The exploding gas can is a nice touch
I try to keep it fresh, y'know.
Always good to see a shiny new floor! Definitely a steep learning curve the first time you do it. Does it appear to offer up about the same size? Mine did pretty much apart from the side rolled seems but managed to manipulate them well in the end.
The smallie floorboards come in a couple different widths. This one is pretty darn close (it should be spot on, but repop, never quite right, yadda yadda yadda), but I'm not worried about it matching up.
Getting the legshield curve sorted so I can start cutting will be the next adventure. The existing sheet metal on this thing is super-thin. I think I used 22ga when I was patching my VBB, and the blowthrough wasn't too bad--but where it was bad, it was TERRIBLE for whatever reason. This will be relatively easy by comparison, I think.
Is the engine still on holiday?
That's a major job that only ends in full respray and total rebuild. Going to keep you busy.
Yep. CM1 still has the engine, either held hostage until I come back and remove the stickers I left around his workshop or maybe because he's been busy earning a living. Either way, all good.
In an act of ultimate hindsight masochism, I think I'm going to try and free the rings and see if it will run one last time on the old cylinder and piston. I kind've doubt it, but it'll be an interesting experiment either way.
And, yes, full respray. The mechanicals & electrical were all sorted, so other than re-installing them after I finish, not that much work. I'm going to do a few quality of life improvements, too, while I'm at it.
For example, SoCal showed me how he installed the CDI inside the frame on Red, which was something that Vader showed him many moons ago. Cleans the motor's visible complexity and messiness up *significantly*. Given that wiring aesthetics are not one of my strong suits, that's a perfect thing to do.
What color are you going to paint her?
It's going to be Cool Grey Khaki, which is a few years old Subaru paint color. I think it'll be the bomb with blacked out running gear and trim.
Greasy, this one's for you!
Cool Grey Khaki