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SPUD the sc ute

Discussion in 'Resto Corner' started by gsa2at, Oct 27, 2010.

  1. Mister Manstein

    Mister Manstein New Member

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    Well today I finished the frame work for the new rear wall.

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    I bought a sheet of 1.6mm zinc to make the new rear wall. It had to be thick enough to hold its own shape well but also not too thick so I could bend the swage into it.

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    I think a board in the back trimmed to match the seats would look good. Plus it would cover the framework.

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  2. Mister Manstein

    Mister Manstein New Member

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    I made the new rear panel higher than the base of the window so it would smooth out where the old gate latches were mounted. I just cut the shape of the back window into the new piece prior to welding. You can also see the holes I've drilled in the new skin for where it will get plug welded onto the new inner frame.

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    Here it is welded in. I'll also be removing the seams that go up each side of the rear window and removing the vents on the drivers side rear pillar.

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    I really like the side profile of the cab now.

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  3. Mister Manstein

    Mister Manstein New Member

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    Next job was to plate the base of the pillar where I cut the old panel off and added some 50mmx3mm flat bar to support the back of the door latch. I then made a new outer skin to fill in the corner of the rear wall.

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    I started making the swage to go around the corner. I'm using a shrinker and planishing hammer. It's only just started but should work out well once it's welded in.

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  4. gsa2at

    gsa2at New Member

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    looks awesome Tim - sure is a work of art - spud sure has alot of new metal now !!

    i wondered how you would make to corners - now i know!
     
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  5. donovan

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    buy a plasma cutter and bill it to the ute owner ( he wont notice) and whats with all this metal repairs?????? doesnt anyone use newspaper and bog anymore??
     
  6. Mister Manstein

    Mister Manstein New Member

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    I'd love to buy a plasma cutter but I don't think I'll be charging it to someone else. As much as I'd like to : )

    I finished making the corner for the left side today.

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    It was quite a tricky piece to make, but I think it turned out OK.

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    I really like the shape of the new cab wall. Others will not like it, but they're wrong hahaha : )

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  7. Mister Manstein

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    I wont be getting back to this for a couple of weeks so I gave everything a good coat of rust converter.

    I think once the panels next to the rear window are replaced to remove the seam it will look quite factory. It will also get rid of the step at the top of the new rear section too.

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    I also gave the new floor and front step some converter too.

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  8. Vertecal

    Vertecal Member

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    Hey mate, what rust converter are you using? I have a fair bit of bare metal on my bus which I have been covering with rattle can primer for now, will have to remove it when it comes to spraying though.
     
  9. Mister Manstein

    Mister Manstein New Member

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    Hi. The rust converter I use is "Plus" brand. I really like it.
     
  10. BargeArse

    BargeArse Active Member

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    An unintentionally artistic shot of some metal artwork:
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    I love the reflection in the worked piece of metal. Kinda adds a really cool perspective to this pic. You'll have to send a copy to KB to work her photo magic on it.

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  11. Mister Manstein

    Mister Manstein New Member

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    Well I finally did a bit more on the beast.

    I decided I wanted to get rid of the seams beside the rear window so that's what I started.

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    Well there's the seam removed, now I can do something else : ) hahaha.

    OK, I guess I'd better fill the hole then.

    It looks a lot better with the step where the new rear wall used to join on smoothed out too.

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    This shows the difference.

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    I also made a start on the other side.

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  12. Mister Manstein

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    I also wanted to get a start on the right hand corner of the new rear wall.

    First step was to weld a piece of 2mm steel into the base of the wall. The new corner piece will get welded onto this.

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    There's not much left of the original rear panel now.

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    Well that's it for now. I'll get more done soon.
     
  13. gsa2at

    gsa2at New Member

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    mighty work !

    verry smooth
    thanks mate
     
  14. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    WOW!!!
    Awesome.
     
  15. KellieBee

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    pure magic
     
  16. teeveezed

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    Granted that I know bugger all about metal fabrication or welding, I would have to say that you are a Master.
    Beautiful, just beautiful.
     
  17. Mister Manstein

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    Thanks guys.

    I did a little bit more today to the old beastie.

    First thing I wanted to do is get rid of the vents on the drivers side rear pillar.

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    Here's the new piece in the process of getting shaped.

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    I also fully welded the piece I made next to the rear window.

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  18. Mister Manstein

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    I then started to make the swage for around the corner of the rear wall.

    I'll be making it in two pieces like I did on the other side, although I only got the first piece done today.

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    Then a bit more rust converter.

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    It's not much I know, but every little job is one step closer to the finish line : )
     
  19. Volksy85

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    some crazy custom fab work here! good stuff...
     
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  20. Mister Manstein

    Mister Manstein New Member

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    Well I finished making the corner swage today. I also finished welding the new lower corner in, as it was still only tacked on.

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    I also got a lot of the drivers side floor welded in, as it too was only tacked in place.

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    I really like the new shape of the back of the cab.

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    I think the next job will be to finish the passengers side step and then build the drivers side one. I'm loving this build!!!!!
     

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