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Old July 18th, 2011, 02:46 PM
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Series 88 starting from parts 7-11

OK.... so I purchased a series 2a 88 from a mis-placed ad. It was inexpensive
This will be a project to work on with my brother (older than me) and my son (almost 10) for this Winter when business is slow.
I also purchased another series here on the board to build.........
The first question I have is this fuel tank worth messing with?
it feel rough on the inside and even though I can sandblast the outside I don't know how to clean the inside!
Suggestions?
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Old July 18th, 2011, 03:45 PM
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POR-15 has a pretty good tank cleaner or you could take it over to a radiator shop and they can clean and test it for you. A poor mans leak test is to take an air hose to it and see if it whistles.
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Old July 18th, 2011, 04:11 PM
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Have you tested to see if it leaks first?

Phosphoric Acid. Fill the dead volume of the tank with something hollow but small enough to fit through the fill neck. Empty Plastic soda bottles with the caps on, for example. Approximately $50 worth of the phosphoric acid to fill the tank at sufficient dilution.

Leave to react for a few days. Dilute with a garden hose to dispose.

Can you find a new fuel tank for cheap?
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Old August 6th, 2011, 07:45 AM
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Quick update

pics to follow when I get back to my laptop ...But
Some parts blasted and etch primed.
Waiting on a stack of steel parts to be galvanized.

Bought a second truck from Byron, now I have pretty much everything to complete 1 truck and a Great start on the 2nd....the plan right now is to get the frames and bulkheads ready for galvanizing.
My son (9 years old) just sandblasted his first couple of parts and prepped and painted....he was proud telling friends and his grandad!

On the first bulkhead, I need like 647.00 in parts according to RN. I'll be shopping for prices this week!
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Old August 6th, 2011, 09:46 AM
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I ran into a friend I worked with years ten years ago and he is going to fab an alum. Tank for me
Sweet! I'll keep the steel tank for the second truck. The bulkhead fro Byron is so much better than the DOT truck is disgusting....lots of work will be needed to get that one sorted.
I'm trying to make this organized and we started sand blasting but found out we can have it done for REALLY cheap nearby. A client of mine stopped by to check out the trucks yesterday...he builds old jeeps and the like and he said have it all blasted and save the time. I have not heard back from the galvanized on Barry's idea to sign a waiver incase the chassis breaks in dipping..".no worries, the bad chassis is in pretty good shape except for maybe 20" of welding on the tank area ears and of course replacing the rear cross member.
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Old August 6th, 2011, 08:21 PM
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This is what I'm starting with!
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Old October 10th, 2011, 02:54 PM
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So here was the starting point.

I since purchased a WAY nicer series 88 from a member of this board that is a GREAT START!
The plan in Getting the second one was to use it for parts but every part on "BAMA" was so much better that i realized i purchased junk to begin with.

I'm close to finishing dis-assembly on both now and should have the parts blasted and galvanized with in the next month.
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Old October 10th, 2011, 06:57 PM
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Old October 10th, 2011, 09:25 PM
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Thanks for asking, but right now I'm going to keep them.
I have almost enough part to build a second 88"
My brother is about to retire and has helped me here and there with the disassembly
I'm probably going to give him the second rover as a retirement present.
HE THINKS OLD ROVERS ARE COOL!
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Old November 4th, 2011, 01:48 PM
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series iia update 11-11

Whoohoo!
Everything is at the sandblaster and should be to galvanizing next week!
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Old November 5th, 2011, 03:13 PM
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My son and a friend using the air wratchet today!

This is just so cool! they had a blast too
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Old November 5th, 2011, 09:01 PM
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Sand Blasting finished

AWESOME! I just got the call my sandblasting is READY! Now I can make the galvanizing drop Monday!
SWEET!
I dropped a chassis, bulkhead, bumper and 3 five gallon buckets of various parts and all in it was $350
with my little set up it would have taken me 2 or 3 weeks to complete this.
This is a before photo of the bulkhead and the front with a light housing still in.

Love it when a plan comes together.....or even when it starts to!
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Old November 5th, 2011, 09:59 PM
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Are you galvanizing the front?
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Old November 5th, 2011, 10:12 PM
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Yes, pretty much everything steel will be galvanized.
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Old November 6th, 2011, 08:20 PM
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Well, I picked up the BLASTED steel. Found some chassis parts that need some welding.
nothing that's too big of a deal though. Worked it out to (hopefully) get it welded in the morning so I can drop it at the galvanize place tomorrow afternoon. fingers crossed, I'm tight for time this week.
Check out the clean rover parts!
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Old November 6th, 2011, 10:37 PM
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awesome
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Old November 7th, 2011, 07:38 AM
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John,

Looking good... looking very good.
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Old November 7th, 2011, 07:49 AM
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I hate to see you spend all this time on the chassis and bulkhead and still have them rust out. You really really need to chemically strip both as they have inaccessible areas that will surely need treatment. However as to the chassis it is probably best to just go with a new galvanized one rather than use the old. The old one isn't doing you any favors.
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Old November 7th, 2011, 08:02 AM
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Thanks Guys, I'm getting it dipped-n-striped (the chassis and bulkhead) before galvanizing
you are right too many nooks and crannies
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Old December 1st, 2011, 08:15 PM
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YES! Picked up the Galvanized parts

I got the call and ran up to get them this afternoon, its a 5 hour round trip.

I dropped the parts off before Turkey Day and they took 5 business days and about $421 and I have 146 sparkling steel mostly new looking parts. The chemical dip/strip found a couple of spots that sandblasting did not.......I'll have some time tomorrow to unload the trailer and check it out.
I'm waiting on greased poly bushings, parabolics and shocks to arrive now but I have work then holiday obligations that will delay me getting much done before I have to leave.

Can wait to get this puppy rolling!
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