I REALLY like this car and your work. This thread has inspired several projects. Thank you!
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My '92 Loyale: Safariwagon
Posted 22 May 2014 - 09:01 PM
Finally an update. Here are the current things that have been done.
This is what the hole in the passenger side strut tower started off as.
During. This was the hardest spot to recreate due to all the layers. But I think this area is now stronger than it would have been from the factory.
And this is after. I still need to recreate the inner fender wall/liner and another layer to tie the seat backing hinge to the chassis, but the fender wall will have to wait till I get the new wheel arches in so I have something accurate to go off of.
These are the wheel arch stampings from MillSupply. I will need to trim off what I don't need, but they are nice quality!
Subaru with 8-lug Dodge wheel on 245s. Ideas.
Edited by TheLoyale, 22 May 2014 - 09:03 PM.
Posted 27 May 2014 - 10:25 AM
Here we go! Over the weekend, I cut the old rocker off and cut out the rust that has formed on the inner rocker wall, now we're in the phase of reconstructing the inner wall, adding some support braces and then the outer rocker can go on! I already cut the new rocker and trimmed it, it looks like it'll match up as close as I can get it and should be good!
Posted 30 May 2014 - 08:59 AM
If anyone is looking for a good site dealing with any style of body clip, this is the place to go.
Yeah, found them last week looking for GM TBI injector connectors.
Are you going to blast the sill pocket, or ???
A small blasting bottle with crushed walnut shell would clean that up. Put tarps all around.Wear eye protection & a cap. Or a cheap hood.
Posted 30 May 2014 - 09:57 AM
I wire wheeled it all, it came off pretty easy. Once I weld it all up, I will coat it well before I put the rocker on.
On another note, I do really need to buy some type of media blaster, it would make things much easier and quicker!
Posted 30 May 2014 - 10:17 AM
HF Tools has both walnut & soda for blasting now. And the small bottles, but replace the cheezy hand valve with a deadman, which they also sell, very conveniently.
Ummm, nevermind the deadman. Read the reviews on HF. No so good.
Handheld spotblaster looks promising for detail work.
Edited by czny, 30 May 2014 - 11:20 AM.
Posted 31 May 2014 - 06:44 PM
Managed to get the rocker on today! Now its just a matter of getting the lower end of the rocker tied into the floor pan (Gotta make a very long *90 bent piece of metal)
Here is some progression shots.
Getting the rocker situated in place.
A little tug and pull and a BFH!
Time for welding!
And the final product, after grinding down the welds. Just need to apply some body filler in the crease and blend it all in.
Also, working on adding a little something to the rear gate for kicks.
Posted 10 June 2014 - 09:53 PM
Removed all the factory sound deadening today, even had a helping hand! Found more rust on the driver side! Never ends until you're done.
Needs a bit more welding on the floor pan, but its taking shape again.
Only the best girls work on Subies!
Lowered the Suspension tube to gain access to another rust hole.
Rust on the driver side.
Posted 18 June 2014 - 01:14 PM
Looking for a non-A/C Alternator bracket for the EA82. Who has one they want to ship?
Posted 19 June 2014 - 07:33 PM
Put together the new KYB GR-2s with '86-'89 Accord Front springs. No cutting needed! These are gonna be nice and stiff and handle a good amount of gear.
Also finished reinforcing the passenger side strut tower.
This will be the next thing getting cut out!
Cleaned up and recoated the Brake Proportioning Valve. Getting new Stainless hardware to remount it.
Work is slowing up due to the week long weather.
Posted 20 June 2014 - 10:53 PM
Those are Looking Good, Thomas!
I Hope you could fit the Tempo ones, easily.
You are doing an Awesome Job with the SafariWagon!
Keep us Updated.
Posted 23 June 2014 - 10:11 AM
Finished installed the Tempo springs on the front struts and have bolt the front suspension back together.
Also, this is a USMB First! Retrofitted a '09-'14 Honda Fit rear wiper arm on to the Loyale. Direct bolt on upgrade!
More updates to come!
Posted 24 June 2014 - 07:57 AM
Looking Awesome Thomas!!!
I bet you'll Like the New Handling on the SafariWagon!
Posted 24 June 2014 - 09:59 AM
Hoping it rides similar to its big brother Landcruiser, Nice and firm!
Posted 25 June 2014 - 06:13 PM
Thank you again for keeping up on this thread. I probably wouldn't have bought the '92 Loyale I am fixing up now if I hadn't been following this. I can't wait to see more updates. At least it looks like you have good weather to work in finally. I really need to buy a welder and get going. Is yours flux core or do you use gas? What would you recommend for a machine that is well suited for this type of work?
Edited by Crazyeights, 25 June 2014 - 06:15 PM.
Posted 25 June 2014 - 11:34 PM
No problem! I always like updating with new info! As for the Welder, I use a Flux-Core. Lincoln WeldPak-100 with either .030 or .035 wire. I would recommend a decent welder, Lincoln, Hobart, Clarke ect. You want a welder that has some temp and wire feed speed adjustments. The Harbor freight welder is more tricky to use as I've seen one in action.
For my welder, typically welding 18ga or whatever these floor pans/body panels are made of, I leave mine on A setting for temp and have the wire speed about 2.5. If I need more heat for thicker metal, I'll put it on the B setting with same wire speed (There is a chart on the welder showing what each setting is best suited for and how fast to make the feed)
I could probably weld 1/4" steel on D setting and feel safe that I got good penetration. Flux-core can do pretty much, and once you use one all the time you can even make pretty welds with it!
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