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Old 09-12-2021, 05:48 AM   #451
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Re: GRIZZ’s English 2001 S10 Extra Cab 4.3 V6 Truck

So a load of these died yesterday,

4 in fact.

Finishing the top and drivers half of the chassis, followed by the whole of the underside.

Happy to say, two coats of primer/paint and red oxide plus that bloody underseal is all gone, leaving surprisingly unblemished steel under it all.



Then I had to carefully flip the chassis, its not light, and it’s awkward.

So did it in a weird, but successful way.





Eventually 7 hours later………

I was truly knackered at this point.

The NVH gets to you.



Cleaned up and ready for primer




I then fetched the Mx5 Canary back in and got it onto the ramps, want to take a look today at what part of the exhaust is missing, knowing the catalytic converter was removed.

David the lodger sneaks around the garden smoking, and took a nippet of a clip as I got it to the top.

https://youtu.be/3tT-bvVW1n0

I want a sports exhaust on it anyway, and saw a piece of one for £30.-00 on FB Marketplace yesterday.

May be worth having.





Remember this….?



Bodgers should have thumbs removed.

Welded up bush.

Repairing it would be more expensive in time and effort, plus swearing than replacing in this case.




Thankfully @westbay found me a replacement pair on Ebay, seller was happy to do a Buy it Now for £32.00 delivered.



After a cleanup and rebushing, we should be good to go.


Today it is chassis primer one side, then flip it over and do the other side.
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Meet George.

Presumed to be a wild, feral stray…….

He has hung around my place for a few weeks.

Turns out he is a former indoors cat belonging to the new tenants two houses down from me.

He allowed Sally to touch him last week Wednesday.

Then I tried on Friday to get close to him and made contact.

He is a pot head…… loves catnip.

So this morning when I was checking out the underside of the MX5 on the ramps, there he was.

Crusty underside, missing the catalytic converter, do I replace it with a random piece of pipe or a small resonator box?





More crustiness.



So I fetched him some catnip and he went mad for it on the rear of the car.



After bootfair, breakfast, forum write ups and check ins, I went to check the underside of the car, followed by getting the tin of primer mixed up.



Painted every nook and cranny of the underside.

Pretty pleased with that.



Then went and had a coffee and checked the internet.

Followed by fetching Mickey to help me flip it over and painting the top of the chassis.

Once done, I stood back and just grinned.

George was not too bothered, but at least he checked up on me.

It has taken a lot of time and effort to get this thing this far.



Loads more to do, but happy with it all so far.

Once again, thank you to all those who contribute in any way they choose, be it text, phone call, PM, comments or gifted parts to fit, or specialist tools like the Void Bush tool sent to me in the mail by a random stranger.

Life is good.
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A couple more found in someone’s posting.

Going……


Going…………….





GONE……..





I do love this truck a lot.
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Spotted today and post 11,000

Don't tell @Grizz !!!





Thankfully no copyrights infringed…….


REZIN ROCKIT

MUST BE RELATED.


Expecting a visit from KevinS and his wife later to collect the MX5 wind deflector.

And hopefully to cast an eye and offer further advice on the Rezin Rockit build and suspension work.

Kevin sent me the lowered rear springs for the build Before.


And a short clip of George getting stoned.

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So with @kevins and MrsS coming over in their MX5 with its fruity Zorst this morning to collect the wind deflector, I thought I would quickly tidy up the carport and chassis.

Moved stuff around and got the chassis on a small trolley.



Much better.

A lot of rain forecast for tomorrow.



Probably not getting much done before the weekend.
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I do hate pointless meaningless Teams meetings that leave you reaching for your mobile phone

After all, what is £30.00 when you are gathering parts for kart no2

So my meeting had me message the seller 17miles away.

When I got there it turns out we have a ton of stuff in common, except he is a DI in the Police.

So we chatted for 45 minutes before I loaded this machine that has been stood for 10 years, outside.




DM is a brand of the Flymo company.



So when I got home, ‘I left it in the car and carried on with the day job.

Later I took it out, cleaned it up a bit and then checked the oil, well…… black tar more accurately, added some fuel after checking the sparkplug that may have seen better days too.





Added fresh oil after draining the tiny bit of gloop from the crankcase.




Of course I then tried to get it started, the tines seem to want to turn every time I pulled the rip cord……

So I removed the tines/hooky things and tried to start it.

Failed, pushed it under the carport and came indoors.

So I still beed to go back to it and take a look and a tug or,two.

We may still,end up with a boat anchor or a little runner.


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Back to the Suspension bushes.


The company whose bushes I previously posted up has already pisssed me off as they do not reply to emails, even a simple request, after I emailed an enquiry on Friday last week.

People like that do not deserve my business as they probably see customer service as something other companies do.

So kind of back to starting out looking for a supplier who is prepared to deal with someone who is not an F1 team, or weekend warrior racer.

I had a suggestion for SuperPro bushes on Rods n Sods and looking for a supplier found someone supplying the brand about 15 miles from here.

Comments elsewhere.

[font color="e619a4"]Go to super pro web site and buy once buy quality, the images should give you an idea of what goes where, all bushes are marked up so you know where they go, ive fitted plenty of these bushes to landrover over the years, very forgiving and nearly impossible to damage when fitting.

if you can't get the rear anti roll bar bushes have someone with a lathe makes them for you. to be honest those ones never gave any problems like the fronts on cortina's. i can honestly say i've never ever had to replace them for an mot and i've had/worked on hundreds of them over time.
re the kit you list, it's all pretty self explanatory where they go once you have them in hand and offer them up. also as it'll be a toy not a daily driver i wouldn't worry too much about them wearing prematurely either.
neil.[/font]




Also, last night when I got back from work in Lewisham a parcel was propped up against my kitchen door.

My replacement leading trailing arm



Needs a good clean, Knotwheel at the ready……. And primer plus Hammerite

Probably by the weekend.
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[quote author="@kevins" source="/post/2697599/thread" timestamp="1631697969"]If the rubber ones are not badly cracked I would re-use everything except the top ones in the axle which as above I would replace with estate ones, it's going to be so light comparred to the cortina that the standard ones are probably a bit on the stiff side even.[/quote]


Went against advice……

Have ordered a set of polybushes, rather than original style rubber items.

£131.00 delivered.

From what I could see, the rubber bushes will total up to a bigger cost than polyurethane.

If lucky, delivery on Friday or Saturday.

And then the dismantling, step by step and bush replacement one at a time, depending on how easily I get to remove the old ones.

Fingers crossed.
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So I had planned on using one of the two arms bought to replace the welded up one.

So before work this morning at 07.00 I went down to the garage, pulled out the grinder and knot wheel.



Then today when ordering the bushes I realised that there are three different sizes on each end, making for a load of permutations.

So when I checked, the one end was 50mm and the new ones were 43mm but the ones fitted were 47mm so I would need to replace both arms in order to keep things uniform

Sp after work tonight I had to go do no 2 as well.



Not too bad.



Then painted them and left them hanging to dry overnight and for the next few days.



Followed by mowing the lawn.

Lets hope the bushes all come out without giving me a hernia.
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Got this to use from a friend today.



Mr Grinder on standby.

Bigger question now is how to establish whether this shock is dead.

And then, what to replace it with if the spring loses a full coil.




Advice as always, appreciated.
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[quote author="@glenanderson" source="/post/2697773/thread" timestamp="1631809091"]Put one end of the shock in the vice, so it’s vertical. Hold the other end and try to pull it out and push it back in again quickly. If there’s a reasonable amount of resistance, then they’re worth refitting providing they compress enough to still work with the shorter spring.

If they have no resistance, or they’re too long, then hang fire on ordering any new shocks until the car is reassembled and at its final running height and weight before you fork out for replacements. [/quote]


Well, I nearly kinda screwed up there, makes sense waiting to see final riding height…..

Was going to order a standard set to go with the ONE COIL sacrificed.

These seem to have had it, one is rusted in place pretty much, one collapses to become a dumpy.



Almost weekend, counting down.

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Using the truck in the morning to deliver some blasting media for @pauly and also some random junk for @craigrk

Thought I would cut the flooring mate Fil dropped of before.





Once the sun warms it up a bit, it should be useable.

Looking forward to driving it again.
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So the postie delivered nothing today.

But the DPD courier made my day.





And laid out.

I do hope that I will be able to figure out what goes where.



After work I went down to the garage, decided that the gusseting was probably the more important job to get started on.

Pulled the chassis out after pushing the wheels and suspension bits out the way.



Using CAD the job was not that awkward at all.





After some cutting, shaping, grinding, I was happy.

I had also tested out my stick welder, which is part of the MIG welder that has stopped working.

The 3mm plate I have used for the gussets are probably thicker than the tubing of the frame, so the stick welder should be perfect to create deep, heavy welds.

In the morning I will use a flap wheel to grind back the primer and any residual rust etc in the spots `I need to weld.

All my gussets are ready and waiting on the chassis for the welder.



Hope it all welds and works easily.


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Horse trading….?

Horse play?

Horse power?





Let’s see what this looks like in the tub later.

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Cool tools are always useful.

Cleaned off the primer where the welds will go.





Ready.



Go……….



And David took a couple of pics and a short clip of the welding when I was not swearing.

Surprisingly easy welding when all the settings are right.

https://youtu.be/DLXXg7dA-gw


Next job, clean up welds, burned primer and paint work with primer.

Hammerite later today hopefully.

Colour…….?


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Half a field today.

Slim pickings.

Screwdriver 50p
Old pump 50p
Stool £4.00
Bird nest 50p
Leggings £1.00 each
Nylock nuts n bolts £3.00 the lot




Todays technical question……

What do the numbers on these signify?



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Bought a few random bolts and Nyloc nuts this morning, £3.00 the lot, so replace some of the bolts on the car, may be that they are too big or thick to be honest, but then they can be added to the Quality Street tin of random fasteners.





Responses already received on application.

[quote author="@grizz" source="/post/2698096/thread" timestamp="1632044050"][quote author="@johnthesparky" source="/post/2698087/thread" timestamp="1632042539"]Not a straightforward answer to that I think. Mostly suspension uses 10.9 and 12.9 normally. This is stronger along the bolt but weaker in shear.
This is the tricky bit for me, as when I think suspension I imagine all the extra weird forces when you go through a pothole and up a kerb that would potentially add a shear force to it.

That’s why personally, because I don’t know better and am too lazy to work anything out, I’d match the original grade (but I think it would have been imperial? So the grades are different too, grade 5 and 7 normally I believe) my reasoning is that if it’s still on the road after 20 or 30 years it probably was about right. Other bolts will work but what happens when they actually fail

[/quote][quote timestamp="1632043687" source="/post/2698093/thread" author="@westbay"]No, bumpers, engine brackets (not engine mounts), seats but not seat belts, 'low' stress items ...

10.9 , steering, brakes, suspension, basically anything with a high stress rate ...[/quote]
Thanks guys.



So I restarted the Knotwheel of death….

Got spiked a couple of times, hey-ho.

It really cleaned up the welds nicely, removing flux etc too.

Plus removing all the burned, heat damaged primer.



Sacrilegious



Done, and very pleased with the finish.



Next up was a bit of playing around with @pauly ‘s roll bar from his Chevy.


Seat in place for perspective, as well as the screen.

It is clearly too wide as it is to be floor mounted, but will be once modified.

It will go 220mm don below the sill and also backwards, in line with the “B-Pillar” with a slight tilt backwards so you can get in and out of the seat without being a contortionist.

Make sense?

The top of the roll bar should be about 100mm (plus its own thickness)above the seats headrest once all are bolted down, and at the same height as the top of the windscreen.

Pics are just a basic mock up.







Last thing I checked yesterday was the width of the steel wheels planned for this car.

At 9” side to side, what is the minimum width one would start looking at, though that is not the objective.

And I certainly do not want a load of stretch like the tyres currently fitted to them.

I quite like a bit of chunky width.






Still got to decide what to do today, Sally is about to bead home, 2 miles down the road to work in her garden and cook Uncle Bobs dinners for the next couple of days.



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So today I took a break, doing nothing.

Well, almost nothing.

Guilt took over eventually, so I went to the garage and moved the chassis deeper into the carport, and moved the front end in next to it, and then the rear end to the front.
Intending to start working on the bushes, removing them and refitting the new ones.

Did not happen, started to look at the roll bar again.

Then texted my friend Kevin on the farm, whom I knew has a 6.5 ton pipe bender………

He was busy rebuilding his guest house bathroom, but said “Come on over” so I loaded the bar into the truck and went over.

15 minutes later, the passenger side leg was bent to fit the space on the chassis where the original fitted.

Remember this……. Horrible monstrosity of a roll cage.



Mounting points will be used.



Quick assembly and selecting the right piece.



Pumping…….



Started at 1440mm and 1330mm was the target.

And done.



I then stayed another 45 minutes while he battled a bathroom cabinet that needed to be cut and shaped around a pipe.

Then headed home to come play and see if the fit was successful.

Tilted back, rear diagonal mocked up.

It may end up a bit more upright once the seats are fitted.



Still needs to be squared up once the base plate is cut off and rewelded.

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Don't worry passenger, I'LL be okay.
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Don't worry passenger, I'LL be okay.
That made me chuckle.

I would say the intent is never to do anything stupid, but of course stuff happens.

The seat may offer a bit of help too, and maybe the roll bar would see some modification, but if any stupid driving is planned, the intent would be solo, strapped in and on a race track.
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Old 09-20-2021, 04:38 PM   #471
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[quote author="@bricol" source="/post/2698304/thread" timestamp="1632151626"][quote source="/post/2697881/thread" author="@grizz" timestamp="1631884038"]I do not understand the technical terms highlighted in orange.


"Bump" - suspension travel upwards from normal ride height - think of it as when you go over a "bump".

"Droop" - suspension travel downwards form normal ride height - if you jack a car up on the chassis, it takes a bit to get the wheel off the ground as the suspension "droops".   

Rule of thumb seems to be 2/3 of travel (minimum of 2" ish ) is in bump, with a 1/3 of travel in droop for a road going car.

My trials special will have considerably more of each
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Cannot remember who asked about the bump stops now.


So I went and fitted the adapter, spacer and a wheel tonight after dinner

Shows the bump stop, and I think it is missed, or is it.



Looks OK from here.



I am hoping that when it is all loaded up with engine and gearbox fitted in there, that the geometry stays good.

Not a lot planned this week.

I am, hoping to get @paulf over, with his hydraulic press to make life easier.

Here’s to hoping.
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Old 09-21-2021, 04:50 PM   #472
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Popped over to @nickwheeler this afternoon, 10 miles from here, he lives a couple of houses from where Joy used to live.

A quick pickup turned into a two hour chat.

Amazing how many skilled, knowledgeable people are out there when you allow yourself to meet them. Nick seems to have an encyclopaedic knowledge of things automotive and more….

Perfect way to spend a few hours.

Book he offered me should be a perfect guide in this build.



I also worked on the seats and roll bar for a bit before dark.

Hope to get the roll bar welded tomorrow.
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Old 09-22-2021, 03:59 AM   #473
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Another quick after work session, though I was kinda gutted I could not strike an arc or two, as I am in a two day national online meeting that I cannot walk out of at all.

So after work I went and took a quick look which turned into two hours of measure, fit, cut, move about.

I recovered the passenger seat from the C10 cab and put it in the tub as well.

Roll bar as it stood.



Both seats, and screen with roll bar.





Mocking up is the easy part of course.

I think thats how I want it, seats will be back 3-4 inches at least. Fixed.



Once I got to the look I wanted, I copied the angle of the roll bar onto a pizza box with a Sharpie, CAD at it’s best.



And proceeded to transfer measurements onto the paving outside the garage, using the water drain as a straight edge……..

And cut both ends as long as possible..

VERY HAPPY at this point.





I am adding new mounting plates that have been rotated slightly to the floor, that will then sandwich the body to the chassis.



I also trimmed the outside corners as the body tub has a slight curve at the bottom where it had been moulded, thus preventing any issues later.

I will be mounting and setting the roll bar at the correct angle and position using ductape, broomsticks and small children before tacking the base plates to it, followed by a decent penetrating weld.

Fresh hardware and a diagonal rear brace, modified to suit should give me the look I am after.

Then the search for suitable safety belts or harnesses will be on, that can be used with the RX8 seats




If things go well, I may try find some time tonight after work for the welding up, before cooking dinner for Sally and I .

Fingers crossed.
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Old 09-22-2021, 06:17 AM   #474
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[quote author="@misteralz" source="/post/2698563/thread" timestamp="1632296454"]I love that roll bar. It's aggressively selfish![/quote]


Absolutely, it should fit in with the whole WTF ? Attitude of the car, slightly Antisocial Thuggery in motion.

I am already thinking of putting a LED high-tight brake light into the top junction as well, possibly with an override switch, allowing me to find and fit a strobe type that goes into F1 cars when raced in the rain.



GREAT RESULT……


The company gave us an hour off for “Wellness Wednesday” time to add to lunch to do whatever we want, as long as it is not work.


I guess I am headed out to quickly do some prep, cleaning some of the chrome off the base of the roll bar and welding it to the plates.


Fingers crossed it is a quick n easy job.
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Old 09-22-2021, 03:52 PM   #475
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Well, what do you when the company gives you an hour extra at lunch time?

You go do some cutting, grinding and welding.

First thing to do was get the tools ready, then fix the chassis so it would not roll around, and set it as close as possible to level.



Then set the angle using the CAD tool.



Ready to weld.



Bzzzzzzzzzzttt……



Done.



Cooled off, I thought it made sense to try it in position.

HAPPY !!



Seats in the position they will be fixed.



Front view, in final position they windscreen and roll bar have the same top horizontal line.

So pleased with this result.



That concluded my lunch break.

We ended up concluding day 1 by 3.45 which meant I could go for a 5.3km walk which took me an hour.

Than I went down to the garage again to start on the rear diagonal which would prove to be more challenging.

Being from the 56 Chevy @pauly used to race and hoon about in, it is too big in all directions.

It took me a lot of fine tuned grinding and sanding with flap wheel and my narrow power file.

Eventually it all slipped together easily



Then using the level between various points on the chassis I got the cutoff line marked out.

It is not the original roll bar, so I need to make up a new anchor point for the rear.

I will have to weld in a new mounting plate to the chassis and also a foot plate to the rear diagonal with a couple of nuts and bolts.



I cut the plate in preparation, and also cut and prepped the diagonal.

At this point I closed shop.



Hopefully I can get the two parts made up and welded in place tomorrow evening after work.

Life is still good.
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