82 UK Spec Laredo Scrambler Build No 2

City
Halifax
State
UK
#1
Thought i had started a thread on this on the old forum but cannot find it so i will start again.
Bought this a good few years ago whilst doing my blue one up when it suddenly appeared on a forum.
Laredo model in poor condition and looked very much like someone had stripped it all in pieces once and then abandoned it so i bought it unseen....
But it was cheap has a hard top and Scramblers are incredibly rare in the UK so thought i would be greedy and own two!.
Also thought it may be good if only for spares but once i took delivery it turned out to be a wide track so its even rarer over here and it came with some replacement floor panels and a new rear cross member among the other bits and pieces that came in bags and boxes..
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City
Halifax
State
UK
#2
So what to do with it?
Leave it sat in my way for the next 3 years and keep looking at it and poking more rust holes in it thats what!.
Some more photos of what was in it and not making me want to pile in to it!

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City
Halifax
State
UK
#4
It does have a T176 and would of had the 2.5 in it which means 4.10 ratio axles which is nice but the old 2.5 had gone and been replaced with a Chevy 4.1 straight 6.
I have been looking out for a Chevy V6 to mate to the gearbox as the V8s are very,very expensive in the UK but i kind of like the old straight 6 so am thinking of keeping it as it looks kind of bullet proof.
It needs lifting up about 6 inch though no idea why they sat it so low.

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City
Halifax
State
UK
#5
Anyway i ripped the engine in bits last week which was painless but then found a hairline crack in the front of the block after it had been in the parts washer so may still be looking at a V6 unless i can get it welded/stitched or find a rare as hens teeth block somewhere. 20180922_123053.jpg 20180928_113818.jpg 20180818_103506.jpg
 
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City
Halifax
State
UK
#6
Bodytub needs quite a bit of repair work but the chassis other than the rear cross member seems okay even the body mounts are solid which i wasn't expecting at all. 20170219_203417.jpg 20170219_203433.jpg 20170308_174453.jpg chassis1_174123.jpg chassis3_174453.jpg floorpan.jpg
 
City
Halifax
State
UK
#7
Its going to take a while to put this one back on the road but should be worth it.
Dont expect an update unless there has been a holiday or a birthday as i just do not get time to do anything much normally, it will be painfully slow progressing that is for sure just like last time....
 

walkerhoundvm

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City
Cave Creek
State
AZ
#9
Its going to take a while to put this one back on the road but should be worth it.
Dont expect an update unless there has been a holiday or a birthday as i just do not get time to do anything much normally, it will be painfully slow progressing that is for sure just like last time....
Are those guys from Wheeler Dealers still around? How cool would that be to have them do an episode?
 
City
Halifax
State
UK
#10
Are those guys from Wheeler Dealers still around? How cool would that be to have them do an episode?
More chance of them doing yours now i believe Wheeler Dealers are based in the States now?
Car SOS thats the one to watch now, but you do need one hell of a serious sob story to get on it, its a good watch if its available anywhere for you lot!
 
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walkerhoundvm

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City
Cave Creek
State
AZ
#11
I haven't watched them in ages. I'll see what I can dig up, I loved that show when it was UK based.

Edit: Oh boy!
 
City
Halifax
State
UK
#13
Well its been 7 months of very little progress but for some reason i got some energy and enthusiasm to do something on the 8 yesterday and today.
Tub is off and sat against the wall but that is a rusty mess and is going to be left for a while; longer!.
The chassis is stripped down but still sat on its axles with new rear cross member ready to fit. 20190605_163704.jpg 20190606_205428.jpg
 
City
Halifax
State
UK
#14
How come everywhere i look there is rust and yet the shocker mounts and the Dana 300 shifter lever bolt look like they just left the factory?? 20190606_155840.jpg 20190606_155844.jpg
 
City
Halifax
State
UK
#15
Next job is clean off the old weld from the previous owner installing the Chevy inline 6 and hopefully my MORE mounts will be here in the next day or two and i can bolt those on and see how this V6 lines up/sits.
Will try not to leave it as long next time!


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certifiablejeep

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City
Bedford
State
NH
#16
Looks like great progress in a couple days.
I think the V6 will be better long term even though the old straight 6 chevys are similar in looks/size/dimension to that of the AMC 4.2

Keep up the good work!

cb
 
City
Halifax
State
UK
#17
Cleaned off most of the weld in a spare hour this afternoon, there are a few gouges left from the previous owner with the rust still in them no idea why!

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sdsupilot

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City
OKC
State
OK
#20
I can take some measurements if it would help you. I am around 1.25-1.5" offset to the drivers side. Distributor is very close to the firewall, I wanted to leave space for 2 extra cylinders. Further from the firewall will help with the fan shroud if you keep the mechanical fan. Those mounts should be easier to weld in than what i used as the height and offset appear to be fixed.
 
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