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Old 10-18-2018, 05:53 PM   #3526
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Re: Grizz's Redneck Express 1966 Chevy Short Fleetside RESTO-GO!

This morning at one point, mate Martin called me to say he had been to his mums home and found VW Polo Towbar

Knowing that I was looking for something to convert to fit to the Blazer, he put it in his work van and took it with him.

Tonight we were about a mile apart on the motorway , both headed down the M2 when he called to see how my day had gone, we realised a rendezvous was in order, so met up on the roadside next to the Medway river on the Cuxton road bypass.

Nice new work van.



Wooooohoooo.... Bounty.



Came home, fed the security cat, then quick trip to the garage to offer the Towbar up yo the chassis mounting points

Extension to be removed.

Mounting plate 300mm off the ground.



Chassis mounts are at 800mm
Towbar is at 900mm
Perfect.



To be mounted in top of chassis tabs.




Security cat helped and then came up to the house to wait for me.

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Old 10-18-2018, 08:25 PM   #3527
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Re: Grizz's Redneck Express 1966 Chevy Short Fleetside RESTO-GO!

Rian, I see the Cat Scan is going extremely Well!
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Old 10-19-2018, 05:18 AM   #3528
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Rian, I see the Cat Scan is going extremely Well!
Security cat too.

Like a little Klingon




May have found a previous owner from a long time ago.

Below some comments from him.


Did that come from a guy in Kent? It looks like one I had years ago. Also 2WD

Not sure Rian long time ago sold to a guy in kent and never seen since it was original 2wd from California was all in primer apart from removable top in cream, i had a heavy duty tow bar welded on as used to pull large trailer pulling yanks from Belgium, have a pic will try and find, same grill though.

Rian Kemp as said not sure if that's the same one but looks like it, but i remember when i registered mine i had to take it to Ashford kent for some reason to have it checked always had mine done local, verry hard to find in original 2wd today, the only reason i sold it i had a 70 3 door suburban from Texas arrive couple months later.
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Old 10-19-2018, 05:47 PM   #3529
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Take two.

iPad 1 Grizz 0

Been a busy week, and tonight I had a report deadline, after a conversation with my new manager, we booked a half day for Thursday so that he could help me understand the process and activity to deliver a new monthly report, which all his reportees think is a waste of time, but hey..... what do we know?


So at 6pm before light failedI went to the garage and lifted the Blazer up high.




Remember this piece?



Clamped in.



Done.

Good enough for me.

Glued in place.



Then the seam sealer, thinking it would be the end of the day.

But of course not, Ehhh?



900mm of welding done in the dark, using an LED torch to show me where to go.......




Bird poop welding on the inner sill panel, without a doubt,

Grinding back in the morning, and some seam sealer later.

This is not at all structural but needed to be done.

Kraken Rum no 2 is history too, so gp era near bedtime for me.


I am also almost out of gas, and interestingly, Imam getting a free delivery from Sam tomorrow.

Old skool service with a smile.
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Re: Grizz's Redneck Express 1966 Chevy Short Fleetside RESTO-GO!

Nice way to wake up after a night of not sleeping again.


Good morning,
Been a while!
I have a set of spring compressors and am free tomorrow if you still need help with your new truck.
Am heading off to work now so won't pick up any messages for an hour or so.
Good to see you back at it even if a different truck!

Henry.


Of course I agreed to him coming over.
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I texted my welding gas supply guy well after hours on Friday evening and he replied that he would have a new bottle of Argon/CO2 gas delivered on Saturday morning,by 08.00 I had a call to say the gas would be here by 09.00
True to his word, Steve was here on time, retired mechanic and general nice guy who works three days a week as volunteer at the British Heart Foundation furniture shop and then does deliveries for Sam in exchange for beer tokens, likes three sugars in his tea, we ended up chatting for an hour before I kicked him out and headed to the garage.


Saturday saw some side panel action.

Based on this photoshop, it may be a bit bright, so in the back of my head there is a plan involving some satin black paint and masking tape......

Just to reduce the eye searingly red of the carpet.



I cut small scross slots in the carpet that would be invisible, but allow a screwdriver tip in, to secure the screws to the bedsides.



Spray glue, bought cheaply at a Bootfair last year or longer agoworked beautifully

Mickey came around to give a hand on the mounting job and photo credits to him.







Really pleased with how it turned out.

In the mean time, the original importer in 2004 of the Blazer sent me this photo.

His computer with all photos was stolen a few years ago, so evidence is scarce.

Originally a California truck,it came into the U.K. in primer and a white canopy.




Once started on the truck, my first job was to get the welding ground back just a little bit on the underside, then added another coat of weld through primer on all surfaces.



Through the day, Harley was on QC duty, and also vermin patrol.

She catches and releases (usually the release is live, and indoors)

On a trip up to the house, I saw her in the “I got one” position next to a garden bed, and found this little guy there, playing possum





Friend PaulF sent this pic yesterday.



More on the welding up of the floor later, time for tea and toast now.

I had a deadline of 5.30 yesterday, as I had a dinner date, the kind where you shave and shower and put on clean clothes for a Lady.

Really.
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With the underside primered, the next job was to fine tune the hole into which my previously made and primered panel would be fitted and welded up.

Amazing how everything takes more time than planned.

I did discover that the plastic sill plate had not survived my welding on the underside sill the night before.

So removed this one.

Possibly to be replaced with a cut to size and shape Mazda MX5 part donated by mate Martin.



New panel.



Glued in place.



Followed by a load of smaller patches, cut out, measure and make new piece and then weld in and grind back, look for missed spots or pin holes, weld up, grind and repeat.









Of course, the smaller the holes and patches, the bigger the effort, as I could not be bothered to go fetch and cut this thick steel with my Dremmel.

You cut with a big cutter and end up with cuts to close up too.





Around 3.00pm mate PaulF came around for a chat, cuppa, cookies and to check out my garage, as they have recently bought a new home and he is building a bigger garage.

He took a sneaky pic too.



More in a bit.
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Re: Grizz's Redneck Express 1966 Chevy Short Fleetside RESTO-GO!

When PaulF came over, he brought me an awesome little tool.

LED Inspection Light.

Perfect.




Cat Stevens sang that “The first cut is the deepest”

The last one was deep too.

I had poked and prodded everywhere to find any further holes, none.



Keeping this price methinks.



All done.

Ready for more primer, galvanising spray and the seam sealer.





Two coats on the underside.



Galvanised spray



Seam sealer inside and outside.

Job done.

Happy



Yes, really pleased with the outcome.



Dinner time, with a lady.

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Re: Grizz's Redneck Express 1966 Chevy Short Fleetside RESTO-GO!

Nice work Rian! It is also good you found out more history on the Blazer.
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