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03 Sep 2020 13:13 #227680 by X8GGY
My new toy arrived late Tuesday evening, I had it delivered due to the COVID pandemic...



Just got to wait a few weeks for the V5 to arrive so that I can transfer the age-hiding registration on to it (S2 NGV)

Meanwhile... just got to redecorate the kitchen this weekend, and then I’ll be crack working on the Jimny Buggy :woohoo: through the cold winter months in my nice warm garage...

B)

Wandered off for a bit... you'll find me in the garage building a Jimny Buggy ;)
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03 Sep 2020 14:09 #227683 by Lambert
Nice. Another gv owner!

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10 Sep 2020 10:19 #228024 by X8GGY
Well... three weeks have passed, and we’ve finished decorating inside, outside window frames painted, brick set drive cleaned and re-sanded, decking cleaned and re-stained, hot tub drained, huge wedges made to level it out, cleaned and refilled, shelving made for the bar, youngest daughter home from Malta dance contract AGAIN :( But... I think SWMBO is now content, so I can now slip back into the garage to spend the winter finishing the buggy... ;)

So, where were we...?



Meanwhile, the buggy is covered with sawdust, and surrounded by tools and paint, so I’ll have to start with a tidy up!

The snorkel is back from zinc plating B)

The NGV is awaiting a lift kit and wheel spacers, I’ll start a bit of a mod thread in the Vitara section soon...

So restart on Sunday! :woohoo:

Wandered off for a bit... you'll find me in the garage building a Jimny Buggy ;)
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13 Sep 2020 16:49 - 13 Sep 2020 16:50 #228143 by X8GGY
:woohoo: Back to the buggy today!

I started nice and early, 9.30am, tidying the garage... and then the Post Office alarm went off?! Stopped the bells ringing and rang for an engineer... we had breakfast and the engineer sorted the alarm out, so then back out to the garage..



Hours of grinding, sanding, welding some bits up better, grinding, sanding, welded all the little holes up in the door where the trim panels used to fit... final sand by hand...



Yup, happy with that! B)

Painted with red oxide as an undercoat...





Looking from the other way... ;)

Back to the passenger side front wing and battery and bottle mounts, and bonnet struts next Sunday then? :)

Wednesday I'm hoping to lift the GeeVee, more on that in another thread soon... ;)

Shame the BigJimny Meet has had to be cancelled, or rather postponed? for now due to Covid... but that does give me time, and the winter, to get the buggy finished, ready - hopefully - for the rescheduled meet next year...

Wandered off for a bit... you'll find me in the garage building a Jimny Buggy ;)
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16 Sep 2020 15:30 #228259 by X8GGY
I wasn't going to work on the buggy today, I was going to fit the lift kit to the New GeeVee, but it spat with rain, so I retreated into the garage...

But the tyres and wheel spacers arrived for the GeeVee, so there's an update here .

So, having finished the passenger door on Sunday, I turned my attention to the bonnet / engine bay, and particularly the passenger side front wong...



Starting with the bonnet struts...

As the inner (and outer!) wings have been cut away, I wasn't sure...



Where the bonnet should sit when it was open..? So I stuck a post on Brett's "Jimny Jaunts" groups' WhatsApp general thread and asked the lads if anyone was near their Jimny and coould measure from the lip of the underside of the bonnet down to the slam panel... Dave "Camo Jimny" State(y) answered quickly with a couple of photos indicating 31" B)



So two (OffRoad Armoury panel) tabs welded in place, and I was chuffed to find the two struts were strong enough to keep the bonnet safely up even with the added weight of the bonnet mods, and as Brett pointed out, that's without the weight of the pie warmer pot and a couple of heavy meaty pasties :lol:



I then welded up the array of offcuts of steel I'd shaped to make the battery bracket... quite chuffed with that... hard to tell it's made from some cut up offcuts of rectangular box section and some flat bar, and 1" box section...



With the bonnet strut tab in place, I was then able to rearrange the battery holder and windscreen washer bottle to fit around the position of the strut mounting tab... so that'll all work well?...



Looking from underneath... they all line up nicely, leaving enough room for upward articulation before the axle hits the bump stop... and will be hidden by the plastic mudguard when that gets re-fitted...

B)

Wandered off for a bit... you'll find me in the garage building a Jimny Buggy ;)
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16 Sep 2020 21:14 #228272 by X8GGY
Blimey! :blink: Just reading back through this build thread and wondering what's next...?



Ummm... finishing off details then?

I can add to that list -

Ground Anchor 'arm' and 'spade' mounts
Bolt in the jerry can storage for the tree strop

But mostly, next, getting ready for the yellow paint then?...

Got the GeeVee to lift on Sunday, and then I'll get cracking again! :woohoo:

Wandered off for a bit... you'll find me in the garage building a Jimny Buggy ;)
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22 Sep 2020 16:08 - 22 Sep 2020 16:30 #228449 by X8GGY
Not really Buggy-build related, but for continuity of what I'm up to ;) ...

Last Sunday was spent lifting the NGV - <link click here>

And today, yes, it's a Tuesday... my day-off in the week this week was moved by order of the management, so I retreated into the garage with Mr. Angry the Angle Grinder and Mr. Miggy the welder... but not to work on the buggy :(



Hmmm, a few rollcage seamless tube offcuts, a circular profile cut disk, and some offset angle iron edging?... what's he up to now?

(The 3mm think steel disk was for an idea I had to make some spare wheel spacers up, but after costing it - time and materials - it didn't seem worth it...)



The offcuts of seamless rollcage tube weren't long enough for I what I wanted so I had to cut them to equal lengths and use a smaller diameter piece inside to sleeve them together...



Taking shape... the disk has become two feet that have been hole-sawed to take the seamless tube and also drilled and countersunk for screwing down...



All welded up, mounts added to hold a sheet of perspex, everything ground and sanded nice, and the paint is currently drying on them...

It's another pair of poles for a virus screen for the shop! Wales implemented mandatory face coverings in shops (etc) from last Monday, so last week I shut the second "spare" till (it's between the main shop till and the Post Office counter so that my wife and I can move from the PO to help out in the shop if it's busy, etc) so we haven't been using that till without also wearing a face covering, i.e. not being behind the two anti-virus screens I've already made for the main shop counter and the PO...

A day lost on the buggy :( But a useful day protecting myself, my family and my lovely staff from Covid-19 ;)

Meanwhile, a couple of parcels arrived -



But they're for the NGV little project... folow <this link> if you want to know what they are ;) :woohoo:

Wandered off for a bit... you'll find me in the garage building a Jimny Buggy ;)
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