And yet more truck

I know this is probably getting a bit monotonous but its a pretty big project. I might put entries about my truck build into a separate page so the site isn’t all about the truck.
All 7 rims are now restored. Just a final coat to go on tomorrow.

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The rear end and undercarriage is all finished and today I turned my attention to the front end. Overall big Red is in great condition for a 40 year old truck. There is virtually no rust other than a bit of surface rust under the truck. I pulled the front of the truck off today which turned out to take a lot longer than I expected. As a result of these trucks being built for use by the British Army, everything is massively built. They are virtually bullet proof. Here is big Red with the front off.

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Of course Cutty was supervising everything I did.

I’ve tidied up the wiring, checked the steering box and tomorrow I’ll go over everything under the cab and give it a freshen up with some rustproofing paint. I’m going to spray the entire underside with a heavy duty zinc galvanising paint which should give some protection from rust for the future.

Here is a close up of what’s under the cabin.

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I had to cut a couple of pieces of steel off the bumper bar that were left overs from the water tanker sprayers. About 6 months ago when I was doing some work with an oxy I looked into getting a plasma cutter. After doing a bit of research I came across a product called MultiPlaz. It is a plasma cutter and welder. I figured that I’d be doing a lot of cutting and welding with my truck project so I bought one. I’ve used it extensively to cut steel from the frame of the truck and weld a few pieces together. I’m still getting the hang of welding with it as it’s a bit different to regular arc welding and more like tig. Here is a picture of the MultiPlaz.

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These little machines are awesome. It doesn’t need any gas but uses water as a shielding plasma. The water is contained in the gun. It cuts effortlessly through plate steel and can even weld aluminium. It also cuts concrete and ceramic tiles.
I love this little machine. Here is a picture of it cutting through steel.

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The piece of steel I had to cut today was a bit awkward to access so I cut it freehand. Here is a photo of the cut. It’s not as clean a cut as can be achieved if using a guide and not free handing.

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Wheels finished, painted and new tyres fitted. Just need to get them back onto the truck.

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