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Time to sort a bumper for it. The original one off ute is well rusted but I pulled one of a ute that's been in a padock for years that is still very usable but had no brackets and is slightly bent.

So in an attempt to remove the brackets I now need to buy new bumper bolts before i continue any further.... no surprises there really 

Straightening the bent one will be easy as and will swap over the end caps too.

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Stopped in a steel masters this morning, 12x bumper bolts with nuts for $6.20 bloody top service and prices. 

Got rained off so shifted the ute to work so I can use welder, pit etc

Got bumper brackets and end caps fitted. Chucked two rivnuts in for number plate to mount to and fitted it using those sweet wish accessories everyone loves. 

 

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Managed to tick up a couple things off the big list...

Replaced the leaking window washer bottle, new pipes for window squirters, got a rubber brake hose to go between diff and chassis (hilux hose to match L300 diff to L200 chassis), replaced one of my wheel cylinders as I ordered two lefts and didn't have a bleed screw,  fitted two new fuel filters, mounted fuel filler neck on tray, mounted a momo steering wheel and new bosskit with horn, and lastly put a whole new set of wheel nuts on 

Nothing too exciting just alot of small jobs out of the way

 

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It may not be the early 2000s anymore but I still like the classic momo touch, at least until I repair my wood wheel.20200305_164912.thumb.jpg.cc26b51b21f08817e9d5d2475ea1500b.jpg

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A mate bought a gsr rolling body as he needed a couple of parts so I swept in and got these recaro seats. They're like most recaro seats that have the classic rips on bolsters, faded and covered in dog hair. But they're perfect for this ute as it's only intended as a work hack/ motorbike hauler

 

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Bought some pipe for the fuel filler as this ute was originally flat deck and the pipe was too short for welside.20200310_234747.thumb.jpg.72119a1edd4619da254afb2d00da1ffc.jpg

also bought these number plate lights off trademe that are ultra sleek and unnoticeable. Definitely like them as I hate big bulky number plate lights.20200310_235018.thumb.jpg.4893f8e05af2110f3002800a8411ef75.jpg

Fitted the front bumper with new bumper bolts. 20200310_235103.thumb.jpg.8a2f327df20115686ec6c3c7fa34bc1d.jpg

also bleed and adjusted the brakes and handbrake. All small steps closer to a wof 

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Quite impressed with these number plate lights, would fully recommend 10/10.

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parts arrived yesterday, front shocks, gearbox mount, waterpump and the rest of the exhaust bends. It was like Christmas but better! 

Also taken Saturday off work and requested assistance from a mate to help get things done. Here's hoping she will be going on a maiden voyage this weekend 

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Turns out I ordered the wrong gearbox mount. No worries itll fit my lancer. Fitted new front shocks tonight. 20200312_213442.thumb.jpg.c1a51c343a468a299f7df0d5f6827432.jpg

tried testing the lights and it's clear there is some gremlins to sort out. Wiring is definitely my weak point but lucky my mate is a genius with automotive electronics so he will be on the job

 

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Spent most of today making the exhaust, not the prettiest welds but they work. 2.25" is what I went for, took abit of effort to keep it tucked up high. Got as far as going over the diff with a hot dog muffler just before the diff. Is still rather loud but I'm putting a decent muffler on up the back to shut it up.

 

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Had ordered plenty of bends as I'll use any leftovers on my lancer. Would order more 45s next time though they seem to be what I used most of

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Had my mate josh helping me today, absolute GC! 

He made up a bracket for mounting the fuel pump, wired it up with a relay and fuse. Swapped plugs over for the window wiper motor as it had been torn off.  

Sooo blessed having a hand as I suck at wiring and I've been struggling to find the time to do it.

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Bit of wet weather today meant a day off the big machines and some time to rip into some work on the ute

Put the new hanger bearing on the driveshaft and decided to replace all three universal joints while I was there.20200317_211628.thumb.jpg.54a7016fa902cef0b983b54932597d54.jpg

 

Finished off the rest of the exhaust, its 2.25" right through, one hotdog muffler and one big boy keep this thing quiet muffler at the back because I'm too old for noisy shit... 

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At first start up it was leaking oil and I started wondering what I'd messed up, turns out I had forgotten to tighten up the rocker cover bolts so easy fix!

Took it for a quick drive down the end of road and back, felt damn good to have the first drive in a ute I've put soo many hours work into  

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With the postponement of beach hop I've decided to go back to taking my time with this build, I just simply wasn't getting enough sleep trying to push for a target that was hard to achieve with doing long hours at work aswell. Hopefully I dont get any ridiculous ideas in the meantime but I've found a gsr 1800 dohc turbo motor but I think the wise decision is to leave this ute how it is and the gsr motor will be better suited for my ex lancer but time will tell... 

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So I snuck this home from work on Wednesday night after work, ran the risk as i needed something to keep me occupied during lockdown. 

It was running like a bag of shit, felt like two cylinders but persuaded on my 10min drive home

Cleaned the distributor cap points and removed spark plugs to discover they were fouled up bad. 20200326_163559.thumb.jpg.ba36423bf062e296701d20ec749a71bb.jpg

had a spare set of near new plugs so threw them in. Ran good for a while then started to foul them up again. My thoughts are over fueling? The fuel pump is rated as 6psi with no regulator so I'm guessing maybe it's too much for the carb to handle. 

 

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Checked and adjusted the valve clearances, all were fairly close just minor adjustments.20200326_133002.thumb.jpg.068347ca76f996d0f91319ccf3739036.jpg

also replaced the waterpump, flushed the cooling system and refilled with some tectalloy coolant. 20200326_173248.thumb.jpg.312eab2c4b821767a35793b6eec7a0fc.jpg

So was a productive first day of isolation. Would have been nice to brake clean the grime under the engine covers but were running on limited supplies currently 

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