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    Red face HJ One Tonner Re-Build.

    G'day all. Ever since I was about 15-16, I always wanted a tonner, so finally, now at 19, I have my own tonner. It's nothing unique, nothing to brag about, but it's mine, and 90% of the work on it I've done myself, so I'm pretty stoked about that.

    I know you're probably sick to death of seeing all of these tonner re-builds, but I wanted to show mine to the more knowledgeable and like-minded people.

    So, here she is.

    This is how she first looked, a rusty, worn out, yet still attractive car.





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    Let me know your thoughts on the re-build, and any criticism is always good criticism.
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    Looking good mate can never have enough tonner builds

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    Thanks mate.

    That is true. You've got a nice looking beast by the looks as well!
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    http://www.aussiev8.com.au/conversio...onversion.html
    Thats my build thread lol the old red utes no more to much rust

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    Well well, you did do a fair bit of work there didn't you. What did you use to clean the inside of the cab? Mine's got tar, glue and god knows what else growing on the floor pans and tunnel.

    How'd you go doing the sheet metal install for the back of the tonner?

    and I noticed you had a bit of trouble with the cowel lines to match the hj - wb front end. I didn't even know that the tonners all came out with HQ cabs and standard HQ cowel lines until I bought a different tonner. :/
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    sand blasted in and out lol that back panel is came up great mray comes to the bottom of the window so ist still unseen. yea but such a simple fix for those lines 3 cuts weld lil bit of bog n sorted.

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    not bad so far mate. Is that the original white you've gone with when you painted it? Also, if the pics were the right way up it would be a big help haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 253HXTUNNA View Post
    sand blasted in and out lol that back panel is came up great mray comes to the bottom of the window so ist still unseen. yea but such a simple fix for those lines 3 cuts weld lil bit of bog n sorted.
    I see, well, I must admit that the back panel's make it look better!
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    Quote Originally Posted by A PSYCHO View Post
    not bad so far mate. Is that the original white you've gone with when you painted it? Also, if the pics were the right way up it would be a big help haha.
    Thanks mate. Nah the white colour that is on it is the DuPont two pack high build. The colour I am going is PPG Automotive "Wired". It's a copper/orange and then a top layer gold pearl.
    I know, I re-uploaded some onto the new computer and they auto rotated.
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    Any progress?


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    I've been working on the beast whenever I get a spare chance, but I've been flat out with work trying to earn some dough for Christmas, so the work has slowed down. Not only that but my father had to close down his panel beating shop, so I've had to organize getting it moved back to my place. But now that its here, I can go out there and plod along with it.

    Recently I had this amazing break-through, I was at the shops and this old bloke walked up to me and asked me if the ute I was driving at the time was a HZ, I told him that it was and one thing led to another and he said "I have a lot of HQ one tonner parts that I don't need anymore, come pick it up and you can have it all."

    So I went there, grab him a carton and picked up the parts, he had a single head light nosecone, with bugger all rust or damage, proper HQ front bumber (not the standard tonner one) that had brilliant chrome on it still, a brand new tonneau cover, some side bars for a ute, new headlights, surrounds, indicators, mirrors. The stuff that I've been hunting on ebay for this guy gave them to me, and they are all in very good condition. The thing that I was spewing about was that he sold a fully rebuilt (and worked) red 253 for $100. then he had an original 5 speed out of the VK BT1 that he got rebuilt, and didn't use so he scraped it.

    Owell.

    So yeah, I've been getting there, engine's in, trans is in. Need to buy a wiring loom with the HQ plug on it, but everyone was excess of $150. The cab is getting wet-rubbed this weekend, and then it goes in for paint pretty soon. Just bought a set of HQ GTS flutes to weld in, then a bit of panel beating on the bonnet and the front end will be done, then it's time to start building the tray.

    That brings me to another thing, for the paint, I've decided to do it up as if it was a HQ SS, with the infrared and black paint outs on the front end, I think that would look pretty cool, and it's a big deal to my father who built an SS from the ground up, only to sell it two weeks later.

    And for the tray, we're putting a "hidden box" under the tray, so when you lift the lid it has esky material in it to put ice and drinks in for those party days not only that but we're putting a fold-able BBQ on the rear end. We may even put some truck stacks behind the cab, but I'm still thinking about that one.

    As soon as a I load up some new photo's I'll post 'em.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheQTonner View Post
    I've been working on the beast whenever I get a spare chance, but I've been flat out with work trying to earn some dough for Christmas, so the work has slowed down. Not only that but my father had to close down his panel beating shop, so I've had to organize getting it moved back to my place. But now that its here, I can go out there and plod along with it.

    Recently I had this amazing break-through, I was at the shops and this old bloke walked up to me and asked me if the ute I was driving at the time was a HZ, I told him that it was and one thing led to another and he said "I have a lot of HQ one tonner parts that I don't need anymore, come pick it up and you can have it all."

    So I went there, grab him a carton and picked up the parts, he had a single head light nosecone, with bugger all rust or damage, proper HQ front bumber (not the standard tonner one) that had brilliant chrome on it still, a brand new tonneau cover, some side bars for a ute, new headlights, surrounds, indicators, mirrors. The stuff that I've been hunting on ebay for this guy gave them to me, and they are all in very good condition. The thing that I was spewing about was that he sold a fully rebuilt (and worked) red 253 for $100. then he had an original 5 speed out of the VK BT1 that he got rebuilt, and didn't use so he scraped it.

    Owell.

    So yeah, I've been getting there, engine's in, trans is in. Need to buy a wiring loom with the HQ plug on it, but everyone was excess of $150. The cab is getting wet-rubbed this weekend, and then it goes in for paint pretty soon. Just bought a set of HQ GTS flutes to weld in, then a bit of panel beating on the bonnet and the front end will be done, then it's time to start building the tray.

    That brings me to another thing, for the paint, I've decided to do it up as if it was a HQ SS, with the infrared and black paint outs on the front end, I think that would look pretty cool, and it's a big deal to my father who built an SS from the ground up, only to sell it two weeks later.

    And for the tray, we're putting a "hidden box" under the tray, so when you lift the lid it has esky material in it to put ice and drinks in for those party days not only that but we're putting a fold-able BBQ on the rear end. We may even put some truck stacks behind the cab, but I'm still thinking about that one.

    As soon as a I load up some new photo's I'll post 'em.
    hey champ if your going to use a bbq in it make sure your hoses are connected to a secondary tank just for the gas and also box it in thick as you will need to get it engineered

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    All looking good mate, but please dont ruin it with truck stacks.
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    any progress ?

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