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Checkerheads new project.

Postby shortylux » Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:16 pm

It wasn't my intention but 3 days after selling my truck, I bought another project.
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Its a half done project that I have purchased. Greg has done a lot of really good work already, but The truck will be a while away as I plan to change half of Gregs good work.

Going to take the Double cab off and use this
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to make a single cab of sorts.

Another couple of pics.
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It already has motor, box, tcase and pto wich all sitting in place.
I'm very much in the planning stage at the moment but the initial list is something like this.

Remove double cab and sell.
move motor back 100mm.
Cut surf cab up and fit to chassis. hopefully, 100mm lower.
sort cage etc.
Think about suspension.
Make it run.
Think about winch.

Decided I really wanted a Disco so have gone for the two tier roof line look.
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This will be the only visual progress for a while. Next step is get the double cab off and start playing with engine mounts.
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Cab off and Transfrecase/winch out
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Motor is in it's new home. Hopefully I can make the cab fit around it, other wise I guess I will be moving the motor again.
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Cab off the surf
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Will need a guard trim.
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Re: Checkerheads new project.

Postby shortylux » Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:21 pm

So if anybody wants a double cab, let me know.
It will be complete with doors, gaurds, bonnet, radiator support panel, dash etc. No seats. Front doors will be stripped of door cards and window regs.

Also anyone want anything from the rear end of a surf? Complete coil rear end? (chassis cut).

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Re: Checkerheads new project.

Postby slide » Fri Dec 07, 2012 11:48 am

Looks to be on a safari chassis with y32 series vh41. Is it running yet? manual / auto?

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Re: Checkerheads new project.

Postby Dirtydog » Fri Dec 07, 2012 2:03 pm

definitly looks like a safari chassis/axles and a vh block, cant tell if its a 41 or 45 though.

itl be a mean truck when its going.

if you want to get an lsd for the front ive got one sitting here that i dont think i will need, open to offers

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Re: Checkerheads new project.

Postby surf10 » Fri Dec 07, 2012 5:14 pm

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Re: Checkerheads new project.

Postby Madaz » Fri Dec 07, 2012 8:24 pm

Hahahahaha :lol: :lol: Thought you were sick of spending all your weekends cutting and welding???? :mrgreen:

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Re: Checkerheads new project.

Postby shortylux » Fri Dec 07, 2012 9:29 pm

You raise a good point Madaz. I haven't thought this through.

Yes, Nissan chassis, VH45 engine.

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Re: Checkerheads new project.

Postby Dirtydog » Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:08 pm

haha slide, i was closer lol,

but as i said, gunna be a cool as truck.

so when ya start doing stuffs to it?

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Re: Checkerheads new project.

Postby Madaz » Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:20 pm

Dont forget to leave room for the turbos too.................... :mrgreen:

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Re: Checkerheads new project.

Postby Dirtydog » Sat Dec 08, 2012 12:49 pm

my brothers got a vh41 in his 300zx, hes gnna put a single turbo on it, right just before the intake, with a top mount intercooler just after it, straight to the throttle body etc

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Re: Checkerheads new project.

Postby shortylux » Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:39 pm

I hopefully will be starting work on it real soon. Just have to sort moving in to the new house. Sort shit in the garage so I can actually work in it, and pull al the stuff out of both cabs so that I can remove one and chop the other up.

Bought some work lights form Bunnings and strung them across the ceiling to add a bit more lighting. Now I need to sort an account with BOC for mig gas, order some steel so I can brace the surf cab and then chop the back off. Keen as to get the surf (or half of it) gone so I have a little more space to work.

Speaking of space, there is none for turbos, well not yet anyway. Hell, once I have moved the motor there's no room for the brake booster either. Anyone know of a tiny diameter brake booster I could bolt up? Then may run a second booster else where to get the braking power up, like Sadam has. Any one know the guts of how that two booster system works?

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Re: Checkerheads new project.

Postby Madaz » Wed Dec 12, 2012 9:31 pm

Why not cut the double cab up?
You could take a section out then rejoin it?
Like everyone does to the lwb nissan bodys?

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Re: Checkerheads new project.

Postby Fakey » Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:10 pm

Madaz wrote:Why not cut the double cab up?
You could take a section out then rejoin it?
Like everyone does to the lwb nissan bodys?


I would go this way, would be a lot less work than chopping a surf the doin the body swap. Just cut back wall off an move it forward
Didn't barbie drive a jeep??

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Re: Checkerheads new project.

Postby niblik » Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:47 pm

id keep the double cab, shorten a wellside deck and voila..

in sayin that, shes not my wagon.. i will be watchin ya build dude.. 8)
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Re: Checkerheads new project.

Postby shortylux » Thu Dec 13, 2012 6:10 pm

Nibs I agree that would be a sweet looking truck. But I'm building this for winch challenges and I haven't proved real good at keeping panels straight, so less panel equals less panel damage.

Madaz and Fakey, I agree that chopping the double cab would be easier (and likey a tidier job). The reason I'm going to chop the surf is that the double cab is worth something to sell. Surf cab on the other hand, I don't feel bad chopping it up.
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Re: Checkerheads new project.

Postby shortylux » Sat Dec 15, 2012 7:39 pm

Small update (to the original post).

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Re: Checkerheads new project.

Postby CLUMZ1 » Sat Dec 15, 2012 7:51 pm

shortylux wrote: Surf cab on the other hand, I don't feel bad chopping it up.


Savage Pixie would be proud.
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Re: Checkerheads new project.

Postby shortylux » Mon Dec 31, 2012 3:27 pm

Couple more pic and a wee bit off progress.

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Re: Checkerheads new project.

Postby Madaz » Mon Dec 31, 2012 3:52 pm

Looking good aye, looks like Pricey had some good ideas going on in there.
Those manifolds look like they would have taken some time

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Re: Checkerheads new project.

Postby shortylux » Tue Jan 01, 2013 6:02 am

Yep, I'm undoing a bunch of his good work.

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Re: Checkerheads new project.

Postby shortylux » Wed Jan 02, 2013 9:09 pm

I have a steering issue, in so much is there is a motor in the way of my steering column. From memory Prados run a hanger bearing/pillow block type arrangement in their steering shaft? can any one confirm, or even send a photograph? And if I'm wrong about the Prados, what toyota's or nissans use them? Some kind of van must have them?

Also, I need to buy a pipe bender (or hire/borrow one long term). Any one got any recommendations for something that is cheap but functional?

Cheers.
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Re: Checkerheads new project.

Postby Madaz » Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:05 pm

Bummer :( you might have to chop the plate up where the column goes through the fire wall and move the hole to the right a bit. did that on my hilux to gain some clearance.

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Re: Checkerheads new project.

Postby shortylux » Mon Jan 07, 2013 7:33 pm

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Madaz wrote:It isnt a 5 minute job getting a landcruiser transfer case under a hilux body without a body lift, I couldnt even guess how many boxes of beer were needed to get the floor back in and the seats back at the right height. :roll:
Wouldnt do it again in a hurry :twisted:

Damn it.

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Re: Checkerheads new project.

Postby Madaz » Mon Jan 07, 2013 9:18 pm

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Madaz wrote:It isnt a 5 minute job getting a landcruiser transfer case under a hilux body without a body lift, I couldnt even guess how many boxes of beer were needed to get the floor back in and the seats back at the right height. :roll:
Wouldnt do it again in a hurry :twisted:

Damn it.


Madaz wrote:Bummer :( you might have to chop the plate up where the column goes through the fire wall and move the hole to the right a bit. did that on my hilux to gain some clearance.


Yep.
That will probably be a big enough hole..........
:mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Taupo 1000s not far away..........

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Re: Checkerheads new project.

Postby shortylux » Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:51 am

Any one got a Prado steering shaft to sell me?

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Re: Checkerheads new project.

Postby shortylux » Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:55 pm

Little bit of rust in the bottom rear corner of my rear door.
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So I chopped it out.
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Re: Checkerheads new project.

Postby imsohi » Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:23 pm

shortylux wrote:I haven't proved real good at keeping panels straight, so less panel equals less panel damage.

The reason I'm going to chop the surf is that the double cab is worth something to sell. Surf cab on the other hand, I don't feel bad chopping it up.

Exactly what i was thinking i have trouble keeping panels straight :lol: :lol: watching with anticipation i will be cutting up my surf shortly much the same i want to keep the wind down back window just to be different. cool build

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Re: Checkerheads new project.

Postby shortylux » Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:15 pm

Yeah I considered using the tail gate and keeping the wind down rear window, but damn those things are heavy!

I plan on closing in the lower half of the cab and leaving the top open, but making up a panel (with a window) that slots in with just a few bolts.

This way I keep the weight down and get that open air feeling a bit more, but also have a weather proof option as well. Plan on making it quick to remove so that I actually use the feature.

We will see if that actually happens, or just sounds good.

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Re: Checkerheads new project.

Postby Dirtydog » Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:17 am

shortylux wrote:Yeah I considered using the tail gate and keeping the wind down rear window, but damn those things are heavy!

I plan on closing in the lower half of the cab and leaving the top open, but making up a panel (with a window) that slots in with just a few bolts.

This way I keep the weight down and get that open air feeling a bit more, but also have a weather proof option as well. Plan on making it quick to remove so that I actually use the feature.

We will see if that actually happens, or just sounds good.


Carefull when it comes to cert, read up the rules about exhaust emissions etc.

but its certainly looking cool.

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Re: Checkerheads new project.

Postby shortylux » Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:33 pm

Dirtydog wrote:Carefull when it comes to cert, read up the rules about exhaust emissions etc.

but its certainly looking cool.

Oh yeah? Do you mean emissions in regard to the open cab?

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