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Offline Greenbank GV

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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #120 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>
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #121 on: December 04, 2017, 07:25:15 PM »
Ideas are one thing, making them happen is another
Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards

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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #122 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
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #123 on: December 05, 2017, 03:28:16 PM »
You're doing pretty damn well
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #124 on: December 05, 2017, 05:10:03 PM »
i dont see any issues with the ideas or the execution
Hunting for bigger tyres so I can get over myself.

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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #125 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.
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #126 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.
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #127 on: March 05, 2018, 08:50:02 AM »
nice!

I hate doing diffs,  does my head in
Hunting for bigger tyres so I can get over myself.

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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #128 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!
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #129 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.

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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #130 on: March 06, 2018, 12:09:42 PM »
Some of my best work is done with a log and the back of an axe
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #131 on: March 06, 2018, 12:26:21 PM »
thats what she said.  oh  ....  wait..
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #132 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.
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #133 on: March 20, 2018, 11:16:35 AM »
The good ‘ol milk crate airial photography aye... ;)

Coming together now.

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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #134 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.
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #135 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.
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #136 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
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #137 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.
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #138 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.
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #139 on: May 14, 2018, 08:59:17 AM »
Neat.  <ii>

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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #140 on: May 14, 2018, 05:34:41 PM »
looking good, home stretch almost :peaceout:

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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #141 on: May 14, 2018, 08:31:45 PM »
Looks similar
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #142 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!
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #143 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.
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #144 on: May 22, 2018, 06:27:29 PM »
Looks good
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #145 on: May 22, 2018, 10:15:56 PM »
Not worried about tyres hitting the flare on full bump?

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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #146 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.
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #147 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!
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #148 on: June 03, 2018, 07:15:23 PM »
Looks great James. Your doing a nice job.
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #149 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.