Saturday, August 17, 2019
A friend stopped by yesterday afternoon to help me get the frame off the trailer and into the garage. I couldn’t resist bolting something, ANYTHING to the fresh frame. I opted to test fit the shock towers.
They will come back off so I can get the nuts and bolts zinc coated. I am waiting on my u-bolts, and bolt kits before I can really start assembly and I am certain there are lots of things I missed that will delay me. I discovered that I forgot to chase the OEM shock tower rivets out of the frame, so that will be fun, even more fun that it would have been now that there is powder on the frame. More to come...
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Some buddies of mine from the Land Cruiser Club swung by last night to help me get the tub on the trailer and it is off the media blaster today!
I am doing this so I can inspect the entire tub and get all the rot out. I am fairly certain the known areas are the only areas, but I don't want any surprises down the road. Here's the known areas...
Outer door rockers on both sides
The frame will come home today too. I got a sneak peak of the work and I am pleased. I know any rot has been blown away by the media blaster and will not spread. The powder will help protect the frame from exposure to water, salt, and other corrosive elements.
Sadly one of the worst rot spots are on the rear cross member and quite visible.
Fortunately it sits behind light brackets when fully assembled, so it won't be an issue.
I test fitted the old Rock Crusher aluminum wheels on the freshly rebuilt axle assemblies and they fit! I sent them off for powder too.
Next Up: Axles, springs, and other things get bolted onto the frame.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Dropped the Frame Off for Sand Blasting & Powder Coating
I got the frame and a few misc parts (batch number 4) dropped off for powder. It should be ready for pick up on Aug 15 and I'll be dropping the body off when I pick it up.
The hunt is on for a metallurgy place that can yellow zinc or gold cadmium coat bolts and I need to send my header and intake out for high temp coatings.
Saturday, June 29, 2019
Chassis Mods are Done!
Well with more than a little help from my friend Ryan at Overland Adventure Company, the frame modifications are complete and I just have 12 bolts and four bushings to pull before I can drop this thing off for powder coating. The build phase has officially begun!
Ryan does some outstanding fabrication and welding. He was able to salvage the ridiculously poor quality Saginaw power steering "kit" into something usable. My rear shackle mounts are reversed and the front chassis forks are fully boxed.
Saturday, June 8, 2019
A Little Anticlimactic, I know...
Well I know I cheated by showing pics of all of this kit complete while it wa all still with the builder. But it is now all home. Every major component of the build is back in my possession and I could technically start assembly. But, I wanna finish the rot removal from the tub, prep and paint it all before I get started and there are a million little things that need to be done. So I'll keep on going, one bolt at a time...
Friday, May 31, 2019
Transmission and Transfer Case are complete and married!
Valley Hybrids finished my H42-to-H41 transmission conversion and my stock 3-speed transfer case to a twin stick Orion case. I need to pick em up!
Mine is the one in the foreground. The H41/Orion combo will give me a 82.2:1 crawl ratio as opposed to the stock H42/3-speed ratio of 51:1. Can't wait to get it all bolted up!
at May 31, 2019
Saturday, May 25, 2019
Sparks Were Flying!
Another Cruiserhead was kind enough to travel several hundred miles with his welding kit to teach me how to replace panels! Amazing dude and we managed to get the fuel pan panel about 90% complete. I'll finish the rest this weekend and hopefully start on other troubled areas too.
at May 25, 2019
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Well the EFI is in aaaand sitting on my workbench! It will be some time before I'm ready to install it as I am trying to get more discip...