walkerhoundvm's rebuild thread

walkerhoundvm

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Engine has been mocked up. Exhaust manifolds sent out for ceramic coating. Spent some time this week on the harness to get it fitted correctly. Axle work being done this week, along with swapping in the RE suspension. Got a set of 33s mounted to the chrome wagons.



Next up, body work to get the W-O replitub shored up.
 

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Some photos of the worst offenders in the replitub:










There's also a spot in the firewall where they bent the opening for the throttle cable. One of the fenders has a good bend in it, too. Pretty whack, but didn't get a picture of those. The internal measurements are just a tad off - the bulkhead doesn't fit in perfectly like it did in the OEM tub, but should with some work.

All in all, it's OK considering what I was working with. Provided it mounts up well (which it should, I had to replace the tub to frame mounts after all), it should be an acceptable working replacement.
 

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Wow. That chassis looks great!
Considering what it looked like at the start, I couldn't agree more. While the tub was pretty much shot from stem to stern, the frame held up remarkably well. Rust turned out to be pretty superficial.
 

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It is really moving along... looking great.
The replitubs are what they are... they are new, no rust, etc. but the fit/finish is stuff you just have to work through unfortunately.
OR
You can spend hours and hours replacing metal.

Can't wait to see where it ends up.

cb
 

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Spent the holidays getting a bunch of parts down to bare metal to speed up the bodywork/paint stage. Everything but the replitub and fenders.
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Took quite a bit of work. There was OEM paint and primer under a PO layer of paint under a few layers of rattle can paint and primer. Probably 30hrs of sanding, grinding, and wire wheeling.

Also spent some time prepping and painting a few interior pieces that won't be body color (original copper brown metallic) to get those out of the way.

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Hoping to be finished by this upcoming show: https://www.good-guys.com/sn but I'll be happy if we're done before the National Scramble :)
 

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Looks great! Around here, bare steel parts would get a ‘natural’ copper brown metallic color almost instantly.
In the few years I've been here, I think I've been taking that for granted. There's maybe a touch of flash on the hood, but that's it. I haven't done the roll bar yet, but that's because I have no choice but to leave it outside, and this time of year we get rain about once a week.
 
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