Hello all of da Trooper Bali my beloved netters….
How are you today…? Hopefully every things ar OK with you and your family too.
I will continue to share about the development of the Pimp my da Trooper project. Just enjoy the story.
The seven weeks, 28 December 2013.
As usual, I still intent to visit the work shop every Saturday noon to inspect and monitoring the development of the Pimp my Trooper project.
Since lately the whether not so good as almost hard rain every day, the technician could not work as fast as usual, I notify that the progress of the work was not much significantly progress.
But the water line of the right side are now finish and ready for foxy primary paint, but must be brushing by sand paper before painting. According to the service consultant, to remake and welding of the water line might be take another a week to finish. After finish with water line, it must inspect all of the panel part to find if there is any hidden porous rusted part. It is to make sure that no porous part are miss to remake and change the metal. This is very important to keep the body long life and avoid porous by rust quickly.
The frame of the front glass is also just finish to remake, as it is some point are also porous, and the pillar A both side are also just finish to remake. I notice that it ready to fitting before paint by anti rust foxy primary paint.
I inspect to all of the part, including to the engine room, especially the firewall and found that there is a porous in the corner of the engine room left and right both side in the end of the spark board of the wheel and as well the hub of the fire wall and the spark board. Event only a little spot, but I insist asked to the mechanic to cut the rusted plat and changes it with the new one to stop the rust beating the body. The position of the rusted part are in the difficult side, so it is take time to remake it to fit it in the right position and keep the surface as like the originally.
As the mechanic is an expert guy who is already been work as a mechanic specialist in the body part and welded a car, he really keep his work result in the best quality and keep the body as like originally, even he must spent a lot of time to build it. So I am very happy with him as he also often ask my opinion if there is any doubt related to the things he done.
He also inspect that the inside water line which is hidden by the wind in let, which is in the front of the glass window are also porous by the rust, seem this is the small hole where the water coming from during the heavy hard rain, so it must be fixed and must cut the porous part and change with the new plat. So Mr. Demung cut the outer cover to inspect the inner water line and yes, after the outer cover cut off, we can see that the inside water line where the water must be run and out from the side of the above of the front wheel are porous by the rust. Mr. Demung cut them and remake with the new plat to close those small hole. As usual, he paint the new plat and the inside of the water line by the antirust paint, and after it quiet dry then close the hole and welded those part closed and to make it waterproof.
This happen to the both side, left and right. Mr. Demung really rally make me quiet amazing as he knew very well the part side of the vehicle where is usually porous by the rust, he keep check every side where is potentially damage. Even in the hidden side. I am really really happy with his work and effort. And must give him an award after he finish with the body remake project. The project still need about another 12 weeks, to finish.
And now will inspect also the frame of the body and I hope that there is no porous or any damage on it.
Seem that almost all of the panel are now finish to remake and just awaiting for brushing the new part before primary paint. But I again ask the consultant to re-inspect all of the part to make sure that all of the panel are clean from the porous.
So after finished with the original body, Mr. Demung the body welded specialist will concern to build a new over fender as I wants to change the old over fender and make the new one with a slight modification. The old one was with Buckwasher model with L nuts around, and now with the new one without a nuts around and also will seem more bold then before as the old fender quiet round and opal, and the new one now with the angle with a bit sharp and pointy.
Actually I am not sure how will be it seem, but in my sketch it seem bold and strong. But do not know yet in the real after applied in the body of the da Trooper. Hopefully will be at least look like in the sketch. He he he…
I will inspect again next week before finalized and finishing, so if there is any doubt I still have a time to modify to a proper model and seem much better and glorious.
As usual, upon home from the work office, I drive my Red Mitsubishi diesel to the work shop to have a look and monitoring the progress of the project.
This day I found that the mechanic still work with the small part of the rusted flat part on the back of the body exactly in the bottom of the side of the floor deck, near the hose of the fuel tank which is very difficult to remake.
Mr. Demung the mechanic work on it part so patience, measure the body, making the patronage by the thick paper card of the panel part, fitting on the position then cutting the metal flat for a new panel part, paint the new panel with the anti rust paint and after that welding the panel to build it on it position in precision. This is really need an extra patience to remake a small panel part like in this da Trooper. I observed that it take about 4 hour to remake the only small
The right body from the doors, front vender and the side floor are finish remake, and he continue to remake the rear doors, the small unique door and the main door, where most of the bottom doors are porous by rust and make a hold around. The door are now release from its position and laying down on the used tire to check the panel, the paint are removed till the surface of the metal appear, by this time we can assigned the area which was porous by the rust. The mechanic measure the size of the door panel and decided to cut down by 12 centimeters from the bottom to waive the porous part. Then measuring the metal plat to remake the door.
The new flat metal is now cut and remake the body line as detail as the origin and paint the inner surface with anti rust paint. After the paint dry, the panel then welded on the original door frame to remake. And the main rear door finish in one day. Quiet fast compare to the small part of side floor. And continue with the small unique door, with also porous by the rust at the bottom of it. He start to work to measure the size of the panel, cut the flat metal, paint with the anti rust paint and welding it on the frame of the door.
The unique small door do in the same way and take another one day to remake it. After this door finish, the are fit and placed on it place after fitting and fit.
All the doors are now finish changed the metal and remake and now all of the surface of the doors are brushed by sandpaper till it’s clean. After deep clean then cover by primer foxy paint to avoid from the oxidant of rust.
The sixth weeks Saturday noon,
After all the doors are finish, now start to work with the water line in the roof, where it seem there is a porous rusted on the line. I believe that it is all the line must be cut down as I can see there is some porous spot a long the line.
So the mechanic now remove the paint along the water line to inspect how many deep the porous is. He cut by the welding fire the water line and remove the old outside metal so we can see that the frame of the roof is also porous by the rust and must also cut to replace the metal. Seem this part also quiet difficult to do since it’s position in a difficult place. I believe it will take quiet long time to do so.
But Mr. Demung the mechanic can do it so patience and very detail. He measuring the part by part and make the patronage from the thick carton paper and fitting the patronage on it position precisely, and afterward he make the real part by metal flat and make it the position and the lay out precisely as the originally. It take about 4 days to do the roof inner frame to make it precisely and same as the original, so it will keep the value of the vehicle.
Before welded on the position, all of the new panel part metal are painted by anti rust paint to keep the age of the metal long life and not porous by the rust quickly.
After the roof frame finish, now start to create the water line, this is also a difficult part to remake, as on a Hi Roof Trooper, there is a trap of the roof with a line along the top roof and down line lowering to the front cabin. It’s water line also have a very thin hook for the chrome garnish line. So in order to hold and fit the chrome garnish strongly, the side of waterline must have a small hook to hold it. Since the size of the chrome garnish hook along in the waterline is very thin, it is only a 2 millimeter along the roof, so it is very difficult to make it and need a high patience otherwise the part will be an usable. Mr. Demung can do it very precision as he work it with his patient and lovely. Even it will take more time to finish this part. For me, it’s OK as I wish the result will be in high quality so my da Trooper will be in a high quality performance to make me happy when driving it.
Mr. Demung now built the water line from the new flat metal. He take a new flat metal with 1, 5 meter in long with 20 centimeter in wide and make a fold and the using a small hammer to create and make the fold and the fitting it on the roof to make it precisely. I am quiet wondering to see him when make the fold and the water line by hand made.
He make the rear waterline first for both side, left and right, while the front side will make it after the rear side finish, as if he cut all the waterline in one time, the roof will fell down. So technically is, cut the both side left and right and let the rear side and the front, then remake the left and the right side finish and welded on it position. After right and left side are fixed and fit, then continue to cut the rear side and the front both side left and right. It will take about 2 weeks to finish these part.