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#21 Rat1314

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 11:43 PM

Been a little while, I've done a bit of work and I am hoping to get more done ASAP.

Well I'll start with the side skirts, their 'done', just need to be sanded all over (I'll get Michael to do that) then paint and mount them to the car
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And we got a media blaster off ebay, one of the '10 gallon' units. It's f**king awesome. We can get crushed glass for very cheap from one of Michael's friends so I've been having a 'play' around with that (crushed glass doesn't have the 'free silica' that sand does) and the results so far have been awesome.

This was a quick test, about 10 seconds. Compared to the other one...
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So anyway today I started to disassemble both the front struts
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And I ended up with a bench looking like this. The front shocks look like the originals and are shot.
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After a few minutes with the media blaster, both sides are done.
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One cover painted, there is some pitting on the cover from rust but that doesn't matter.
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Posted 17 July 2012 - 12:35 AM

Just a bit more cleaning and painting
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I might get these done tomorrow
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Posted 30 August 2012 - 07:54 AM

Finished cleaning up the front suspension
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Started working on the front tension rod mount
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Yea it was a bit stuffed

Sitting on the steel I'm making the new one from
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And now it's ready to be welded in
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Posted 27 January 2013 - 11:32 AM

Long time over due but I have been doing a little bit of work on the car here and there.

Media blasted and painted the inside of the car, I found one small rust hole so that got cut out and new steel welded in. This is the inside just in primer. I have put a top coat down just haven't taken any pic yet

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Other things that have been done include removing the whole rear end to be inspected, cleaned, repair where necessary then reinstalled.

And that's about it for now. Mike is going overseas for 18 months so I'm going to get stuck into it while he's away and I plan on picking him up from the airport in it when he returns (don't know why but I seem to get more work done when he's away).

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Posted 31 August 2013 - 01:34 PM

So I've started working on the car again after a long break. I've had a lot going on and things have finally settled back down now so I'm hoping I can continue working on the car more.
Anyway, I'll get stuck straight into the pictures as thats why your here really isn't it.

So to start with I've been working on the front end. I lined up the front spoiler with the side skirts and found I needed to take another 3cm off the top of the spoiler so it wouldn't hang lower then the bottom of the skirts.
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So now the front's inline I need to clean up the cut a bit
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Just with more of the front end mocked up so I can take some more measurements
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And marking out how much of the rear has to be cut off
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Looking better
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Posted 31 August 2013 - 01:35 PM

Just about spot on with the height, the hammer was the closest thing I had to weigh down the string while I was lining things up
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And then I went shopping
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Now as the sides of the spoiler are too wide I had to cut out some material in the corners and grind down some of the fiberglass so I could bend the sides in easily
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Big ass hole with masking tape over it and string to hold the side inplace while I work
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Working away
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And thats about where it's at at the moment. Lots of measuring twice and cutting once kind of thing going on so it's slow progress.

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 10:20 PM

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 02:26 PM

That looks awesome, keep up the good work! Custom aero is rarely done right but this is spot on!

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Posted 29 November 2013 - 06:56 PM

Typing isn't a option for me at the moment so I'll just show you all a bunch of photos

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Posted 29 November 2013 - 08:09 PM

That smacks of goodness, hope your hand gets better so you can keep up the good work.


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Posted 25 March 2014 - 11:10 PM

Ok so where to start, or continue? If you don't already know work halted due to this . The first thing was for me to fix my bike when I could. No the wife was not happy with his. But after that the car followed. The front end is now ready to make a mould from, It's not perfect but it'll do for now. The car has been blocked ready for paint, the door jams still need to be sanded but I'll leave them till the day before I paint. The cowl panel has been painted as well so I can start on installing the motor out of the 'blue' car. I started the blue one after it's been sitting for three years for the first time the other day, video link below.

Touching up the last bits of the body before calling the 'body work done'
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I've got the rear quarters ready
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Then I played with some paint
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And I painted the front spoiler
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Followed by a wet sand, cut and polish
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Wet sanded, cut and polished
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Filling in the water jet/sprayer/whateverthef*ckyouwanttocallthem with some fibreglass
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And now all the last parts are ready for some primer
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I painted the cowl so I can start installing the motor
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The rear suspension went back together as well
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And the diff
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Found a badge while working
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Posted 24 July 2014 - 03:01 PM

http://youtu.be/5x8W...QVEYzk1QsEQEcIA

Took a short video a couple of months ago showing some progress I just didn't get around to posting it up here. I have done more work since then as well and I'll try and do another update soon

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Posted 03 October 2014 - 03:17 PM

Alright here's a update, I've still been working on the car and taking photos I've just been lazy with uploading them.

I put the blue car into the garage so I can pull the motor and strip the body before I take it to the scrap heap.
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Just a random shot
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I think it might need a aligment
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Transferring the heart into the grey car
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And with a bit of fiddling around and a lot of cursing it's in. Note to self: It's a lot easier to line up the engine mounts when their attached to the motor and not the engine bay
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Just about finished stripping the blue car
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Amongst all that I installed a axillary power point in my Hilux
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Bye bye blue car. Sims Metal gave me enough money to buy a carton
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Making a mold of the front end, I've never done this before
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It's done
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The prototype and the mold
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The piece I cast from the mold
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Doing some test fitting, some bits need to be trimmed/altered
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I was trying to get the car running and it just wouldn't start. Apparently the injectors wont work without this relay. I had to go through EVERYTHING to find this f*cker, the car runns now by the way
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Picked up some aftermarket indicators, the park lights are going to go in the headlights.
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I had to modify the cutouts for the indicators so I used a sponge to make a template.
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And that bit is done
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Work around here never seems to end
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Here's a random rabbit
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Finishing off the front end, it's not finished yet
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Decided to work on the dash for a little bit
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I think we're going to need new speakers
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It's a bit ordinary
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Stripped it down to nothing
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Fixing up the cracks and divots
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Skimmed on some filler then sanded it smooth
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Primed and ready for some colour
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Had some leftover paint lying around so I thought I'd try something different
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Done a base colour
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And now the top colour, it's really hard to get a good photo of the finish but I like it
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So that's about it for now, I'm currently finnishing off the front end then I can think about painting the rest of it.


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Posted 03 October 2014 - 04:31 PM

Just looking at all that makes me feel tired, A+ for dedication  :D

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Posted 03 October 2014 - 04:34 PM

To improve the strength and durability of the fibreglass front you might consider using fibreglass rope to create a firm edge.

http://www.ebay.com....=item3a93cc5fda

After rubbing back the surface around the edge just soak the rope in resin (with hardener) and lay it around the edge.  You can later sand it and finish with either a bit of bog or Qcells mixed with resin.

Here is a photo of the rope in position to cut to length and another edge with the fibreglass set. The second photo shows the finished process on another bit of bodywork.

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Posted 09 October 2014 - 09:04 PM

Just looking at all that makes me feel tired, A+ for dedication  :D


Thanks, it is a lot of work and many hours

To improve the strength and durability of the fibreglass front you might consider using fibreglass rope to create a firm edge.

http://www.ebay.com....=item3a93cc5fda

After rubbing back the surface around the edge just soak the rope in resin (with hardener) and lay it around the edge.  You can later sand it and finish with either a bit of bog or Qcells mixed with resin.

Here is a photo of the rope in position to cut to length and another edge with the fibreglass set. The second photo shows the finished process on another bit of bodywork.


Thanks for the info and link. As I mentioned I haven't done this kind of work before and any tips are muchly appreciated

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Posted 09 October 2014 - 10:45 PM

Wow, nice DIY there. I'm inspired by your fiberglass mould work. I recently got a couple of unique spoilers for the S30z I'd like to reproduce. Will have to give this a go at some stage, time permitting of course.

The dashboard top coat is interesting, is it the lighting or have you gone for a sort of patina effect with the paint? Can't tell if it's the texture or not?

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Posted 13 October 2014 - 07:16 PM

Not to question your work, but is it too hard to re cover the dash with vinyl once it has been repaired?

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Posted 13 October 2014 - 09:54 PM

Wow, nice DIY there. I'm inspired by your fiberglass mould work. I recently got a couple of unique spoilers for the S30z I'd like to reproduce. Will have to give this a go at some stage, time permitting of course.

The dashboard top coat is interesting, is it the lighting or have you gone for a sort of patina effect with the paint? Can't tell if it's the texture or not?


I'm not really sure what to call the finish on the dash. I put down a base coat and let that cure, then I put down a heavy color coat and pressed scrunched up plastic over it before it dried. It's not a patina finish but it does have some texture to it. Once the car is finished I'll have a friend do a photo/video shoot of the car and his camera should show the dash a lot better then my phone.

Not to question your work, but is it too hard to re cover the dash with vinyl once it has been repaired?

Yes it is, to cover the dash with vinyl would require a vacuum forming machine(some people out there might be able to do it without one). The finish on the dash was a experiment, took stuff all time, cost nothing(all the supplies were sitting on a shelf) and if I want I can re-coat it in the future

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Posted 17 October 2014 - 11:01 PM

I've finished the dash
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