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    Front End lights

    Headlights are foggy old, with dust and unfortunately already loosing some of the reflector chrome plating, one of the turn signals has broken amber lenses and one of the cornering lights is very damaged. Took care of it the best way I could, before I can replace all the parts. Here on the fenders you can have a clue of its original second color (yellowish gray) that was covered with blue at some point in its life.
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    Front turn signals before and after cleaning.
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    Notice one of the front turn signals missing a big part of the amber lens.
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    Washed the front grill very carefully, as I want to keep it chromed if possible. If not, I will try to keep at least its "eyebrow" chromed to contrast with some dark gray on the grill.
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    Aussies are probably too used to the Patrol looks to think of it, but the front end looks darn mean in my opinion! It is a mean looking car!
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    Gave the front end lights a good wash. Notice here one of the corner lights missing some part.
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    This is how it turned out, for the moment:
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    Front lighting updates:

    For headlights, I got these LED ones with DRL from AliExpress:
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    For turn signals, on a work trip to Argentina, I was able to score these:
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    For the cornering lights, the only thing I was able to do so far was to make up for the missing part with resin. Not that good, I must admit, but I left extra material to be sanded once the car is painted and then will paint the surroudings with a similar gray color. I hope that it looks a bit better after that of if I can hopefully be able to find new ones for an affordable price.
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    Honey Badger Y60 build thread
    1997 Blue Nissan Patrol Y60 blacktop TD42 - Honey Badger
    1997 Red Suzuki Samurai Canvas Top SJ413 - Tatui
    2005 White Toyota Landcruiser FZJ105 - Stormtrooper

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    Rear End lights

    The tail lights were pretty rough and filled with dust. Left side had a big hole in it and both had bad contacts all over.
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    Took them out, gave them a good clean, checked all the wiring and cleaned contacts up to the point they worked. I had priced replacement ones from AUS and neighbor countries but all the quotes turned out very expensive. I had heard about some local companies that fix/refurbish tail lights and decided to give it a shot. What they do: they break it apart, clean all the parts. Then they search among their inventory of scrap yard tail lights for one with a close enough color to be used to patch the broken part. They square out the broken hole, cut a matching section of the scrap yard donor part, heat/bend/mod it to fit. Then glue and polish it. The result surprised me.

    Here you can see the patched part:
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    There is no crack on the reverse light white lens. It was also glued and polished, so it is all watertight.
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    Now compare with other side, which was polished as well:
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    Final result:
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    Honey Badger Y60 build thread
    1997 Blue Nissan Patrol Y60 blacktop TD42 - Honey Badger
    1997 Red Suzuki Samurai Canvas Top SJ413 - Tatui
    2005 White Toyota Landcruiser FZJ105 - Stormtrooper

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    OEM horns

    OEM horns were working properly (when hardwired to the battery at least) but looking ugly. Greenish/moldy kind of ugly. So one of those days with nothing interesting to work on the car, I decided to give them a good clean an paint. Only external work, I didn't pop them open.

    After some wire wheel:
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    And after some paint:
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    Now the fun part... They are sounding like crap now they are cleaned and painted LOL. Not sure what the external paint coat could have done wrong LOL.
    Honey Badger Y60 build thread
    1997 Blue Nissan Patrol Y60 blacktop TD42 - Honey Badger
    1997 Red Suzuki Samurai Canvas Top SJ413 - Tatui
    2005 White Toyota Landcruiser FZJ105 - Stormtrooper

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    The restoration work on the grill is perfect!!! Great job!

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    Bodywork - choosing colors

    So, by now the bodywork is done and the paint job is halfway though, but I'd rather post the complete work for specific parts so one can see the evolution. Also, at some point I was able to buy a donor junkyard car. Rusted to death but with several hard or impossible to find bits and pieces that I can use on mine.

    The actual choosing of the colors was made after bodywork was complete, but again, since I am going to show parts evolution from start to finish, the chosen color will be there, so let's start with the color.

    Since beginning of the restoration I felt in love with the 2020 GM Onix called Seeker Blue:
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    One day, on the drive-through to take my COVID jab, the car in front of me was a 2021 Fiat Toro in Jazz Blue:
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    Indecision had been planted! Also, for the "yellowish gray" part of the car, I was in doubt for a very light gold/beige or a bit more presence beige. So I ordered small samples to be mixed at the local paint shop.
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    Left to right we have Fiat Jazz Blue, Toyota Aurora Beige, GM Seeker Blue, Honda Shoreline Beige.
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    I feel it very hard to realize the tone of a color looking into a small paint card, so I decided to test the samples using the barn doors of the parts car. Gave them a good wash, some very light and uncompromising sanding and gave them a go. I combined darker blue with darker beige (Jazz/Aurora), not so dark blue with lighter beige (Seeker/Shoreline):

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    Both combinations came out stunning!
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    And the verdict: I stood with the original pick, GM Seeker Blue. I am glad I took the time to do the comparison, though. I would possibly have second thoughts when looking at that Jazz Blue on a car on the road. Also, my end product is a tidy more dark then the Seeker Blue in the tests, for the reason the test doors were white, while my real car had a light blue primer applied. That enhanced the final color perception a bit.
    Honey Badger Y60 build thread
    1997 Blue Nissan Patrol Y60 blacktop TD42 - Honey Badger
    1997 Red Suzuki Samurai Canvas Top SJ413 - Tatui
    2005 White Toyota Landcruiser FZJ105 - Stormtrooper

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    Bodywork and Paint - Roof

    The roof on my Patrol had at some point a roof-rack, but not the type that goes on the rain gutters, but rather, the one where the roof is drilled. Rack was no longer there, but the 8 holes were... Also, the back left corner was dented towards the inside of the trunk, most possibly due to carrying too much weight on the roof, or maybe due to someone standing on top of it.

    First, I took all the roof inside parts apart. The roof lining is completely stained of iron ore dust. I saved it for now, to be used as a template for a new one when the time comes.
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    From the inside the roof had surprisingly nothing to deaden the sheet metal sound other then very few patches of cotton/wool blanket. Tapping on the roof would make drum-like noises.
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    Here the roof dent had been roughly beaten back in place and the holes were welded shut. The roof panel was later softly beaten to a better finish.
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    Some more gently beating, light coat of bondo, lots of sanding and some protection primer.
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    All the parts are being primed with a multifill primer tinted with blue paint for the final sanding phase. Here the roof is ready for final paint and can be seen in such light blue primer.
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    After the bodywork was complete, we used SILOC 44 rubberized PU adhesive to fill the gap between the roof sheet metal and the roof cross-member supports I don't have a good picture of it now, but the same was done on the hood/bonnet and for that I have pictures that I will post here later. Now, tapping at the roof makes a solid thud. Very good already but proper sound deadening will be addressed at reassembly.
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    And the final result after 6 layers of Seeker Blue paint and 4 layers of clearcoat:
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    Honey Badger Y60 build thread
    1997 Blue Nissan Patrol Y60 blacktop TD42 - Honey Badger
    1997 Red Suzuki Samurai Canvas Top SJ413 - Tatui
    2005 White Toyota Landcruiser FZJ105 - Stormtrooper

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    Far out! That looks really, really good mate

    IF YA DONT GET STUCK YA AINT TRYIN HARD ENOUGH........OR YA TOOK THE CHICKEN TRACK

    WARNING: TOWBALLS USED WITH SNATCHSTRAPS DO KILL!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by growler2058 View Post
    Far out! That looks really, really good mate
    Thanks mate. There is some real dedication being put in it to make this dream come true!
    Honey Badger Y60 build thread
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    1997 Red Suzuki Samurai Canvas Top SJ413 - Tatui
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    Bodywork and Paint - Hood/Bonnet

    The bonnet under-structure was broken in a couple of places and poorly stick welded. it also had some dents on the front lip.
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    My friend grinded that out and mig welded it back. Even so, he admitted that it was not looking much better then it was before, for the sheet metal being very thin. Also, there was nothing else gluing the sheet metal to the under-structure anymore, so I redid the gluing with SILOC 44 rubberized PU adhesive, same mentioned in the previous post. Instead of putting glue just on the pockets available on the under-structure, I chose to put it on 100% of the structure. Tapping the bonnet now gives you a solid thud. Will probably do more appropriate sound deadening when the time comes.
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    Here you can see some of the mig welding that my friend was upset with the appearance. I have also later regretted myself for not cleaning up the excess glue right after application...
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    I bought myself a 120psi / 130L /5 cfm second hand compressor and a orbital sander and got to work.
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    That compressor ended up being insufficient for the task. I did some more research and found out that at least 10 cfm was needed for the orbital sander. After a couple of weeks monitoring local classifieds for a deal, with people asking almost the price of a new unit for their used ones, I figured it was a better idea to bite the bullet and get a new one.
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    Work then started to move faster.
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    My friend noticed some bondo spots on the front lip and some other parts and decided to bring it to bare metal and do some panel beating. That was quick work for a flap disc on a grinder.
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    After some filler primer and lots of sanding we got it to this point.
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    And after full priming the top side of it.
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    Back to the underside, it was being a pain in the butt of a job to remove the excess rubberized glue, so I decided to wire wheel it and then sand out the wire marks.
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    And right before we moved into the next primer, my friend decided to give his welds some better finish, so he grinded them down some and then primed it all. The bonnet was now in pre-paint stage.
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    Then came paint day, and after 6 layers of Seeker blue and 4 layers of clear coat, it was almost impossible to take a picture of the full bonnet showing its color such shiny it was. The pictures were reflecting the walls and not showing the blue in its entirety.
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    Honey Badger Y60 build thread
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    1997 Red Suzuki Samurai Canvas Top SJ413 - Tatui
    2005 White Toyota Landcruiser FZJ105 - Stormtrooper

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    WOW looks bloody amazing mate, I have a respect for the patience needed for body work (and skill of course), both I certainly do not possess lol . .

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