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Old 09-20-2014, 07:05 AM   #101 (permalink)
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Volvo progress.

Rear cage sandblasted and undercoated

Cabin still looking for someone to blast it back who does not use steel balls.
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Old 09-20-2014, 07:08 AM   #102 (permalink)
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Meantime here is a story of a JUngle trip gone wrong but mission accomplished.

Project Pico Hydro

Quite possibly my most difficult ever jungle trip - incredible fatigue, MUD, breakdowns, stranded rescues but above all the charity work completed on schedule. With a revisit coming up to complete the outstanding work.

The project install power in a remote Orang ASli village in Remote Kelantan sing self sustainable method.

It was done 23/24 September the install weekend. 2 convoys the first 2 leaving 2pm and will setup camp 50k into the jungle for us. Second convoy leaving Kuala Lumpur 6pm for the 260kilometer drive.

4pm I get a call your YEllow Troopy is ready. Damn I can swap everything from Blue (the baby Landcruiser II) into the Troopy and give Blue to Tapah to drive. 8pm Tapah and the Hilux arrive at the workshop and the transfer of goodies is done in 15 minutes and TROOPY also takes kit from the Hilux. I have dinner and then head Home I go to finish the remaining packing Well. 10.23pm we are all rolling from my place 4 hours 23 minutes late - it's goind to be a long night. We have also lost MAX he is leaving in the morning after doing an urgent salvage job 2 hours south of Kuala Lumpur.

Then we get the news the early convoy has left late also they arrive Gua Musang only 9.00pm

We lope along I play catchup and finally catch the group at Gua Musang 4 hours later at the big Petronas. News from Daffy and RObo cop is they have setup camp 50k into the jungle as the first camp site is a dangerous elephant area and its raining.

No time for food a quick chat and we are ready to rock. Little did any of us know we were about to get in serious shit!

The Yellow wagon beaten and bashed but still moving.


Vehicles
Jeep (Kewes) - Annuar and Dendy
Hilux (Currylux) - Alan and Ong
Landcruiser II (Blue) - Tapah and Sofi
Landcruiser Troopy (Yellow) Dave and Joe

Hilux Surf (Daffy) - Paul
Hilux (Robocop) - Paul

D90 Landrover - Max and daughter

We leave details for MAX in the D90 to catch us up and to collect the BULBS from the guardhouse at the factory we have forgotten the bulbs.

2:35am we enter the jungle 50k to go to camp - about 2 hours drive. Then we realise the track is slippery as.

4.50am I get a flat tire no spare its on the back of RED in my driveway - first mistake so take a spare of the Hilux a 31" tire sigh and it's BALD. Winch off the currylux to assist in the tire changing. Eventually back on road and climb the hill from the log bridge which signifies we got a 400meter climb ahead and reach for my camera - cannot find - damn musta left it at flat tire zone. Turn back and search nothing. 45mins lost then find it on the dash of Yellow.

The flat sigh.


7.00am we have about 4k to the big "Y" turnoff and still 20k to go. Then we reach the hill they told us about in the satelite fone call. The SIMEX currylux struggles as does the jeep. Then TAPAh gets a long way up and then has to be winched up. Then my turn takes me 8minutes to get the 300 meters up the slope with many reverses and climbs. The lockers work overtime.


The first "Y" is then reached easily and the 3k downhill starts. The next uphill it's a balltearer we slip and slide our way up then there is an uphill "Y" full of mud the Jeep goes left and eventually makes it. Then it rains. Yellow is next and doprs into the "Y" and never moves the lockers make not one bit of difference. Winch time pull the cable out and something gos wrong without the winchy seeing it the cable flips over the Terminal and arcs out the wire no one sees it the wire just dies then comes back to life. I see the frayed cable go out and stop and pick it up burn my hand damn then I work out what happened. Lost 75' of cable and new knot is made. Hook up to the JEEP and winch out slowly pulling JEEP backwards. Curry lux meantime tries right land gets about 5 feet and is stuck fast. Winch that sideways. Then its Tapah in the Landcruiser. We are all hooked up to hold the Landcruiser and pull the Currylux cable clean out of the winch - CRAP! We are all tired so the mistake is easily made. 30 minutes are lost getting me out in Yellow.

Arriving at the uphill "Y" at about 500 meters up.


The Hilux and the Landcruiser stuck at the "Y"


Recovering Landcruiser at the "Y"
Arriving at the uphill "Y" at about 500 meters up.


JEEP owner gloating as he had 3 Toyota's on the back of the JEEP the jungle was about to bite his arse.


More slippery uphill mud after the "Y" for another 500-1000meters took forever to get up. Then the airline BURST on the lockers crap.

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9:50am stagger into camp 8+ hours late

little Joe at camp


Joe and Grandpa me


Breakfast
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Old 09-20-2014, 07:10 AM   #103 (permalink)
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The mudcamp


Dog tired all of us but we have a mission 15-18k to go. Then we see the busted suspension the brand new shock and arm on the hilux from the previous trip has failed again within 5k of the previous failure. Unload the Stricken Hilux everything into Yellow. Daffy has a knock and can only travel at 10KPH its also travelling emptied also.

Busted and now empty Hilux






By now the track has dried out and it's sweltering.

Just before 1pm we cruise into the village and lay the plan out and the goodies


Damn its 1.00pm when we pull into the village. Deliver the 4 toilets and 300kg of cement in Blue. Out with the pico hydro then explain what we are going to do. Then we get about 50 assistants offering us help.

The lightless community hall about to have a power board and lights installed.


We split into 3 teams - Water Pipe repair team - Power Cable Laying - Power Board. The 4th team heads off to make camp and do the dinner preparation at a nice camp spot some 10k away.

The water team have the most fun soaking wet we take a huge dip out of the pipe and straighten it up and walah we have 62PSI of pressure enough to generate power.


The crude bench - we have a steel table currently being built as part of our turnkey plans



Then we had power being generated over 300volts from a 3000kw generator


Then I run down and assist the wire team and we have 100 meters of wire from the generator to the power board strung up and ready to rock. 4 hours all done. Tomorrow we connect.

The view on the way to camp
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Old 09-20-2014, 07:13 AM   #104 (permalink)
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We leave the stricken Hilux at a place for "MAX" to find as he is on his way in with the bulbs along with a MAP of how to get to camp.


Camp is 690 Meters up in a cold place.


The DAFFY hilux issue is found a front shock mount has ripped of the chassis.


Dinner is served 9.00pm we still not been to sleep since Thursday night some of us are exhausted. Dinner is roast lamb and potatoes and peas.
We get on the sat fone and find MAX he has turned back he took the wrong turn. We arrange to meet him 45+k back down the track at 8.00am he has the light bulbs.
I'm in bed 10.30pm

Sunday

Awake admire the view and breakfast is 1 cup of hot chocolate and Annuar and myself jump into the mighty TROOPY and head off 2hours drive to go.



9.30am we reach MAX in the D90 and commence the return journey along with the precious cargo of light bulbs.

11.30am we are back at the village and max drops the bulbs off as the community hut is now wired up and ready for switch on it just needs bulbs.

1.15pm all done mission a success so I go fishing with little Joe and I will be back 2.15pm to head home. Daffy and ROBOCop have gone already escorting the sticken DAFFY out of the jungle at 10kph.

Fishing for Sebarau and Tengas


2.06pm Disaster strikes as returning to the village - there is a THUD and a BUMP and a wheel rolls past downhill into a gully. I give Joe the radio run to the top of the hill and radio our situation meantime I go get the wheel


The damage is the spare hilux wheel has ripped off the wheel studs sigh. I send Joe off with the radio to climb to the top of the hill and radio for help. However he is more concerned with retrieving the wheel from the ravine and telling I'm too old to be climbing down ravines. He is scolded and runs off to do his task.

Eventually we get someone on the radio - TApah in Blue is coming to assist the other broken Hilux and MAX and the JEEP are heading out escorting the other busted hilux along with my flat tire to be repaired and they have to buy 6 new wheel stucds.

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Old 09-20-2014, 07:17 AM   #105 (permalink)
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Repair time I have 3 wheel studs spare










6.30pm its all fixed and we are ready to roll just as the thunder storm lashes us making the track from HARD to SLICK and dangerous.

7.15pm it all goes to crap when doing about 2kph downhill there is a THUD and BUMP and we drop again this time the TROOPY just stops deads.

Ok serious time TAPAH comes back new PLAN - Take Joe get him back to the orphanage. Collect the spare tire and the studs and come back I will camp in the truck. Only 106K each way.

9.30PM after getting my emergency bag out and prepare bed on the top of the back seat and emergency lighting. I hear a cry and see a torch off in the distance. TAPAH! The track is blocked by a fallen tree and BLUEs batteries are flat the alternator is not charging.

We will sort it out in the morning it's still too wet to do anything.

The 4 of them sleep in the Blue truck 100 metres down the bottom of the hill.


MOnday

5.30am I am woken by a lights as a loggers HILUX squeezes past at huge speed. Fall back asleep.

Dawn brings the reality out. Ok we are all late for work.



We have breakfast I share my emergency box of food and suddenly I'm down 4 days of food by sharing it. I have however 40 days worth of hot chocolate and I have a water filter I'm ok.

We make Yellow safe at the bottom of the hill by putting a log under it winching it tight and driving it downhill

Then we remove the batteries and put them in Blue collect 18 litres of river water in the water filter and then off they go when they will be back I assume Tueday.

I confine myself to preparing Yellow cleanout the mud and remove the hub ready for the spare parts and have a drink every few hours.

Afternoon I prepare a fire and light in before dark ensuring it will burn all night.

Nightime kip in the back of Yellow. I'm too big and the Troopy too small lol.

Tuesday

Morning 9.30am I'm preparing another drink when a Landcruiser appears at the bottom of the hill it looks familiar but it's not. Then I see the smiling face of VQ, KGB and out jumps Tapah and Sofi.




Then I get the story as I make them all a hot drink

But before the story is told the village chief turns up on a scooter he's heard that gecko is stuck in the jungle and is most concerned for my safety as I'm in a notorious tiger zone then he see's the fire still burning and grins and in forms the guys he knows I'm ok and in control.

The self appointed guard dog of course I fed him.


Rescuers grinning


Installing flat batteries to charge

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Then the story
The Blue Landcruiser on the way out meet the JEEP with a busted rear axle (and it had the repaired spare and the new wheel studs) they had been there all night since 9pm and surrounded by Elephants feeding not 20 meters away. So Tapah towed the JEEP out of the jungle took hours.
Alan in the stricken HILUX took the tire an forgot about it till he was 45 minutes past Gua Musang and had toreturn and left it in a tire shop to be repaired and collected.
Then he could not get the alternator repaired on time so VQ and KGB decided to come from Kuala Lumpur and participate in the rescue they drove into the jungle at 11pm. Then the BLUE landcruisers batteries cried ENOUGH and they all jumed into VQ's landcruiser. They stopped 3am somewhere and slept in the Landcruiser. Then they woke up and continued driving to get to me.
Tapah almost ran out of fuel and a logging kongsi gave them 3/4 of a tank of fuel.
They contact my wife and office and tell them I'm going to be very late.

9.30am Naturally I was a little shocked to see this strange Landcruiser drive up to my camp then I realised it was VQ and KGB and Tapah and Dendy. Hot drinks all round then time to put the new wheel studs in and put the repaired tire on all to the background music of an Orang Asli chant from the phone of Dendy most surreal.

11.30am the flat batteries from Blue are put into Yellow to charge a quick pull start and Yellow is Mobile again. k later we stop to pull the wheel nuts tight for the final time all looks ok.

Collecting the stricken Blue at the Orang Asli school.


3.30pm out of the jungle and messages to all concerned that we are safe.
Drop the BLue truck in for a alternator repair and hose the trucks off while we have a much needed normal meal laughing at all the shit that just happened over the previous 2 days.
6.30pm go back and watch the alternator repair honda civic alternator inards into a Toyota alternator then suddenly it's charging low but its charging.
7.15 refueled and back on the road 270k to Kuala Lumpur. Home in 3.5 hours.
1 hour in it pours then the radio cackles Blue is pulling over battery is flat. Oh Shit.
Swap batteries again with Yellow and Inspect and I find a broken wire from the alternator that explains why the alternator light does not come on. Fix it and we have full charge again.

2.00am Pull into the driveway exhausted the journey over and home over 2 days late. Next morning contact work and go on 2 weeks leave as all I have left is a compulsory 2 week block leave left. I rest for the day and then start preparing for the weekends 25+ corporate team building trip to the jungle again.

Lessons learned
Every vehicle needs its spare wheel.
Every vehicle needs it's own food supply whether trip is catered or not
Every vehicle needs its own tarp and poles
Every vehicle needs to carry its own beds
I must remember to ensure the YEllowBrick connection is checked before each trip
My Satelite phone has to be upgraded.
All of us are now ensuring we have compleyely standalone vehicles for at least one person.

My evac bag is also now upgraded with 3 new safety blankets and one poncho and a 3rd fire starting kit and I'm building one for Joe my constant jungle companion from the Kids Home.


The final DAMAGE Score
Yellow 6 broken wheel studs and one pucture
Currylux Hilux - Left front suspension collapsed again
DAFFY ripped off front shock mount
Blue one alternator
JEEP one dislodged rear axle (tow truck to Kuala Lumpur ($1200rm)

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Wow! What an epic adventure. Thanks for sharing!!!
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Old 12-20-2014, 03:24 AM   #108 (permalink)
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Quick visit to collect my new boat trailer and then check on the Volvo at the same time.

Progress has been made.

Chassis has been painted black
Rear cabin frame has been sandblasted and undercoated
Front Cabin is to be split and sent to a sandblaster who uses softer blasting material not steel pellets like was used for the Rear Frame.

Chassis painted - sorry about the pellet etc on top but no time to move it.


The Cabin with more touchup brazing done.


THe rear cabin frame all undercoated


Wiring loom is all tubes up ready to install

Next is top coat for frame and cabin after blasting this week, I have to pass the paint code to paint shop also asap.

2 months they say drive away from workshop.

Heart is ok sort of. On Cardio's orders no more whitewater activities. No more 4x4 Competition driving or wenching, no more endurance kayaking or cycling. Tabkets keeping the heart stable.
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Old 12-20-2014, 06:00 AM   #109 (permalink)
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Old 12-29-2014, 04:20 PM   #110 (permalink)
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Dropped into the workshop yesterday on my way home from a wedding to collect a VHF radio, One inverter and on 6' hi lift jack.

Volvo is still being stripped all the under seal still being stripped. 1 more week before painting.


STrange yes the floods here are so bad I spent XMAS day preparing my Landcruiser with goods and headed off as part of my volunteer work with Malaysia Emergency Disaster Rescue Force - Elite 4x4 Rescue squad. Went to Gua Musang late 26th was one of the first vehicles to drive all the way up as the road only opened at midnite. 5.00am Gua Musang was a ghost warzone. MUD and No Power or people no fones no water running no sewage only blue lights from working car alarm systems flickering/

Made our way to the RV house. Morning revealed the full horror. 300+ houses in this little area 8 left untouched. Cars slammed into houses etc Delivered the water and biscuits. THe lady at the RV point cooks me up a meal she is so impressed a foreigner is helping them. The RV ppoint is a hive of activity register done people getting water delivered out. 5 tonne truck turns up turned back from Kuala Krai it cannot get through water too deep. We unload 400 litres of water and 240 packets of biscuits from my jalopy then the 5 tonne truck.

Gave away all my personal food and water leaving me with 2 litres and 26th evening heading back to KL 2k out of guam musang and 3 4x4s coming the other way flash me damn I know those vehicles. Stop turn around and chat. Its my fellow Elite rescue squad guys Cicak come with us we have a group of charity workers missing on the jungle no report for 3 days. OK I go.

being late we get given a church porch to camp under 1 packet of 2 minute noodles is dinner. 1 packet breakgfast and off we go. Our contact a young pastor takes us to the medical centre at the trailhead and there in the medical centre is one of the people we are looking for they have walked for 17 hours after loosing the 2 4x4s in a river. THey are further up the road. WE go meet them and then drop of 400 litres of water the village is awash in a ocean of mud.

Carry on into the jungle next Orang Asli village unbelieveable a safe area is awash in MUD huts swamped some off there foundations. Carry on. Then a recovetry needed vehicle with 400litres of water is bellied out on a uphill I rescue. WE leave 2 4x4's behind and carry on. 3k later a little side track and OMG MUD and devastation. A small village has copped a 15+ meter full force of the flooded river as it sweeps around the bend.

We take stock I decide im coming back in 5 days time 1-4 January. they are literally hiding 3 meters up a bank 100 meters back up the trail. WE give them the 400 litres of water and whatever food we have left we have nothing now.

We give fuel away and get news the next village impossible to reach the log bridge is swept away more new they had on 22/12/2014 1 can of sardines and 1 packet of 2 minute noodles each. We gotta get there asap. Also hear a villager dropped dead with a heart attack watching his hut get washed away.

We leave and take 6 kids to an orphanage 2 hours drive away and I leave the rescue squad they get another call for HELP with their boats I have to be in Penang 700k away for a wedding on 28th.

my BLUE landcruiser (fully kitted) I lent to a mate to go to his wedding 100k away last Saturday night he ended up finish the wedding early and joined the local rescue squad sent the new wife back to Kuala Lumpur and has been there since doing rescues and food relief work. THe town is now isolated from the resot of Malaysia.

I'm fitting the new radio and inverter for the Volvo to my Landcruiser asap to get ready.


Now its the 30th convoy of 7 vehicles and a 3 tonne truck being organized.

PIcs later im just too busy with work today and preparing vehicles and convoy organizing my fone cannot stay charged.

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Quick update

After the efforts required for the massive flood relief and now subsequent food drops and the latest supplying clean water I have not had much time to look at the Volvo.

I heard it was sandblasted and then in paint I sent them the paint code for RESCUE ORANGE as I have offered the Volvo to be a main squad vehicle for the Malaysian Emergency Disaster Rescue Force - Elite 4x4 Search & Rescue Squad hence it now has to be orange.

I will get an update this week and post some pics of the rescue stuff and a link to our rescue story from an outsider.
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I'm interested to see how it turns out keep the updates coming
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Hi. Thank you for such detailed description of building process. It is excellent. I read this all. You doing great job.
Maybe I'm lost something in previous posts, could you explain please, what steering assist (installed right on steering column) you used. I'm working now with C306 6x6, and thinking about type of power steering to install.

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Hi. Thank you for such detailed description of building process. It is excellent. I read this all. You doing great job.
Maybe I'm lost something in previous posts, could you explain please, what steering assist (installed right on steering column) you used. I'm working now with C306 6x6, and thinking about type of power steering to install.
Sorry about not replying I have been resting a lot more than I expected to.

ok after much searching through old sms's I found the link

https://sweetmfg.biz/pages.php?pageid=12

then these

https://sweetmfg.biz/home.php?cat=39

I recall mine is the one with the 200 valve.

Model SKU: 303-33200


1 August 2014

Progress pics of the Volvo power steering setup.

New steering wheel grafted in and power steering unit grafted into the steering shaft by an engineering shop.













Hope this helps you out.
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Latest update its been undercoated and the top coat is due to be done next week.



More updates when I get a PAinted PIC.
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Very cool. Anything new?
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More delays we are having trouble getting the paint.

Resene Desert Storm N93-006-075 / #ede7e0 Hex Color Code Schemes, Charts, Palettes, Paints & RGB / CMYK / HSL Conversion

I selected the GM Motors Beige way down the bottom they are having trouble sorting it out.
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This is my mate Rob's view of our involvement in the Malaysian Floods last December Jan Feb March

His poor DR 650 was given a rest a few days and he jumped in with me.



FYI The black Landcruiser and the blue landcruiser were mine both of which I drove over various weekends and some trips all 3 of my vehicles were out there driven by my 4x4 friends.

and yes that is me stuck at the end being recovered by my mechanic lol.
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Status of the Volvo is total chaos. We are really struggling to paint it. For the past 4-5 months we have been tryig to srt out colour and a paint shop. We have had stupid quotes such as 5-6K local which i basically like saying USD 6,000 to paint a cabin only whihc only needs to be lightly sanded as its already undercoated.

Then we get oh my workers have run away due to the currency devaluation (the ringgit has drooped some 30% against the USD this year) .

Also the builder is now away at the Malaysian 4x4 Rainforest challenge for the past 9 days it it finishes tomorrow so maybe Wednesday he will be back unless they win and he will be drinking lol. We had a long chat on last Sunday abou it his mates there also giving him a hard time get it finished lol. The paint shop across the road from the workshop wants to bodyfill the car even though there is nothing wrong with it. Hes getting them to look at it on Thursday and explain what I want no FILLER.

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Well the builder run me Thursday come up and see me I'm sick of the painters quotes.

So Saturday took the trusty Isuzu and attached the boat and trailer, had a swiush breakfast and then headed to the workshop 190K away. Fark me holiday traffic and 3.5 hours later.

Reversed the trailer in for the addidtion of rollers to combat the issues on steep boat ramps and a dry pull out and to make it 3 feet shorter. No the dog is not the trailer tow dog. He is also still deciding whether to rebuild the new fuel tank/seat which has leaked again 3 weeks after the boat shop repaired it looks like the did mig welding and not tig on the fuel tank so its split - YIKES!



Then onto to the real purpose of the trip the Volvo.



The final requote they got was $4800 and oh we will do you a favor we will paint it in the workshop for you. 4800 just for the cabin and the roll cage its laughable.

So it was decided. In the workshop we will get our own painter and paint it in the same area they paint the trailer axles So sometime in the next 10 days it will be painted and assembled. The winches and all the chassis stuff will be attached in the next 10 days (Winches and wiring etc). I marked all the areas which need a little putty before the top coat is applied.

Before you ask the beast beside the Volvo is a 2WD 400HP Nissan V6 powered Landrover Alison gearbox etc and yes it goes. No its out of scope for this story line lol.

The Build has recommenced the target is before my birthday in March.
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Good news cabin split in two and removed from chassis to do the touch up welding send putty work.

So next week almost ready for painting.

So merry XMAS to you all from me and my friend Mr Cheshire.

My little friend Cheshire happily sleeping on my chest. So go give your pets a hug for XMAS.


Honest it was me that made this mess it was the black cat at the door "Fury" is his name. Yes the mess was really made by Cheshire.


May all your offroad trips for 2016 be action packed. Laying out the practical course for charity group 4x4 driver training lol what they never saw lol.
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Merry Christmas to you too. I'm still following along waiting to see this thing rolling!
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Old 12-25-2015, 09:52 PM   #123 (permalink)
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Merry Christmas to you too. I'm still following along waiting to see this thing rolling!
That makes at least 2 of us then.

Btw- for $4600 I'd just spray paint the hell outta the cab and keep a can or 3 on hand for touch ups. That's a ridiculous quote for paint.

Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you sir.
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If you fuckers actually took a second to read the words rather than knee jerk reacting to the pics, you might have a clue what his plan is.

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I rung for a progress report and got told none so I asked why he said no staff to do the body work. So being years since I prepped a body I volunteered to do my own vehicle.

Monday wa a pub holiday and they offered me the workshop for Sunday and they would help me Monday.

So Sunday morning 9am im 190k away from home at the workshop. I start had a quick look at the Cabin and did a quick plan of attack. All day I played with small amounts of body filler. By the end of the day the cabin wac starting to look close to being ready for paint. Original dents etc were left alone

The frame as Sunday morning



My companion while I did the top of the cabin was the workshop new guarddog the cazy happy 7month old mongrel


The rear panel is a bit of a mess but its been decided its original we leave it.


Filling the repair work from the patches added to the roof.


Oh yeah the pooch likes ICE as its over 34c here at present


Preparing the paint


Inside of the cabin top painted


We sat this here this morning ready to paint then we realised the sealant we added at lunchtime took 24 hours to cure our mistake for not picking it up yesterday


So after 2.5 days work of pure hard work in the heat I have made a lot of progress.
Early this evening we moved stuff around to enable the rear cage to be painted.


Rear cage 2/4 sanded tomorrow they can finish it and paint it
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The doors are being taken apart a there is a small rust issue in the top/bottom join area.


3rd coat on the top of the cabin.


So next Monday Chinese new year to be spent in the workshop.
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