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Post  RAT BAG on Fri 24 Feb 2012, 8:51 am

Thought I would post up some pics of one of my other projects.

Bought this a fair while ago while scouting for parts for my xp coupe. While the van has been at my mates shed getting things done to it that im not confident in doing I have been playing around with this a bit

Plans are to have it original looking just as god intended it. 4 link the rear and bagged all round. I love the patina and the look of it at the moment. Sure it has a some rust bubbles here n there, the tailgate isnt real nice but hey its 50 this yr and im sure if I still look this cool at 50 ill be cheering bounce

Anyway heres some pics of when I first found it. looked terrible at the time but I could see the potential in it





surprisingly enough the body was rust free. just a couple small bubbles on the rear 1/4 and the floor pans which need replacing.

so i put a diff under it and dragged it home.



also got a passanger door and tailgate off another ute I had for parts which was luckily the same colour



ripped the engine out as it was seized and I plan on putting the 250 from my xy van into it.
I also put a grille, front bar and lights and a visor that I had lying around on it and some NOS taillights and rings that I had from another car on it too. It finally started looking like it should again







I have a mate who is a trimmer so one weekend we ripped this xf bench seat I had in another car out, removed the headrests and he trimmed it up for me



and thats how she currently sits now





I am now collecting parts to finish it off. Got myself a really good pair of front guards for it and they are the same colour too which was a score

moss looks sweet Smile




and have bought a 4link, bags and everything needed to bag it all round (except for front bags atm, should get them soon)

Will hopefully have some more updates in the next few weeks if people are interested

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Post  RAT BAG on Fri 24 Feb 2012, 8:53 am

oh and here are a couple of the funny things that were on it when we found it haha

Like the home made bullbar


the original "my family" drawing


the 4 stud to 5 stud converted wheels


or the race signage up the side
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Post  The Zodiac on Fri 24 Feb 2012, 12:39 pm

That's cool dude but how sweet is that pink cosy coupe!!!! Laughing

I moved this to the ute catagory for you dude, the patina look is taking off and this thing will make an awesome cruiser! With so many projects club rego could be a blessing to enable you to enjoy them all.......... Wink

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Post  RAT BAG on Fri 24 Feb 2012, 1:40 pm

The Zodiac wrote:That's cool dude but how sweet is that pink cosy coupe!!!! Laughing

haha you have a good eye my friend. that is only 1 of Rubis many cars she has haha.

This is her favourite though. A custom Phantom Purple painted jeep haha

when we first got it given to us it was a bit worse for wear. But she loved it. Like her dad she wanted something flash though haha


so she helped me rip it down and paint it




and now she loves it better then ever and cruises it whenever she can haha




The Zodiac wrote:I moved this to the ute catagory for you dude, the patina look is taking off and this thing will make an awesome cruiser! With so many projects club rego could be a blessing to enable you to enjoy them all.......... Wink

sweet thanks. yeh it is becoming pretty popular isnt it. should look very cool when its all done. Low and Slow haha. Club rego will be a blessing for me haha. This thing is really only getting built to take to rod runs etc so would be soooo good.

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Post  HQVAN on Fri 24 Feb 2012, 5:16 pm

Should make a cool cruiser mate, I should get a pic of the similar one I see at work all the time for you.

Looks like someone was planning to make a sedan delivery out of it the way that wagon roof was sitting on it in that first pic! That would be cool! Cool

The pic of the 4 to 5 stud pattern conversion is a bit scary! affraid

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Post  Rusty62TransAm on Fri 24 Feb 2012, 5:37 pm

Absolutely Brilliant Brad.
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Sounds like your Plans are going along nicely.

Love the original Accessories. lol!

I'm looking forward to watching this one progress as well.

Rubi's Ride is totally Pimped and Awesome. Great to see she is taking after her Old Man.

scratch Who says you can't look good at 50? lol! There's a lot of GMILF out there. lol! jessrab


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Post  RAT BAG on Fri 24 Feb 2012, 9:03 pm

Get some pics mate that would be cool. I would love to see it.

I have thought about cuttin that other roof up n using it as a cool sort of hard cover for it haha. Maybe one day

And Yeh rusty you certainly do see the odd cougar around these days haha.

Hoping to get a bit more work done over the wkend so will keep you all updated.
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Post  RAT BAG on Mon 27 Feb 2012, 8:36 am

bit more of an update over the weekend

got the new guards put on to replace the old rusty dinted ones.

Passenger one is awesome. so happy with it



I hadnt taken the drivers guard off yet so was a little worried about what was behind there and the front of the sill.


But it was awesome. no rust, hardly even any surface rust, Just red dirt haha. So I cleaned it up and POR15 is all before putting the drivers guard on.

drivers one is alot straighter then the old one too. It does have an old repair in almost the same spot as the old one but it is a much better guard. Looks worse because of the moss but its awesome



I also pulled the hoodlining out. It was half torn and because the ute was sitting in a paddock with no passenger door for so long it was full of grass up in the roof.
So we ripped it out and gave the whole roof a clean up. For now this will be how it stays Smile until summer when it starts to heat up haha



and I whacked some black stocks and whitewalls on it Very Happy







While I had the wheels off I just had to try one of my billets on it haha. Looked fat, But didnt fit at all. Had no chance of turning the wheels with it this low haha



I think I like this look better anyway. What more could you want out of a pig.
Patina, Moss, Slammed and Whitewall tyres rockon



and that was my wkend work. Its starting to look pretty darned cool now I think
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Post  The Zodiac on Mon 27 Feb 2012, 3:29 pm

Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool

Sweet as Brad! cheers

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Post  VAN 64 on Mon 27 Feb 2012, 7:58 pm

Really love this old thing. No offence but if it was mine I would turf that new seat and stick an original bench back in it. Even if its stuffed I would just sew a couple of old hessian bags to the springs just to keep that old rat theme intact. To me it is stuck between two themes with that new seat in it.
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Post  RAT BAG on Mon 27 Feb 2012, 9:12 pm

No offense taken mate I completely agree with you. To start with I had planned on painting the ute but the more I looked at it the more I love the ratty look of it. I'm going to be keeping the seat just so it's comfy and nice to drive in but will be chucking a Mexican blanket over it Smile
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Post  VAN 64 on Mon 27 Feb 2012, 9:26 pm

Fair call mate. Either way its a cool ole bus. Will be turning some heads when you eventually bust it out and cruise cool2

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Post  Rusty62TransAm on Tue 28 Feb 2012, 12:24 pm

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Post  fc59 on Tue 28 Feb 2012, 3:04 pm

i think the list of cars i NEED to own had just grown Laughing

looks vantastic nop sorry uted nop screw it ill just stick with cool Cool
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Post  themadvanner on Wed 07 Mar 2012, 8:35 pm

hey man,

that is the sweetest ride i think iv almost ever seen ,after seeing this im goona buy one of these bad boys and do somewhat the same thing affraid im looking at xk's and xl's and such cause there real old school looking rides and i have some money at the moment Very Happy anyway how low is that? from stock or from the ground ;D get back to me aye

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Post  RAT BAG on Thu 08 Mar 2012, 8:35 am

thanks mate. it is a pretty cool thing. the old xk and xl utes are getting fairly thin on the ground these days so its good to have this old girl still looking original haha.

the rear is mono leafed at the moment just to see how low it will go with the bags and 4link in without notching the chassis. Im happy enough with it going that low haha.

The front is the same deal. we removed the springs to see how long it would go before hitting anything. the sills and front are still well over 100mm but I dont know how I will go getting an exhaust under the thing at that height.

In saying all of this mate everything is for sale for the right price and I would love to get my van on the rd so you could always make an offer on mine Wink haha
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Post  HQVAN on Wed 14 Mar 2012, 8:36 pm

Hey Brad,

I finally got some pics of the ute I was talking about. When I first saw it it had original paint with a wicked patina effect to it, some subtle pin striping and looked awesome. Cool

It has since got new paint and looks really neat, but I liked it alot more when it had the ratty look to it!

It still has a mexican blanket chucked over the front seat...











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Post  RAT BAG on Wed 14 Mar 2012, 8:53 pm

wow Karl thats awesome! thanks heaps for that
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Post  HQVAN on Wed 14 Mar 2012, 9:18 pm

No worries mate, thought it might give some inspiration!

But like I said I preferred it with the original paint and patina. Still it is a very neat looking ute, is it a XM?

Hope you decide to finish the theme on your ute, would be good to see it complete.
(stick her on a trailer for the van-in? Laughing )

Although.....I am really looking forward to your van being complete..... would be awesome to see a wild violet XY van on the road.... rare as rocking horse s@#t! Such an awesome color!
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Post  RAT BAG on Wed 14 Mar 2012, 9:57 pm

cheers mate. comments like that help to keep me motivated haha.

Yeh that ute is an xm. xms are damn rare these days too. not alot about. I am definately keeping the stock original theme with my ute. If i decide to paint it and strip it down it will be another half done project to add to the collection haha. I cant have that I just want to drive the thing already. Got the engine mounts sorted out now and will hopefully get the engine (just a 250 pre crossy) in in the next couple of weeks. Also dropped off the gear for my 4link today to have some brackets made up so should have some more progress there soon
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Post  RAT BAG on Mon 16 Apr 2012, 9:21 am

got a bit more done to the old girl on Saturday.

a mate of mine has just finished building a 250 2V to put into his xt so I got his old 221 and BW35 for my ute.

so we ripped the engine out of his car





and dropped it straight into the old ute







also got all my airbag brackets made up ready to go in



then we pushed it outside in the open for the first time since putting the guards n wheels n stuff on it. Starting to look pretty cool I think

















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Post  Rusty62TransAm on Mon 16 Apr 2012, 12:11 pm

Way KOOL Brad! drool

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Post  RAT BAG on Mon 16 Apr 2012, 12:53 pm

I know Rusty mate. that would top my little collection off. I dont know if thats going to happen at the moment though. Price seems pretty firm
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Post  fc59 on Mon 16 Apr 2012, 7:08 pm

The more pics you post the more I won't one lol!
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Post  HQVAN on Mon 16 Apr 2012, 7:14 pm

Looking the goods Brad! ff
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