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Post  Jabba on Sat 17 Sep 2016, 8:41 am

I recently bought Dazed as a roller. It's still in amazing condition, although it's taken some hard elbow grease to get all the chrome and paint looking like new again. My plan is to keep it as original as possible. The murals are still in great condition and I can't wait to get it back on the road. I'm always looking for photos of it, so if you have some can you please post them. I'll post some photos when I work out how to do it.
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Post  Jabba on Sat 17 Sep 2016, 8:54 am






This is how it looked after Wayne Flemmings handy work, amazing!!!
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Post  Jabba on Sat 17 Sep 2016, 9:10 am

This is how it's looking now after a lot of polishing.






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Post  panoz78 on Sun 18 Sep 2016, 1:08 pm

Very nice
It has defently held up well even with the improvement on the Salisbury to 9inch.
Pity all the chrome rear is gone and has advertising all over it though..
Have you pulled the motor out or did you buy it as a roller..?
The chrome is hard to look after but easy to clean ,a good wipe with polish and done.
Not like polished alloy where you have to put some elbow grease into swear


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Post  Jabba on Sun 18 Sep 2016, 2:43 pm

I bought it as a roller. I have a 308 and T400 for it but I'm waiting till I put all the nice chrome bits on them before they go in. Here's the underside before I polished it up.

Yeah it's a shame the chrome diff and springs are gone, still deciding if I head down that path or not. Here's the underside in its heyday.
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Post  Jabba on Sun 18 Sep 2016, 8:41 pm

Just finished another afternoon of cleaning and polishing. All the old chrome is polishing up like new.



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Post  panoz78 on Mon 19 Sep 2016, 10:33 pm

Looking good super
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Post  Jabba on Wed 28 Sep 2016, 7:52 pm

Thanks for the kind words, it's a privledge owning such a great ute. I done some chassis paint touch ups today in the engine bay and I'll post some pics once I can post photos again as I have some issues with my phone at the moment.
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Post  Jabba on Wed 28 Sep 2016, 9:27 pm

Murals after a polish.






Before chassis touch ups




After some touch ups with still some more to do, slowly but surely it's getting there.

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Post  Jabba on Fri 14 Oct 2016, 10:42 pm

Finished the chassis touch ups on Dazed this afternoon and painted my petrol tank gloss black and the brackets Chevy red. It's coming along nicely at the moment. I'll move onto painting my motor and gearbox and fitting chrome parts to both in the next few weeks.
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Post  Jabba on Fri 14 Oct 2016, 11:01 pm






Finished the chassis touch ups on Dazed this afternoon and painted my petrol tank gloss black and the brackets Chevy orange. It's coming along nicely at the moment. I'll move onto painting my motor and gearbox and fitting chrome parts to both in the next few weeks.
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Post  Jabba on Sat 15 Oct 2016, 10:38 pm

Sprayed clear on the chassis today, unmasked everything, fitted the fuel tank and detailed the underside again.






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Post  panoz78 on Tue 18 Oct 2016, 7:58 pm

Very nice
Your getting stuck into it .
It will be back on the road in no time..
But a word of warning about the chrome steering box cover ..
I have seen them break on the inside where the circling sits , then gives you two turns of free play in the steering wheel.
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Post  Jabba on Tue 18 Oct 2016, 9:05 pm

Thanks for the advice, steering seems pretty tight though & thanks for the kind words on the rebuild.

I hope to have it finished by mid next year.

I started cleaning & stripping the motor & box the other day. Going to paint block Chevy orange, box gloss black and it'll have plenty of chrome fitted. I want to get it looking as close to original as possible without spending a bucket load on it. I'm keepin my eye out for a polished tunnel ram, but haven't found any at the right price yet but fingers crossed.
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Post  panoz78 on Tue 18 Oct 2016, 9:57 pm

What motor are you going to run ?
Make sure the carbies are not too big :eg 308/304  with 2x600cfm..
It would be more streetable with 2x390cfm or 2x465cfm carbies and more responsive along with a leaner idle mixture (not rich like 2x600's)
Here's a little reading for you ,the same idea applies to a tunnel ram...
http://www.badasscars.com/index.cfm/page/ptype=product/product_id=440/category_id=13/mode=prod/prd440.htm


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Post  sinbin on Tue 18 Oct 2016, 11:21 pm

Jabba wrote:I'm keepin my eye out for a polished tunnel ram, but haven't found any at the right price yet but fingers crossed.
What money is the right price? I have a polished 253/308 Tunnel Ram in the shed along with a couple of Predators and a B&M Dual Mega Scoop.
It could all be sold on or parts of it.

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Post  panoz78 on Wed 19 Oct 2016, 12:26 am

I'm just going to ring you or Jon next time I need something James
you seem to have everything in that shed of yours..... jocolor
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Post  Jabba on Wed 19 Oct 2016, 6:23 am

Its a 308, with big heads, lumpy cam, 3k stall converter....so I'm told. I tried to upload a vid of it running but it wouldn't load. I was hoping to get a complete set up for under $1,500 but everything I'm seeing is well over that. It'll b a future purchase when the timings right.
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Post  sinbin on Wed 19 Oct 2016, 2:58 pm

I'd let the polished Ram go for $1000.
The complete set up for $2000.

Although the Ram. Carbies and Scoop has been professionally machine polished they will need a good going over with Autosol by hand (or similar) to bring back a mirror finish. (Seems you have that sussed anyway!)

I would suggest the prices are no only fair but an absolute bargain.

See this thread: http://majesticvanners.forumotion.com/t2483-smooth-s-lc-xu-1
Ram was painted way back then...



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Post  Jabba on Wed 19 Oct 2016, 5:44 pm

That looks amazing and I would love to have it now, but I'm working to a budget which I'm already running over with multiple chromed parts on order, an multiple interior parts I need to get plus the making of the front apron/spoiler I need to do. If it's still on offer in 6mths I'll take it off your hands. Why is it that everything comes on offer when you either already have it or it isn't in your budget at the moment
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Post  Jabba on Sun 23 Oct 2016, 9:19 pm

Tried some 12 Slotters I had in the shed today, they don't look too bad. Painted the box gloss black and clear coat, repainted the underside of the suspension and got all the overspray off the chrome after painting the chassis.











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Post  fc59 on Mon 24 Oct 2016, 9:40 pm

At this rate she'll be as much of a show stopper as ever in no time
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Post  Jabba on Tue 25 Oct 2016, 6:42 am

Hopefully it'll be finished by mid next year, well that's my aim. I'm hoping it'll look ok when it's done. It's going to be more of a cruiser than a show ute, but I certainly want it looking good so that I can do a few shows with it. If everything goes to plan, I'll put it in chrome fest at the entrance next year. Thanks to all for the kind words on the rebuild as I'm only an amateur at this stuff.
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Post  Jabba on Sun 30 Oct 2016, 9:06 pm

Painted the block today and tidied up the transmission, now I just need to fit the chrome oil sump and rocker covers and then it can be fitted in the ute....hope it looks good when it's in. There'll be the odd touch up here and there. Not sure if I should paint the manifold black, get a chrome one or paint it silver before I can afford and fit a polished tunnel ram.











How the block looked at the start

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Post  Jabba on Mon 31 Oct 2016, 8:27 pm

Fitted the chrome sump this arvo, looks pretty good....it's all finally coming together.







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