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I'm awe struck everytime I read this thread, great work Mark!
Hi Guys and Girls. Hope you are all well
Thank you very much for the comments ,I never thought that my little build would get so much interest .........thank you
Quick update , I am very lucky to have 2 workshops at home .I keep one for storage of cab/bed or other body work, doors ,bonnet etc.
I also use it for bodywork and priming ,just to keep all the dust in one place.
With this "lock down" i thought i would use my time wisely and get on with the last remaining body work ( the inner trim parts I made and the panels for the truck bed) . To move the truck into the other workshop is not a straight forward job , with it still on the chassis table its too heavy to man handle it into the other shop.So I have to strip it down to the chassis ,then put it back together
I am hoping that the next time I have the truck in the other workshop it will be re-primed ,blocked and possibly ready for paint ( but pigs might fly!!!!!!!!!).
Cheers guys .Stay safe
stunning mark, stunning .
All has the look of a pro shop, fabrication skills to be proud of. well done.
I have just spent a pleasant few days reading through this thread from day 1 and words have completely failed me!
The skill and vision levels involved to produce metalwork like that are out of this world, it is nothing short of pure art!
Thank you for the inspiration and the kick up the backside to try to raise my game, a bracket doesn’t have to be just a bracket, it can look good too.
All of the superlatives have been used up and rightfully so in which case I will just leave a simple thank you for sharing your build and for inspiring so many builders
Hi Guys , I hope you are all well and keeping busy .
THANK YOU SO MUCH for the great comments I really do appreciate them
I have been trying to keep myself busy and decided to tackle the odd jobs I had been putting off .
Firstly I had to finish the grille .I needed to make a mount for the top of the grille , this turned into a bigger job than I thought .
Looking through the grille there was a large gap between the rad and the slam panel so I made up a closing piece for this ( the same curve as the header tank) which allowed me to bolt a bracket to this, which the grille bolts to . I have built in some captive nuts to allow a little adjustment to the grille .
Modified slam panel
The next task was to finish off the inside of the truck bed , I always wanted to keep the access holes in the bed sides for running cables and cavity waxing etc .I also wanted any panels I made to be body worked to match the rest of the bed.I decided to fit them with m6 cap head bolts recessed into each panel .The only trouble was that the best looking position for the bolts meant the bolts floated in fresh air as there was no body work behind each bolt to screw them into !!!!!!!!.
So the first job was to make the five panels then recess the cap heads and make some mounts .
A pic of all the panels and the mounts ( the mounts are in stainless so that I don't have worry about them again )
Then some pics of the panels fitted , there is still a bit of fine tuning to do but the worst bit is over !!.
Now a task that I really hadn't been able to make a decision about , the SEAT BELTS or rather how they come through the interior body work I built . So this is what I made .
I needed to get the seat belt buckle through the body work ( which needs quite a large hole but once through I needed to cover this hole but allowing the seat belt to rub on something smooth and not snag .
A long time ago I bought an old rotary table for the mill ( never used one before ) so I thought I would give it a go . I cut some stainless down to a rough size then milled it to my dimensions and then milled a radius on each end .
I then machined a slot in the middle for the seat belt to pass through , then welded some m6 studs to the back . After a bit of metal finishing I gave them a quick polish . I will modify the bodywork with a new mounting plate for them .
Superb work, your dedication to the build as you want it to be is exceptional
Mark, this build has been on another level since the start, and this grille is simply the crowning glory.
I look forward to every installment, as it shows just what is possible with time and a talent that us mortals can only dream of.
Keep up the good work, this is setting the bar somewhere in the stratosphere!
A absolutely stunning piece of work.
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