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Old 05-01-2019, 05:12 PM   #1271
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I'm a total newbie here, but I just spent the last two hours tacking your progress from March of 2011. UNBELIEVABLE! You are making this creation your life's work. What a marvelous rig you are building, and what a wonder is your account of it, step by step. Do keep the updates coming!
Many thanks mate. Been helpful for me to to document as I learn and do this so I can always go back and re-read anything I may have forgotten.
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Old 05-05-2019, 03:01 AM   #1272
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For the latch I wanted to see what else I could use that was new and didn't need replating. Just doing an image search I came across this latch from a 1990's VW Polo and Jetta.


Very similar to the ones they sell for universal latches for hotrods etc, but $100 cheaper! This only cost $30 AUD including freight. I like that this one had a nylon spring retainer so it won't mark up the latch and even nylon bushings.


Turns out that the hole spacing was the same as the Volvo latch so I used the reinforcement plate from it. Used weld through primer before plug welding it on.


One thing I didn't like was that the handle for the safety catch had to sit on a little pedestal in front of it to work. So I drilled a hole and attached directly to the arm and turned the catch around to face the other way just like the Volvo one was.


Even reused the original pin by reflaring the end after cutting and trimming down the nylon bush to fit each side of the arm.


I made a new upper plate for the grille from a single piece. Apart from the fold to sit in front of the radiator seal, it was all folded by hand as has a gentle curve to it. Also bead rolled in a raised section for the lower catch to sit under. This will add more stiffness for it.


The factory setup on the older grille had the plate attached directly to the front face of the grille which means you would see the spot welds. The later ones had an extra fold come back under the top flange where it was spot welded to it. I brought the fold up earlier and then forward under the upper flange where it will be plug welded. I think it looks neater and means the fold is closer to the lower latch removing flex.


Got some temporary screws holding it in place until it gets plug welded later. Latch looks good too I think. No dimple holes here as it keeps the air from travelling over the top of the radiator.


Another thing I did this week was lower the grille and guards down creating more angle on the front guards and bonnet. Was only 1.5 degrees but flows better than dead level. It has pulled the guard away from the firewall, but I have to rebuild that anyway.


Was not happy that the bonnet was sitting up a bit mainly on one side after the front support was screwed into place.


I used my sand bag to weigh down the other side while I lifted this side up leaving my hand under the step while pushing down with all my weight on the raised corner.


The middle had to come up a touch too so supported it while hanging down on each side.


This side has come up well.


This side has the right profile on the outside, but one section on the inside near the outer headlight hole is too close.


A bit of hammering with the right shaped hammer to fix it.


Much better.


About as good as I can get it right now.
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Old 05-06-2019, 08:51 PM   #1273
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I have asked a few times lately about the colour and that has been something we have been deciding on for the last 10 years! Was really only ever between olive and bronze, but recently ruled out bronze so that leaves olive. I think it won't date when I built the Willys and harks back to its military heritage.
I want a modern take on the olive with plenty of depth to it that is not a pearl, don't want dramatic colour changes, or hard to repair candy. So like a metallic, or most probably a mica based paint.

I have always like these colours below.





I think this is actually Rescue Green but the evening light or a filter changes it to what I am after. Stock colour is too bright.


The Dacia I took photos of while in Norway, looks better in the sun, is the closest I have found to a stock colour to those above so far.
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Old 05-11-2019, 03:20 PM   #1274
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nice update Marcus
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Old 05-12-2019, 02:10 AM   #1275
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Closest stock colour to the preferred first photo I have been shown so far is Verdoro green as shown on this Holden HT 1969 Monaro. Was used on other GM cars like the Firebird in the same era.

Not a lot to show this week as was researching parts for the project coming up, and that can take some time!


A bit of CAD work to get a template for the lower grille reinforcement panel.


I put a step around the edge so it sits flush with the grille flange underneath and sits down from the top. Having the main part lower means I could put a drain in the panel that didn't need to go through the grille flange as well.


Even though I stretched the bead area first on the English Wheel, it is still bowing down in the middle. This tells me the top of the bead needs more stretch to level it.


So I made up this T bar from some rusty bar that fitted the bead. Hammered down into the hollow of the bead directly over the table. Lots of little hits working back and forth and it straightened right up.


Might work well as a post bead stretch even if you have not wheeled it first. Certainly will improve it. I had also rounded the ends of the beads as usual with some pipe with half of it notched out of the end.


I was worried the beads were a little bold but they match the ones in the doors and went with that. Once behind the grille they don't look too bad.


This can now be spot welded in place. Will just add some sealer over the gal coat beforehand around the edges to keep water out.


The panel will get painted satin black and not body colour so should blend in better. Never been a fan of seeing body colour behind grilles.
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Old 05-12-2019, 04:56 AM   #1276
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Looking very awesome sir!!
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Old 05-12-2019, 05:29 AM   #1277
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looks great as always Marcus
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Old 05-13-2019, 02:55 AM   #1278
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Thanks guys.

Little update video

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Old 05-18-2019, 05:40 AM   #1279
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The only part of the whole cooling system I am changing is the cooler for the hydraulic fluid driving the fan and the power steering. It sat in front of the radiator and condenser and was only 100mm-4" high, but went the full width of it. That meant the whole radiator assembly had to be spaced back for it. So I thought replacing it with this 18" dual pass, (two chambers inside), finned cooler used for automatic transmissions would be a good idea.


Doesn't take up any space sitting in the V, but wasn't happy with the look of it and the outlets interfered with the latch. These are typically mounted to the frame rail so could place it there instead, but have decided to go with a shorter but taller OEM cooler instead with the same surface area as the stock one. So if anyone wants a brand new finned cooler for $50, let me know.


Next thing on my list to tackle is the triangle portion of the guard where it bolts to the firewall. I want to have the even gap continue all the way.


What I thought was caused by damage when I first got the truck, turns out to be factory! This part of the guard actually goes inwards by 10mm-3/8"!


The ruler is showing where the edge of the bonnet sits over the guard.


Now you can clearly see the gap they all have and how they have gone to some effort to make it this way too! Why I think it is there is that the corner of the bonnet drops down into this area as it is lifted due to the type of hinges used. I don't have stock hinges anymore so can't test that theory out. When choosing the different hinges to use on this I made sure this wouldn't happen so I could get rid of this.


That triangle piece is actually part of the inner guard stamping, so not easy to redesign. The outer guard is spot welded to it as well so removing the gap actually moves the guard outwards. So all has to be redesigned.
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Old 05-23-2019, 07:10 PM   #1280
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Looking forward to your solution.
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