02, 2013 6:43 pm

Well, I'm still awaiting the spot-welder so to keep things going I decided to drill the flanges on the arch repairs and plug weld them onto the side panels.
Then you end up with this.
 
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I also welded on the other front flange repair and put a little folded repair piece into the lower edge


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More work to do tomorrow.

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Postby MakeMinorv8 » Sat Mar 09, 2013 10:12 pm

Ok, well jumped ahead a little here.......... :roll:

Rear load area sides are all welded up! Rust is gone!

I had planned to use the lights and metalwork from the scrap Subaru but although the curve of the panels was similar, the lights just looked too damn big on there so I kept it simple! :)

I welded a length of 1 inch square tube along the top inside edge of both panels. Stitch welded from underneath and plug welded through the panel from the outside.

Then the rear lower corners were made and welded on. These are not going to look standard so I used flat sheet steel and saved the cost of repair panels here.


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That's all for the moment folks!
I have put this project on hold for a while to concentrate on sorting my other truck. Keep a look out for my new build post. Coming here soon.
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Postby badobsession » Sat Mar 09, 2013 10:24 pm

:bravo:
Nice one Martin ...
do what you like and like what you do ...

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Postby MakeMinorv8 » Wed Jun 19, 2013 7:49 pm

Well, while the V8 Truck is on hold, I thought it time to get some more done on this beastie.

The next step was to get the load sides hung in place.

I used the metal bracing cut from the original van sides to produce new mounting brackets to bolt the sides to the chassis.


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One thing I noticed, with the truck properly on the floor, the stretched cab gives the impression that the roof has been lowered?!
I will try and get a better pic of that.

S'all for now.

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Postby Big Al » Wed Jun 19, 2013 8:43 pm

the stretched cab gives the impression that the roof has been lowered


Interesting, has others found this?
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Postby chrisryder » Wed Jun 19, 2013 8:50 pm

I see what you mean!

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Postby MakeMinorv8 » Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:34 pm

I have made a start on the tail-gate.

Really not much to show at the moment but hopefully it will be a little different, a bit like the rest of the truck!

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Postby morrisfixer » Tue Jul 16, 2013 3:16 pm

You should've made 2 fibre glass moulds from the sides to keep the weight down? 😃

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Postby MakeMinorv8 » Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:57 pm

Thanks Stevie, something to consider for the future. :D

Pic of the tail-gate frame finished and new rear valance loosely fitted (forgot the camera - sorry!).

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Oh, and this turned up;-

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Postby MakeMinorv8 » Tue Nov 19, 2013 7:37 pm

Hi All,

Well, I haven't posted on here for a while but that doesn't mean that there hasn't been any work done!

I was just unsure how to approach this next bit!

The picture of the engine above might have been a clue.

Instead of messing about matching 'this' engine to 'that' gearbox and with the associated clearance issues around the steering rack, I have decided to mount the complete engine and gearbox in the back of the truck.........

This will also add some weight over the back wheels where it will be needed most.

This meant that I had to take drastic measures.

So here goes.  :D

The angle grinder came out and did this;-

Rear chassis cut off. Old chassis members opened up ready to accept new metal for the new cross-member.

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New chassis cross-member pieces cut from box ready for welding together and fitting into/onto ends of original chassis.

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New cross-member fitted into place. New top plates welded in for strength. Notice the triangular pieces on the cross-member.

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I also got the Ford cross-member with the engine/box. This is the trial fit.

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New rear chassis build started.  Here's the rear cross-member.
 
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Rear legs made and welded up. Connected to rear cross-member. The mounting holes for the rear sub-frame bolts have all been drilled and have had thick wall tubing added to prevent the box collapsing when the bolts are tightened.

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Mocked up on the engine/sub-frame.

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Preparing to join the new rear chassis to the old.
Measure 3 times, adjust and measure again! You can't rush this bit.

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Connecting pieces added.

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Much more to follow soon.

As usual, cheers for looking in! :)
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Postby plastic orange » Tue Nov 19, 2013 11:50 pm

I'd suggest a bit more bracing where it joins the original chassis - perhaps also slip some box section in there as far as you can and seam/spot weld it in place.

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Postby jimmy-d » Wed Nov 20, 2013 5:58 am

This is becomming very cool and Im keen to see many more updates,a great idea which has me doing some thinking of my own but my idea is still way to far out there in the ether to even contemplate yet.Good luck,keep at it but as PO said,you will need a sh#t load of bracing there and I would follow his suggestion as a minimum,again,love it!
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Postby MakeMinorv8 » Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:36 pm

Thanks for the comments.

I have indeed added more box section into the original chassis and welded it in then welded the cross-member to that AND the original chassis and then added the triangulation pieces.

These are old pictures, there has been much more progress since these were taken with even more strength added as you will see.

I just need a spare moment to down load the pics.

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