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Gengar
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Joined: 25 Aug 2008
Odometer: 320
Location: Isle of Man AKA "The Rock"



PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:03 pm    Post subject: Mutant Rhino... Reply with quote

Hey Guys...

One or two of you have noticed my avatar has changed and have commented on my trucks new appearance. So with many piccies and in many posts i give you the Mutant Rhino ( as its been christened in my club lol )



Firstly i bought my SJ from Ebay.






Nice looking car !!! Solid and a bit different. SO ... got it home and duely put it thru its manx test. after a bit of work, we had...

TAAA DAAAAAAAAAAAAAA ! ! !



Soooo... looked tidy enough and was great for a few months doing lane runs and the odd trial



until it was time for the Mule... On the weekend of the Mule everything was prepared and this is how we set off on Saturday afternoon..





Nice eh... prepared and tidy and a truck you would be proud to turn up tp a decent challenge in....

But it didnt stay that way for long. After a gruelling 24 hours this is how he came home..









OUCH ! ! ! ! !
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Gengar
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Joined: 25 Aug 2008
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Location: Isle of Man AKA "The Rock"



PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

But, we soldiered on and cleaned him up and ran on through a few more trials and eventually he came to a standstill at Moaney Woods where; after dragging a Vitara half way roung the first section his poor clutch simply couldnt take it any more and gave up the ghost completely.

So... Home he was dragged and into the garage he went. Firstly, we had to ascertain the damage to the clutch...

(This pic is just for you Stig !!! )



hehehe soooo out with the engine and time to fit a new clutch . . .





mmmmmmmmmmmm Shiny ! ! ! !

and while i was at it, i also thought it would be good to fit some power steering too . . .






Sweeeeeeeet ! ! !
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Gengar
Just got MTs


Joined: 25 Aug 2008
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Location: Isle of Man AKA "The Rock"



PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

soooo... engine back in and all bolted up again, i decided to look at the bodywork.

Not too bad all in all but DiscoRich had given me an idea.... Lets turn him into a pickup !!!


nooo
yessss
nooooo
yesssssss
noooooooooo
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Ahhhh f*ck it ...

soooo step one.... buy a knackered tintop and cut the back off



Then we need some of this . ..



and some of this



and some more of this



then this



and this



then weld this bit in place



and a lot more work i forgot to get pics of until you end up with something like this




now its all very well having the back but theres a gaping great hole above my head . . .



how am i going to fix this ????
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Gengar
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Location: Isle of Man AKA "The Rock"



PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I KNOW !!!!!


get the 9" grinder out and chop off the roof of the tintop as well !!!



errrrrrrrrrrr wee bit big me thinks...


ok,... GRINDER TIME again



looking much better....

May i point point out at this time that i am doing work as well, im just behind the camera when pics are taken !!!!

HEHEHE

soooo

how do we look so far ????



not bad !!!!! not bad at all...




Keep checking back coz tomorrow its weld the roof on and lots of other jobs... I will modify this message as i do the work

Sunday 22nd Feb

OKOKOK so ive been out there today but i feel like ive not got anywhere. Decided to address the roof and started by shaping it a bit more and priming what is to become the inside roof before i try to find a head lining of some description

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Gengar
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok so priming over i realised i was ******** for the next couple of hours while that dried off... soooo decided to use brush on primer to seal the back and the tailgate and the odd bit ive attacked with the sander over the past few weeks....






i also sealed all round the bottom of the rear door and all round from arch to arch to seal the rear back off from the cab. This is why there is only primer half way down the rear door while the sealant dries.....


sooo... with the rear sealant done and the roof tacky i decided i couldnt wait any longer and went to crack on...

Sooo on with the roof and out with the welder. I would like to point out that there are no pics of my welding coz today i couldnt get the right setting on the welder - plus i got it wrong the first time so i had to remove the spot welds and do it again...

But you can have a piccy of the roof welded into place with a bit of filler hiding the ground out welds..




soo as we stand i have a roof of some description. I will have to use sealant rather than filler at the front coz i know it will flex slightly so that will be the next job

Saturday 28th Feb / Sunday 1st March

Well been busy again. Had to strip all the brush primer off as it reacted horribly with the spray primer. WIsh id found that out BEFORE i coated half the truck !!!

>Sad

Ahh well.
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Gengar
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Soooo after a day of nothing but sanding and swearing i managed to apply a new coat of non reactive filler after hours of sanding. God i now hate bodywork prep lol

Primed up, its saturday night, looks NO different from when i started this morning, just a different coloured primer. Ahh well. Giving up and going home !!!


Back Sunday... managed to work my a$$ off and more or less have the roof complete. still getting a few reactions to the crap primer but im trying to remove them as i go.

but... at hometime today, this is how we look..







so far so good !!


Saturday 7th March

finished the final repairs to the windscreen surround. not much picture worthy, just to tell you that the wipers not dont try to fall off every time i use them
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Gengar
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

soooo Sunday 8th... PAINT DAY !!!

as it says... time to apply the paint... or more to the point ... to hand the paint gun over to Zoe to paint.


















however... valuable lesson : DONT TRY TO PAINT WHEN ITS COLD




hahahaha ... i have that on camera... stop hiding ! ! ! !




Soooooooooooooooo

how do we look ? ? ? ? ?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote







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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saturday 14th March

OK... I know its been a big build up BUT . . . .

Boys and girls.... i give you.......

THE MUTANT RHINO !





















Oh Yeah !!!

;D

AndyG
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Mook
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Joined: 31 Jan 2009
Odometer: 1106
Location: Basingrad


1995 Suzuki Samurai

PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thats what i would love to do to my motor! good job! and you got rid of that nasty blue soft top as well bonus.
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Henry.
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Joined: 03 Jul 2008
Odometer: 2825
Location: north wales


1992 Suzuki Samurai

PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Andy that's looking really good!

I had to say it dosent look how i expected it to, when we were discussing cutting up my old sj. Looks like a lot of time and effort has payed off.

Keep up the good work and lets see some pics of it muddy Very Happy

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Kitesurf
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Joined: 28 Feb 2005
Odometer: 14197
Location: Luton, Beds


1994 Toyota Surf

PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a really neat job. Looks nice in brilliant white as well. Seems a shame to get it muddy..................................... er, no it doesn't! Very Happy
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muddymesser
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Joined: 17 Jun 2008
Odometer: 7819
Location: preston



PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

that looks really good Cool
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Gengar
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

henry-the-hoover wrote:
Andy that's looking really good!

I had to say it dosent look how i expected it to, when we were discussing cutting up my old sj. Looks like a lot of time and effort has payed off.

Keep up the good work and lets see some pics of it muddy Very Happy


Heheh Cheers Henry, Its a shame coz id have liked ur old shell but i managed to persuade a guy to part with his rotten one which was ok for the parts i needed.

I still intend on swapping the 410 transfer box over and mouting the winch up front yet so it isnt finished by a long way. Thought the (many) pics may be apprecieted hehehe

Andy.
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Darrell
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Joined: 22 Aug 2007
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Location: South Oxfordshire. In the doghouse.


1987 Suzuki SJ413

PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'am liking that Very Happy . Job well done.
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samthesidecar
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Joined: 03 Feb 2009
Odometer: 49
Location: Kidderminster, Worcs



PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 12:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tidy motor, I like it a lot. Cool
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customfighter
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Joined: 02 Apr 2007
Odometer: 781
Location: North East


1998 Suzuki Vitara

PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 4:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes nice job, almost looks stock. Wink One suggestion though, even though its too late Rolling Eyes You should of cut some of the drip rail from the donor tin top and welded it along above the door Laughing Just a small thing then if you told me suzuki sold them like that id probably believe you Laughing Exellent job though sorry if im knit picking
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Gengar
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers Mark. I did toy with either welding the rail on or de-railing the sides completely and leaving the rear rail over the back screen. The rail you see on the sides is kinda structural and to remove and weld it up and smooth it down would have removed a lot of the strength for the panel joins. was easier all round in the end to leave them there and round them off.

BTW, how much vitara engine have u got for sale ?? PM me. Very Happy

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Sizer
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Joined: 08 Mar 2010
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Loving this, looks awesome.....just needs a finishing touch though....


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Nathaniel
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Joined: 13 May 2003
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1979 Suzuki LJ

PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now thats VERY nice.

Certainly a truck to be proud of.

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Jack Tatty
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Joined: 16 Jan 2010
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Location: Langholm, Scotland


1991 Suzuki Samurai

PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

very nice work on the pickup buy why oh why did you paint it white Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice Job! Brought back memories for me. I did almost the same some years ago. Only differances are; I cut the rain channel off at the back, and I didn't cover the top with tin. I used front section of LWB Hard top. I wanted to be able to take the roof off in the sunshine Very Happy Oh and I didn't paint it white Wink My paint took a bit longer Rolling Eyes

I think White is a great colour Smile If I stuff my door in (like I did a few weeks ago) it's a major job to repaint another panel.

Plain White is a good choice... and retro COOL! Cool

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He has something batter on his door.....
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sizer wrote:
Loving this, looks awesome.....just needs a finishing touch though....



lol THAT looks awesome !!!! Oh, i have a 1.6 engine in now too !!, And a 8500lb winch and bumper, and modded shock mounts for astra shocks !!! Currently toying with the idea of disks all round for brakes Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

got to say that looks really good great pait jobby Very Happy
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