Blackie's Project Thread

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  1. Mike Moore

    Mike Moore Dreams of Cub Cadets

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    I hate it when a project turns into a lot more than I anticipated. :mad:

    I should be getting used to this, though...they're Scouts, after all. :rolleyes:

    Basically, the latest Scoutco project just got another month-ish added to it's timeframe for front floor replacement...in addition to all the goodies that I was going to be doing. :(
    I need to quit my day job...it's getting in the way of my play time. :D
     
  2. Brian Schermann

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    Re: Crrrrruuuuuuuud!

    Mike

    I find if you set long project schedules the setbacks don't seem so bad....
    Look I've been collecting parts for a rock crawler for yearsss.


    Brian
     
  3. Mike Moore

    Mike Moore Dreams of Cub Cadets

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    Re: Crrrrruuuuuuuud!

    Here's some pics...since the JEM website has pooped out (switched providers, nobody told me, lost info...blah, blah :mad: ) I went with photobucket.

    We pulled Blackie in to JEM to do a few "minor" mods to the interior and engine bay. We got started on it. We were about to pull the tub from the chassis (Within a few days, this project has already ballooned a bit from what we were going to do, huh? ;) ) and I figured I'd better remove some of the old PO installed bedliner and check things out before sumthin stoopit happened. Crud...good call. You can't really see it, but the floors around both of the #2 mounts are crunchy, and there are 3-4 holes about the size of a golf ball on the left floor out near the rocker.
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    So...out come the floors. The night of 11/8 I had this:
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    The braces look really good. Still have some of the IH paint on them, even. :cool: It's easier to replace them than to work around them...but doing it like this, the structure stays intact. I hope. The #2 is tolerable. It's got some rust, but I'd rather fix what's there and not have to be too concerned with door alignment issues, etc. So that's the plan.
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    So I cleaned everything down, and welded an L shaped 3/16" brace to the inner rocker in the door opening area. The inner had a few small holes rusted in it, so this is a reinforcment for that.
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    Then I picked up the front end of the body (all body mount bolts are out...it's just sitting there) and realized how floppy it is with the outer rocker panel off. Figured the new outer isn't full length like the original ones were...so I'd better brace it up some more. I welded a piece of angle on the inner. It's full length from wheelwell to wheelwell. I welded it under the door, where the outer will cover it, but left the ends until the doors are hung. This thing is REALLY going to brace the whole structure up a lot. Props to Eddie for the idea.
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    And with the outer rocker panel on, you never see anything. :cool: I welded the top edge, but I'm waiting on the door/fender to be reinstalled before I weld the bottom. With the 3/16" L in there, it may stick out too far at the bottom to where I have to cut some off so the door doesn't hit it. Time will tell. I hope I don't forget to weld it before I paint it. :eek: I still need to flow the doglegs into the rocker, too. The rear one needs rebuilt, but the front one looks good.
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    Then I welded to floor on...at least part of it. I still wanted to clean up around the #2 mount, but I wanted everything to be braced as well as possible first. I cut the floor between the mount and the first brace. This gives the rear part more strength, while allowing me to work around the mount up front. The front piece is just laying there in the pic. It's ready to be drilled for spot welds, and welded in as we speak, though.
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    So, last night was a good night of work. From the second pic on through the last was all last night, in about 4-5 hours by myself. Not bad! :cool: I'll keep you guys updated on some of my progress down the road. :)
     
  4. Mike Moore

    Mike Moore Dreams of Cub Cadets

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    Re: Crrrrruuuuuuuud!

    PS-Do you have any idea how many flippin' holes are in a Scout firewall?!?!! :eek:
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    Re: Crrrrruuuuuuuud!

    Generally a lot more than original. Nature tends to add a couple. PO's tend to add a couple.

    E
     
  6. Rob Moore

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    Re: Crrrrruuuuuuuud!

    Wow, would have never guessed that Blackie would have that kind of rust going on. Can't wait to see the completed project.
     
  7. Mike Moore

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    I can't wait, either! I just hope the time and money hold out until then! :eek:
     
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    Re: Crrrrruuuuuuuud!

    Damn, that is a ton of holes in that firewall.
    Good Luck with it.

    Peace,
    Adam B.
     
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    Re: Crrrrruuuuuuuud!

    mike, it looked good when i saw it. keep up the good work.
     
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    Re: Crrrrruuuuuuuud!

    WOW!! Nice work there Mike!!!
    I am impressed with the work completed on Blackie.

    Just wondering were you planning on blasting the frame and repainting it?

    Keep the photos coming....

     
  11. Mike Moore

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    Sand blasting...no.
    Water blasting...yep.

    And welding up a few unused holes, shackle reverse, grinding, smoothing, painting, and several other tiricks. :) Should be fun once I get the floors done and get to start on the new, cool stuff. :rolleyes:
     
  12. Mike Moore

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    I got the passenger side cut out last night. No real surprises...'cept I forgot to pull the fuel lines before I cut into the floor. I got a wet, smelly foot out of it. :eek:
     
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    The Christmas season has made progress on the SCout a bit slow...okay a LOT slow. I ended out replacing the #2 mount on the passenger side, as after I got all the loose stuff off it was in foul shape. So I welded the new one in today, along with a new 3/16" inner rocker. Hopefully this week sometime I can get the floor all down and the door doglegs fabricated all the way around (I decided to mold them into the rocker...not factory style, but I think it looks better). After then the body can come off. :cool:
     
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    Please show us a pic of your molded doglegs.

    Brian
     
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    Re: Crrrrruuuuuuuud!

    Mike, what's that little "diverter" piece of steel sticking up out of the floor by the front dogleg? Does it channel water or something?

    Thanks,
    Jeff
     
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    Re: Crrrrruuuuuuuud!

    Mike-
    Seeing this thread come back up reminded me I was supposed to help you with something.

    Shoot me an email to remind me at the work site and I'll try to get it tended to tomorrow.

    Foy
     
  17. Mike Moore

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    Re: Crrrrruuuuuuuud!

    I had the floors made locally, and they were a bit too long. I cut out about an inch, and this is simply the seam where I put it back together.


    I'll get a few pics of the doglegs once I get them done, Brian.

    I'll email you tomorrow, Foy.
     
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    No, I mean this thing.

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    That's where the floor turns up at the outside edge (weatherstripping lip). It was a bit too wide up there, so I cut it along the bottom before it turns up, then bent it over out of the way, and now I can bend it back over to weld up against the kick panel and back to the floor later.

    I hope the makes sense. :confused:
     
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    BTT with thread name change.

    Ya know, this editing capability is something a guy could really have some fun with. Y'all be careful what you say about this old North Carolina boy. I've got the keys to having some serious fun at your expense :D
     

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