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restoration after 10 years in the driveway

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08 Aug 2020 13:25 - 08 Aug 2020 13:28 #226346 by Mr CC
Lambert. I'm about 5 miles outside Edinburgh
thanks for the encouragement. any advice is always welcome.
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09 Aug 2020 23:05 #226432 by Mr CC
painted the tank after taking it out
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09 Aug 2020 23:09 #226433 by Mr CC
had to renew the filter,
snapped the connector pipe when taking it out
(more on tank removal thread)
car is at 81,000 miles so needed done anyway
cleaned up the collar for painting with hammerite
put it all together for re-fitting
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09 Aug 2020 23:18 - 09 Aug 2020 23:22 #226434 by Mr CC
prepared top of the tank by thinning hammerite with wd40 and painting the top flange. very thin coat (will not seize bolts)using an M6 tap to clean the threads, then cutting the bolts to size (around 10mm long)you only get about 5 threads past the bottom flange without touching the tank topalso painted the tank protectoryellow is definitely the right colour, will stick on a rubber trim when I get the chance
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11 Aug 2020 09:32 #226502 by Reason2doubt
Nice little updates on your progress. Keep it up! Looking good.

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11 Aug 2020 23:43 #226539 by Mr CC
Thanks Reason2Doubt, nice to find folks who understand restorations, getting a blow torch for the gas canister tomorrow, have to work on all those seized bolts with heat while the tank is out.
Waiting for the garage to get in touch so they can approve the rebuild of the lower tailgate.
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12 Aug 2020 18:29 #226575 by Reason2doubt

Mr CC wrote: Thanks Reason2Doubt, nice to find folks who understand restorations, getting a blow torch for the gas canister tomorrow, have to work on all those seized bolts with heat while the tank is out.
Waiting for the garage to get in touch so they can approve the rebuild of the lower tailgate.


I remember when I first got my Jimny. First things. I bought were replacement bolts for all the underside as well as a blowtorch, WD40, long spanners, extension bars for socket sets and a bolt extraction kit (cost about £8 off ebay). The bolt extraction kit got a hammering - I don't think the underside of my 1999 Jim had ever seen any maintenance until I bought it early last year.

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30 Aug 2020 14:14 #227547 by Mr CC
have been working all week on the jimny, waited for a reply from the garage, then decided to go ahead with the welding myself. will post photos in a few days.
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30 Aug 2020 14:23 #227548 by Lambert
Yay! We like pictures. Especially of Jimny restoration.

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10 Sep 2020 21:18 #228055 by Mr CC
Been a few days but taking pics with oily gloves isn't easy. :laugh: :

didn't hear from the garage welded the floor in myself.
its not pretty, close up but the welds are good.
there is a 75mm x 120mm 4mm angled steel over both rear mounts and welded the mounting brackets to the angle
slotted the angle where the mounting bolts are and welded a filler piece in to the slot
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10 Sep 2020 21:22 - 10 Sep 2020 21:27 #228056 by Mr CC
a 50mm x 50mm angle was used as an upstand to make up the difference of the tailgate to the 120x75
and a 3mm sheet was used to make the floor.

the sheet was welded in to the upstand weld which meets the 120x75

it has a slight run to the rear, I dont know where I will put the drain holes yet
suppose I will pour some water and see where it goes lol :laugh:
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10 Sep 2020 21:33 #228058 by Mr CC
the tank got fitted once I had derusted and painted the chassis
beginning to look like a decent Jimny now.
many thanks to a friend for help, it is so much easier a 2 man job, you dont get much room with the bolt holes and it weighs a lot even empty, when your upside down under the car,

and just to remind everyone this is a restoration on a student budget.
everything will be standard as in no high lift kits alloy wheels or different gearing etc.
the plan is to have a clean looking dependable everyday drive which can get me out and about in the countryside if needed.
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