Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by ITLKSEZ, Aug 20, 2015.
As usual, amazing.!
You're cataloging all the parts right?
All of the oddball stuff I am, but everything else I’m holding off (for no other reason than procrastination) until the end. I’ll go through piece by piece and write everything down eventually. It’s more straightforward than one might think. Most of this is ‘87 Volvo 740, ‘01 Isuzu Rodeo, or ‘~84 Toyota pickup. If not, it’s in my notes.
I’ve been hard at work on this thing with my head down, just tackling one thing at a time without the endgame even on my mind. This morning, I stepped back and said to myself, “Holy crap. This thing is almost ready to test drive.” It was a total surprise.
Brakes are done, power steering is done, radiator hose templates are pieced together to take to the FLAPS to find something similar, the t-case seal kit should be here today so I can final-assemble that and double check the driveshafts before I weld them.
After this week, it’ll be down to a gas pedal, bumpstops, the steering wheel, wiring, gauges, bodywork and paint.
SNOW is coming
Seems your idea of "almost ready to drive" and mine are very different!
Considering where it started, it’s practically finished.
“...almost ready to test drive,” meaning I could start it and drive it under its own power for the first time in 13 years. Never thought the day would come!
He's been there for about a month....
I think he doesn't really want to finish, and maybe we don't either because the work is so much fun to watch happen. The mental energy you use when working a project like this is a bit of a high with a definite outcome. It expands your ideas and your hands bring it to fruition. Its also infectious. Ryan is clearly a master at this and anyone who is watching this thread is better off because of it.
I wonder where else he's posting this build...
13years - yea I guess your at the almost point.
Drivetrain is DONE! I had my neighbor stop by last night to spin tires while I marked the high spots on the driveshafts and tacked them, then I welded, cleaned, painted, and installed them this morning. I was even able to find the spline boots in my parts bin.
I got the D300 re-sealed and installed yesterday.
Here’s a process-shot I took of the driveshaft weld. I gave them heavy tacks at four spots while on the rig, then grooved the joint on the bench between the tacks. I start each weld just after the tack, then finish the welds just before the next one. This prevents the tacks from getting too soft and allowing the cooling weld to deform the tack, knocking the shaft out of plane.
If I don’t have a honey-do list this weekend, I should be able to take it for a test drive by Sunday!
Video on demand...
I can't wait to ride in the Varg during Christmas vacation.
post #1. on the honey do list: get my jeep finished, you are this close to being done!! I want my jeep done! sincerely, the honey.
She couldn’t care less at this point.
We don’t discuss it. I’ll just let her know when it’s done.
I've only been watching your build for about 4 months now, but so impressed with your creativity and exceptional craftsmanship! I'm also in the "can't wait to see this driving around camp!" Great work!
Don't drive it! It's a mistake! Ever since I drove mine I have been completely unable to focus on the last three body panels (hood & fenders) I need to finish it... I keep finding myself fiddling with it instead... tweaking this, adjusting that. I can't help it! I'm like a little kid without his Ritalin.
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