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Old 10-21-2021, 01:37 PM   #1376
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Re: GRIZZ’s ‘79 - 2WD BLAZER Challenge over in London, England. “~It’s not a Project

Been to work this week.

Not dressing in the usual work from home clothes or my favourite garage outfits was a bit weird.

Days are getting shorter too, so finding pockets of time for the build or my 6km farm walks gets more difficult. Before breakfast, lunch time or between Zoom and teams meetings.




This was todays attempt at stealing time from myself.

Knotwheel of Truth @pauly (tm)



Oooohhhh…..







Then after the wire wheel, this was the result.

Needed more sanding.





Using the new Dewalt cordless tools felt good, justifying the purchase.



Finished.

Brake shoes can do the rest of the finishing.




Happy with the result so far.

Resuscitated
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Old 10-22-2021, 03:59 AM   #1377
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Re: GRIZZ’s ‘79 - 2WD BLAZER Challenge over in London, England. “~It’s not a Project

I really wanted to paint the drums and Callipers ORANGE to go with the polybushes………

But patience being one of my absolute virtues, that has been wearing thin lately, I did not want to wait to find Orange, so ended up at three shops that all had Red, Black, Silver in VHT Paint.

So by the time I got to Aghabridge at the local industrial site I declined the colours they had, then as I had my hand on the door, I turned around and asked for a can on Simoniz VHT in Red.

I may still regret this move, but waiting for Ebay to deliver a can at £15.00 including the postage vs £9.00 for this can……. May be a false economy.

Lets see if I can live with it.

Blanked off the insides of the drums with my loyal CAD plugs.



Shiny wet paint.



And drying.



Once I order the front callipers, pads and shoulder bolts, they will get painted red as well to match.

I really hope it all goes together as I am currently only on Black and Orange, with the Red now added.





Stopping in at mate Kevins workshop yesterday

He was super excited as he had been given a pair of 60’s VW Beetle front indicators to use as rear indicators on the rear mudguards

They need some work as there is some rust under the chrome.

However, I also know that the older 50’s Beetles have smaller units that may look a bit nicer and daintier on the rear fenders.


Question is………….


Does anyone have decent, complete a set of the older units to sell or donate?

Please post or PM me.








Also rescued from Kevins bin, these flaring tools, said to be rubbish.

If anyone wants to collect them, free of charge, or pay postage, they are available as a joblot to any masochist out there.




Friday…….

Weekend soon.
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Old 10-23-2021, 05:12 AM   #1378
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[quote author="@grizz" source="/post/2702767/thread" timestamp="1634973674"][quote timestamp="1634972234" source="/post/2702766/thread" author="@kevins"]There are no seals they rely on the seals in the wheel bearings, to change these you need a slide hammer to get the shafts out and a press to get the bearing and retaining ring on, fortunately bearing kits are only around a tenner.

I'd do both if I were you.[/quote]Time to scrap this barsteward of a thing.

More tools I do not have. [/quote]


So it looks like I am way too committed to this thing.

Maybe I should be committed, or get on with it.

Just spent some more cash.

From the £49.50 per calliper, this is where that ended so far.

Brake lines and hardware will add to that of course.





I really dislike working with dirty parts, even if they are broken, non functional, or getting replaced.



As a bit of Zen searching last night when I realised that this thing has thrown me another curved ball, I thought wasting a bit of fresh petrol, maybe a liter in total, I would at least clean up the rear drums and their parts.



Result.



Next one.

Dry, no leaks, but it will have to be done while I do the other side.



And done.




I have decided to step away from the build for today, if I can get it right, and do the hedges and garden beds for the last time this season, hopefully.

Maybe cut the grass too.

Oh, and see Sally.

Nice day out.
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Old 10-24-2021, 01:59 AM   #1379
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Yup…….


I like animals, and love them visiting.

George from two houses down spent a lot of time here yesterday while we were clearing up the garden.





I cut all my hedges, and Mickey’s next door as he hates doing it. Sally cleared garden beds, I raked up pine needles and leaves, followed by cutting the grass.

Once all that was done, including going to Sallys place to sell her cross trainer and see it leave she went in to watch Gogglebox, one of her few luxuries that I can’t abide.

So I went to the garage for a couple of slow hours to do little jobs.

Nothing mechanical, just sorting stuff out, rearranging my carp.

Eventually gave up and grabbed a pair of pliers and the Dewalt with a decent 6mm bit……..l

Been wanting to do this job since getting the Rezin Rockit.

Drilling out all the rivets.


Now you see them.




Now you don't.



Fiberglass resin filler for the holes next.

I left the steel tabs, for now, they may become part of the fake door latching mechanism.

No bootfair, no plans today.

May take the S10 for a drive…….

Just need somewhere or someone to visit.
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Old 10-25-2021, 05:01 AM   #1380
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Seems cables have been stolen in my area.

Non existent internet and wifi as a result.

Phone has a bit of 3G or 4G that comes intermittently.

Went for my 6km walk yesterday, what a lovely day.

Also gave me time to take a break from the Rezin Rockit.

Thames river and Essex.



And looking back toward the Medway river.

I love being surrounded by large water masses.



And one of my turning points, where some magic continues to happen.



Up closer, changes every day.

Hood ornament and mount added now.



Later the day I took the truck, went for a drive, did some shopping and had a guy in a Tesla speak to me, telling me he loved the truck and the sound.

The Tesla is his company car and he made an interesting comment, saying is was ultra capable, but has no soul.

Quite telling, we as humans do love the advancement of the species, but the visceral qualities of a petrol or fossil fuelled engine still gets us going.

The views are always lovely andthe camera does not do it justice.

I popped into Kevins on the way home.

He has also decided to now go with the VW Beetle indicators on the rear fenders.




All too soon the weekend was over.

But the truck made me grin.
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Old 10-26-2021, 05:03 AM   #1381
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Another job that I will hopefully get to soon.

The floor was modified and repaired before I got the car.

I am wanting to reinforce, and possibly paint it once done, to match the rest of the fiberglass, to either white, or maybe mask it all and go black on just the floor.

A bit ugly right now.



Using some of this impressive fiber filled resin stuff, I filled all the little holes after prepping them and carefully countersinking those (2) I had not gone through completely.



Next step will be a careful rub back with a flat soft block.

So that the holes are filled and ready for whatever treatment I decide to give it.

Paint, wrap, stickers……. We still need to decide a route for final decoration.




DHL texted early this morning to say they were delivering the front callipers and hardware between 2.54Pm and 3.54pm

Looking forward to masking and painting them before fitting over the weekend.


I have next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday off work, so will certainly be spending some time down at the garage.

Kettle is on if anyone wants to come help or hinder.
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Old 10-26-2021, 09:19 AM   #1382
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Re: GRIZZ’s ‘79 - 2WD BLAZER Challenge over in London, England. “~It’s not a Project

It's funny that George the cat has semi-adopted you. Don't know how long he's been your neighbor, but he obviously likes hanging out with his new friend Grizz. Do you guys not have brake cleaner in a can over there, haha? Leetle beet more safer than petrol and the labor is included in the can, more or less. As far as cleaning parts that you're going to replace, I'm a fan. Cleaning, cleaning, and then a little more cleaning is one of the most satisfying roads to enjoyment of the hobby as far as I'm concerned. The cost to make everything perfect is astronomical. The cost to make everything clean is not bad at all.
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Day job is really getting in the way right now.

And of course shorter days mean that by 6.00pm time is up.

Yesterday was a long, busy online day, loads more to do this week.

I have about 10-15 hrs of online training to do, 14 modules, each with a 10 question test at the end, and pass mark 90%

Still, Mickey knocked at about 4.30pm as I never even heard the couriers deliver despite being here.

Happy to say……..

We have parts.



And some of these.



Of course shiny and new is lovely.

But Red is better.

More later.
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It's funny that George the cat has semi-adopted you. Don't know how long he's been your neighbor, but he obviously likes hanging out with his new friend Grizz. Do you guys not have brake cleaner in a can over there, haha? Leetle beet more safer than petrol and the labor is included in the can, more or less. As far as cleaning parts that you're going to replace, I'm a fan. Cleaning, cleaning, and then a little more cleaning is one of the most satisfying roads to enjoyment of the hobby as far as I'm concerned. The cost to make everything perfect is astronomical. The cost to make everything clean is not bad at all.
Evening mate.

George has possibly lived two houses down for as much as 6 months, we thought he was a feral ct.

But little by little he has become family, albeit adopted.

Yes we have brake cleaner, but I prefer high risk cleaning.

Cleanliness is right up there with godliness I hear.








So what does £60.00 buy you? Or $83.00 plus shipping.

One of these, without hardware or pads, or paint.



Paint?

Oh, and masking up and heating.

Heating helps the paint dry faster and more succesfully.



Result.



And then ready for assembly and fitting.



Hopefully I will figure it out when it comes to the assembly and fitting.

Any advice and warnings on the reassembly appreciated as always.

I do not have @nickwheeler or @kevins and @pauly on site to guide and bollock me when working.

Happy with how they came out though, at £180.00 or $250.00 they best be good once fitted.

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So there I was doing my daily brisk 6km walk.

Coming back down the last 0.5km I pass two ladies walking an old Labrador, and a cross bred “Labradoodle” that has always been aggressive, goes for anyone that he sees or passes.
I always go down and greet him and make a fuss for a few moments, as I really love animals and want him to feel it as well.
Yesterday I was trying to set a new target time for the walk, so when Milo the dog went off barking and lunging at me as usual, I gave him a wide berth and kept left.
As I passed he lunged and bit me on the upper thigh, hard.
Thankfully he seems to have hit the rear pocket of my tracksuit pants.
I was livid, and wanted to destroy him immediately.
I went off at him, and clearly scared the living daylights out of his owner and the other lady, Labrador owner.
I was going to report it to the police in my anger, and pursue his destruction.
In the end I calmed down, and later one of my other neighbours popped around to hear what really happened, small village mentality.

What does one do in this situation?

The owners husband, interestingly has not come to see if I am OK, or apologise.



I was on training meetings till 4.30pm and after that I grabbed a coffee and went down to the garage to try finish painting the chassis that I had spent a part of my lunch break getting started earlier.



So got going again by 5.40 with the Hammerite.



By 18.10 it was pretty much dark, and I had turned on the garage lights earlier so that I could finish the painting on the upper side.

I also ran out of paint, perfectly when I finished the upper side.




Went to look this morning, not too bad a few spots to touch up where covering is not complete.



Weather is turning, so lets hope it dries nicely before I flip it over.

Then we are ready for partial reassembly.
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