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Old 11-19-2021, 06:02 AM   #1426
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Re: GRIZZ’s ‘79 - 2WD BLAZER Challenge over in London, England. “~It’s not a Project

Partial lunar eclipse this morning early.


Sunrise was just a continuous spectacle.









Weekend soon.


@nickwheeler saving my butt on Sunday around midday with the Rezin Rockit rear brakes if anyone wants to come cheer us on.


Fridays are mostly good unless a deadline is included.
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I'm glad you filled us in on the work details. Pretty interesting and lots of work you guys did. I think many people see something like those stables as needing to be torn down, and then they build whatever they need out of new materials. A philosophy I guess, to use what you have, but I honestly think that some people don't have re-use crossing their mind. Craig is lucky for the help, and the companionship of stuff like that is really fun. Plus it doesn't hurt to be fed well. You appear to be well entrenched as part of George's daily itinerary. Funny how he adopted a warm spot on your truck and now has a warm spot in your home if not in your heart as well.
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Old 11-20-2021, 07:00 AM   #1428
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I'm glad you filled us in on the work details. Pretty interesting and lots of work you guys did. I think many people see something like those stables as needing to be torn down, and then they build whatever they need out of new materials. A philosophy I guess, to use what you have, but I honestly think that some people don't have re-use crossing their mind. Craig is lucky for the help, and the companionship of stuff like that is really fun. Plus it doesn't hurt to be fed well. You appear to be well entrenched as part of George's daily itinerary. Funny how he adopted a warm spot on your truck and now has a warm spot in your home if not in your heart as well.
Your observations are all spot on.

I think both Craig and I have the financial ability to go out and pay people to do jobs, or to buy new materials etc.

But we get a buzz out of reuse, repurposed materials etc.

The cash saved means you can do something else again.

My S10 truck is a perfect case in point.
Bought for cash, I have colleagues who ask how I can afford my toys etc, we know that using “man maths” the “savings” go into an imaginary, though real cash pot and are then applied to whatever needs to be bought.

The Ford Galaxy I had moved and collected a load of expensive, but free stuff, to me, that is money I never spent, so when I need to buy stuff, it is quite painless.





[quote author="@admin" source="/post/2705389/thread" timestamp="1636484578"]Thanks for the extra info @grizz it was tricky to get enough info on all the builds in the time between announcement and when we recorded. Actually partly why I made this thread as I'm hoping to spend a bit of time filling in the gaps.

S10 is definitely much smaller than I thought then![/quote]

My S10 is about 100mm or 3-4” narrower than my 2020 Ford Focus estate.

Thought I would post a few pics of the 3rd door in here for those interested, or not and for @rmad and @admin to broaden their S10 knowlege 😉

The door is almost invisible, unless you know that the shut line on the rear of the cab actually for the door.



So once the small door is opened, a skinny lad life Hotwire and others could get in there and sit on the sideways mounted seat for a 5-10 mile trip to a pub, show etc.

Full size …. Chunky (fat buggers) like me would fit in there mainly if hijacked or prodded with an AK47 in the back, or a Glock in the neck for an indefinite distance ride.



The 3rd door also locks in place to form the B-pillar for the drivers door.

So it cannot latch unless you close it.




These are on a long wheelbase chassis, and actually have a different length to the LWB trucks.

The bed is a really useful 6 foot bed as well.

Turning circle on these are extremely poop, and having mounted slightly wider than standard tyres, I have a bit of chassis rub on full lock.

Other than that, these trucks have extremely comfortable seating and ergonomics are on par with luxury cars of the era.

Aircon, speed-o-cruise control, automatic gearbox with an overdrive gear in my ZQ8 factory special which included a bunch of nice touches like upgrades on steering and factory lowering has made this truck a real keeper, unless someone needs to have it more than me.
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Old 11-20-2021, 04:03 PM   #1429
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My mate Kevin continues to move along with his build.

Wiring currently challenges him.



The S10 on the other hand is an absolute pleasure.



Life does go on.

And it’s good.
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Old 11-21-2021, 03:07 AM   #1430
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Does it really matter?

Tasteless will always be that.

However, tongue-in-cheek? Well, that may be different.


Saw a used set of these in this new thread by @etypephil and it made me chuckle.

https://forum.retro-rides.org/thread...arlin-roadster


So I ordered a set.






I also fitted another strip light in the carport, now it’s like daylight in there.




Followed by swearing repeatedly at my new Dewalt cordless drill that for some reason will not retain a 4mm bit.

It keeps releasing the bit.

Surely not right, is it, or is it.

While I was down there, I modified a rolling stand that I had made years ago to carry the space heater.




And lastly, added another permanently live, Motion activated light that will make finding key holes easier in the dark.

@craigrk gave it to me last weekend, and this is the right job for it.

Quite a lot of light.



@nickwheeler will be over this afternoon to help with the safe changing of the rear brake shoes and cylinders.

Plan is to try get the curtain side up before that too, as cold weather has been forecast.

More later.
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Old 11-22-2021, 03:19 AM   #1431
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Chilly day yesterday, possibly the first one this year.

Weather has been so mild to date, so dropping to @pauly territory meant I had three T-shirts and one of my garage hoodies on to protect my chest and prevent couching and spluttering.



So when I built the carport, I knew that at some point I may want to add a curtain to cut the breeze and even hold in some “HEAT”

First job was drilling pilot holes, and then adding these coach screws, a 3/4 box of which cost me about £2.00 at a bootfair last year.

New impact driver working nicely, the drill being a pain in the butt releasing the drill bit constantly.



Once the canvas was measured as the holes are individually spaced, screws were in, it was time to hook and hang the truck curtain side to see how it fits before @nickwheeler came around midday to help me do the rear brakes on the Rezin Rockit.

Of course it is way too big, so I guess a bit of folding and tucking will be in order.



Looking over from the neighbours yard, it is obvious that there is a 4 foot gap from the left side.

This can be fixed……. Or not.

Due to folding under and raound some beam ends it is a bit slack.




I think it will work well along with the space heater later in winter and for now it is folded, packed and put away.

Small steps.

I also raked up,a load of leaves, cut the grass and pulled some dead bits from the side beds.
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Old 11-22-2021, 04:12 PM   #1432
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Completely non retro, but may be of random interest.

Seen in London this afternoon.

License plate search shows.


LJ70FMF
KAR-GO DELIVERY-BOT


Colour
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Fuel type
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Date registered
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Old 11-23-2021, 05:59 AM   #1433
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Sorry, report is a touch late.

Work is a bit busy right now.

So @nickwheeler came over on Sunday, the first day temperatures had dropped enough to make me wear three garage T-shirts, a hoody and a warm beanie hat.



Earlier the day I had fitted my super large truck canvas as a test run to the carport.

Then removed it again. But it will go up when the cold pushes me harder.

It certainly makes for a less breezy work area, along with the new lights I fitted, it should be a cold but workable space once the diesel heater is on.



Nick and I had a coffee and a chat first, then went down to the carport and got going.

He did all the work, I watched, tried to learn, and made coffee and inappropriate comments.

That seemed to work. Hope it did for him too.

I would have been totally screwed without his skill and knowledge on site.

Cleaning cleaning and more wire brush action, ensuring the reused parts were smooth and slick.

Some copper slip grease on a few moving points.



New slave cylinder going on.



Old ones were really bad, mud dribbling from them when pipes were disconnected.

By the second one, we just cut the pipe, after all, new brake pipes are easy and cheap to fit, and ambetter idea as everything is now new.



One side done, springs were really fighting us.



And after a few hours, job done.



Carport rearranged a bit, moving the rear axle deeper in, out the weather.

Also discussed and looked at the MX5 engine, mounts etc.

Plus my initial thoughts on lowering the Rezin Rockit, which may not happen, due to the amount of invasive work it would take, including cutting up the body and trans tunnel.

Still, nothing is yet cast in stone.

Massive thanks again to Nick for popping over and all the brain power and work shared.

Much appreciated.
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Love the claws hanging on to the arm rest ��
Up to now I thought they were just for show.


Having a cat by proxy, if that is the way to say it, means that I take no responsibility for his misbehaving.

Do i ?

So when he comes and presents like this, sleeping on my bed all morning………

Cute ehhhh??



He leaves again by midday.

Not to be seen till tomorrow morning first thing, when he is sitting on a chair out on the deck, staring in through the French doors till I let him in.

But this afternoon I was just taking a break from my desk, looking out the bedroom window, into the neighbours back yard and I saw him sitting down the bottom, next thing he flew straight up and tried to catch a passing blue tit or something similar.
Then his attention turned back to the rose bed next to which he was sitting…… rising up and pouncing, flipping what appeared to be a mouse up into the air.
It seemed to be partially maimed, I opened the window and called out to him, asking what he was up to.
He turned and looked at me, then grabbed the mouse and came trundling up the concrete garden path and across the lawn, through the hedge and up my drive, pausing halfway up to drop and play with what appeared to be a damaged mouse, then carried on and carried it up and left it under the truck before coming to the back door to be let in.
Cuddle, catnip and then he was out again to go play the mouse to full destruction.





Bloody cats…….

Killers.
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For those still interested in how this build is progressing……

Craig sent these this morning.

The two foundation holes for the concrete pads and brick raised edges have gone down.


I think the biggest problem is going to be to find some helpful people when the walls have to be raised and held in place, the first corner is a minimum of a 5 man job as the panels are a 4 man lift and carry from where they are waiting.

The roof gables and panels will be a many handed affair as well.

Of course finding help…… THAT is the problem.

CLICK PIC FOR VIDEO.





Membrane down in the Stables (now it will become a workshop and office) and first bit of type 1 to keep it in place.



Trust me, it is a large piece of real estate.



And then the second concrete pad will go down here.

Next to the house, and be known as the shed.



This used to be Craigs “Bike Garage” where he lived before.

Currently stacked along the side of the house, awaiting assembly.

Pity his son is in Ireland at University.

Hopefully it will come together.
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Here is a pic I lifted off FB.


Remember it in future when we start talking paint designs etc.

@nickwheeler seems to be quite convincing when it comes to making big jobs look a lot smaller than I see them.

All about perspective ehhhh.

It started out because I am still hoping to find another RX8 passenger seat to either add to the one I have, or even trade for the adjustable drivers seat I have but do not want.

So Nick reckons (correctly) painting the Rezin Rockit is quick and cheap, due to it being such a simple vehicle.


I like this design, the red one at the bottom.



Can it be altered and something created in that style to suit the completed car?
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Weather is not pleasant as well.

Just cooked a beed mince curry with chunks of carrots and cut baby potatoes, topped with a bottled curry sauce.

Ate it too, was nice.

Weather kept me indoors and not where I wanted to be.

Sally was here and is busy with some crafting, so I helped her with preparing the materials.

Printing and cutting the templates for her.

I also deep cleaned my range cooker and then put all the parts in the dishwasher that I rarely use, to clean them, and also all the glass we had picked up on the beach down at the Thames river.



Sorting colours and types out.



And finally, ready for the dishwasher……




Once she gets the right backing pieces to add the glass and pottery to, I will report back.

Maybe tomorrow will be a warmer day so that I can get down to the garage.
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For those interested in the continued activities at mate Craigs place in Shropshire where the horse stables are being converted into office and woodwork shop, plus motorbike storage and shop before adding a garage and workshop for his old cars…….

Progress continues.

Ready.





Also where the shed next to the house is going.



Next job will be measuring and shoring up for the concrete slab.

He also needs to find a supply of cheap or free used railway sleepers.


We all have our own crosses to bear.

In mate Craigs case, it is an attention to,detail, possibly borne out from growing up in a family where his mother and father owned a rather large, successful VW garage and engineering shop, started as a home industry in the time of aircooled VW’s where the local dealership would send complex, impossible jobs to to be done.

His mum was the machinist, and both parents had day jobs on night shift at GM at the same time.

So getting it right is part of his DNA.

I used to buy parts from his dad for my various Beetles and Bay window bus.

Anyway…….

Buying a barn conversion home, that used to be stables will always bring it’s own challenges.

This week it must have exploded his head.

While redecorating his sons bedroom, the carpet came up, shirting boards came away……

There is more to what meets the eye.

But, this took the proverbial totally.

Pink toilet paper used to fill the gap, topped by some builders caulk and painted over.







You really are never to old to learn a new trick or two.

Or are you?
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Weather has been a bit chilly, windy and wet.

I had planned on doing something, anything, down at the garage yesterday and today.

Nope, rubbish weather, so yesterday,I cleaned the cooker and helped Sally with some of her crafting stuff, posted elsewhere.

This morning I had the osteopath at 09.00 and some shopping after that.

Then came home, cleaned the fireplace and started a fire.

Deciding indoors was a much nicer place than outside……..



So much more sensible, and nicer.



Yes, it would have been nicer doing what @nickwheeler had suggested, slipping some bits together.

Tomorrow I may regret it, but man it is chilly outside today.
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Ultimately, I spent the whole day indoors.

At about 2.30,just as I was about to go to the garage a colleague contacted me for some help.

A 39 question online test she had to write, I had done mine on Wednesday and managed to bimble my way through it to get 86% for it.

Pass mark 80%

So I wa delayed.

Then, just as I had changed into my garage clothes mate Craig called on Whatsapp and shared some more bodgery from his new house.

This time it was the sewerage system.

Enough said.

Once we had finished our chat, it was starting to show failing light.

So I decided to just stay indoors and keep an eye on Sally with her glue gun.



One piece at a time.



And finally….. a very chuffed Sally.




She was really shocked at just how well it turned out.

No car stuff, but a chilly, yet good weekend.

Work tomorrow.
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