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PostPosted: February 3, 2014, 9:46 pm 
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Buy someone's project and you never know what you'll find.

THe shelf looks like it's drillled for about 100 rivets... I plan to use a lot less

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PostPosted: February 7, 2014, 11:53 am 
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planning my work day for tomorrow. I have to run by the local pick-n-pull to get a driveshaft. They have a few 2wd Toyota trucks, so other than getting muddy to start the weekend, it should be fun.

Project list (right now anyway)
Sand and paint rear axle to get ready for final install
Install rear axle
Build rear driveshaft

drink cold beer and eat BBQ
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PostPosted: February 8, 2014, 9:48 pm 
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cold and wet this morning, so didn't feel like lying in the mud to pull a driveshaft.

backup plan - Install front suspension
Everything in place with grade 8 bolts and nylock nuts
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PostPosted: February 9, 2014, 8:35 pm 
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Piddled in the garage today.
First order of business was to sand and paint the rear end.

While rear end was drying I started working on the shifter linkage. Goal was to eliminate as much slop and play as possible.
Welded a bolt into the bracket for the batwing linkage. That stiffened up the slop on the front end of things.

The shifter arm is just bolted for now. I think before it's all don'e I'll weld that bolt as well to increase stiffness. I don't like the shifter lever. The round tube with bicycle grip doesn't do it for me. I'm thinking something that looks a tad like a B&M slap stick... we shall see.

By the time I had it going through all the gears with ease, the rear end was dry enough to move. Called my son for a hand , put a heavy moving blanket down on the frame, and slid the rear end into place.

All bolted in, adjusted, and sitting one her wheels again.

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PostPosted: February 9, 2014, 9:27 pm 
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Too Busy,
you're turning this thing into a jewel. Nice work. :cheers:

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PostPosted: February 9, 2014, 9:47 pm 
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Thanks Martin. It's going back together fairly well so far.

I still have to go to a pick n pull sometime soon to get a 'yota driveshaft to mate with a MG front yoke for the rear shaft from the Quaife to the yota rear axle

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PostPosted: February 14, 2014, 2:16 pm 
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Planning work day for tomorrow

1. Go put wrxconedodger's project and bits on my small trailer
2. Take VERY understanding wife out for a nice lunch
3. do a little rework on my shifter handle. Mentioned last week that it's bothering me, found an OK alternative... pics to follow
4. maybe install firewall bottom and upright panels so I can get some wiring on the engine.

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PostPosted: February 16, 2014, 9:42 pm 
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wrx's project is here. moved safe and sound from GA to SC

Worked on my son's project today
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Still some more metal bashing to do before this one is finished

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PostPosted: February 24, 2014, 7:44 pm 
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yesterday was a good day to paint

Le Mans blue
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after some clear and dry time
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This is the Duplicolor Paint Shop lacquer and clear. Easiest stuff I've ever shot. Only complaint is I'd like to have a slower reducer / longer wet time on the clear.


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PostPosted: February 24, 2014, 11:48 pm 
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Yo, 'Busy-
I saw that blue on your FB page, like it a lot. James is doing a similar blue/clear on a TR6 racer he's building. What's the origin of yours? Lemans blue, as in Pontiac Lemans? Or???? Not that I really need to know that, it's just a really sharp lookin' color!
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PostPosted: February 25, 2014, 8:48 am 
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Hey wait, since when do you have an extra unpainted and rusty Locost frame laying around to use as a paint rack?

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PostPosted: February 25, 2014, 9:15 am 
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JD, The color code is from the 1968 / 1969 GM color chart. It was available for Camaro, Corvette, Chevelle and Nova I think. Camaro color code 71


rob, I went to Georgia last week and picked up wrxcondodger's stalled project. It's a +442 chassis, jeep Cherokee rear axle, Ford Pinto rack, some misc bits from a Ranger pickup including a t5 trans and a torn down ready for the junkyard 2.3 4 banger. I have the tubing and bushings to build the front suspension, and a couple of boxes of nuts and bolts.

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PostPosted: February 25, 2014, 9:18 am 
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TooBusy wrote:
JD, The color code is from the 1968 / 1969 GM color chart. It was available for Camaro, Corvette, Chevelle and Nova I think. Camaro color code 71


rob, I went to Georgia last week and picked up wrxcondodger's stalled project. It's a +442 chassis, jeep Cherokee rear axle, Ford Pinto rack, some misc bits from a Ranger pickup including a t5 trans and a torn down ready for the junkyard 2.3 4 banger. I have the tubing and bushings to build the front suspension, and a couple of boxes of nuts and bolts.


well damn, you really do live up to your forum handle ;-)

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PostPosted: February 25, 2014, 9:44 am 
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LOL, I've slowed down. I used to run a guide service, write for a couple of magazines, and shoot several hours of video and /or dozens upon dozens of pics each month... This is gravy.

I'm not sure what to do with the new project. I don't have time, money, or space to do much with it right now. At the moment it's living on my kayak trailer under a tarp. I "should" finish welding it and put on a few coats of paint.

I did get approval from wifey dearest to hang it from the ceiling in the garage. I've got 10 foot ceilings, so it could go up and be completely out of the way while it waits it's turn.

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PostPosted: March 1, 2014, 7:55 pm 
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Decided today would be the day I got the shifter linkage squared away for good.
The wiggle was gone from the batwing after I welded a stud onto the mounting bracket, so good action in the change from fore-aft to right-left.

Next step was to modify the shifter itself. The bicycle grip went away. The shaft got shortened 8 inches, then lengthened 2 1/2 by welding in a bolt to drop the size for a shifter ball. A little welding a little grinding...

Not too shabby. I might change the length of the lower lever arm to change the ratio. Right now I like it.
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Then weld in the stud to bolt the linkage to the shifter, more grinding and some paint.

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All in all, not too shabby. Then I spent some time working on the clutch cable and pedal... May get picks tomorrow


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