Page 1 of 25 123411 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 370
  1. #1
    Do you ever leave? Hqtunna4me's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Beijing, Alaska
    Posts
    2,822

    Default My Ongoing Saga...Hq Tonner

    Well, here we go. I have had this Tonner for a bit over 5 years, Picked it up when the Missus was still in hospital after our second child, Ella. Paid the princely sum of $0 for it, from a mate. Also bought a wb ute for parts for $1000. It had been sitting in his paddock, no diff, alloy tray loaded with crap, smashed in hx prem front. Feral dark blue colour. But it had ZERO RUST. One of the benefits of living somewhere inland where it virtually never rains. Somewhere along the line all my early photos got deleted/lost by the missus(not happy). I have carted this to WA and back in the last 5 years, i'm not getting rid of this one, ive made that mistake before and regretted it ever since, more than once.

    First build was majorly rushed and have never been happy about it. Was in paint within 6 weeks, with me doing all of the repairs and my brother spraying it(painter). I have never been happy with it, mainly due to my prep work. Maybe im just hard to please.

    Here is a pic from early on, with my boy helping he loves this ute.
    [IMG]http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad85/Hqtunna4me/tonner2_zpsac571b28.jpg[/IMG]

    Basically this is how it stood up until Australia Day, what better way to spend Australia Day
    [IMG]http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad85/Hqtunna4me/P9227475_zps62a75131.jpg[/IMG]
    [IMG]http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad85/Hqtunna4me/P9227473_zps413c3c97.jpg[/IMG]
    A minute of thinking can save hours of doing

  2. #2
    Do you ever leave? Hqtunna4me's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Beijing, Alaska
    Posts
    2,822

    Default

    Basic Plans are a very good tidy up of what is there.
    Body is coming off the chassis and all chassis and suspension will be 2 pac painted silver.
    Polyurethane bushes throughout.
    Repaint engine and gearbox. Current engine is 308, yella terra heads, basically l34 ish, standard bottom end which has been rebuilt with decent components etc. Has a torker inlet (which i would like to swap for something more suitable) Edelbrock carb. Mild 222@50 cam.
    Trans is a full Manual t400 with small dominator stall (2500ish rpm), Diff is 3.55 ten bolt.
    Wheels will stay the same with the convos.
    Cab will be resprayed gold(maybe a slightly different shade).
    Back wall might be cut out and flat wall welded in.
    Interior will be getting a set of GT forrester seats, and a basic retrim.
    I would love to put a 3 inch cowl bonnet on, but will see how we go.
    I am going to tidy/fill in the bonnet latch area over the radiator support.
    Will also be getting a fuel cell and tubbed tilt tray with jarrah floor. Tubs will be attached to the diff much like this..
    [IMG]http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad85/Hqtunna4me/PB066969.jpg[/IMG]

    So basically a fairly standard tonner build.

    Future plans, i would love to go either LS or big block, which is why im not spending too much on the driveline mods at this stage.

    now for a few pics of where im up to
    A minute of thinking can save hours of doing

  3. #3
    Do you ever leave? Hqtunna4me's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Beijing, Alaska
    Posts
    2,822

    Default

    [IMG]http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad85/Hqtunna4me/P1230208_zps2f3b0d05.jpg[/IMG]
    [IMG]http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad85/Hqtunna4me/P1220204_zpsb55ac84a.jpg[/IMG]
    [IMG]http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad85/Hqtunna4me/P1220199_zps4c274a63.jpg[/IMG]
    A minute of thinking can save hours of doing

  4. #4
    Do you ever leave? Hqtunna4me's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Beijing, Alaska
    Posts
    2,822

    Default

    [IMG]http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad85/Hqtunna4me/P1230210_zpsd05fe26e.jpg[/IMG]

    Cab should be coming off today hopefully, its ready to come off just need the muscle to turn up.
    A minute of thinking can save hours of doing

  5. #5
    Do you ever leave?
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Darling Downs
    Posts
    1,619

    Default

    Hope you don't change the colour too much, It really suits the car and convo's well.

    Look forward to seeing this come together.

  6. #6
    Do you ever leave? Hqtunna4me's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Beijing, Alaska
    Posts
    2,822

    Default

    colour wont change much at all, IF i change it at all. Son is pestering me to go work on the ute so i better go do something, after lunch.
    A minute of thinking can save hours of doing

  7. #7
    Newbie cockroach's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    north west
    Posts
    14

    Default

    so many tonners getting built on this forum now, and all of them (including this one) are being taken to the next level. this one looks great in gold, are you going to fold out the back of the cab?
    good luck with all the work you have planned for this thing

  8. #8
    Do you ever leave? Hqtunna4me's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Beijing, Alaska
    Posts
    2,822

    Default

    I am seriously considering doing the flat rear wall, simply for the extra interior space.The flat rear wall also has bonus that it looks really good from outside . If i do it it will have a double skin with about an inch between the skins. This way i can drill and put rivnuts through for holding whatever i decide to put there.

    got a little more done, removed the doors. Just waiting on some blokes so i can lift off the body. Also been hanging things from the roof of the shed so i can get some space back and be able to move again.
    [IMG]http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad85/Hqtunna4me/nodoors_zps49be9238.jpg[/IMG]
    A minute of thinking can save hours of doing

  9. #9
    Do you ever leave? Hqtunna4me's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Beijing, Alaska
    Posts
    2,822

    Default

    Not happy with the floors, at some stage it has been wet and will now need floor pans. Bugger. At least when they are done i wont have to worry about it.
    A minute of thinking can save hours of doing

  10. #10
    Do you ever leave? Hqtunna4me's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Beijing, Alaska
    Posts
    2,822

    Default

    Got the cab off with the help of a few mates.
    [IMG]http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad85/Hqtunna4me/P1310217_zps337fd638.jpg[/IMG]

    Now to get stuck into pulling everything unnecesary off the chassis, then i will take it to get blasted, in a few weeks. For the mean time i will get the bushes and everything pressed into the arms.
    [IMG]http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad85/Hqtunna4me/P1310218_zpsfb021943.jpg[/IMG]
    A minute of thinking can save hours of doing

  11. #11
    Do you ever leave? DHOGES's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Perth
    Posts
    1,857

    Default

    Your build sounds like its going to be a good one!
    Looking forward to seeing it progress.
    I also like the idea of the double skinned rear wall.

  12. #12
    Do you ever leave? Hqtunna4me's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Beijing, Alaska
    Posts
    2,822

    Default

    Thanks for the kind words. Progress wont always be quick, but i want it right this time.

    Yeah i havent noticed anyone doing a double skinned wall so if i do it thats the way i will do it. Just makes sense to me.
    A minute of thinking can save hours of doing

  13. #13
    Part of the furniture phtwgn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    sydney
    Posts
    1,139

    Default

    Will be watching this one !

  14. #14
    casual poster Dan66's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Dublin
    Posts
    312

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Hqtunna4me View Post
    [IMG]http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad85/Hqtunna4me/P1230210_zpsd05fe26e.jpg[/IMG]
    Did you have cooling problems? biggest fan I've ever seen pulled off a Holden

    Was never big on the Tonners in my youth but they have grown on me alot!!! It looked great anyway so the new build will be excellent.

  15. #15
    Do you ever leave? Hqtunna4me's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Beijing, Alaska
    Posts
    2,822

    Default

    haha yeah i dont think i'll refit it though lol. I tend to get a bit more carried away than i mean to, last build was a"quick tidy up to drive ".
    The joys of renovations and restorations going on at the same time. That is the other reason progress won't always be quick.
    A minute of thinking can save hours of doing

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. My WB Ute History and Ongoing Build
    By MuckUte in forum Conversions, Rebuilds & Project Cars
    Replies: 65
    Last Post: 28-04-2014, 01:15 PM
  2. WB 1 tonner to VY-VZ 1 tonner diff swap?
    By sbchatch in forum Driveline & Suspension
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 18-09-2012, 10:09 PM
  3. XB coupe - 532 big block ongoing build
    By 532man in forum Conversions, Rebuilds & Project Cars
    Replies: 91
    Last Post: 06-05-2009, 11:01 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •