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Anything for you, PeteyPoos. :x

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...turns out ive got a robins nest in my overalls, with a chick in so im going to have to leave the little sod for the next 2 weeks


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205/80/16 does indeed seem to exist, they didn't when I bought mine, annoyingly!!

https://www.tyresdirectuk.co.uk/product ... 205-80r16/

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...turns out ive got a robins nest in my overalls, with a chick in so im going to have to leave the little sod for the next 2 weeks


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Post Re: Matts new build thread...
You weren't kidding, they are heavier... 35% heavier than the Kumhos. That's a lot!
may have to re-think... they are also quite a bit more pricey.
I am popping down to my local tyre place, they have said they would get some in for me to have a gander at. (very chummy with them, not usual service I would have thought)


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Yeah, did I mention the difference in fuel economy...? :shootme:

The Kumhos are decent tyres, no doubt, just not so hot in the mud. Good offroad tyres, but not in the claggy stuff.

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...turns out ive got a robins nest in my overalls, with a chick in so im going to have to leave the little sod for the next 2 weeks


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Post Re: Matts new build thread...
Hey guys, and girls...?

So onward with the build.
Decided that the wheels needed a bit of a spruce up, so looked in to getting them blasted and re-paint on powdered.
So with quote ranging from £200 to £350, i decided that as £250 buys you new ones, i would try and re-con them myself.

So out with the wire brush and off i go.
Got them pretty well roughed down, sorry got all excited and didnt take any photos of that bit, to be faced with the question of what to paint them with.
I previously have had good results with 2K paint, but Grand vitara wheel has a wobly bit on the iside of the rim, that makes spraying in there tricky. So decided on Hammerite.

Found myself some Xylene and thinned down some smooth black to spray them.

So... here is how they started. :|
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Tyre removed by local buddy at garage on a Saturday for a Mac D's brecky...
Made up a jig to be able to mount the wheel in the vice and turn as i spray.
One wheel sprayed with hammerite...
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Not to shaby i thought. more than good enough for the task at hand.
Time will tell if the paint will harden enough to put up with the tyre machine griping it.
Pay no attention to the runs on the inside of the rim, was using that part to test the tickness of the paint... to thin on that bit then.

So with paint mixed and the gear ready to rock, i thought i would carry on.
One tank guard/cover thingy...
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One i forgot to put in the previous posts, i wire brushed and re-painted all the trailing arms, and didnt post a pic... sham on me. :ymblushing:
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Over all a good job with the paint i reckon.
Glad to see shiny things coming out of the garage.

Next... the man at the water jet place has been e-mailed the files to cut out the parts for the winch bumper.
Decided to make a return of an old face... some may remember one of the previous designs that adorned a previous truck...
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Anyone remember that one :)

The new one may grow some LED lights in the side wings, and an A bar style addition, and be painted to match Blue of this truck.

O... and Steve.
I think i have made the decision to go with ATs rather than MTs.
Looking at Cooper Discoverer AT3 Sport in a 205/80/16.


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Munkee wrote:
Anything for you, PeteyPoos. :x

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Looking very sweet! Cheers

Great work Matt! I may be throwing a few questions your way about the secondary battery setup, I’m thinking of getting an inverter for the Rat to charge my tools etc.


Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:13 pm
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Cheers Buddy.
Yeah...? Good idea, may be doing the same myself.
Feel free to drop us a PM with any questions.


Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:31 pm
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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Cyrix-ct-batt ... SwcexZmtiw

We've got one of these running the split charge to leisure battery in the camper. Proper good, was recommended to us.

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Post Re: Matts new build thread...
Nice shout there Steve... Good bit of kit.
I will be using that to begin with, but the end goal is to fit a second alternator where the AC pump goes. That will feed the 2nd battery direct and keep completely separate systems.


Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:41 pm
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Post Re: Matts new build thread...
Hi All

Progress is a little slow lately. a combo of Weather and lack of funds, but payday soon :)

What i have been doing is designing the new and improved winch bumper, based on a previous design.
This is what i have so far...
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There will be a few little extra features that i haven't put in to the 3D Model.
An eye on the underside of the A bar to attach the winch hook to, a couple of little bracket for the number plate and 2 holes in the front for some LED flood lights.
The parts have been ordered from the water jet cutter and will be her on wednesday, so should have some 'real life' pics for you.

So... following that, i decided that i would just throw around some ideas for a rear steel bumper, i thought just a bumper, no winch...
Famous last words...
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As it happens, the back of the car actually lends itself to a winch capable bumper, not to bad looking i thought.
The only allowance i have to make, is to lift the spare wheel a little, so that no wheel well is needed in the bumper allowing a nice flat surface. Easier to make and usefull for cooking on :)

Other than this, i have all the tyrs of the rims, ready for painting and have cleaned the currently removed petrol tank, ready to paint all the metal bits with more hammerite (currently on order)

Will keep you all posted on any further progress.


Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:43 am
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Post Re: Matts new build thread...
Hi all...
1lt can of hammerite arrived today, so having a couple of hours to myself, thought i would spray up some more bits.

Managed to get the 4 wheels i have off of the car (still 2 on the front and cant get them of right now) all sprayed up. 2 of them with the first coat, 2 for the second time.
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Really chuffed with that one, i seem to be getting better at this hammerite spraying.

Took the tank straps off the tank and removed the rubber jackets.
here is a before and after wire brushing.
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Forgot to take a photo of them painted, but they are... promise :)

Also gave the tank gaurd another coat while i had paint in the gun...
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Thats all for the moment...
I pick up the water jet cut part for the front bumper on wednesday, so probably some pics to be had in there.
Will keep you posted. :-bd


Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:26 pm
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Post Re: Matts new build thread...
Hi All...

Some progress!

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Having re-painted the rear axle, as covered previously, it was time to re-fit it to the car. Sporting brand new brake lines.
That thing is damn heavy.

Also decided on some tires, went for the Kumo KL71s (but in their Marshal trade name) Decided that the Trepadors were just a bit on the heavy side.
The wheels are painted and should be sproting some rubber by Saturday...
It will then role, so time to turn her around and start on the front... :)


Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:15 pm
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Hey everyone...
A long over due update...

So the water jet cut parts for the bumper arrived, and the bender man took them to be bent up, 3mm is not really DIY-able.
Following bending the seems got welded up, and after alot of bolt it on, un-bolt it, check, bolt it on... and so on, it now looks like this...
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Please do let me know on the small A-bar, i am not totally convinced yet, and am toying with the idea of making an ARB style front bar.

Got the car all turned around, but didnt do much yesterday as had some follow off roaders over for the evening to talk Pyranees trip, hi you guys, you know who you are :)

So today, tackle the front end...
A before shot... Crusty!
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Much better!
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All clean on the inside tho...
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I took this opportunity to do some preventative maintenance...
  • Re-greased the ball joint and track rod end.
    New CV boots.
    Strip and service the calipers (they were totally seized on their slide pins)

This drive shaft is particularly worse for wear, the whole right hand side of the car must have been exposed to the prevaling whether at some point, and for a while. The whole right hand side is in worse condition than the left. No terribly bad though.
But i think this shaft will need replacing at some point.
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And here is the other side all done...
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Mental note, i must tighten the bushing bolts when the wheels are back on... ;)

So thats it for the moment.
Plans for the next jobs???
  • So the bumper (with or without A-bar) will be acid etch primed and raptor painted black.
    • The side plastic trims will also be raptor painted.
    • rear bumper will be being sent to the water jet cutter man in a week or so, when i am happy its as right as its going to get.
    • Wire and fit the winch inside the front bumper.
    • Bolt on the under body bash plates.
    • Make a new exhaust to remove the largest silencer box in the world!!!


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Post Re: Matts new build thread...
Latest photos aren't showing


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really... thats odd.
Anybody else got an issue seeing them?


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