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Old 09-08-2017, 09:19 PM   #126
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We're now ready for the explanation on the 'tail gate related thing' pics above, please sir.
I'd be interested in hearing some guesses.

The tailgate function is turning into a real engineering exercise. Maybe not Bucha style execution, but we're mig welding, hammer and block, bang it out in your garage types.

It's going to be slick.

Time to get cracking for the company car show and the eEuro meet in a couple of weeks!
Like to see it in a coat of epoxy primer!!
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Old 09-08-2017, 09:48 PM   #127
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LOL - too much guessing in life day in, day out. I'll wait patiently.
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Old 09-09-2017, 01:43 AM   #128
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Dual swing tailgate? I.e it swings down or to the side?
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Old 09-09-2017, 05:57 PM   #129
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Dual swing tailgate? I.e it swings down or to the side?
that'd be cool. Not that fancy!

We had a couple hours today so we took a shot at using the outer section of the d-pillar from the parts car to blend the cab and bed rail together. It just took some fitting and cutting with the angle grinder and it worked out really well.









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Old 09-09-2017, 08:27 PM   #130
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Just keeps gettin' better...
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Old 09-10-2017, 12:21 AM   #131
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Can't wait to see the end product.
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Old 09-11-2017, 08:34 PM   #132
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What will you be using for quarter windows?
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Old 09-11-2017, 08:36 PM   #133
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What will you be using for quarter windows?
Going to have to use lexan or acrylic to make the curve
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Going to have to use lexan or acrylic to make the curve
Couldn't you have a glass shop cut a rear window down to size? It'll already have the curve.
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Old 09-11-2017, 09:34 PM   #135
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Couldn't you have a glass shop cut a rear window down to size? It'll already have the curve.
Good luck cutting tempered glass.
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Old 09-12-2017, 04:25 AM   #136
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You could sandblast the glass to size. It's done "all the time" for topchops 'n such.
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Old 09-16-2017, 08:30 PM   #137
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You could sandblast the glass to size. It's done "all the time" for topchops 'n such.
had never heard of that. I do have plenty of glass to work with.

The second pillar went as well as the first.





We also used some sections from the parts car to start building the rest of the hatch area.





This afternoon we made an end piece to cap off one of the bed rails. The piece was made from a scrap piece of bed rail, so we were able to take advantage of the nice edge. Looks simple, but it was time consuming.





Thought that came out really nicely. Just have to keep working our way around and finishing things off like this and the back will be ready for body work.

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Old 09-16-2017, 08:57 PM   #138
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Suhweet!!

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Old 09-17-2017, 04:16 AM   #139
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this thing is turning out so ridiculously awesome
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Old 09-17-2017, 04:37 AM   #140
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i like it! but not legal in france
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Old 09-17-2017, 01:39 PM   #141
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this is so damn good
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Old 09-17-2017, 08:51 PM   #142
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Thanks guys.

Did the end of the other bed rail, and also made a piece for the side of the top of the tailgate.







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Old 09-17-2017, 09:10 PM   #143
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Have you thought about how you're going to manage water/snow/ice in the "bed"?
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Old 09-17-2017, 10:55 PM   #144
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Maybe a hidey-hole in the floor?


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Old 09-18-2017, 04:04 PM   #145
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yeah, it's on the list*. Talked about some drains up front that run into the doors then out the weep holes.

* the "things we'll have to address at some point" list.
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Old 09-18-2017, 04:28 PM   #146
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all that and you cant put better tail lights on?
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Old 09-18-2017, 04:35 PM   #147
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all that and you cant put better tail lights on?
no, they have become a structural element to the back of the car. The lights can never be replaced or it will go to pieces.
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Old 09-18-2017, 05:45 PM   #148
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no, they have become a structural element to the back of the car. The lights can never be replaced or it will go to pieces.
I just love that kind of clarity. ;)
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Old 09-18-2017, 08:59 PM   #149
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no, they have become a structural element to the back of the car. The lights can never be replaced or it will go to pieces.
and upset the perfectly set 50-50 weight distribution.
we shaved the top of the tail lights to trim it in perfectly, so they're custom too!

You should see how foggy one of the headlights is - that'll really get you going
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Old 09-20-2017, 08:03 PM   #150
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I want to see how the inspection goes. Mass is going to stricter ones in october I heard
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