shiann wrote:Completely agree with you about how the brush guard mounts. I ended up using large bolts to attach also as the MBUSA spec cars had an internal thread on the quick release parts.
Love the color. The toyota cement color is amazing and I want to color change my truck also, but that won't be till way down the line.
Great job designing and 3D printing the gear. What material did you use? I've been 3D printing things for my truck also since I'm cheap too. haha.
The headlight and signal guards look great!
Keep up the great work!
Looked all over the internet to find a replacement gear for this. It seems it was also used in VW Vanagon vans from the 70s but their gears are super rare and no longer in production as well. Someone makes a gear out of brass but it's like $120 and I'm cheap. Decided to try and design one myself for 3D printing using manual measurements from the worn gear I had. Came out pretty good:
jlager wrote:Got the center console all cleaned up and all glue removed. Its slightly discolored in places so I might paint it with vinyl paint too:
Started cutting and fitting new door cards out of the ABS plastic sheets I got. It's not perfect yet but I'm liking it waaaay better than the tufted leather:
jlager wrote:Finally found a replacement for my worn out drag link. Not so much an issue for 1982 and newer Gs but the early Gs had a smaller cone size on the drag link ends and they are really hard/expensive to find.
Went full custom and ordered 1 ton GM tie rod ends and weld in inserts from here:
https://ca.tmrcustoms.com/products/heav ... -crossover
Bought some DOM tubing locally, cut it to the right length and had the inserts welded in professionally (don't trust my welding skills on safety related things). Had to ream out the pitman arm and steering knuckle for these to fit using a 1.5"/foot reamer for GM tie rod end cones. This reamer was the most expensive part of this: https://ca.tmrcustoms.com/products/1-to ... mer-1-5-ft
Came out pretty good and way beefier than stock (picture doesn't really show it well):
And now I can buy replacement tie rod ends for cheap locally!