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  • #60269
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    It’s time to get this finished. The GCM shock relocation kit is out because the surgery required on the body is just way too much work. Pity. Anyway, first step was a bath. There’s almost a years’ worth of dust on it, and some mud from the run on December 27th last year.

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    Then painted the bumpers. Ran out of paint so will complete on Friday, assuming the delivery works as advertised.

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    Next up was a damage assessment. The left side of the tailgate needs some work – I’m leaving the other two scratches because they’re a reminder of it’s first run ::thumb::

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    The windscreen damage is the only one I remember from its run. It was a hard hit, and even after the wash you can still see dirt in there. Tried prying the windshield out but looks like I did too good a job getting it in, so will have to try another approach.

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    Then there’s a crack all along the right side starting at the door, which will get seen to.

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    Added to that I still need to:

    ● Make a steering wheel
    ● Attach the dashboard with magnets
    ● Paint one of the seat bottoms
    ● Make rear view mirrors
    ● Get the remaining windows done
    ● Put on the GCM diff housing plate/cover (stupidly one bought one, the second will come when I place my CMAX order)
    ● Hook up the lights
    ● Hook up the winch

    What’s crazy, looking at this now, is how horrified I am by some parts of the build, and how impressed I am with others. Guess I learned a thing or two since doing this one.

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    My mouth is going to get me in a lot of :censored: soon. Told Ms. Protocol a couple nights’ work and it’d be done. Started with some CA glue and filler on the crack on the tailgate…

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    …and then turned it over :holdinitin:

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    So about 4 hours later the tailgate is yet again ready for paint. Had to really fight the urge not to just redo the entire thing – I want to keep the repairs similar to the build, so I did what I think I’d have done a year ago to get it ready.

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    Wow that makes such a difference but hides the art in it.

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    mark wrote:
    Wow that makes such a difference but hides the art in it.

    Thanks. Only… art? ::eek It was abomimabble ::yikes

    Got the windows done, and glad it’s done. I dislike painting, but masking even more so.

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    Got the cracks filled, sanded back and painted.

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    Windscreen itself still needs the same treatment the other windows got, which will take a little longer. Tailgate repairs also underway, and made a start on the rear-view mirrors.

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    Still working on the tailgate, but got the rear-view mirrors done, mostly.

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    Color looks a bit off in this next photo. Will wait for daylight before I decide what to do about it.

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    Rear view mirrors for seeing the sled before reversing into it :whistle: does look very good though ::thumb::

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    mark wrote:
    Rear view mirrors for seeing the sled before reversing into it :whistle: does look very good though ::thumb::

    Sled?!? What :censored: sled? ::rolleye :-) And thank you ;)

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    Got the silver passenger seat trim done, and got the steering wheel done. Next up are the steering column and the shift paddles. Mine’s not an exact replica, but I think will do.

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    Haven’t bothered removing the double-sided tape I used for the crash test dummy in the drivers’ seat, because I’ve yet to decide on the driver. And I have no idea how I’m going to do the two-tone paint on the steering wheel…

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    That steering wheel will more than pass. :jawdrop: I’d spray the sliver 1st and then the red, or paint the red by hand

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    mark wrote:
    That steering wheel will more than pass. :jawdrop: I’d spray the sliver 1st and then the red, or paint the red by hand

    Thanks but the steering wheels’ too small ::cry See below. As for paint, yes, I thought of doing exactly as you suggest. Seems great minds think alike (and so do we :-))

    Got the steering column done, and some paddles. Seems the steering wheels’ a bit too small at 34mm diameter though. Everything I found online also has a 34mm diameter. The plus is it should be easier to fit a driver. Down side is I have to make one if I want the size right.

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    Will paint this one for now and then see what the future holds in terms of steering wheels.

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    You could use a hilux steering wheel and cut the middle out. I have a spare if you want it. I’ve made them from solid core wire but it’s a pain to get them perfectly round.

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    mark wrote:
    You could use a hilux steering wheel and cut the middle out. I have a spare if you want it. I’ve made them from solid core wire but it’s a pain to get them perfectly round.

    Thanks, but they’ve the same outer diameter as the one I’m using (checked on my Hilux). Seems it’s kind of a standard. I’m going to leave it for now. If I do make a new one I’ll make a cirlce on styrene with a compass and round it out by hand.

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    The taigate is back on, for the last time I think.

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    And the dashboard won’t fall out anymore either. Magnet in the firewall, and another behind the dash.

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    The todo list is shrinking ::thumb::

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    Took me three days but I’ve got the job I’ve been dreading done – detailed the windshield. The first photo is the before shot. It didn’t look quite that bad but I photographed it in harsh light to show how rubbish it looked.

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    Took me ages to finish the masking, but I got there eventually.

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    The result was taken under the same light as the first, and whether I’m happy with it or not, it’s staying that way. Happily I’m happy with it.

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    Getting closer.

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