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Old July 27th, 2017, 06:18 AM   #151
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It's been mentioned many times, but your attention to detail is amazing! The small tapered ring in the steering adapter is something I would never have thought of, much less spent the effort to make...if I could even make something like that! I love seeing this project come together!
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Old August 3rd, 2017, 01:10 AM   #152
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Don't you just hate parts that arrive with sharp unfettled edges!...


...that's better...


...not a detail you'll readily notice...


...but it makes me happy ...


...the front shocker tops are ugly, and dangerous if you someone...


...so I came up with an idea to improve them and this is it. Made from an M16 nut I bored the middle out big enough to take a socket...


...I need to to able to hold the bottom nut for doing up and undoing the lock nut...








...now to attach it to the shocks top washer...


...used a bolt head to centre the nut...


...not pretty, but it worked ...


...after welding and a lot grinding, filing, and sanding...


...the M16 nut cover fits nice and snug...


...painted...


...fitting...




...less ugly, and much safer ...


...when I had the sender boss added to the fuel tank my instructions weren't clear so it get put on 180° out...


...to remedy this I decided to add a second set of holes...


...and blind the original ones with a spacer...


...I've bonded this on...


...prepped for paint, along with some other parts that got missed, in my state of the Ark spray booth ...




...screws for the indicator switch arrived, they're M3...


...and I got the screws for the speedo, so that's in too...


...NOS boots, but rusty bolts!...


...so stainless items of a more appropriate length ordered and fitted ...




...on to the wiring, I ran this 16mm² cable to work out the length of 25mm² I needed for the starter motor cable...








...quick aside, as you see I'd added the Type 3 heater pods to the back with new gaskets...


...my lovely new loom ...


...is this going too far? ...


...I didn't have a long enough length of 6mm² so I had to splice two lengths together...




...new toy time, I had a cordless soldering iron but it decided to stop taking gas so I'd resorted back to my corded one. However on a trip to Maplin for more solder this was on offer, reduced from £40 to £20, it has a window to see your gas level, something to other lacked, and it's brilliant, once warmed up it made easy work of the 6mm² joint, I can highly recommend one if you're in the market ...


...wires going in one by one, with the correct colours for each job ...


...this bothered me though, taillights left and right with different tracers ...


...but...


...better ...


...everything is going in loose for now, I've made the mistake of running everything neat straight away!! I'm waiting for a 60A fuse and holder for the compressor, load resisters for the LED indicators, and a relay that will turn the DRL's off when I indicator (I thought that would have been built in!) here the battery is attached and nothing has caught fire ...


...supervision is never far away...




...yesterdays delivery, my OCD is hurting the budget :eek: ...


...last thing last night I couldn't resist...






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Old August 4th, 2017, 08:14 AM   #153
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NIce work!!!
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Old August 4th, 2017, 08:51 AM   #154
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Great work on you Optimal Custom Driver! Are those the 'brights?'
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Old August 13th, 2017, 12:31 PM   #155
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I'm at the end of 2 weeks off work on holiday, and I've done between 3 and 12 hours in the garage for 15 of the 16 days clocking up somewhere in the region of 120+ hours all I can say is, I'm knackered, and my wife is awesome

It was time for the Square to give up it borrowed engine...




...looks quite good in it's Type 3 guise, I might leave it like this ...


...next job, the load bed. I started with some 40x40 square section...




...sometimes I piss myself right off ...


...that's better, can you spot the difference?...


...cantilevered off the original rear body mounted...


...cross brace...






...start of the bed proper out of 50x50 angle so it covers the 40x40 square section, radiused corners created in the same way as the cab rear corner structure...


...relief for the bolting the lights in, all will become clear ...


...the hinges are from an A Class Mercedes, they had the right combination of mounting flanges I was looking for...






...bottom half of the bed...






...upper part going on, this is 40x40 angle...








...looking at light spacing and options...




...one last test fit and a couple of cross pieces added to support the wooden deck...




...desperate to get some paint on the bed I slung it on the winches so once painted I could hoist it out the way and roll the rod back in underneath cover up...


...these are the holes I drilled for the rear light mount and the wire, I assumed they'd all be the same, I was wrong, the white crosses are where I had to re-drill to get the lights on this side to all have 'TOP' at the top!!...


...LED lights with built in reflector...


...super thin...


...reason for the relief...




...see that middle one with it reflector not straight? well, 'TOP' at the the top of the light is straight and in line with all the others, I'll need a therapist because of this ...


...wiring started, you can just make out the ballast resistors required for the flasher unit to work properly with the LED's...


...wiring through to the engine too...


...this is the very first time the glass has been in the frame, confident or stupid? I'm not sure but it fit ...


...I was going to use this piece of inner tube as a seal, but really didn't want to stretch it over it...


...I tried to do the seal in top and bottom sections but it proved too thick, so I used small piece evenly spaced, I'll use sealant to fill in the gaps later...


...going in...




...I can't find the frame to body seal!!...


...on to the air tank, I'm using some 6mm polypropylene sheet for the base...


...this is the tank connection, inlet, outlet, reservoir and pressure switch...


...tank mounted with it bottom connection through the base...


...this what I started with for plumbing the air ride in, black fittings took some finding ...


...manifold with enough room to put the rear circuit in later...


...this has been the idea from the beginning, but it's too congested and not a good fit...


...so I moved the manifold down here and ordered more fittings...


...bulkhead connectors make a nice job of connecting up to the shocks...


...2 plastic fittings here seem a bit vulnerable, I may have to revisit this...


...so that's the air ride plumbed except for a system pressure gauge and a moisture trap that I'm still waiting for! The wiring is mostly in, still rough I'll tidy it all up once it's all in ...


...tank plumbed in, I love the straps ...


...then I pulled the bonnet out of hiding (it was in the camper) ...


...got most of the seal on, more on order!...


...and on it went...


...with a big grin Then I added odd mirrors, and reg plate (not pictured)...


...and did this with an even bigger grin ...


...today I've been hacking wood up for the load bed...






...you are now 100% up to date, and yes, he passed
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Old August 13th, 2017, 05:30 PM   #156
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Just WOW!!!
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Old August 18th, 2017, 07:56 AM   #157
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The awesomeness continues!!
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Old August 18th, 2017, 08:38 AM   #158
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That is absolutely brilliant. Your therapist will be so proud!
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Old August 20th, 2017, 12:23 PM   #159
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Dude, this is one of the sweetest VWs I've ever seen. But those taillights... I really hope I'm missing something, cause they look terrible on there.

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Old August 21st, 2017, 04:58 AM   #160
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Dude, this is one of the sweetest VWs I've ever seen. But those taillights... I really hope I'm missing something, cause they look terrible on there.

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I almost had the same thought, however... The flat bed application makes it work pretty well... If the bed gets sides an a "tail gate" then I'd be looking for something different in tail lights too... especially with all that detail in the rest of it... But they DO work with the situation pretty nicely.
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Old August 22nd, 2017, 05:58 AM   #161
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VERY VERY amazing ! !
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Old August 22nd, 2017, 07:34 AM   #162
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Every time I come back to this thread my mind is blown. Unreal how good of work you do. This thing is so rad!
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Old August 23rd, 2017, 08:43 PM   #163
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Old August 29th, 2017, 09:25 AM   #164
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Just WOW!!!
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I tend to agree, the taillights on this were always gonna be a problem as they always are on the back of non-standard bodywork. I will say that they aren't finished, not much of the pick-up bed is, they were only put on this way for speed. I like the lights but not the execution...do you like the lights at all?

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I almost had the same thought, however... The flat bed application makes it work pretty well... If the bed gets sides an a "tail gate" then I'd be looking for something different in tail lights too... especially with all that detail in the rest of it... But they DO work with the situation pretty nicely.
No tailgates here, maybe some hay hauler sides though

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Old August 29th, 2017, 10:00 AM   #165
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Well I made my deadline (on the 3rd try ) I made it to Skegvegas...


...and set up camp taking no chances...




...and I achieved the one thing I really wanted to do, I won my class in the Car Limbo ...






...Mini Mole insisted he ride on the back as I put him in the Show'n'Shine on the Sunday as Mrs Moler insisted she ride inside ...






...and to my surprise and absolute delight he won not one BUT two sponsors choice trophies ...


...so now the dust has settled I think about it he drove really well considering all I'd done was 4 miles before setting off for SkegVegas, in fact the only thing that makes less nice to drive is the noise because there's no engine cover or rear window

I haven't been idle since the show, I've made a start on the mudguards and I'm going tot up the hours and spend for the next update.

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Old August 29th, 2017, 11:02 AM   #166
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Sorry about the rotated pictures, it's apparent something to do with vBulletin, if you click on them they appear as intended
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Old August 29th, 2017, 06:54 PM   #167
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They just don't fit in with the killer look look you have EVERYWHERE else.

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Old August 30th, 2017, 04:43 AM   #168
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They just don't fit in with the killer look look you have EVERYWHERE else.

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Old August 30th, 2017, 11:47 AM   #169
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I'm partial to the aftermarket Model A led taillights. But if you're up for a little crazy, there's a guy on eBay that makes sand cast aluminum taillights that are sweet. He's here in the states, so shipping would be an issue.

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Old August 30th, 2017, 06:32 PM   #170
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To me the lights look okay, but rather plain compared to the rest of the work. Rather than replace them, just enhance them. How about a simple protective alloy 'lip' running over the top of each set and tapering down the sides. Simple yet elegant.
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Old August 30th, 2017, 09:53 PM   #171
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Or maybe an aluminum bezel. 1/4" thick oval, machined down to 1/8" in the center, leaving a 1/4 edge.

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