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Old 11-06-2010, 08:28 PM   #81 (permalink)
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Actually, it does (did) have a renault(?) 2.1 TDI optional at the factory, which was wildly unpopular, for the same reason most 1980's diesels were so unpopular. I believe it had a standard option and, of course, 4x4 as an option.

Yes, I used some square tubing from something (???) I rescued from a dumpster. I just welded onto the bumper. The bumper is not very thick steel (10 GA, maybe) and thus not very strong. I only welded onto the bumper because I wanted it so that if I hit something, I wouldn't bend my frame (more than it is bent now). And because I'm lazy.

maybe this? Or this?

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Old 11-09-2010, 09:24 PM   #82 (permalink)
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This evening I put on my half belly pan! It is a 4x8 sign with a 8" by 48" rectangle cut off to make the front fit between the tires.
For the support needed, I welded studs (threaded metal, not wooden 2x4s) onto my frame near the front and rear suspension mounts. Then I bolted a 6 foot 2x2 piece of wood onto them, and simply screwed the coroplast onto it with washers. The front zip ties onto the bottom of the airdam supports (which I raised about 1.5 inches, and angled forward more).

The beams put the anchor lines a few inches lower, making the coroplast have plenty of clearance for the exhaust, namely the catalytic converter. After a test drive, the plastic was warm but not too warm. I'm sure it still gets plenty of airflow to keep it cool

There wasn't really enough light to get pictures, I'll try to remember tomorrow
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:56 PM   #83 (permalink)
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I would slap on a strip of aluminum flashing between the coroplast and the exhaust system. I found out on my setup that part of the problem wasn't when I was driving but after I had come to a stop and shut down. The radiant heat from the muffler was enough to melt the coroplast even though it was over 4" away and since there wasn't any airflow to keep the temps down

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Old 11-10-2010, 10:35 PM   #84 (permalink)
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Actually, it does (did) have a renault(?) 2.1 TDI optional at the factory, which was wildly unpopular, for the same reason most 1980's diesels were so unpopular. I believe it had a standard option and, of course, 4x4 as an option.

Yes, I used some square tubing from something (???) I rescued from a dumpster. I just welded onto the bumper. The bumper is not very thick steel (10 GA, maybe) and thus not very strong. I only welded onto the bumper because I wanted it so that if I hit something, I wouldn't bend my frame (more than it is bent now). And because I'm lazy.

maybe this? Or this?
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Here are the pics;


That is a 2x2 running from the front to the back, and I just screwed the sign onto it from beneath. I may close it up a bit more with a piece between the outside edge of the sign and the bottom edge of the body panels.


That is one of the 4 studs (bolts) I welded on. MMMMM, ugly


And that is the front end, zip-tied onto the repositioned airdam support

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