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Title: Sierra project
Post by: James R on March 02, 2015, 10:52:20 AM
Well the stars aligned, the missus approved and we now have a Sierra in the family!
Picking it up this weekend, can't wait  :armsup:

It's a stock 11/88 sj soft top and will be my project for...well honestly quite some time. I'll be keeping the gv for daily and moderate off road, the Sierra will do what sierras do  ;) it will give me time to practice wheeling while I build this up.
I will thank and apologise in advance for all the help and stupid questions I will no doubt rely on and ask along the way. I have a rough idea of what I'll be doing but I'm also open to any ideas - blank canvas - what would you do?

(http://i1313.photobucket.com/albums/t545/jamesrowethc/THROW%20BACK/Mobile%20Uploads/4C79C9C0-08A4-4F14-92EE-F8D9AF837D43_zpsbakeaq2a.jpg) (http://s1313.photobucket.com/user/jamesrowethc/media/THROW%20BACK/Mobile%20Uploads/4C79C9C0-08A4-4F14-92EE-F8D9AF837D43_zpsbakeaq2a.jpg.html)

(http://i1313.photobucket.com/albums/t545/jamesrowethc/THROW%20BACK/Mobile%20Uploads/13AE2317-7677-47B5-9D14-577589314957_zpsfysdsxpy.jpg) (http://s1313.photobucket.com/user/jamesrowethc/media/THROW%20BACK/Mobile%20Uploads/13AE2317-7677-47B5-9D14-577589314957_zpsfysdsxpy.jpg.html)

In terms of a name - I'm open as well. I Have a couple in mind, but probably won't settle until it's home and happy.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Tanshi on March 02, 2015, 11:01:58 AM
congrats,  welcome to the dark side.

If I was to build a sierra I would:
in this order.
1. armour, (fuel tank guard, sliders or RHS sills, bull bar/ rear bar)
2. decide what tyre size to run and gear it accordingly.  31s will require at least 4.9:1 transfer gears.   
3. chromo axles for the front end.  31s will require these in short order as stockers wont hold up for long.

that will give you a great toy,   the sky is the limit with what you can spend but you don't really need to do so just to enjoy learning to wheel
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: DMAC on March 02, 2015, 12:43:49 PM
Roll Bar.
Helmet.
Fire extingisher.

 .applaud. You got a toy!! Not going to ask how you got those points.

First thing I did was check mechanicals. Oils, Fliuds, Brakes, Belts, Plugs, Swivel Hubs, Transfer Bush, Spring Bushes, ect.

Tyres? Are the GV rims interchangeable?
Bigger Tyres = Gears.  Being able to drive slow is the best for 4WDing.
Off Raod only?  Weld the rear diff/Spool.
As Tanshi said protection. Depends on how long you want it to look straight though.

PS. The only stupid question is the one that isn't asked. Unless it's asked on Boostcruzin'
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on March 02, 2015, 03:33:57 PM
The only way to get it approved by the Minister of War and Finance was that it would still be road legal.
It will need a thorough going-over mechanically obviously. The tranny and engine are out, the engine is dismantled after overheating and oil/water trying to mix so a rebuild/replace will be needed. Apart from the unavoidable rust and mouldy soft top, the body is pretty mint so I'll be TRYING to minimise damage.

I'll be adding armour to the front, rear, sides and underneath. The sills will become RHS very easily given the rust therein  rofl I'd seriously like to try the tube flares/guard chop a-la Random Reverse.
30" tyres - maybe 31's and associated gearing/running gear.
Some extra suspension travel.
Usual blingage - UHF, LED

It will be a drawn-out process that will probably never end, I'm in no rush (yet) and will be getting the above works done while it's not registered and already in pieces. I'm hoping that as my driving improves, the Sierra will near completion.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: GP on March 02, 2015, 06:28:47 PM
Well looking at the number plate.....Give it a manly name... like Jamal ... stands for Handsome 

anyway you pick the name .  I let my daughters pick ours and look what happened!
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: just cruizin on March 02, 2015, 11:00:31 PM
Probably the pick of the Sierra's pending what the transfer is. Handbrake on the transfer or rear wheels? Are the driveshaft bolts 8 or 10mm.

What you have is the change over model between NT and WT with plastic flares. It has nearly the best of both worlds. Same as Casper.

Don't worry it won't be legal, not one modified Sierra I know of is, but it can capable and not attract the wrong attention very easily.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on March 08, 2015, 06:26:26 PM
Well with a much appreciated hand from Mark, the project is home!
(http://i1313.photobucket.com/albums/t545/jamesrowethc/THROW%20BACK/Mobile%20Uploads/4EB1F5A3-C30D-45F7-A8EA-63E16F91AF24_zps4xclptbz.jpg) (http://s1313.photobucket.com/user/jamesrowethc/media/THROW%20BACK/Mobile%20Uploads/4EB1F5A3-C30D-45F7-A8EA-63E16F91AF24_zps4xclptbz.jpg.html)

Off came the soft top, then out came the seats (some odd shaped brackets - maybe not originals?) I started to feel sorry for whoever did the soundproofing and carpet. It was a well done job and I just tore it all out  ;DEvil;
(http://i1313.photobucket.com/albums/t545/jamesrowethc/THROW%20BACK/Mobile%20Uploads/F70853CA-46A1-4E8D-9B21-4422FA17DE50_zpsksopcxpp.jpg) (http://s1313.photobucket.com/user/jamesrowethc/media/THROW%20BACK/Mobile%20Uploads/F70853CA-46A1-4E8D-9B21-4422FA17DE50_zpsksopcxpp.jpg.html)

Then the plastic sill covers and flares came off. I managed to not save a single plastic clip! But the rhs sills and guard chop will probably make that irrelevant.
(http://i1313.photobucket.com/albums/t545/jamesrowethc/THROW%20BACK/Mobile%20Uploads/01D745F9-37B9-4E96-BFF3-6E52253D5FF3_zpsrr357vcz.jpg) (http://s1313.photobucket.com/user/jamesrowethc/media/THROW%20BACK/Mobile%20Uploads/01D745F9-37B9-4E96-BFF3-6E52253D5FF3_zpsrr357vcz.jpg.html)

Found some nasty rust hiding in the roof cross member and b pillars. Might need a solution there...
(http://i1313.photobucket.com/albums/t545/jamesrowethc/THROW%20BACK/Mobile%20Uploads/B8E3C50E-A9F7-47AF-8C8A-7C738FC9A522_zpsa8jttzoq.jpg) (http://s1313.photobucket.com/user/jamesrowethc/media/THROW%20BACK/Mobile%20Uploads/B8E3C50E-A9F7-47AF-8C8A-7C738FC9A522_zpsa8jttzoq.jpg.html)

And sorry Dave, yes the wheels look interchangeable. They are same stud pattern and running 215 tyres, but the Sierra have 215/80/15 and the gv 215/75/15, does that mean the gv tyres are slightly smaller? If you look closely, it has something similar to an internal roll bar!

Greg the handbrake is actually on the rear if that makes a difference?

The deconstruction is great fun - but I have a sinking feeling this the most fun I'll have until it's running. I see lost money, lost skin and nights on the couch in my future  rofl
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: mrw82 on March 08, 2015, 06:37:17 PM
I see lost money, lost skin and nights on the couch in my future  rofl

Welcome to the life of a Sierra owner!  rofl
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Scrawny on March 08, 2015, 06:55:48 PM
Looks like a grab handle tacked on the roll bar at the top? Not a very well designed roll bar though
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Tanshi on March 09, 2015, 09:02:11 AM
looks like a good start. 

enjoy the build and welcome the nights on the couch,  rofl
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on March 18, 2015, 04:28:28 PM
At some stage I'll be doing an RUF. I've been searching it up, but just wondering how others have done it on wt? The front hanger is off-set from the chassis
(http://i1313.photobucket.com/albums/t545/jamesrowethc/THROW%20BACK/Mobile%20Uploads/9F9FB7D6-8B07-49E3-A02F-EEFD82706C6B_zpsmpjhzwi2.jpg) (http://s1313.photobucket.com/user/jamesrowethc/media/THROW%20BACK/Mobile%20Uploads/9F9FB7D6-8B07-49E3-A02F-EEFD82706C6B_zpsmpjhzwi2.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Tanshi on March 18, 2015, 04:45:04 PM
when we do one,  we make an extended shackle mount, that over hangs the front.  saves adding chassis extensions etc.

Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: just cruizin on March 18, 2015, 11:16:08 PM
Darrens way is the best, the cheat way is just to redrill the back mount.  But you loss the slight wheel base increase.

(http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b114/just_cruizin/Zook/ResizeofIMGP0009.jpg) (http://s18.photobucket.com/user/just_cruizin/media/Zook/ResizeofIMGP0009.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on April 03, 2015, 04:12:23 PM
So the old house has it's first coat of paint, which means I get some Sierra time  <ii>
I'm hoping to get the body off this weekend. My plan is to do a thorough tidy up of the body and chassis. Figured since I'm still learning...everything, it will be easier when the time comes to do sills/guard chop/paint etc.

Is there anything I need to be aware/careful of in the body removal process? Just for fun, pretend I'm clueless   ???
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on April 04, 2015, 06:28:39 PM
second coat on the house today so not much time in the shed. Managed to get to here though...
(http://i1313.photobucket.com/albums/t545/jamesrowethc/THROW%20BACK/Mobile%20Uploads/1FF68A34-B20F-4549-8738-BE134AE082CD_zpswi7puiph.jpg) (http://s1313.photobucket.com/user/jamesrowethc/media/THROW%20BACK/Mobile%20Uploads/1FF68A34-B20F-4549-8738-BE134AE082CD_zpswi7puiph.jpg.html)

Came to a stop on the tailgate - the only screws I couldn't crack were those on the hinges  :tmsdwn:
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: mrw82 on April 04, 2015, 08:19:22 PM
You done well to get all the others off, normally the door hinges give the same trouble. If you haven't got an impact driver, get one. Failing that use a centre punch and hammer, put a dimple near the outer edge of the bolt head (but still on the face of it), now angle the centre punch so that as you hit it with the hammer it will spin the bolt in the direction to undo it. Generally once it's cracked it'll just about undo by hand.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on April 05, 2015, 07:35:57 AM
I think I might have been lucky that is was repainted at some stage (was originally grey/silver). They must have cracked the factory tightness cos the other came off pretty easily with just a screw driver. Burnt my drill out fencing last weekend so it's all by hand now.
Got my first "are you coming inside?"   1punch 
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: DMAC on April 19, 2015, 07:39:17 PM
 <ii>
Now you'll have to wait for your first. "Haven't you got something to do in the shed".  :armsup:
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on April 19, 2015, 07:41:46 PM
<ii>
Now you'll have to wait for your first. "Haven't you got something to do in the shed".  :armsup:


As much as I look forward to it, I think that day is a loooong way off  >:(
Still lots to do around the property.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on May 02, 2015, 06:36:18 PM
Not nearly enough done today. Had to spend most of the day cleaning up after the rain.
Buuuut, made a start on new swivel/bearings. Came to a stop without the bearing brace or a 50mm socket.

So decided to try pulling the front clip off until I can go shopping. Easy as until the lack of an impact driver again made me come to stop. (Another tool to buy tomorrow). I figured I'm planning on a guard chop anyway, so out came the grinder and off came the front clip 
(http://i1313.photobucket.com/albums/t545/jamesrowethc/THROW%20BACK/Mobile%20Uploads/7C597299-280D-41AF-87E8-05EE507E2ACF_zpslhq1gnsu.jpg) (http://s1313.photobucket.com/user/jamesrowethc/media/THROW%20BACK/Mobile%20Uploads/7C597299-280D-41AF-87E8-05EE507E2ACF_zpslhq1gnsu.jpg.html)

I swear I'm going to replace every Philips head bolt/screw I can! Tossing up between traditional hex bolt or recessed hex/Allen key type head. Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: suz_rolly on May 02, 2015, 11:53:13 PM
Another way to solve the hex head problem is to run a cut off blade through the head vertically then use a large flat screwdriver and some vice grips especially if you are going to replace them anyway

I use alen head stainless bolts with a antisieze on them never a trouble again :armsup:
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: DMAC on May 04, 2015, 06:49:33 AM
.....................
I use alen head stainless bolts with a antisieze  on them never a trouble again :armsup:

Only way to go.  ;)
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Tanshi on May 04, 2015, 08:40:02 AM
I use allen key cap heads, 
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: GP on May 04, 2015, 07:40:39 PM
Brisbane Fasteners at Brendale have them AND they are open Saturday mornings cheers
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on May 05, 2015, 07:37:21 AM
A bit far for me I'm afraid. But I can get wholesale prices through work  :armsup: I'm looking at replacing as many as I can over the process.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: just cruizin on May 05, 2015, 12:34:16 PM
Buy them by the box and ask for a good discount. I buy lots of bolts and get a 93% discount
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on October 15, 2015, 09:01:54 PM
Things have been a bit slow for the project for far too long.
I did pick up some 4.9 reduction gears though  :armsup:
Hopefully get some time this weekend...
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on November 03, 2015, 03:07:32 PM
After being impressed that the new horse shelter we built over the weekend hasn't yet fallen over  :shocked: I was motivated to get the wheels back on the project so I can at least roll it back and forth making broom broom noises.

Then, about to attached the calipers (front only, still drums on the rear) and noticed that the piston rubber boots have perished and one has completely vanished. Is it worth getting a rebuild kit or just try for replacement calipers?
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Bruce on November 03, 2015, 03:27:44 PM
Replacement Callipers are as far as I know hard to get. Just get rebuilt kit from Greg at 4wd Products.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Scrawny on November 03, 2015, 05:25:13 PM
Make sure you get new pistons too, worth replacing while you've got them apart
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: zook85 on November 04, 2015, 12:58:27 AM
Depends on cost but vit brakes upgrade maybe cheap and better in the long run
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: just cruizin on November 04, 2015, 05:46:31 AM
Either way probably still need to put a service kit through the callipers
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on November 04, 2015, 06:01:43 AM
I'm saving my points for lots of shed time and some weekend trips over the Xmas break so I might just give the Sierra calipers some love for now. Cheers guys
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: mrw82 on November 04, 2015, 09:26:01 AM
Is it the piston seal that's gone or just the slide pin boots? I might have some spare (new) slide pin boots if you need them.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on November 04, 2015, 02:37:50 PM
Is it the piston seal that's gone or just the slide pin boots? I might have some spare (new) slide pin boots if you need them.

Its the rubber boots around the slide pins. I've ordered the service kit so fingers crossed they go back together with my noob hands on the job  rofl
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: zook85 on November 04, 2015, 07:43:33 PM
Will thats a cheap fixs
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on November 25, 2015, 06:44:16 PM
Finally some shed time this arvo  :armsup:
Taking a note from Dmac I spent a decent amount of time scrubbing and cleaning the caliber (1 side at a time). Time comes to put it ba k together and after about 20 mins and an equal number of bad words Ive taken a break. Is there a trick to getting the piston, rubber and wire ring back in place? Also the piston looks to be longer, how big a problem if that going to be?

Dirty vs clean
(http://i1313.photobucket.com/albums/t545/jamesrowethc/THROW%20BACK/Mobile%20Uploads/17091D18-1DA6-4DBB-AA4A-72F3C4E246DD_zpstos5oqf6.jpg) (http://s1313.photobucket.com/user/jamesrowethc/media/THROW%20BACK/Mobile%20Uploads/17091D18-1DA6-4DBB-AA4A-72F3C4E246DD_zpstos5oqf6.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Tanshi on November 26, 2015, 08:25:26 AM
longer piston is bad.  check the part numbers and make sure you were given the right kit
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Scrawny on November 26, 2015, 09:03:32 AM
Looks like a different diameter too?
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on November 26, 2015, 12:22:08 PM
Yeah I think the piston is totally different. I'm wondering if the crossover parts in the project (88.5 model made up of leftovers) has me twisted up. I think I'll send 4wd Products the caliper part No this time  :-[
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Tanshi on November 26, 2015, 02:23:02 PM
All sierra calliper's are the same as far as im aware
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: mrw82 on November 26, 2015, 03:41:11 PM
All sierra calliper's are the same as far as im aware

yep, even 1 litres have same callipers as 1.3
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on November 27, 2015, 05:50:39 AM
All sierra calliper's are the same as far as im aware

yep, even 1 litres have same callipers as 1.3
Ah so definitely the wrong ones. Looks like the project will be a few days late getting on its wheels while the replacements come out. Then to just get them back together.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on January 17, 2016, 06:23:37 PM
After picking up some rims this morning  cheers I was all motivated so after fulfilling my domestic duties I continued my struggle with the caliber piston, rubber boot and wire loop. Gggrrr bad words flowed. I'm about to throw my hands in the air and drop them off to a brake shop. Any tips on this fun little activity are very welcome  ;DEvil;

I then took my frustration out on drilling out the spot welds, starting with the sill mounts as a practice (chopping them anyway so it didn't matter if I messed up) then the flair mounts.

Also pulled out the tranny (there is some skin left on a couple of fingers) and gave it a good ol scrub in preparation for... The reduction gears!!!
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: greenzook89 on January 17, 2016, 07:06:14 PM
Amazing hour an hour chat about Sierras is a great motivator  :D
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Scrawny on January 17, 2016, 07:47:08 PM
Caliper piston boots are a pain to put on!
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on January 17, 2016, 08:05:32 PM
Amazing hour an hour chat about Sierras is a great motivator  :D

I know right  <ii> 
And Scrawn, I think I might have put a Quentin Tarantino film to shame with some of my language. I wasn't going to worry about it but one of the old piston boots had a big split and was filled with crap.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: zuk94 on January 17, 2016, 11:46:18 PM
Its amazing how little things get the better of us .
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Couchman on January 18, 2016, 08:09:08 AM
You should bring them up to the non-members run so we can have some entertainment at lunch.
I'm sure someone will be able to do it quickly  <ii>
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: just cruizin on January 18, 2016, 11:25:17 AM
i'm sure there would be a trick to it, always is
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on January 18, 2016, 12:11:20 PM
I'm sure there is some little trick that eludes my noob-ness. Plus I think now I have this mental block where I just look at it and my eyes glaze over red  rofl
Happy to bring them along and set up a head-to-head contest for a couple of eager folks at lunch time... Prize could either be a six pack or a very loud "Oh get ****ed"
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Tanshi on January 18, 2016, 12:28:58 PM
im pretty sure you put the piston in last rubber boot and clip then slid the piston into them.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on January 18, 2016, 01:25:18 PM
im pretty sure you put the piston in last rubber boot and clip then slid the piston into them.

Yeah it's the boot and clip that's giving me grief. Either the clip pops out or the boot slips off the clip. There will be a flick of the wrist or just sheer mechanical wizardry that will make it embarrassingly easy no doubt  :-[
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: GP on January 18, 2016, 06:48:36 PM
got some rubber grease?
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Scrawny on January 18, 2016, 08:24:38 PM
It's all in the way you hold your tongue....... and lube   :armsup:
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on January 18, 2016, 08:44:24 PM
I tried dipping a finger in oil and running it around the edge. The wire just thanked me and promptly sprang into my face.

Tried my tongue in different poses too Scrawn, apparently my concentrating face is very similar to a duck face  :'(
Brakes are just an optional luxury right?
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: DMAC on January 19, 2016, 10:56:35 AM
Just let Sammie do it. She has to learn right.  <ii>

Just give directions while standing behind, telling her whats she's doing wrong. Problem solved.  rofl
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: GP on January 19, 2016, 12:00:28 PM
that wire is called a 'Jesus spring' cos that's what you say when it flys off the caliper to that dark place behind the workbench :armsup:
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on February 18, 2016, 03:48:14 PM
Huge thanks to Scrawn for doing the springs/rubbers in a heartbeat on the non-members run. Yes I'm a gumby.

I'm hoping to start chopping into the sills and rust holes in the project over the next little while. What is the recommended tool for this? Grinder, saw, axe, tin opener...? I'm a little dubious on cutting the sills but I think once the first cut is started I'll turn into a spark-flying maniac  ;DEvil;
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Tanshi on February 18, 2016, 03:59:26 PM
grinder on mine.

just make sure you plan where you gonna put the rhs back in so you don't cut bits out you need and have to fill holes
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: just cruizin on February 18, 2016, 08:53:20 PM
1mm cutting disk. Get one side right before you start the second.  That way if you do make the mistake you don't do it twice
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Tanshi on February 19, 2016, 09:18:04 AM
also look at places on the body you can brace back to.  just fixing to single sheet isn't as good as having it braced to double layers or stiffener pieces
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on January 22, 2017, 05:32:22 PM
Well it's been far, far too long but I figured while the shed is too hot to work in.... why not play with some water  8)

So out came the project in all its naked glory...
(http://i1313.photobucket.com/albums/t545/jamesrowethc/THROW%20BACK/Mobile%20Uploads/52B9BFA7-FD94-4511-983F-E056D0762CFF_zpswe09hqdp.jpg) (http://s1313.photobucket.com/user/jamesrowethc/media/THROW%20BACK/Mobile%20Uploads/52B9BFA7-FD94-4511-983F-E056D0762CFF_zpswe09hqdp.jpg.html)

(http://i1313.photobucket.com/albums/t545/jamesrowethc/THROW%20BACK/Mobile%20Uploads/639A8BCA-06BC-464D-985E-EF19A16FCFB0_zpsajnqqxqg.jpg) (http://s1313.photobucket.com/user/jamesrowethc/media/THROW%20BACK/Mobile%20Uploads/639A8BCA-06BC-464D-985E-EF19A16FCFB0_zpsajnqqxqg.jpg.html)

 no my camera isn't on psychedelics, a lot of the internal non factory paint came off. Some down to undercoat and some back to the factory, a lovely sky blue (I think 38c it says on the plate). After drying out for the day it's tucked back into the shed ready for surgery.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on August 19, 2017, 06:02:59 PM
*warning this topic has not been posted in for 120 days*  :-[ oh that's bad when the website calls you a slacker!

Anyway, this happened today....

Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Tanshi on August 21, 2017, 09:04:54 AM
woo progress!
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on August 23, 2017, 12:59:07 PM
Well, I guess I'll never be accused of rushing it  :-[
I stole the power steering out of Sammies vit, do I need to get the full adaptor kit or just the wedge?
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Scrawny on August 23, 2017, 02:44:46 PM
Is there a full kit? I thought only the wedge was needed
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on August 23, 2017, 03:32:14 PM
There's a wedge and bolts etc and also a kit with the wedge, bolts etc and a bracket for the pump. I have the one off the vit so hoping to save myself $100 if I don't need it.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: simmo on August 23, 2017, 04:10:01 PM
You will need the v belt to multi rib belt pully for the front of the motor.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on August 27, 2017, 11:04:00 AM
Thanks for the hands Mark. Not the progress we were aiming for yesterday (stupid second hand @yeah it works fine" welder) but I'm happy to still call this progress.

Also sat down and worked out a proper task and parts list.  :shocked:

Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: mrw82 on August 27, 2017, 12:52:15 PM
Happy to help mate,  pity we couldn't get the box sills done,  but good progress none the less.

And the wish list is now prioritised/culled down to an achievable level for suzuki social. Still a hell of a lot of work though.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on September 15, 2017, 03:42:38 PM
If all goes to plan... I'll be RUF-ing the project this weekend. I've been catching sneaky looks at other RUF set-ups for the last while but would greatly appreciate if anyone has handy pics they could send me (here/facebook/0437606359). I'd also appreciate any tips, bearing in mind this will be my first attempt at welding something on the car  rofl  :o
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Scrawny on September 15, 2017, 06:18:48 PM
Put it on a trailer and send it to Kas
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on September 15, 2017, 08:17:41 PM
Put it on a trailer and send it to Kas

Time and $...
I need to get this moving along and spent all my money on parts  rofl
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Scrawny on September 16, 2017, 06:56:22 AM
I hope your welding is better than mine then!
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on September 16, 2017, 08:32:49 AM
I hope your welding is better than mine then!

They're better than they were last week.... (he said with a tinge of desperation  rofl)
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: zuk94 on September 16, 2017, 04:35:50 PM
Get Couchman to do it . He's pretty good with the welder.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Couchman on September 16, 2017, 08:04:38 PM
What are we weldering James?
Gas, mig, tig or ark?

Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on September 17, 2017, 06:50:27 AM
What are we weldering James?
Gas, mig, tig or ark?

Trying to RUF the project.
Learning gas mig as I go...
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Couchman on September 18, 2017, 10:11:56 AM
Chassis extension?

Not sure how your welding goes, but here are some basic checks when I borrow or use someones welder

With the gas turned off, check the wire feed is constant with the torch in different positions - worn liners slow the feed when the head is in different positions, you'll hear it struggling - then just wind the wire back in.

Clean out the gas shield, most get slag in them stopping the gas covering the weld = bad welds - welding in the wind does the same.

Unless it's new, reface the tip square with a file.

Couchmans super dodgy way of getting your wire feed roughly correct, gas on, set your amps to what you want (quick on line check for thickness of steel your welding), hold the welder around 10 - 15 mm away from a thick test piece. Wire feed to max. Hold down the trigger, You'll get a tick - tick - tick sound as the wire bounces of the test piece. Slowly turn down the feed while welding (don't need to move the torch,) until you get a smooth sound. Slow it down a fraction more and you'll be in the ball park. Torch 45 deg pointing towards where you have been.

Post up some pictures if you like, it's usually easy to see what's happening with a mig.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on September 18, 2017, 12:21:23 PM
Well after losing Saturday to kitchen appliance stores, I got stuck in Sunday. Yes the welds are t pretty ( pic is probably one of the better ones). Rhs fully welded, plate and shackle mount tacked and test fitted. Next weekend I'll reposition the mount forward and retest. There's only the chassis and motor on brand new springs so some sag added to weight still to play with the shackle angle.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: just cruizin on September 18, 2017, 03:54:01 PM
Looking good, shackle angle wise I'd be aiming for slightly more upright with total weight. I'd be setting it at about 10-15 degrees by the iphone 'Level' app.

When setting up trailers they say the distance between mount centres plus shackle should be 10-20mm longer than the length of the spring along the curve centre to centre.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on September 25, 2017, 09:51:14 AM
Well the rough RUF is done... Subject to welds holding and the front end NOT disintegrating  p0p took longer than I anticipated which at least is a consistent theme for the build.

hopefully the black paint is kind to its aesthetic appearance. Made a few errors (forgetting to turn gas back on after lunch, thinking I blew the grinder up when all I did was unknowingly pull the plug out) but reasonably happy with my beginner efforts and very happy with the bling.

In moving the diff forward the slip joint put up a heck of a fight before popping out to reveal itself. Might need to replace the old mud with grease?
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Jason on September 25, 2017, 04:00:15 PM
Looking Good mate,

Making me get motivated to start mine hahaha

Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on September 26, 2017, 12:31:39 PM

Making me get motivated to start mine hahaha

It seems too be the season for it... the Social has been a great motivator - even if my project looks like not making it's finally got me moving.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on October 01, 2017, 01:54:08 PM
More progress  :armsup:
Excuse the poor weld quality, but the only way to learn is by doing right?
Just have to visit Bunnings for some more gas then some finishing touches and the box sills (with flash outriggers - thanks Mark) are done!

Springs are all done, EFS rears all around with COLISO shackles and N & M (is that right) bushes.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: just cruizin on October 01, 2017, 07:14:50 PM
That's it James, you figure it out and get better. Stuck is stuck
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Scrawny on October 02, 2017, 08:21:36 AM
Looks good James. Your welding can only get better (hopefully). Just make sure all surfaces to be welded are cleaned of any paint etc before you hit it
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Tanshi on October 03, 2017, 09:08:14 AM
trick idea on the slider out riggers!
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on October 18, 2017, 05:09:56 PM
Now that the Suzuki Social is put back due to weather, that gives me a long weekend in the dry shed!

If anyone is willing/able to help out Friday/Saturday/Sunday I would greatly appreciate it. Of prime concern and priority is new clutch and put the gearbox back in. It's all in pieces with the body off so I'm hoping it'll be a quick job with knowledge applied. I'm clueless  :-[

Then the rest of the items can start getting ticked off.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: GP on October 18, 2017, 05:44:33 PM
I got some hours for you Sunday James, will tee up times  <ii>
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: just cruizin on October 18, 2017, 05:54:22 PM
Do you have a big pile of nuts and bolts. Always good to be looking at rather than for stuff
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: GP on October 18, 2017, 08:17:41 PM
been collecting nuts n bolts since I were a boy :peaceout:
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on October 21, 2017, 06:11:00 AM
There'll be good food and cold drinks on offer for any helping hands  <ii>
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on October 22, 2017, 07:29:24 PM
A massive thank you to GP, Greg and Mark for coming down to push the project along. Car now sits on its new rubber - 31 Federal Couragia (measure at 30.5").

Clutch and gearbox in, power steering bolted in (will need tweaking and bottle placement),  guards all chopped and one spotted in place. So, so, soooo cool!

Thank you guys for making the trip and all the work.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: just cruizin on October 22, 2017, 07:45:07 PM
 :armsup: :armsup: this is going to be one awesome zook in the not too distant future. Keep pushing James
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: mrw82 on October 22, 2017, 08:00:52 PM
I agree Greg. James is doing everything right the first time and it's going to make for a well setup rig.

And that's a sexy set of tyres. Makes me want to buy new ones for snotbox.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: just cruizin on October 22, 2017, 08:05:54 PM
Write down the list and just keep ticking them off
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Tanshi on October 23, 2017, 08:29:05 AM
looking good.! 

Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Pete79 on October 23, 2017, 09:01:27 AM
It's really coming along now James.
And it's awesome to see the club spirit with everyone chipping in to lend a hand, great work from all involved.  .applaud.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on October 29, 2017, 06:59:09 PM
More progress... Thanks again Greg for coming out to the sticks...

Finished racking up the virtual lift! Just finish shed stitching up the rear and started on the front when a storm rolled in and scared a brown nugget or two outta me when a huge clap of thunder broke right overhead. Time for a break me thinks.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Bruce on October 29, 2017, 08:10:15 PM
 <ii> <ii>
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: just cruizin on October 29, 2017, 08:20:33 PM
Was fun working on someone else's car.  I super happy with the outcome it's really tidy and we did a great job.  Well done James you're creating a well thought sierra
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Couchman on October 30, 2017, 08:13:28 AM
 :armsup: This is looking real good now!
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: GP on November 26, 2017, 09:39:09 PM
Dashboard refurbish - tick!
(hope you like black because that's the colour now) <ii>
ALso - Heater unit - core re-soldered & vents cleaned - tick!
(https://i.imgur.com/BdltphC.jpg)
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: greenzook89 on November 27, 2017, 09:24:47 AM
Need to grab a little flap from LROR for the provision next to the clock.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: mrw82 on November 27, 2017, 10:20:50 AM
Mount a compact uhf in there. ..... Or locker switches
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on November 27, 2017, 01:27:15 PM
Thanks GP!
Yeah the gap next to the clock will most likely have some switches mounted there...
Further progress: after over-thinking it for a while, fitted the front bump stop spacing. Shocks in, front tyres on  ;DEvil; Fitted ADD tank guard, welded caps on the shs sills, patched headlight surround rust holes, finished stitching the inside of the virtual lift and gave all the new metal a spray with rust proofing.
During the week removed the aftermarket immobiliser and returned everything to what I REALLY hope is a working factory setup once again  ???
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: just cruizin on November 27, 2017, 02:31:33 PM
Nice,  see what happens when you stop procrastinating
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: GP on November 27, 2017, 06:47:08 PM
to he honest the clock that's in there doesn't appear to be the right one, it's mounted very dodgy same for the plug at the back. it's got a pulled wire and when I look at the actual plug, the way the wires are secured in there is not factory looking either.
Probably ditch the clock and converting that entire spot with a panel to hold switches/gauges is a good thing to do?

Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: just cruizin on November 27, 2017, 07:25:07 PM
What did you use GP?
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: GP on November 27, 2017, 09:39:08 PM
Dupli-colour Vinyl & Fabric spray paint, (flexible) Couldn't bear handing the dash back in it's faded state.
Chose gloss because it's easy to clean - have to be careful, this rig might wind up too flash to thrash
By the way, here's that clock, not sure if it's an actual Suzuki clock but not the correct fit either.
(https://i.imgur.com/ffJbkIN.jpg)
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on November 28, 2017, 10:29:57 AM
That clock does look terrible. It might have to go... possibly fill the gap with a double din stereo/GPS?
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: just cruizin on November 28, 2017, 01:58:23 PM
Problem with that will be maintaining the air vent directly underneath.  You can get the original clocks - $205US

I'll have a look at my dash's at home to see if I have one.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on November 29, 2017, 11:34:48 AM
 Bearing in mind, that's probably a while away yet. There is still a lot of fabrication, head-scratching, more fabrication, more head scratching, painting and head scratching. Gee no wonder I'm losing all my hair!
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on December 02, 2017, 12:56:52 PM
Cool car


Oh stop it
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: just cruizin on December 02, 2017, 06:46:47 PM
Don't forget to weld that sleeve tube in ;)
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: mrw82 on December 02, 2017, 08:14:47 PM
Don't forget to weld that sleeve tube in ;)
He has some recovery brackets to be welded on there when he does it. And looking at using them as a mounting point for the front bar.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on December 03, 2017, 06:31:34 PM
More progress today...
Took the radiator out - again and cut part of the cross member to let me mount the winch to the reinforcing tube. Cut out little brackets for the front and rear of the winch plate and welded it all up. The inner face of the brackets are welded to the tube and the outer face welded to the cross member. Then all welded to the plate.

New radiator is 40mm taller than factory (it's a 4WD products one and has maruti stickers on the packaging).
I'm really happy with the winch profile, sits behind the RRUF with about 25mm at the closes point to the radiator.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Tanshi on December 04, 2017, 09:14:32 AM
neat install,  some slick ideas too.

get it finished! :)
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on December 04, 2017, 01:36:32 PM
neat install,  some slick ideas too.

get it finished! :)

I'm trying - still a long way to go but it's really good knowing that the progress is happening.
I am happy to claim the credit for blatantly stealing any and all good ides involved  <ii>
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: just cruizin on December 04, 2017, 07:25:15 PM
Ideas are one thing, making them happen is another
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on December 05, 2017, 12:08:32 PM
Ideas are one thing, making them happen is another

And therein lies the credit that is solely mine. Any poor execution of said ideas is in no way a reflection of the original idea or the originator  rofl
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: just cruizin on December 05, 2017, 03:28:16 PM
You're doing pretty damn well
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Tanshi on December 05, 2017, 05:10:03 PM
i dont see any issues with the ideas or the execution
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on December 06, 2017, 12:15:28 PM
Naw shucks  :-[ just don't look at the welds.
It's been a learning curve! Luckily there are lots of knowledgeable folks with very capable cars that I can steal ideas from.

Still need to decide on a colour - thinking possibly back to the light blue factory colour. The aqua/green respray is only a top half job so the engine bay and underneath are still blue - except for all the black/blue steel where it's been chopped, sliced and diced  rofl but I've still got a lot to do before then.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on March 03, 2018, 08:49:06 PM
A couple of big steps today... well, one and a half steps.

Used RD88 locker was put in the housing to go in the front diff. All in and set up nicely, then tested it and pppsssss air leaker. Seems the one servicable part I didn't order a replacement for (piston seal) isn't sealing. So before that goes back on the car the seal will be replaced.

The new (woohoo) RD208 locker went into the the housing smoothly, lined up nicely then tested.... fine. This will go into the rear diff after doing diff breathers and then the rear will be back in the wheels again!

Massive thank you to a certain diff specialist for the knowledge, skills, contraptions and patience.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Tanshi on March 05, 2018, 08:50:02 AM
nice!

I hate doing diffs,  does my head in
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on March 05, 2018, 12:39:30 PM
Lucky there was a guru doing the tricky stuff, I'm like a monkey using a rock for brain surgery!
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: DMAC on March 06, 2018, 11:40:44 AM
Lucky there was a guru doing the tricky stuff, I'm like a monkey using a rock for brain surgery!
Spoken like a true Suzuki owner.  -h00k-

Great progress gentlemen.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: just cruizin on March 06, 2018, 12:09:42 PM
Some of my best work is done with a log and the back of an axe
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Tanshi on March 06, 2018, 12:26:21 PM
thats what she said.  oh  ....  wait..
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on March 19, 2018, 03:51:48 PM
Some serious work this weekend gone... it was fun waving the grinder around and making noise!

Using 50 x 150 x 3mm rhs. This centred the cutout for the winch rope nicely but looked like a barn door from the front so a taper from the mounting bracket (outside the chassis) up the car corners softens it. I'll also sweep it back at that point too. Then a sharp corner back to the wheel arch.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Pete79 on March 20, 2018, 11:16:35 AM
The good ‘ol milk crate airial photography aye... ;)

Coming together now.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on March 20, 2018, 02:45:53 PM
The good ‘ol milk crate airial photography aye... ;)

Coming together now.

Haha yup that was a handy bit of kit. You can sit on it, stand on it, trip over it... so many uses!
There's still a lot to do the front with the sweeps and turns I want plus cutting the tunnel (which I'll plate all around the inside) for the winch. Then I have to start doing some research on lights and choose where/what to use.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on April 05, 2018, 11:07:30 AM
All but the winch tunnel done. Oh and closing off the ends at the wheel arch but I want to mock up the tube flares first to check positioning. There's a good chance once it's all positioned there will also be a bit of sheet on top to fill the gap from the bar to the grill.
Special thanks to Mark for putting in some time and welds that will actually hold.

It'll be finished in classy rattle can black.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on April 09, 2018, 10:44:09 AM
Front bar done! Still have to trim and close the side wings but that will be done in conjunction with the tube flares.
Thanks for more helps maestro
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on April 22, 2018, 06:12:12 PM
More progress! Made up the rear bar this weekend. A couple of errors and a mercy dash by Sammie to get more gas and wire (what are the odds?) from Bunnings but I'm calling it done.

It still has a bit of excess length into the wheel arch. My thinking is the sabe as the front bar in leaving the excess until I see where the tube flares will need to mount. Likewise painting will be done once the flare mounts are sorted.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on May 13, 2018, 04:23:41 PM
Slight progress but still progress...
Rear light mounts made up, I'll be running a separate reverse light and mounting the number plate on the tailgate to avoid cutting the bar up too much.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Pete79 on May 14, 2018, 08:59:17 AM
Neat.  <ii>
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: GP on May 14, 2018, 05:34:41 PM
looking good, home stretch almost :peaceout:
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: just cruizin on May 14, 2018, 08:31:45 PM
Looks similar
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on May 15, 2018, 01:15:26 PM
Looks similar

That's because I'm stealing all your ideas Greg.

GP yes I'm pretty much just going to do the tube flares then a quick rub down and squirt of paint. Then some work on getting the engine and electrics working. Then exo. Then wheel the daylights out of  little bugger!
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on May 21, 2018, 12:13:32 PM
More snail progress... making use of some very cool COLISO tube flares. Front skeleton with outriggers mid-arch done. They'll (hopefully) bolt to the front bar, just in case it needs to be removed for any reason. And only 10mm difference between the two sides  rofl

Still have to do the rears and the sheet metal. The sheet will be welded to the tube with pinch weld against the body. Note to self: pinch weld first, then weld to the tube.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: just cruizin on May 22, 2018, 06:27:29 PM
Looks good
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: greenzook89 on May 22, 2018, 10:15:56 PM
Not worried about tyres hitting the flare on full bump?
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on May 23, 2018, 03:43:08 PM
Not worried about tyres hitting the flare on full bump?

I flexed it while it was tacked and it still had plenty of clearance. Well... the driver side did. I'm hoping the passenger side will too  rofl
My incredibly technical measuring and template involved a sheet of ply and a couple of screws - which probably explains the 10mm difference.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on June 03, 2018, 06:34:55 PM
... and more progress. Sheeted the front flares today. It's not as neat as I hoped but it's neater than I feared lol

A bit of pinch weld helps hide the worst of the crookedness. I still have tidy up the ends a little. They'll be painted rattle can black for ease of maintenance. 

Thanks Mark for the tips, Greg (COLISO) for the bent tube and Tanshi/Keith for pioneering tube flares. I will continue to blatantly steal all ideas I can mwah ha ha ha!
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Bruce on June 03, 2018, 07:15:23 PM
Looks great James. Your doing a nice job.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: greenzook89 on June 03, 2018, 07:17:26 PM
I'll have to pick your brains about the sheeting. I need some tube flares in my life.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on June 04, 2018, 12:44:13 PM
I'll have to pick your brains about the sheeting. I need some tube flares in my life.

There are plenty of lessons to be learned from my efforts  rofl
Don't do this, don't do things this way, don't drill wrong sized holes, put your big fat tyres on before you start fabbing....
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: just cruizin on June 04, 2018, 01:59:05 PM
That's modified vehicles though
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: just cruizin on June 04, 2018, 01:59:51 PM
You steal my ideas, I steal your photos for facey page ;)
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on June 04, 2018, 02:02:03 PM
You steal my ideas, I steal your photos for facey page ;)
Go right ahead  <ii> Probably best to use pics from before my sketchy welding is put to the test though  :-[
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on July 08, 2018, 03:24:37 PM
Slow and steady wins the race. If it was a race. But it's not. Well I'm going to go slow anyway haha

Rear tube flares tacked up. I finished stitching one side before the gas ran out.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: DMAC on July 09, 2018, 12:03:43 PM
You got a good tight fit against the body.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on July 09, 2018, 05:17:56 PM
I maaaay have taken the photo from an angle that is more flattering than it deserves  :-[
I'm probably going to shave a mm or two off to allow the pinch weld to sit flush with putting too much pressure on the body (or my welds) while it's at rest.
Mental note: when a lot of people exchange their bunnings welding gas over the weekend, call first. 3 stores I went to had run out.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: just cruizin on July 09, 2018, 06:41:19 PM
Mmm that's good to know about Bunnings, using critical analysis ( my new favourite phrase) I interprete there are issues with the supplier and that welding gas may no be a product going supplied by Bunnings
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on July 16, 2018, 05:25:55 AM
Rear tube flares are done. Don't look too closely, they may not be symmetrical. I ran out of warmth/sun to paint the rear bar. Big push now to be ready for the cage build!
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on July 27, 2018, 03:54:02 PM
Well last weekend was....productive  <ii> Bled the brakes, finished the plumbing and wiring (lots of head scratching, manual checking and a couple of SOS's). And a testament to the care taken by the engines previous owner -  cheers Bruce - after a good couple of years sitting the engine is running! I still have some little gremlins to sort - I had to interpret the difference in the wiring between an 88.5 loom and coily motor so the fuel shut off is a bit slow and still need to figure out the idle up solenoid.

This weekend will be another big one. Top up diffs, transfer and gearbox. Clean, sand oh and paint.
Then next weekend - Heavy duty roof rack!

It's getting so close I can taste it. no wait... that's still the fumes from running it inside my little shed  rofl
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Bruce on July 27, 2018, 05:00:07 PM
Great to hear the motor sparked to life after a long break.
It's a good motor.
I'll be playing with my broken car this weekend as well. LONGGGGGGGG way to go.
Maybe too long and might just camp and watch now. Deep in thought these days. (is it worth it)
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: just cruizin on July 27, 2018, 06:25:53 PM
You can both [Nice Try] off
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: greenzook89 on July 27, 2018, 07:10:13 PM
You can both [Nice Try] off

I'm going for a wheel tommorow  -h00k-
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: mrw82 on July 27, 2018, 08:17:59 PM
I'm going for a wheel tommorow  -h00k-

Thanks for the invite... ???
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: greenzook89 on July 27, 2018, 09:16:37 PM
Ripley. 1.30pm ish. Be there. :peaceout: e
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: mrw82 on July 27, 2018, 09:39:14 PM
I don't need your pity invite....


Besides,  James has my trailer and snotbox is in no condition to play.

 :helloowave:
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on July 30, 2018, 12:36:59 PM
Well. the painting is done  :armsup:
The Greenbank spray booth was in full effect and what it lacked in professionalism this time, I made up for in...well honestly... cuss words. You get what you pay for but after buying a low pressure spray gun I ran it at the recommended 30psi just to have it (3 times) blow the pot off the gun due to poor seal and budget design. By about halfway through I had it down to an art of holding the gun in one hand and the pot in the other - just in case.

A few runs and some old cracks/chips/warps showing through but other than that I must say I'm reasonably happy with the result. It was free paint and also happens to come in a matching rattle can for any touch ups needed if I accidentally sign some obstacles  :peaceout:
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Bruce on July 30, 2018, 05:14:27 PM
 .applaud. .applaud. .applaud. <ii>
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: greenzook89 on July 30, 2018, 06:20:45 PM
Free paint is the good paint.  :armsup:
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on August 02, 2018, 05:57:27 AM
Well, I seem to have something resembling a Sierra again! It’s mostly back together, the debut will be this weekend. Still need to get the exhaust diverted around the in boarded rear shocks, wire up gadgets (lockers, winch,uhf) and of course “roof racks”.
To get it on the road need to finish wiring in lights of all types, create soft mudflaps. Oh and soft top needs to be sorted. Haven’t road tested it yet so I’m crossing my fingers it drives straight and no wobbles...
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: GP on August 02, 2018, 07:46:36 PM
Clark Rubber has some good choices for mudflap rubber. All I did to help mine look good is made some little spacers same thickness of the rubber out of tube to allow the retainer bolts to tighten up without squishing the rubber itself
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on August 13, 2018, 06:54:09 AM
Ticking off items until late (for me) last night.
Bikini top strapped on - cheers Mark.
Bottom windscreen brace welded and painted so “roof rack” is finished and bolted into place.
Seatbelts serviced and fitted.
Power steering reservoir mounted, hard lines dodgied up until I get the right sized hose for the return.
Switch panel made up, only 3 switches for now - compressor, front and rear brrrp.
Coily door cards fitted.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Tanshi on August 13, 2018, 08:19:44 AM
Nice.  sounds like its just about ready.

Mine just needs steering arms adjusted for allignment and the lengths locked off.

then driven ont the trailer :)

Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: just cruizin on August 13, 2018, 08:41:59 AM
That's quite a lot of progress James well done
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on August 13, 2018, 02:18:33 PM
some late night pics....
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Pete79 on August 13, 2018, 02:48:44 PM
Looking good mate.  8)
That's a lot of progress, bet you're happy to see the to-do list getting shorter now.
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on August 13, 2018, 04:30:26 PM
Looking good mate.  8)
That's a lot of progress, bet you're happy to see the to-do list getting shorter now.

Definitely enjoying a shorter list! Although I do have a "Bodgy" list and a "Done" list... there's still a fairly big between the two but at least it's ready to have fun. It's obviously not registered yet so I won't be able to drive it anywhere else until I finish the second list (includes things like lights, stereo, uhf, mudflaps) plus filling out paperwork like club rego  :armsup:
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on September 28, 2018, 10:20:55 AM
Latest accessory for the project. Should increase on-road performance significantly  <ii>
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: Bruce on September 28, 2018, 05:15:29 PM
 <ii> <ii> <ii> <ii> <ii> <ii>
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: just cruizin on September 28, 2018, 06:41:12 PM
Phoneworthy
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: James R on September 29, 2018, 06:42:44 PM
Phoneworthy

Ring ring. Missed club rego by a month but I’ll get the difference back when I get around to ur.

 Just some minor touches to help it fly under the radar left. All lights are done. The muddlaos are doing my head in. I want easily removable so if anyone has any ideas...
Title: Re: Sierra project
Post by: just cruizin on September 30, 2018, 03:03:21 PM
I'm working on a design 😉