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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.
The pain is worth it if you get a result like that!
that is an impressive piece
As I mentioned before ,I wasn't looking forward to this job . It really has turned into a total pain!!!!!!!!. I have made up a mount for the bottom of the grille shell and the top is mounted to the slam panel via 2x m8 cap heads sunk into the holes on the top of the grille shell .
I will have to modify the slam panel but it's not a big job .
I then made up some mounts for the grille bars ..... cutting and mounting the grille bars has taken so long I hope I don't have to do it again .
Here are a few pics of progress so far . The grille shell has had one polish just to make sure all the welds have disappeared .
Hi Guys , I really appreciate the imput Ref ... my track locator . All I can do is monitor it to check on binding ,fatigue etc . As I mentioned before if I thought this was unsafe etc I would not have continued with it . Thanks again .
Next task was to make a new rear cross member .....why ???????. I had only ever tacked a piece of 4x2 box section in place but as things have changed and evolved with the truck bed that box section wouldn't work.
The main reason that it wouldn't work is that as the bed gets fitted on to the chassis because of the curved shapes that go under the cab
its a pig to get it under the cab and over the ends of the chassis . In an ideal world the bed should be fitted before the cab but on final fit this is not practical .
So the best way over this is to cut 100mm off of the chassis legs and make a new rear cross member with a removable mount for the truck bed . This mount can be easily fitted when the truck bed is positioned over the chassis rails . Hopefully the pics will explain better than me ,
Rear cross member.
Rear cross member welded in .It was shaped to match the exhaust outlet shape in the centre of the truck bed.
Next the removable truck bed mount.
The next task ( which i had been dreading ) was to make a grille !!!!!!. Because the bonnet an pretty much everything has been modified .I couldn't buy a grille from the states , so have had to make one
I had some profiles laser cut from my patterns but untill I started I was unsure how much modifacation I would have to do to the profiles. I also knew that I would have to cut my own pieces as it progressed !!!!.
A pile of grille bar profiles.
So this is the start of mocking up the grille.
I cut a lower mount from 3mm s/s which helps hold the grille shell a little more rigid as I try and get things to fit .
I cut the top section from the same s/s but in two pieces ( I forgot to take a pic of them before they were welded together but the cardboard shows the shape I started with.
Next task is to make some mounts for the grille shell then move onto the grille bars.
Mark, Well if you have checked it twists without binding then all is ok
Wayne, track locators will break, but only after a certain amount of time/fatigue. The thicker the mount/size of rose joint will dictate how long before it breaks, most rods are not driven enough to get to the fatigue point. I have seen quite a few broken ones though, also seen a few slip joint ones ripped out of chassis - but this is because the slip joint had seized.
Johnny joints look really good - would they retro fit in a std Urethane mount (IE could you undo the urethane rod end & just wind in a Johhny joint & bolt it back up).
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