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Posted 14 December 2016 - 11:02 PM

Probably a wise move. Pickup I viewed seems to be sold, so the search continues.

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Posted 06 January 2017 - 10:06 AM

Just managed to purchase a pickup (after years of wanting one), and it's going to need a fair amount of work, and rollover jig will be incredibly useful. Yours looks to have castors on it. Did they arrive as part of the kit? Also, would it be possible to let me know the total length of the jig with the pickup in situ please? Thanks, Jamie

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 09:06 AM

Just managed to purchase a pickup (after years of wanting one), and it's going to need a fair amount of work, and rollover jig will be incredibly useful. Yours looks to have castors on it. Did they arrive as part of the kit? Also, would it be possible to let me know the total length of the jig with the pickup in situ please? Thanks, Jamie


The castors are an optional extra for the jig, but I would definitely recommend them as they make life so much easier. The total length of the jig with the shell mounted is a shade under 4.5 meters

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 09:07 AM

Just managed to purchase a pickup (after years of wanting one), and it's going to need a fair amount of work, and rollover jig will be incredibly useful. Yours looks to have castors on it. Did they arrive as part of the kit? Also, would it be possible to let me know the total length of the jig with the pickup in situ please? Thanks, Jamie


The castors are an optional extra for the jig, but I would definitely recommend them as they make life so much easier. The total length of the jig with the shell mounted is a shade under 4.5 meters

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 12:23 PM

 

Just managed to purchase a pickup (after years of wanting one), and it's going to need a fair amount of work, and rollover jig will be incredibly useful. Yours looks to have castors on it. Did they arrive as part of the kit? Also, would it be possible to let me know the total length of the jig with the pickup in situ please? Thanks, Jamie


The castors are an optional extra for the jig, but I would definitely recommend them as they make life so much easier. The total length of the jig with the shell mounted is a shade under 4.5 meters

 

 

that's much appreciated - thank you! :)



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Posted 14 January 2017 - 05:50 PM

So, not a huge update but a tiny bit of progress has been made. Rome wasn't welded up in a day you know...... ;D

To be honest after discovering Percy's load bed was just as bad as his main floor section, I'd lost a bit of motivation. The thought of cutting another huge chunk out of my poor little blue friend was really not appealing, and besides it was blinking cold in the garage! .... so I took a bit of a step back and had a couple of mini free months over Christmas.

 

I did get a couple of car related pressies which have helped me get a minor bit of mojo back though - more amount them in a mo. 

 

So this afternoon after standing looking at what little remains of Percy's bottom third a plan was hatched after a strong cup of coffee. The toeboard is toast as well as the back end and I dare nor cut out both at the same time for fear of losing both references and any last vestige of structural rigidity. Percy maybe braced up around the door apertures but I am conscious of the fact the shell while being merrily rotated on the spit is being subjected to stresses and twisting forces it was never designed to take. 

 

So this is a very waffly way of saying i've decided to replace the toeboard first before cutting out anymore rot else where. This will hopefully give me a good firm reference point to align the main floor and loadbed sections. So with this in mind and after looking at how BenO did the same job recently on the Track day grey mini he did I added some more bracing to the shell which picked up on the steering rack mounting points.

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Hopefully this along with leaving whats left of the flitch panels in place will ensure I get the new panel back in the right place. It also gave me a chance to give the welder a run out and try out Crimbo pressie no.1 which was this rather snazzy welding helmet

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Its amazing how much easier welding is when you can see what you're doing!

So there you are - not earth shattering progress but every little helps! 

In the next instalment it maybe time for Percy to meet my other Christmas pressie........

'Perry the cheap Chinese plasma cutter" O_O






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