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    Nice one Rian, glad to see you're finally sorted - your patience has been rewarded !!

    Looks like a great base - keep the updates coming and allow me to contribute to one; pm me your address and I'll send over a spare set of door bumpers I've got kicking around

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barneys66 View Post
    Nice one Rian, glad to see you're finally sorted - your patience has been rewarded !!

    Looks like a great base - keep the updates coming and allow me to contribute to one; pm me your address and I'll send over a spare set of door bumpers I've got kicking around
    Thanks Barney

    Patience indeed.

    If it was not for various guys on here and elsewhere being helpful and patient, it would not have happened.

    Guys like Ross up in Scotland who made me three 10 minute videos outdoors in the freeeezing winter over Christmas/New Year of a truck he knew I was really interested in, spent hours on the phone with him, and in the end with his help decided to walk away from it as it had potential issues.

    Will PM you in a moment. Thanks.
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    What amazing people live in forum land.

    Had this posting on another forum from a guy in North Pole, Alaska.


    Very nice purchase !!
    That truck looks pretty nice already, just some minor touch ups I think....until you pull up the floor mats I suppose.

    Real interested to see what you find now, and what you do with it.

    My boss wants to build a camper from scratch like yours.

    If you shoot me a PM with your mailing address, I will check to see if it isnt too pricey to send you a PS pump, and at least one, if not both the lines. It is already cleaned and painted. I dressed it up before I decided to go with Hydroboost, now it is waiting to go to the boneyard.

    It would help you get closer to installing that Power Steering....
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    Looking for an old steel trunk, army/navy etc to use as "toolbox" in bed.

    Size 800mm wide X 600mm deep X 450mm high. Height not negotiable.


    Also looking for a 10 litre steel fuel can.
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    Went through all the paperwork in the substantial file the truck has generated over the last 9 years since it came into the UK.

    About £5000 spent on it by various owners shows that this hobby is not too cheap.

    It also tells me why the truck feels as good as it does mechanically.

    Cosmetically it will get sorted over time as finances allow, as the purchase price took the whole budget, but the truck needs no work right now, except for the headlights which refused to work the day after its MOT roadworthyness test. Typical of these old cars.

    I found a copy of the original California title.



    Also made sure I got the trucks security sorted.



    When I bought the truck it was obvious that there is no spare wheel.
    So the stud pattern is 6 x 140 pcd, so that should be the same as most Japanese 6 stud rims.
    Next job is to find a spare to throw in the back for long trips.



    So today I did a few things after I got in from work.
    I had some spare keys cut, as I only got one set..... typically one works, and one does not.



    Then I went down to the garage and got the truck outside, to clean the bed and prep it for paint.
    It will stay like this until I can afford to change it all to a wood strip and steel bed.

    One of the things I noted when I bought the truck was that whoever did some of the mods in the past, had a very heavy hand.
    Some Auto Meter gauges have been fitted, two into the original instrument pod, possibly cutting the holes with C4 plastique explosive or a hammer and chisel. The bottom has also been covered with a piece of ally that seems to be glued on there with super glue.





    Loads of cracks in the plastic everywhere you look. Another replacement later type job.



    The modern Radio/CD player seems to have been fitted by a mad Badger with a meat cleaver.
    Note the edges...... WHY, Why Why can people not do stuff right or just leave it alone if they have no bloody clue?



    Then after vacuum cleaning the inside, I turned my attention to the load body.
    Plywood, sealed on both sides is better than nothing, but one day when I have some spare cash I will replace the bed with strips and either stainless, painted or chromed strips.

    I spend about 90 minutes with a sharp scribe, hacksaw blade and the short end of my garage vacuum cleaner and a brush cleaning it up.
    There is also a very nice rubber bedliner which I have removed till I have painted the bed and it has dried.



    Last pic is a shot of the old inboard fuel tank behind the seat....... cut open and painted to make some neat packing and storage space. Maybe I will also carpet it, or remove it at some point, for now it is perfect.



    Parked up outside the garage, a nice view that makes my heart smile.



    Possibly my favourite photo of the truck so far, sent to me by Rob, the previous owner.

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    That modified old fuel tank is a cool idea I didn't know yours had been modded with an external tank in the rear. At least knowing that money has been spent on mechanicals means that you shouldn't have too much to worry about for a while.....
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    Great truck Rian, see you at a run soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 54 devon View Post
    Great truck Rian, see you at a run soon!

    Gary.
    Thanks mate, it really is what we were looking for.

    I have been looking for a Jerry can to use as a reserve to my fuel tank.....

    Tonight I realized that I have the perfect jerry can, I bought it for about £5 at a boot fair last year, just coz I liked it.

    Whatcha think ??




    Now just need to find a decent steel trunk for the rear.
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    Never sure how to approach a Wanted/new build thread title.

    In spite of the Jerry can I have, which is about 7-8 liters....

    With the New Grizz Redneck Express truck, I want to increase my fuel capacity (well, at least create a decent backup)

    I know some of you are into boats etc, so though its a decent place to ask on here.

    I want to take a 20 litre steel boat petrol tank and change the neck on it, and make a jerry can for the truck.

    I am not sure I want to plumb it into the system, rather have it loose so that it does not take up space in the rear when not needed.

    However, at times like taking the truck and Grizz-Pod to the Gathering, it would be nice to have some backup fuel stashed in something other than a plastic Jerry can.


    Any leads, or petrol tanks appreciated.

    Something like this......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barneys66 View Post
    Nice one Rian, glad to see you're finally sorted - your patience has been rewarded !!

    Looks like a great base - keep the updates coming and allow me to contribute to one; pm me your address and I'll send over a spare set of door bumpers I've got kicking around
    Door bumpers and Magazine featuring truck in use at 1066 show in 2009 just landed, thanks a lot again.
    IF YOU CAN'T FIX IT WITH A HAMMER, YOU'VE GOT AN ELECTRICAL PROBLEM MATE.

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