My Isuzu TX Gemini Sedan
Posted 23 December 2008 - 09:50 PM
Few bad pictures of the day after I got it. Previous owner tried painting it pink
Very straight body work with a few issues underneath, nothing major though.
I'll grab a few photo's tomorrow of progress.
Posted 24 December 2008 - 01:41 PM
Sandblasted underneath passenger guard.
Best shit ever.
This is how it looks when cleaned off and dried, the gold look is the zinc phosphate.
Fixed rust in passenger sill, then applied por15 and primed.
Bit of panel work on the passenger front door and guard. Holes for mirror welded up.
Posted 30 December 2008 - 04:31 PM
Just waiting on more sandblasting material then engine bay will be stripped and etch primed (my daily got pink stickered so need a ride to town)
Will carry on with body work tomorrow and might start masking it up.
Posted 31 December 2008 - 03:44 PM
This is hopefully the final ride height it gets certed at, mocked up on the TE.
Have put my custom 20mm spacers on the front to bring them flush
Posted 04 January 2009 - 05:02 PM
Primed up bare metal spots and body work. passenger side is 80% done
Posted 05 January 2009 - 03:45 PM
Roof took about 5 minutes as it only had a few little dings. Most of the drivers side is done minus rear door and front guard.
Sandblasted patches of rust in the boot and blah blah blah.
Should have the whole car masked up ready to be primed tomorrow, might get my paint mixed up too. Then its block sand block sand block sand.
Front valance needs a little attention and also rust in front guards need doing before primer.
Posted 08 January 2009 - 09:30 PM
Trying to get rid of all the rust I can find, even sandblasted the underside of front guards where they had surface rust and tidied them up a bit. Had to weld in decent size patches in the lower front guards.
Sealed up and put guards back on yesterday, then did more body work on them as well as front and rear valances. Few boring pics..
Spent half a day doing tedious sanding on the door jambs and inside of doors, masking up etc. Then primed
This afternoon I set out to pull the engine and gearbox from the TE as I need a car for work. Need to pull the pedal box out as the TX's one has been robbed (they started using the TX as a parts car, luckily got it before they stole the mint bumpers and ruined it even more)
It's now out and on the engine stand ready for a quick clean up. Tomorrow I'll start block sanding and hopefully get it in its last primer coat by the end of the day. (was hoping to get it painted tomorrow but decided not to rush things..)
Posted 12 January 2009 - 08:27 PM
With a last minute decision I decided not to dye/paint all the interior black and am using the light blue stuff from the TE as it suits the final colour I reckon it'll look sweet. I'll just dye the carpets black.
Started masking up for the black window surrounds, same as stock paint but a lot better (the factory can't make a straight line for shit) I'm also going to add a light blue pinstrip to break up any waviness in the masking to match the interior and blue pearl
Here's how she looked at about 9 tonight.
Just a couple of patches to quickly sand as well as all door jambs then it's ready to paint. I have painted the engine bay, under side of bonnet, boot jambs and underside of boot today but haven't got any decent pics as they're blurry. Colour is silver with a very mild blue pearl.
Posted 13 January 2009 - 05:25 PM
Blacked window surrounds and base coats.
Posted 13 January 2009 - 08:26 PM
Unmasked tonight and polished up a few bits like lenses and threw them on.
Posted 25 January 2009 - 04:33 PM
Going to go for wof tomorrow, it's going to fail for sure but hopefully not too badly!
Edit: Paint came out pretty average, could have had another 5-10 hours on prep to be honest.
Posted 01 February 2009 - 05:15 PM
Still needs a cut and polish, pinstripes, wheels spacers and various other things to do. Probably won't happen for a while now as I'd rather just be driving it
Went with early V8 Commodore springs in the rear which have a better spring rate than the king springs, I want to upgrade to LC-LJ Torana springs up front also. TXs don't have a factory swaybar in the rear but it has a far snappier turn-in compared to the TE which suits my driving style a bit better, surprised with how well the 165's cope as well.
Posted 25 May 2009 - 08:52 PM
Engine is from a turbo Piazza, and will most likely be running fairly standard boost from the tiny little IHI turbo for the mean time, atleast.
Started stripping it down over the last week or so and started some port matching and a general tidy up of the casting marks and valve seats. Some photo's are a bit average, forgot to take some of it complete
Here's one of the inlet ports 90% done.
Scribed the exhaust ports and exhaust manifold then matched, still got a bit left to do on the exhaust side.
Degreased and painted, bottom end all looks fine. It has had the big ends done at some stage as the bearings are .25 over size. Took a while to find a full gasket kit in NZ.
Posted 24 October 2009 - 07:16 PM
Posted 26 January 2010 - 06:12 PM
Might order a MLS gasket from Aus too.
Bit of a mock up, engine's going to sit lower on land rover mounts (probably) just need to mod sump slightly as it fouls steering rack. No other cutting even for dizzy/heater fan as bringing it lower makes everything clear. Just need to relocate drivers side heater hose as it comes out right behind the dizzy.
Getting argon bottle next week and will start fiddling with exhaust manifold ;D
Posted 06 April 2010 - 09:32 PM
Looks a bit yuck with gloss paint, but you get the idea. Will be heat wrapped anyway.
Posted 26 April 2010 - 08:08 PM
Posted 12 February 2012 - 06:04 PM
Been piecing the engine together slowly this week, started making a front facing plenum from some scrap I got at work, pretty basic design
Posted 20 March 2012 - 08:30 PM
Welds are getting better, this is one of the last/better ones
Still a bit of work left to do.
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