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November 19, 2016, 09:18 PM #50

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If you punch bolts through the cardboard you can paint the heads evenly without getting paint on the threads. Saves you having to run a die over them all afterwards and you don't have to spray them twice to get both sides. You can setup nuts on spare bolts or threaded rod for the same reason (protecting the threads).
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    November 19, 2016, 10:39 PM #51

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    Spray paint is actually thin enough it doesn't mess with the threads.  Kinda acts as a gentle thread locker really.  The bolts turn in and out by hand no problem.  It more so takes up any slack in the threads. I paint them for that reason.  Call it my own anti-vibration rattle out of place insurance...
    Powder coat on the other hand is detrimental to your bolts.  That requires a tap or die.

      November 20, 2016, 05:34 PM #52

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      When you got deadlines and an oven for powder coating... you work and eat at the same time.


      Grabbing parts as I need them.  Almost done everything underneath the car.  Brake lines are done.  Exhaust is in.  Driveline is in.  Fuel lines in. 


      We're close.  Was hoping to drive it out today under it's own power but I had to stop early as I forgot I had other plans this evening. 

        November 21, 2016, 02:55 AM #53

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        Damn this is looking sick, cant wait to see it finished

          November 22, 2016, 10:57 PM #54

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          Started stripping the wheels for this car.



          The snow came today.  I had to enable the Winter Shark unfortunately. Stretched tires and snow = 5th gear 100km/h burn outs down the highway. :D


          Parts everywhere as the build is frantically being assembled.



          I keep thinking I'm almost there.  Just this and that left...  Then I add more to my list.  Downside of having ADHD.  In your head your pretty much done, then you go look at your list again and go "oh wait... I forgot this and this and this and this"  BAH!  I just want to drive this thing already.


          And I finished fabbing some metal brackets that do things.   Painted them. Now you can watch them dry.  You'll see what those are for later!


          Car does run and drive.  Just haven't put it on the ground yet.  Maybe tomorrow it will get a mobility test.  Have a few more fabricating things to construct yet.  Like limiting straps...............

            November 23, 2016, 06:31 PM #55

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            Well.... It moves under it's own power.  Apparently this engine needs a little help.  But we are one step closer to stage one of this build being complete.


              November 25, 2016, 01:05 AM #56

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              Windshield is in.  Didn't get much done on the car today.  After 2 weeks of 16 hour days working on this thing my body finally said "ENOUGH".  I went to eat supper and fell asleep immediately following. (This never ever ever ever happens due to ADHD.) 





              Looking like we are moving on to interior assembly next.  Then body panels and lights and we call that stage 1 complete.  Maybe by the end of the weekend?

                November 25, 2016, 08:31 AM #57

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                  November 25, 2016, 08:47 AM #58

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                  Still needs to be bolted down to pass safety.

                    November 26, 2016, 10:07 PM #59

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                    I can't stress this enough to anyone who wants to do a project this big.. double tripple and quadrouple check EVERY bolt on the car before you go anywhere.  Every time I slide under the car I just take a look to see if I missed anything.  Sure enough... I tightened the axle on one side but not the other. (note driveline is temporary and that's why I've left it ugly and dirty.  Upgrades are planned!)



                    This whole project is a tedious bit as EVERY bolt gets painted with anti-seize.  Takes a whole bunch of extra time.  But at least my bolts won't ever rust.


                    This is probably the most annoying part of the whole build.  I need these specialized bolts and spacers for this or that and I've done too much work to just "leave them rusty cause you don't see them" so they get blasted and painted.  Just to keep my brain at ease so I can sleep at night knowing I don't have any rusty nuts...


                    The other thing I'd like to stress for anyone looking to take on a big build like this.  If you're going to drill holes in your car, PLEASE SEAL THE HOLES!  all your work is just going to go down the tubes if you don't seal your fresh metal!  Left over windshield urethane goes into each hole to seal it off from the out door elements.  Caution though... urethane is the stickiest and dirtiest substance in the known world. 




                    Frame Rail supports getting bolted in.


                    Wiring and behind dash components getting organized and in place.


                    Wheels are painted their first stage.  Ran out of the paint I needed to lay over this.  More is on the way. (They wont be white)

                      November 27, 2016, 07:49 PM #60

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                      Today I am sick again... so I limited myself on how much time I spent working on the car so I could rest.

                      26 years of dust build up, it was time for a good ol cleaning behind the dash.


                      Forgot the carpet outside in the snow, so I had to force dry it. It goes in before the dash.


                      Roll Cage is in.


                      Trying to figure out for the life of my why I have 3' of wire for the headlight.  I can't even figure out how to route this wire to take up all that extra wire.  I'm just going to cut it shorter.


                      That kick panel looks totally different painted black.  I don't like silver.  Had to paint it.


                      Dash and carpet are installed.



                      The list is actually getting smaller not bigger.  Yay!


                      Hunger the fenders and now you can see what this thing looks like with the small lift on it.  (Already excited to go bigger)




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                          November 28, 2016, 09:43 PM #62

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                          Well, today I spent the entire day trying to mesh 3 wire harnesses together wire schematics that had different wire colors then what I had.  Finally just called it quits as I was getting angry that I spent a whole day getting absolutely nowhere.

                            November 29, 2016, 12:33 PM #63

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                            Had to put the Offroadster outside for a bit to actually get some work done on customer vehicles...  Parked it beside a customers lowered evo...  I kinda laughed when my Lifted miata was still dwarfed by an evo.   



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                              Had some help today from Radar.  He may have been slightly confused as seats are normally in cars and if he's on a seat in a car, that means he's going for a car ride and car rides mean excitement....  Never the less, he still manages to get all my seats dirty.


                              Found me a super good deal on a set of used tires.  Picking them up in a couple days.  Happened to have one the same size here so I was curious how much cutting needs to be done for the first stage of this offroadster.



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                                Got a little bit of work done today.  I just want to drive this sucker already.

                                Rims painted


                                Rims dipped



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                                    December 05, 2016, 10:52 PM #67

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                                    Today's progress.

                                    Body panels are starting to go on.  I promise I'm not trying to make it as many colors as I can. 



                                    Cleared my wheels today.


                                    And I just couldn't resist touching them.  Not cured enough to mount tires but enough to see that the red looks hideous next to that brightness.  I may end up just spray painting that quickly for the time being.  Yuck.


                                    Full droop before some cutting happens....


                                    And I seem to be having problems with my brake master.  Not getting any fluid to the rear.  Spent the whole evening trying to figure this out.  Didn't track it down yet.  Probably get there tomorrow.

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                                      Are you planning on changing up the colour of the car?
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                                        Originally posted by Igor
                                        Are you planning on changing up the colour of the car?

                                        oh ya.  Not a fan of the "how many different colors can I put on my car" look

                                          December 06, 2016, 06:30 PM #70

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                                          Interior slowly getting put together.  Ended up just hard wiring the essentials to toggle switches.  3 different wire colors all trying to get matched up and some how none of those wire colors match the colors on my schematics.  So i said screw it, i'm making my own wiring.


                                          Mounted...


                                          My list of stuff to do keeps growing and growing.  I thought I was getting close.


                                          It's on the studs and at full drop.  Had to squeeze it on.  But now I can see where I need to cut to get these puppies tuckin.


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                                            Snow came today. 
                                            Got a little too happy doing donuts with the bobcat to realize where my ditch was against the back of my parking lot. 


                                            Radar was trying to be a dalmatian.  Unfortunately for him, he's black.  It won't work.


                                            Enjoyed breaking out the beard though.  Happy the snow is here... unhappy my vehicle is not operating yet.... ALMOST there.  (ish)
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                                              Somehow, I managed to powder coat and dip the wrong master cylinder.  Externally they are almost the same but interals are different and can't be swapped sooooo.... I have to put this ugly thing in for now.


                                              Today was "get the wheels on there day".  So the cutting began.



                                              And before I knew it... that landmark point of a build showed up when it's back on all fours and you kinda get excited inside cause you like what you've done.  All that hard work and effort just starts to peek around the corner at you and a slight "fizzing" sensation ensues....




                                              Tried to go all fancy with the wheels.  That's actually just as far as I could turn them before they hit things.  HaHa. We'll git er sorted out tamarrow


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                                                Today work included big hammers and some persuasion.

                                                She'll be out and about tomorrow.

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