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Postby VX1032 » Tue Mar 16, 2010 6:56 pm

brake is on backorder and I am going on Vacation. It will be a bit longer for progress, sorry guys. I will update it after I get something done.
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Postby btw1549 » Tue Mar 16, 2010 7:07 pm

Back order. That sucks. At least it is at a time when your going on vacation. Have fun and fill us in when you return.
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Postby VX1032 » Tue Apr 06, 2010 10:06 pm

Okay, vacation is over, funeral is over, and brake is still on backorder.

I picked up a rear window panel from Lowzone last week and I just cut it up. I will hope to get that in place this weekend for the top of the rear wall. Then when the brake gets off backorder on the 19th!!! I can do the bottom. This will really bring the whole vision together.

Buddy also brought me a Nato gas can and a German water one so I can get the rear set up to accept those and hold them offroad.

Feels good to work on the truck again, although the yard feels good to work in too.

Hopefully more pictures will be up this weekend.
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Postby VX1032 » Sun Apr 11, 2010 2:55 pm

Okay, this is a lot harder than I had hoped. The pickup rear wall does not fit that well, but works. The pickup is 4" wider at the beltline than the 1st gen trooper. That causes issues with the fitment of the rear window. I lucked out to where the recess portion of the window cut out "JUST FIT" between the rear corners of the Trooper. I did have to cut the pinch welds off the sides of the trooper door frames, what the weather stripping once attached too. That was actually visible through the rear window, so out they came.

I still need to weld the top of the rear section up, but the pickup curves too much in there so I need to overlay a piece of sheetmetal from the top down an inch or so to weld it in.

The rear section of the pickup is slightly curved, like the rear window, so I will have to make a transition with the body filler and after I grind the welds down. It is amazing how square the trooper really is.

(yes Lowzone, I put a flat edge on the windshield and it is perfectly flat, no curvature)

I am not going to post all the pics here, but you can see below how it looks now with the window just set in. More pics in my picasa gallery below. Also shots of how much room there is from back of drivers seat at top to rear window, and how I squared the floor of the trooper up to accept the lower portion of the rear wall. Please do not pay attention to date stamps on the pics.
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Postby btw1549 » Sun Apr 11, 2010 6:44 pm

Sweet. One huge step forward! I like it!
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1997 Trooper, Just picked up with bad trans. Build thread coming soon...

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Postby Metal88 » Sun Apr 11, 2010 8:59 pm

are you gona have a glass window made for the back?
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Postby VX1032 » Sun Apr 11, 2010 9:59 pm

The back sides yes. I need to make a flange around the window and then I will get a piece of glass glued in.
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Postby Cronk » Mon Apr 12, 2010 7:55 am

Nice work! Very nicely done!
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Postby VX1032 » Fri May 21, 2010 9:51 pm

Okay, the break finally showed up on Wednesday. I cut and bent the first of 22 pieces for the structure of the lower rear wall. I should get some progress this weekend and post pics before the lost finale.
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Postby btw1549 » Sat May 22, 2010 11:52 am

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2002 Isuzu Axiom In Progress, 3.5 Rebuild, AR5 swap, and Suspension Refresh/Lift
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1997 Trooper, Just picked up with bad trans. Build thread coming soon...

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Postby VX1032 » Sat May 22, 2010 3:56 pm

Spent a couple hours last night and this morning cutting 2.5 inch strips of sheet metal and bending them into c channel.

Now, I have welded it al together and put it in the truck. I think this will do the trick. Now I need to clean the edges and weld it all in place. It is only tacked in now in 8 spots. I needed a "persuader" to get it into place, so I am pretty confident it isn't going anywhere.

Hopefully tomorrow I can get the edges cleaned and the sheet metal put on. Still have to cut it out of the roof and make it all pretty.

Final bed length, 52.5 inches from rear wall to rear door. From the rear of the center console is is about 23 inches to the rear door. Nice small extended cab pickup

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Postby stusvend » Wed May 26, 2010 12:07 pm

Thanks for updating us. You are doing nice work and I can tell that the experience is making you a better welder as you go along. :thumbup:
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Postby VX1032 » Wed May 26, 2010 9:57 pm

Thanks for the support. I need to get a new tank of gas on Friday, and I am hopeing to make 4 days of progress on the truck this weekend, that is if my wife doesn't make me build a pergola first. The rear wall sheetmetal is cut out, but waiting to be welded up. I first drilled holes in the channel supports to make spot welds throughout, so then I can weld around the edges to complete it.

I am using the roof section that is about a 1/2 inch shy of the total width. I had to take the bends out of the roof due to the raised sections aligned with my supports, so that was not going to work. Since I flatened it out it has a lot of crinkles in it that I need to work on to get out a little, but I figure it will be covered by bedliner eventually, so won't be "that" noticeable.
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Postby stusvend » Thu May 27, 2010 9:49 am

Just bondo fill the crinkles, sand and bedline it and you'll be good to go. :)
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Postby Metal88 » Thu May 27, 2010 11:59 am

stusvend wrote:Just bondo fill the crinkles, sand and bedline it and you'll be good to go. :)

makes sure to use fiver glass filler when filling arround welds. fiber glass filler is more water proof than other body fillers
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Postby TonkaToy » Thu May 27, 2010 6:23 pm

Man Ryan, I am digging this truck more and more!!! You are doing a stellar job. Keep it up!
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Postby VX1032 » Sun Jun 06, 2010 9:10 pm

Rear wall is welded in and ground down. Next is to move on to the bed sides.

I even moved it out of the garage for these pics.

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Postby RamAirZ » Mon Jun 07, 2010 12:25 am

Awesome job Ryan! Can't wait to see it finished!!!!
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Postby Metal88 » Mon Jun 07, 2010 12:46 am

nice!! now you can see where its going

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Postby VX1032 » Sun Jul 18, 2010 9:46 pm

It has been well over a months since i did any work on the truck. It happens with the yardwork and housework, etc. I spent 5 hours on it this weekend. Welded half the rear drivers wall in the bed, and cut out the other half. I also had to paint anything I have welded with primer as the humidity was causing surface rust.

Maybe in the next month I might be able to finish the rest of the wall.

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You can see I skipped the idea of making storage in the wall. I am only putting in a small access panel so I can get to the tailight connectors at some point if I need to. It will just be screwed in.
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Postby VX1032 » Sun Aug 29, 2010 4:51 pm

I am finishing up the passangers side rear and I have an issue I want to run by all of you. On the rear passangers side there is the bump out for the fuel filler neck. Also, behind that area is a few connections to the gas neck and one electical connection for the rear brake lights.

I was going to just make another cut out like I did on the driver's side, but I think their may be a few issues. First, to make it work, I would have to make it larger, and then to still gain access to this area I would need to unscrew the cover for this area. That covers screws are completey rusted and probably won't come off easily, along with it being attacdhed with that sticky foam.

I could make the cut out go over the cover, and then "if" Iever need to get to that area I would have to unscrew the cover and then deal with that cover.

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I could ditch the whole cut out, work the new panel I have to put in behind the cover and into the gap caused by the foam, and then "if" I ever have a problem, I would have to jsut deal with the cover.

The second would look cleaner, but would be harder to do, and I fear about welding so close to somethign that is supposed to be removed at some point, possibly.

Which way do you think would be best?
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Postby VX1032 » Mon Aug 30, 2010 7:40 pm

It came to me in the shower, the solution I mean.

I just took off the cover and made the cover the access panel. I have cut out the panel and will weld it up, leaving the area behind the cover, minus a half inch for access to the filler neck and wiring.

I figured the foam seal that the cover already had was not water proof since it was meant for the inside, not outside of the vehicle. It is better to deal with the drilling and retapping of the cover now, than after everything is finished as well.
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Postby RamAirZ » Mon Aug 30, 2010 9:38 pm

sounds like you got it figured out Ryan!
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Postby pmat » Wed Sep 01, 2010 12:04 am

Holy crap! that thing is awesome!
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Postby VX1032 » Wed Sep 01, 2010 10:03 am

Yeah, 12 miles or so at the end of the light rail.
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