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Offline Greenbank GV

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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #150 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....
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #151 on: June 04, 2018, 01:59:05 PM »
That's modified vehicles though
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #152 on: June 04, 2018, 01:59:51 PM »
You steal my ideas, I steal your photos for facey page ;)
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #153 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  :-[
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #154 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.
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #155 on: July 09, 2018, 12:03:43 PM »
You got a good tight fit against the body.

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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #156 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.
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #157 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
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #158 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!
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #159 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
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #160 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)
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #161 on: July 27, 2018, 06:25:53 PM »
You can both [Nice Try] off
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #162 on: July 27, 2018, 07:10:13 PM »
You can both [Nice Try] off

I'm going for a wheel tommorow  -h00k-

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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #163 on: July 27, 2018, 08:17:59 PM »
I'm going for a wheel tommorow  -h00k-

Thanks for the invite... ???
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #164 on: July 27, 2018, 09:16:37 PM »
Ripley. 1.30pm ish. Be there. :peaceout: e

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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #165 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.

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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #166 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:
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #167 on: July 30, 2018, 05:14:27 PM »
 .applaud. .applaud. .applaud. <ii>
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #168 on: July 30, 2018, 06:20:45 PM »
Free paint is the good paint.  :armsup:

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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #169 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...
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #170 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

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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #171 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.
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #172 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 :)

Hunting for bigger tyres so I can get over myself.

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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #173 on: August 13, 2018, 08:41:59 AM »
That's quite a lot of progress James well done
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #174 on: August 13, 2018, 02:18:33 PM »
some late night pics....
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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #175 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.

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Re: Sierra project
« Reply #176 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:
1999 SWB Grand Vitara 1.6L
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