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#46 DUF2

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Posted 04 January 2020 - 10:00 PM

Ohh fudge! They must have used a cement mixer for that much bodge!

Edited by yeti21586, 18 January 2020 - 06:49 PM.
DO NOT TRY AND AVOID THE SWEAR FILTER!!!


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Posted 05 January 2020 - 03:22 AM

Seems crazy going to all the trouble fitting all the trick running gear and not doing the body to match..unfortunately this happens a lot with so called specialists..I'm sure you will sort it though to match the rest..

 

Yep that is the goal... have to give the motor a shell worth its being in! Have a few cool ideas to come, should be a really unique build when its done!



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Posted 06 January 2020 - 06:46 PM

Well as of Saturday the body is able to be flipped and the bottom could be scraped and inspected a bit more thoroughly in areas. First thing was the amount sand still in the body, and a few bolts found also when the body was rolled. 

 

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Found out some parts of the underbody are in better shape than others also, and there are several layers of undercoating in spots, giving an indication of what parts of the pickup are older than others.

 

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Also, I figure out the original color was yellow!

 

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Overall, here is what the bottom looks like mounted.

 

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Posted 06 January 2020 - 07:12 PM

That's nasty

Nice lift though !

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Posted 07 January 2020 - 09:58 PM

That's nasty

Nice lift though !

yeah its a bit of a mess honestly. The lift is working well though, my father and myself have never worked with a rotisserie before and pretty happy with how it turned out!

 

As an update for something to come, a current class I am taking is a computational fluid dynamics course (CFD) and the final project is analyzing a car, so the pickup may get a properly designed flat floor pan and rear diffuser designed to see if the general aero of the pickup on the underside can be improved a bit!


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Posted 18 January 2020 - 06:34 PM



Ohh kfuc!  They must have used a cement mixer for that much bodge!

 

Cement mixer is right, found more all over using a power wire wheel, many spots are 3-5mm thick! The poor shop hand responsible for shaping this body likely never wanted to see a sanding block again after this!

 

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It looks like the shop (who the previous owner was recommended to use and spent a lot of money for the work) decided it was easier to just cover the pickup in bonds than smooth their bad welds out with a grinder!


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Posted 17 February 2020 - 01:19 PM

And the body filler mess continues. There are several layers most areas, covering holes, lead filling, and pretty deep dents as well as the not so good welds from patches previously done.

 

The rear joint between the bedside panel and the rear corner on the passenger side.

 

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There are quite a few thick spots along the door frame, and there are some serious dents here also, not real sure what happened with it. You can see in the first picture just how thick the filler is though. 

 

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Currently working on half the roof, and then will start scraping on the the other side. It is looking like a lot of the paneling will really need to be replaced, so the pickup is likely going to get more of a structural tube frame than I was anticipating, if I am replacing alot of paneling already.


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Posted 17 February 2020 - 02:15 PM

...looking on the bright side; it should be a lot lighter afterwards  ;D  



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Posted 17 February 2020 - 03:29 PM

...looking on the bright side; it should be a lot lighter afterwards  ;D  

Yeah I noticed that already, since the other bedside has not been scraped yet, it already is balanced toward the driver's on the rotisserie when it previously stayed perfectly level. I'm keeping all the scrapings, so we will see just how much weight was there in the end  :D .



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Posted 08 May 2020 - 11:54 AM

Well its been a while since the last update, my semester got really interesting when COVID became a big deal here in the US and everything shut down. Just made everything take way longer than it should due to Engineering simulations taking extra long on overtaxed servers. Back to minis though, finally the majority of the old body filler is removed! Few spots measured out the be 12-15 mm thick, but its off! Overall the body underneath is pretty solid, not a lot of rust covered and only a few patches worth noting. Still have to do some more pain/filler removal around the trim areas, then time to start designing my new framing for the body that will be integrated into the pickup design. Exited to finally be done with the filler issue though, and cant wait to move forward with the project.

 

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Posted 08 May 2020 - 12:12 PM

so the big question is :  how much did all that filler weigh ? 



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Posted 08 May 2020 - 01:04 PM

so the big question is :  how much did all that filler weigh ? 

 

That is the question :P..... Need to bring home a bigger box first, half is still on the ground due to optimistic predictions of how much would come off. Between that the and doubled up floor patches in places, this thing have a pretty good weight loss.



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Posted 10 June 2020 - 12:54 PM

Well I got time to bring a bigger box home. In total the body filler I collected from the roof and rear bedside panels was 15 lbs. Also did some sanding on the bedsides and roof to get the final layers of filler off and see what is actually there. A lot of dents in the bed sides.

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Posted 10 June 2020 - 02:18 PM

15lb !! that's pretty impressive - from what you've uncovered i can see why though.  it's certainly looks like it's had a hard life...






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