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  1. So my partner and I enjoy camping, its great exploring and finding new spots etc. But due to the large number of kids we have somehow acquired, there seems to be a not small mountain of shit that needs to be associated with taking them away anywhere. Gone are the days of just chucking the swag in the back of the car and splitting 10mins after getting the idea to go somewhere. These days its more like "lets spend the next 24-48hours stripping the house and packing the car to the roof till there's literally breathing space only", and its been seen for all passengers to have bags or cookers or boxes of shit on the knees when driving anywhere. And there's also the required clean up afterwards, including storing tents and chilly bins and crap under the house where's its not quite tall enough to stand up. It usually takes me a good 10 steps to straighten my spine out enough to stand upright after crawling out of said under house void. Last year we semi remedied the situation by stealing the in-laws trailer. Its a pretty well built generic box trailer that we've been using while landscaping etc So for summer 20/21 we loaded it up to the gunnels with gear, threw a tarp and cargo next over, and hoped that nothing fell out. Its worked reasonably well but we still managed to have too much shit and the car was still pretty full. It was super handy though, and at one point we had to change camp sites so instead of taking the tent down we threw it on the back and towed to the new site much to the amusement of other campers. Anyway, late last year I decided that our setup was still dumb and that I'd close the trailer in and make it actually work. The whole idea is that it all needed to be removable so the sides etc can come back off and the it can be reverted to tip dump duties etc. Luckily the trailer has the vertical square tubing in the corners that you can see in the top photo so I figured I could make sides that slot into those, then make the ends and top slot into the sides. Here's the loose drawing: Then got to work: Its a bit hard to tell from the photos but the ends have welded on plates with key ways so they slot onto fixings in the longer sides and tighten up. Basically loosen the bolts and then lift the end up and it will pull out for flat packing. The roof has 32x32mm SHS down inside the 40x40mm SHS corner uprights so it can be removed too. I picked up some hinges, door seal, and lockable latches from UES and started to make doors and clad the thing. I was fortunate to be given a couple of fucking huge solar panels for free so slammed one on the top to run the electrics. And this is pretty much what it ended up like. I also got a couple of lockable drawer slides and made up a support frame that runs across the trailer and supports 2x 12v fridge/freezers Ive got. One of them is a very old Waeco which we use as a freezer so put that at the back and the newer unit on the front as a fridge. I bought a solar charge controller from Jaycar, and mounted up a switch board, inverter, washdown pump and large AGM battery that I'd be given, along with some LED lights inside. End result looks like this: So this year we had all our shit thrown into the trailer which took half the time, and hardly anything in the car. It has been a total game changer and now we leave all the gear in it ready to go for next time. We've been a few places so far and looking forward to using it as often as possible. Its pretty much glamping now. Next step is to make a enclosure that fits on the draw bar that holds a couple of 25litre water tanks and houses the water pump rather than pulling it out when we need it, and make a triangle shaped board that a collapsible sink can go it. I'm also going to put a flood light on the front over the sink and possibly look at a retractable awning rather than taking the gazebo. #glamping
    2 points
  2. Been printing some tail light plates to adapt the lexus bulb holders to the 54 chevy tail light. This would be version 3 or 4. In PETG and handles the heat fine. Also Made some sheet metal caps to cover up the loom and main 50mm2 battery cable. Will be carpeted over eventually. Still need to extend it up a bit further beside the rear seat. Finally found the confidence to attack some of the many wire looms too. This one was stereo, air conditioning, trunk release, cd changer etc etc etc. This pic is from halfway through, with some stuff already removed. All done and wrapped up. (more was removed since this photo) What had been removed. In the trunk, i made a battery floor and shelf to hold the Viair compressor. Stainless strap down the front to hold the battery in. That matches the fuel and air tanks.
    1 point
  3. Realized i never put these photos up on here almost a year ago. decided to give some aliexpress gauges ago. Visually they look great. Time will tell if they are any good. Although it seems its not to hard to be better then expensive American branded gauges. Yet to decide what finish the boss kit and dash insert will end up being. Thinking shot blasted or tumbled. Not likely to be polished. Also picked up some titanium bolts for the steering wheel. Mostly due to the shape and finish on them. Heaps of other progress has been happening too since the last update. Mostly electrical stuff that isn't too fun to photograph.
    1 point
  4. Epoxied, seam sealed and Raptor'd underneath. Over the moon to have hit this milestone after so much welding!
    1 point
  5. Can’t wait to fire this thing up. Added a trailer plug for the front wiring so we can pull the front whenever we need to.
    1 point
  6. Once again, a while between updates but progress has been made. I set about building the lay shaft carrier assembly to replace my plywood mock-up and made the drive belt tensioner assembly. I very intentionally over engineered this stuff because I don’t want it to flex and kick the belts off randomly. Still got to get a steel shaft made up with keyways machined in it. It’s a bit of a creative way to drive the little blower but it looks like the belt drive system will all line up nicely and should be plenty noisy when running……….
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  7. Air tank is in, with fittings connected and sealed. Wiring loom is pulled back through too.
    1 point
  8. Rebuilt the old cnc router. Runs heaps more reliably now. Brought some 50x50x3 aluminium extrusion at put it to work on some brackets. Finished and painted. With the Valves and sensor fitted. Mounted into the trunk.
    1 point
  9. Used some 1/4 inch rod to make a start on a basic hood peak. After stripping it of primer again. The black is CRC aerosol rust kill. Its so easy to use and seems to work really well. Bit the bullet and put the sabre saw through the fender, to try and create some more wheel clearance. After some pondering I bluffed my way through filling it in. Sprayed some primer over it, temporarily to see how it went. And pretty happy with the result. Its not perfect. Like the rest of the car. But its not terrible.
    1 point
  10. After stripping the roof of filler and many layers of paint. We found it was quite damaged. Matt made quick work of smoothing 90% of it out. We sprayed some more PA10 on And the bonnet almost fitted up. 3d Printed a prototype shifter gate cover. Should work alright once cast in aluminium. Couple of speaker grills and high stop light we cast are almost finalised too.
    1 point
  11. Cut and reinforced some better speaker holes in the parcel tray. And purchased all new seatbelts so was able to make and have Matt Tig in some OTT anchor plates.
    1 point
  12. FYI Moondiscs are coming soon.
    1 point
  13. Plumbed up some lines and tee's temporarily. and managed to get her off the hoist. She's not quite touching at the sills. x-member and sump is well up off the ground. above the sill height. The front doesn't seem to have as much travel as I would like. only picks it up about 80mm off the ground?? Moving the strut inboard further on the lower control arm should help this. hopefully without making the front too stiff.
    1 point
  14. A cast boss kit. With factory lexus cruise control stalk in place. Cast straight off a 3d print with no prep. We didn't even bother putting it on a plate for the foundry. Scaled up to 101.2% Contraction. Came out absolutely perfect to within 1/2 a mm. Dad also cast up the dash cluster a few years back, when he built his belair. Both with be dark rough sandblasted finish, with a polished lip. Finished welding in the gas cap. And shaving all the door handles. Not the flashest. But should do the job.
    1 point
  15. Installed the rear bag's bulkheads today. Not overly happy with the hose routes. But they don't touch anything through the suspension travel. I believe the flat spot I drilled through is for the Optional factory air suspension on the ls400.
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  16. Didn’t have the factory headlight buckets. So brought some Narva plastic universal buckets. They were a little small to fit the screw holes in the guards. And also didn’t accommodate mounting the trim rings. So I 3d printed a couple of adaptors in PLA. Worked well enough for v1. 80s lavender eyeliner trims on. The radiator and hoses are coming together. Seems like it will work. Just a little tight for space. Beneath we relocated the outlet to the side. I Cut a hole in the Grill support bracket, and welded on a "c" shaped tube. So the large lexus loom could be cable tied up behind, and be hidden by the grill. The boss airbags came with some huge 3/8" airbrake hose, with pre crimped ends. They are WAY to long. Almost Twice the length they need to be. So I cut them down. And will add a new barb on the cut end, or a screw on brass air brake fitting, or have a new end crimped on. Unsure yet. This is the Left hand side. Going forward and up through a bulkhead DOT push connect fitting. And this is the Right hand side coming forward and up through the bulkhead. (yes 2nd attempt at position, due to touching tyre.) You may notice the air line passes behind the strut on the left hand side. This is because Boss Suspension decided to make all the struts the same. Not in pairs. Not stoked on this fact. My OCD likes symmetry.
    1 point
  17. Fixed the Steering clearance issue with some Altezza/crown/jzx parts. All surprisingly similar to ls400. But fit 15inch wheels much better. Fuel Tank is still slowly coming along nicely. Just a bit more welding to go. Rear Bumper back on using factory irons. Cardboard air tank also in place. Alloy version should be ready this week. 8 weeks after ordering. Fitted Grill and Front bumper today. New bumper "iron" made up to work with the lack of room. Time will tell if it was a good idea to weld to the spring steel. haha Almost have most of the air fittings I need. Possibly enough to just mock it up temporarily to be able to push her outside for a proper look at how everything is sitting.
    1 point
  18. Struts are all welded up, thanks to my brother Matt for the excellent work They Passed their non destructive test at Stork in New Plymouth, And are now Painted, assembled and installed. The Front Raised and Compressed. The Rear, Raised and Compressed. Appears to be clearance. Will check again when I have some Air pressure in there. At its lowest point. It appears to be 10mm to the sill in the rear. And 20mm to the sill in the front. But I also discovered this Problem now things are going back together. Not 100% sure on how i'm going to do just yet. Few ideas. Have also modelled up some vent funnels for defogging the front windscreen. 3d Printed them in ASA plastic and test fitted them today. Fit great, direct the air as intended and leave heaps of clearance.
    1 point
  19. Front and rear struts test fitting before welding up. Car at lowest position. 30mm to front sill, 10mm to rear sill, from the ground. Still trying to get my hands on some Moon discs to cover up these. But loving the progress. Welding next, then will be sent away for Non Destructive Testing in New Plymouth.
    1 point
  20. 3d printed some mock strut bottoms to check clearance, and heights. Then cut up some 4mm wall thickness pipe and milled out the adjuster dial, and plug weld holes. (first time using a mill in 9 years) \ The 3d printed bottoms showed that the rear bush needed to be offset to allow for clearance for the upper control arm. 4 jaw chuck on the lathe made quick work of that. Matt Tig welded the base together for me. And then I tacked them all together for their first trial fitment. Just need some wooden bushings to centre the bolt. Also stripped the loom that feeds the cruise control motor, brake master cylinder and wipers all under the bonnet. Pulled the Wiper wires back through the firewall into the cabin, and then up through the mess under the dash, back to the wiper motor. Since the wiper motor is now going to be sealed behind the new firewall, inside the passenger air space.
    1 point
  21. Installed some of the suspension to measure how long the air bag struts need to be. I have ordered Boss air suspension universal air struts. (she should be 10-20mm off the road at the pinch welds. Possible less.) 3d printed a boss kit, to adapt my big steering wheel, to the cut up, factory steering wheel. (note the slightly repositioned cruise control stalk ) I have since printed another without all the holes, and with a few extra little cosmetic details, to be used as the pattern, to have one cast in aluminium. Stripped, rust killed, and Painted the front fenders and lower valence in PA-10 primer. Today, we made a start on filling in the fire wall above/in front of the wipers. It is by no means perfect, but has so far, and should work very well. Removable lower "shelf" to access the wiper motor. The original plan, was to place a small, Moon Gasser style fuel tank up on there, to use as a wiper fluid receptacle. But we shall see.
    1 point
  22. Have all the interior door handles back on. Modified the rods and clips from the Lexus doors. To join the Chevy Handle mechanisms to the Dakota Digital Bear Claw Latches. I had to modify/weld the lever on the Dakota Digital bear claw, so it would pull forward/Back, instead of Up/down. And had to cut the existing holes in the door a little bigger. They work beautiful and reliably so far. Latch smoothly. And have a good amount of movement in the handle, before they release the doors. Next up was the brackets for the rear bumper. Folded up a couple of 50x5mm steel brackets to bolt onto existing m12 holes. Couple more to make for the front of the bumper irons. Then all will be spot welded through the double skin beam in the floor, that the factory tow bar and hooks is mounted to.
    1 point
  23. Nothing like some time off. To keep working harder. Next up... -Two small holes in the sills, in front of the rear wheels. -Brackets welded to the floor to hold the rear Bumper in place. (as seen in photos^) -Primer, seam seal, then Underseal. -Reassembly?
    1 point
  24. Have Filled all the holes around the trunk, between the chevy and the lexus. Very happy with how it all turned out, Trunk latches down nicely too. Then made a start on fixing the mess behind the right side rear door. And Finished up the Left side in the same spot. Wasn't as much to fix on this side.
    1 point
  25. Finally Cut the horrid mess of a rear guard. That's the Lexus inner guard you can see poking out. Also welded the modified panel from the spare wheel compartment back on. 200-300mm further forward than it was on the Lexus. 15inch wheel still fits no worries. Few more filler panels needed in here, for the last few holes. New panel rolled and swaged made up to go above the ems panel. Both sides all tacked in, and ready for final welding. The boot is going to need a lot of massaging, cutting, and additions, as she's a bit of a mess too.
    1 point
  26. Over the past month or so, I have removed almost everything from beneath the floor. Painted lots and brought heaps. Dropped the engine and gearbox out too, a lot of stuff is rusted and unusable. Including the power steering lines, which are rusted through. Matt, folded up some 2.5mm plate for me to fill in the gap between the the lexus and chevys pinch welds. And welded it in. Today after the PN hot rod club shed raid had been through, I trimmed off the rear quarters and tail pan. And fitted up the new EMS tail pain that just arrived from America. and the EMs rear quarters, I've had for a few years. Not sure where the bumper filler panel came from, but its pretty mint. Ordered a flush pop up fuel cap from a motorbike shop in California too. Same as Matts on his pickup. Matt put his skills to good use and welded on all the extras I made for it. Including a water/spilled fuel drain hose tail, a bolt to act as a lock from in the boot, and the filler tube and vent tube, ready for hose clamps.
    1 point
  27. Made some floor flatten'rs for the alloy fuel tank to sit on.
    1 point
  28. Spent the last few Weekends making a new front lower cross member and Radiator support bracketry. Radiator is a 1954 Chevrolet style aluminium one. It is 2-3 inches further forward now, and now the bonnet doesn't quite close. Should be easy enough to fix with some light trimming. Fitting a transmission cooler and a large enough battery is going to be fun.
    1 point
  29. Bit slow on progress lately. Removed the factory springs on one side, to see how much suspension travel the factory struts have. Looking at buying some boss airbags to weld onto them. Its motivating to see it so low again. And the rear wheel being too far forward, doesn't look tooo bad this low.
    1 point
  30. While trying to sort out the seatbelts I test fitted the rear seat. it still fits, but the chevy rear window, and parcel tray is lower than the lexus. So the Seat sat up in the glass. Pulled all the leather and foam off. Bent the frame to new shape using some homemade tools. Re-trimmed, and should be sufficient. Still look too big and plush for an old chevy. But the comfort should be an ok compromise on looks. Front seat Fitted too. This is raised all the way up. Goes much much much lower. Our Certification man came around to have a look at all the projects. From what i hear, he was stoked and shocked at how well this was all working out. And is happy with progress and future plans
    1 point
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