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    Not sure where to stick this in, but here goes.

    I recently removed a door from the garage and fitted a regular door after closing up the hole.

    I tried to give the door away, repeatedly, it was 8x7 foot, probably worth over £400 to replace.No takers.

    Yesterday I had planned on greasing up the truck, but then thought I would clear up in front of the garage and get the door onto the front pavement for the scrap man...... at which point another one of my crappy ideas sprung to mind.

    Why not cut the door up and use a piece of it as a small roof for the garden tool cabinet etc.....

    Into action and soon I had this, once I had found some lumber to use for the supports I had visualized.



    Couple of hours later this was the scene.



    At which point Mickey came around for a play.....

    Then he was off to clean out his BBQ as his wife had demanded he cook some cow today.

    Once I had finished clearing up etc, this was the result.

    Next up will be moving the tool cabinet, painting the block wall, and painting the wood to get a uniform colour.



    After clearing up a quick shower and then a bunch of friends over for a BBQ.
    Perfect weather as well, we only came indoors after 22.00
    IF YOU CAN'T FIX IT WITH A HAMMER, YOU'VE GOT AN ELECTRICAL PROBLEM MATE.

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    Well, work and training has kept me quite busy this week, so I did not update some of the trucks progress.

    McMurphy up in North Pole sent me some parts to get started at fitting power steering to the truck THANK YOU !!



    On Friday afternoon, Mickey came around bearing a stupid grin and shouting "That blooody truck of yours..... Here's something for it."

    And proudly handed over the parts that must have been brought over by Super Man, with the speed of delivery.



    Until I have all the parts together for the PS conversion I will just stash them in the trucks cabinet in the garage.

    I have also bought this boat tank to convert into a slightly different, pinstriped Jerry can for the truck, when we do long distances with the teardrop, as I have no idea what the fuel consumption may do.

    Clearly it will not be a Suzuki tank once done.



    After various tasks today, by about 4pm I got started on the Steel trunk I am bolting into the rear of the truck to keep the jack, some tools and anything else "valuable"



    Firstly I hand sanded the trunk, then in a fit of genius popped into the woodwork shed and got this little beauty out (found it at the tip years ago)



    Photographed the latches as well, as it seems there may be somebodies military force number on the side latches. If anyone knows how to research the numbers, please do and fee back on here.



    POSSIBLE LEAD AS TO ORIGINAL OWNERSHIP.



    Once sanded back, I cleaned it three times with fresh cloths and thinners.



    Then laid out the letters to get an idea of what size I will need for the name I want to add. Just in case you are trying to decipher, it will be 1966 in the bottom line, I just did not have another 6 stencil.



    Masked it all off.




    The process I am following is being made up as I go along, so never done it before, but logic says it should work.... to create a look of Fake Patina I am layering paint and colours randomly. I will leave this to dry and harden for the week, and then sand it back a lot by hand with water paper, untill it looks right. Then I will use the stencils one letter at a time and either spray or use a bit of foam to dab the paint over the letters, then do a very fine flatting again, after which I will coat the whole thing is Clear lacquer.

    Couple of thick coats of primer to use as base.



    Then a load of random colours, interdispersed with gold.



    Finally a coat of Gold, overlaid with the lovely lurid green you can see.



    Unmasked and put away, I was so tempted to stencil today as well.

    Hopefully will get around to the grease gun next weekend.
    IF YOU CAN'T FIX IT WITH A HAMMER, YOU'VE GOT AN ELECTRICAL PROBLEM MATE.

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    Jerry can sorted.

    Thanks to Sven for selling it to me without his dad knowing.....

    24 litres of precious fossil fuel to go in there.

    Planning to get it distressed, pinstriped and then onto the rear of the truck some time.

    IF YOU CAN'T FIX IT WITH A HAMMER, YOU'VE GOT AN ELECTRICAL PROBLEM MATE.

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    Just had a call from Ian "FrankenHealey about some Teak planks he offered me over two years ago, as he knew I love wood, re-using etc.

    I had decided that if I was going to go the wooden floor route for the truck, which currently has marine ply floors, then 60 year old Teak boards from a Bedford Green Goddess Fire tender, LINK HERE: 1956 Green Goddess - More RED HOT Action | Retro Rides would be a pretty cool way to go.

    Here are some pics of the donor:









    Currently looks like this...... with the race car it will be transporting in the foreground..... not that you would miss it.






    Over the next weekend or so, Ian will be photographing the teak planks he has, and then I will decide if I am up for a rather large job of making them into a floor for the truck.


    Once cut and planed you should have something like this.



    This is what finished Teak should look like.



    And a reclaimed Teak garden table.




    So..... what is the general consensus?

    The planks are about 240km from here.
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    Been away at a business meeting for a couple of days, so yesterday Nicola texted to say a large box had been delivered from the USA.

    Tonight I got home after 3 hours on the motorway and found the box..... bit like Christmas!!

    Opened it and found the following bits from LT1 Burb. All at the cost of postage.

    Not just free parts, but parts I need for the truck and most importantly, Parts I would probably never see for sale in the UK.

    So here goes.....



    Some door handles, and window winders. My drivers side lock has been screwdrivered at some point, so these are a great replacement, and will make life easier, rather than lock from inside, slide over and lock passenger side with key.



    And lastly, a headlight switch to replace the non functional one.



    Thanks a mil LT1 Burb, you have an idea of how much you have helped and how we appreciate it.

    Lastly a pic of the truck being used in a previous life by a Rockabilly band as their stage for the drummer.

    I have volunteered the truck as a stage for the Retro Rides Gathering 13 for Tim Baker to use for an acoustic set he is going to play for everyone camping there. THREAD HERE: Saturday evening music - we want you there! | Retro Rides



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    This weekend we had a 3 year old's birthday party to go to, so time would be a bit limited.

    However, on Friday night after work, on the way home, I stopped at the Hardware store (B&Q) to pick up some wood.



    Should not take much to guess where to next.

    As always, made it up in my head, as I went along.



    Old Mickey was up at 05.00 this morning as well, and when I looked out the bathroom window, he was way up in his cherry tree, trying to beat all the birds to the fruit, so when I went down to the garage at 07.00 to pull the truck out, he was there like a shot, large shopping bag full of freshly picked cherries..... could not ask for much more, could I ?

    Well , I got more...... A helping hand, he is such a loyal neighbour and always likes to be around when I make stuff, as some of my ideas are just mad to him.

    Fortunately, he "Got" the latest creation instantly, and approved.



    I did not want a plain, two rail bed side but rather a stepped one.

    So cut and prepped the wood to have it like this, and then mocked it all up before doing the wood glue and clamps.

    At 11.00 I shut shop, showered and got changed, then we took the motorbike and went to Whitstable for the party, which turned out to be just great.



    Back home from our visit by 5.30pm
    Fearless Harley kept on getting under my feet most of the day as well, and every time I moved past the tailgate, she was up to get a stroke, cuddle or just to sqwauk at me for attention.



    Glued it all together in place with Mickey as extra hands.

    Next job will be drilling and counter sinking all the holes for two brass wood screws per joint.




    This brought us to 8.00pm and with loads of daylight left, and Mickey clearly not ready to go home to sleep in front of his telly, I decided to quickly sand back and distress the steel trunk Nicola and I found and bought two weeks ago.

    Using a pointed orbital type sander, I worked the paint back.



    Then found just the right red paint for the lettering of the stenciled words that needed to get onto the trunk.
    Got going with help from Mickey, again not wanting to miss the opportunity to keep busy.



    Stenciling all done.



    Time for some more random paint of the top and also to sand back a bit more rust to create this Fake Patina.

    Next up once dried for a few days, I will sand back by hand and leave little of the red paint, followed by a few coats of clear lacquer.

    After which I will fit the trunk to the rear bed of the truck.

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    Bootfair followed by weekly shopping, then home to get going with the jobs that needed wrapping up.

    Finished off the exterior of the trunk and clear coated it.



    Drilled holes for the bolts that will hold it down.

    Trial fitted.



    Then used a dark varnish to get the sides ready for when the teak boards get processed.



    Last job for the day was coating the load body in another coat of underseal.

    Looks a lot neater now.

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    looking excellent grizz - great looking truck and great work

    Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by nealgs View Post
    looking excellent grizz - great looking truck and great work

    Gary
    Thanks mate, like a lot of things, I guess just doing a few bits every day gets it moving in the right direction.


    Spent time after work with my wife, had dinner after which she went to have a bath and I went to the garage..... good compromise ?

    Sprayed another coat of clear on the trunk.

    Then my buddy Jon, who I ride trials with came around to show off a new mountain bike he is looking at £4k WTF ???

    Anyway, he also brought some AutoGlym Bumper polish for me to try on the black vinyl tonneau cover on the truck. After washing it, it looked fine, but this stuff really made a huge difference, lifting dirt and revitalizing the colour.
    After applying, I buffed it all back.
    By the weekend I will give it another coat and buff back again, should do the trick.



    I am impressed.

    Also started to remove the non matching bolts from the towbar where it is mounted under the chassis, will be replacing them all with 30mm M12 nuts and bolts.
    How do you remove domed bolts that just turn around when you tru move the nuts? Vice grips ?
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    Loads of little jobs done today.

    Starting off with fitting the following item.....

    Had a text from Rob, the previous keeper/owner of the truck a couple of weeks ago to ask for my postal address, as he had a "thing" to post off to me that he thought I would appreciate.
    So this week he had time to pop into the post office to post out the "thing" which came to me on Thursday.
    I have to say, his parcel was a challenge, and only when the "thing" came out the last layer, did I know what it was.

    I have always loved these and they make me chuckle when people use them in public. Just never got to buy one myself.

    Seems that when I tested it down at the garage, Duke, our ginger cat shot upstairs without waiting the see what it was..... RESULT !!

    So, Huge Thanks to Rob, as he had planned it for the truck when he had it.



    After the rear end kissing I got from Nicola when we fetched the truck, I realized the nuts n bolts on the rear bumper and towbar need to be seen to.

    So this week I ordered some M12 x 25mm high tensile bolts with nuts to replace the existing items.

    I have seen some bodging on this truck and stuff done to a standard below my own expectation, but the fact that there were 4 different nuts, bolts used to secure (loose description) the bumper at some point in its past, just made me shrug and bite my tongue.

    It took some time to get these all removed, the domed head bolts were the biggest problem, as there was no way or room to grip the heads while addressing the nuts, which I had given some WD40 the last three days.
    In the end I gripped the threaded ends with the vice grip and had a ring spanner in place over the nuts, getting them undone slowly.
    The one bolt just turned off in my hands.
    You will note there are no two the same here.



    While I was at it, I also fitted new longer bolts to the plate on which the light socket plug was fitted.
    When Scott wired the truck lights I decided to fit the plug under the load body, to keep it out of sight and the weather.



    Next job, which I was actually not looking forward to (though it was actually surprisingly easy in the end) was to make up a sleeve/spacer for the tow ball Tim had sent me.
    Remember I had a 40mm hole drilled in the bumper and tow bar as the shop did not have a 32mm drill on site the day I went there with Mickey.
    So this was a bit of reverse engineering.
    I had got a 300mm length of scaffolding pipe from Charley the farmer this week.
    After measuring for what I needed, I cut a 25mm section off with the angle grinder with a 2mm blade fitted.... easy with the right tool.

    I had also cut a slot into it length ways.



    Using the grinder repeatedly to cut slivers out of it, and using the bench vice to push it together, then also shaping it the opposite direction, I eventually had a 33mm hole and 40mm outside diameter.



    Before and after.



    Using a large shifting spanner I recently bought for an art project I am working on, I tightened the whole lot, and ended up with a result that pleased me.

    Tow ball fitted and some red reflective tape added to the rear step for night time visibility.



    As always, Mickey popped around through the day.

    Then once these jobs were done, we also rolled up the tonneau cover and fitted the bed sides as he wanted to see the dark painted sides up, the cover tucks in nicely behind the uprights.




    At this point I had a coffee and left overs from last night as Nicola was out shopping (not my favourite pastime)and visiting her parents.

    After lunch I decided to give the greasing a go, which was interrupted by a sudden thunder storm,( so need to do it again, this time without the wheels and jacked up, followed by trying to figure out why every light on the truck works off the main switch, but the headlights continue to be non functional..... STILL NO IDEA, or lights.

    I also gave the tonneau a second coat of polish, Rain-X'd all the glass and stuck some stickers I had laying about onto the boat fuel tank that is now the trucks Jerry can.

    Just after 6pm I decided to call it a day.

    Tomorrow is bootfair day, so we will be using the truck to go there, and possibly a couple of other places.

    All in all, a great weekend so far.

    Still loving this truck.

    I do wish I could have my brother here to enjoy it with me, as he is mad about trucks too.
    IF YOU CAN'T FIX IT WITH A HAMMER, YOU'VE GOT AN ELECTRICAL PROBLEM MATE.

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