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Looking great Stephen! Not looking forward to rebuilding my tub. Nice grinder too, got the same one :) 

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A new tail gate made by my friendly fabricator...E0360129-8E6A-4E8C-A37E-3F86E5C97FBD.thumb.jpeg.2a2cfffd65c7b10ca8a1721999960eb2.jpeg

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He said he surprised himself - I’m delighted ! 

The only bit re-used is the tilt hooks.

Tub has gone to paint and I’ve made up the final list of parts I need to buy for it. Getting closer.

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That looks cracking! 

 

Or rather not likely to crack!

 

Whatever, jolly good show :)

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1 hour ago, Soren Frimodt said:

This is just turning out so amazing, my favorite 80" build on the web by far :i-m_so_happy: Hope to see it in person someday!

I’d love to come and meet you in it 😊

The broad plan is Causeway Coast in Ireland as short first trip. NC500 to stretch its legs a bit more with a family holiday. Then the French/Italian Alps - After that Id like to come to Scandinavia.

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Another bid for practicality was some form of interior light - to that end I’ve picked my up a variant on the lights I fitted in the bulkhead side lights.

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It has an interesting lense, where the light is diffused when the viewing angle moves beyond square. So the idea is that it should work without dazzling me.

There is an existing (unused) hole in the bulkhead, below the dash, where is should sit quite nicely. I was then thinking where could I put a switch and what should it look like to not look carp.... when the lateral thought cropped up: repurpose the dash light switch. I love elegant solutions like that.

i can’t think of a situation where you’d want to the gauges unlit when the car lights are on? So it’s a simple job of wiring the gauges to light off the main light switch and uses that nice little pull switch as an interior light switch.

I know this is a really small thing - but I love this kind of detail.

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Unlit gauges were used when driving around with candles for headlamps on dark country lanes, that's all. It allows your eyes to adjust to the dark better, and ultimately the gauges shining in your face does very little.

Same reason you used to get dash dimmer knobs, even in quite recent memory.

if you have upgraded headlamps then it will be of little use to you. :)

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34 minutes ago, Bowie69 said:

Unlit gauges were used when driving around with candles for headlamps on dark country lanes, that's all. It allows your eyes to adjust to the dark better, and ultimately the gauges shining in your face does very little.

Same reason you used to get dash dimmer knobs, even in quite recent memory.

if you have upgraded headlamps then it will be of little use to you. :)

That makes sense - though I can’t help thinking that such such dim gauge lights it may have been optimistic that they would spoil your night vision 😆. I could barely read the gauges with a dynamo.

in my own mind I’d thought it may be how it is with the lights on classic bikes, albeit they are 6v systems, where there just isn’t enough watts to go around. I have a little BSA where the headlight grows brighter as the other bulbs fail, even on standard wattage bulbs....

But you’re right - I’ve Halogen headlights on it now, so should hopefully be able to see where I am going.Also having a proper 12v DC with plenty of amps and LED’s things should be quite different to how it was in 1951.

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Also useful in military, when sneaking around without headlamps, using only the axle illuminating bulb to follow the truck in front :)

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The next batch is back from paint:

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Theyve come out really well.

The two uprights are the panel for the windscreen - I had two so got them both painted.

Under the tailgate are the doors wrapped up.

Next step is cleaning the galv capping sand starting to rivet it back on.

Seat box has gone for paint and I have most of the fittings for the heater to crack on with that when it’s back.

i bought a lubrication plate that fits on the slam panel - it’s actually possibly a later one than for this 80” - but rivet counters may not notice whilst they are distracted by the 200tdi?

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That colour :wub: 

Cant wait to see it all finished, she’s going to be a beauty!!!

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Got the badges painted and then rubbed the tops down on some wet and dry to key them for the yellow ...978AE4B7-7C73-4C7F-8562-CCA7C6A369C1.thumb.jpeg.f731e1b5ca8f136b647c65044456affe.jpeg

then with a mixture of a dabber and brush got to here...

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tense business this ! 😊

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Damn that's neat - reminds me of this, spotted at Brooklands:

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Mind you, this was also there which was immaculately restored but the body & paintwork was left totally untouched (likely just rat-waxed):

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They look great !   If mine had its original paint - I’d have preserved it.....

That early one with the unusual badge and the numberplate on the other side is R03. The 3rd one made and the first one they road registered. There are some great photos of it at an early press release in Spain.

Calling it a day on the badges now 👍🏻

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So!   It’s had a rush of activity 😊

The tubs fitted, so we could space the bulkhead to give the right door gaps. The fronts been on for a bit - but as you’ll know it all references from the fixed point of the rear crossmember.

The galv has cleaned up brilliantly and having all the fasteners ready meant it now looks like this:

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Well jealous!, looking very good now..... isn't the driver's seat  bit far back though?:D

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Hard to get far enough back to take these pictures of the doors...

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Windscreen folded down - looking forward to ‘wind in my face driving’

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Any Resident Rivet Counters (RRC) will say that the dots next to the T on Triplex and the T on Toughened dates the screen as Jan 1951.

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16 minutes ago, Blanco said:

Well jealous!, looking very good now..... isn't the driver's seat  bit far back though?:D

I’ve long legs 😂

13 minutes ago, landroversforever said:

Stunning work!

I can look at this thing for hours 😍

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Gorgeous!

 

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