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1992 Mazda Navajo Collision repair

Discussion in 'Body Work & Detailing' started by Kris Guilbeaux, March 21, 2012.

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    1. Kris Guilbeaux

      Kris Guilbeaux Elite Demon Secretary Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      A little more progress today on the Navajo, I finished my 98 limited today so that was the priority this morning but by the afternoon I had the Navajo in the Driveway.

      First order of biz was to drill out the existing bent up inner fender and core support.

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      the Driverside inner fender was not damaged in the accident so I just left that one in place.

      After making sure every thing was in good shape I clammed on the new structure for a test fit. Fits very well

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      And just so I would not loose the factory ID tag I used a self tapping screw and put it in the stock location.

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    3. MONMIX

      MONMIX I fix dents Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      dont forget to use a good weld thru primer.
      I like the copper stuff best.
       
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      Making great progress:chug:

      I used weld through primer on my Dart. I was very skeptical as to it's effectiveness once it gets burned by the weld:dunno:
       
    5. Kris Guilbeaux

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      Cant say I've had a project I needed weld through primer. Just wondering if it would be really worth it. No matter which way I look at it I am still under budget on this repair as of right now.
       
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      MONMIX I fix dents Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      I use the weld through on all seams where there is bare metal and I am going to weld. If there is no bare metal there is no need.
      A good weld through will not burn up when welded. Thats the point.
       
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      Weld thru primer was bought today along with the Quart of Bright Red, color code EP.
       
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      I have good news and bad new.

      First the Navajo got his structure welded in place and the motor was put back together.

      Pics will be coming soon.

      The bad, when I got the motor started coolant is leaking from the motor. Most likely the lower intake gasket. Now the Navajo needs a top end rebuild. :-(
       
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      you'll get it fixed bud, i know it! You have done top end 4.0 OHV before, right? if not, get the lower gasket that is all once piece and has the wings on it..TRUST ME!
       
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      V8 swap?
       
    11. Kris Guilbeaux

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      If it was mine and not my dads I would do a 5.0 swap but no point since all he does with it is drive it back and forth to work. And yes Russell I have done a top end on a ohv.
       
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      Photos from the welding work.

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      Short of the body seam filler from the factory burning and trying to catch fire the welding went very smoothly.
       
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      your dad will be very satisfied with all the body work when it is done! :thumbsup:See, this is why i want you to be my body guy at Bandit Customs! LOL
       
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      So today I fixed the lower intake leak. The lower intake gasket was original, not to bad for a 20 year old gasket. Took 2.5 hours of work but got it done.

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      That is pretty good time. Nice work:thumbsup:
       
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      If I didnt have a full time job that takes up all my time, could you imagine what I could get done.
       
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      great work:thumbsup:

      Can I just say...It's so odd seeing another JP Explorer in the background however;)
       
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      Yeah my poor JPX hes down with a bad trans.... the M5R1 locked up in 4 gear and now wont do any thing, just kinda grinds when the motor is running. Ill be doing the a 5.0 swap on it soon.
       
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      Yesterday I decided to test fit a few parts to see how she looks. Since I will hopefully be painting the parts on Weds and Thursday. I have to get the Navajo done by May 5th and the Navajo has to be out of the Garage by May1st. I am remodeling the kitchen to my house and I need the garage for the cabinets to arrive. Yes I am a projects whore.


      Here are some photos of the test fit nothing is bolted on.

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      Are you gonna clean up the driver side headlight as well
       
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      The passenger lens is new. I cannot locate new driverside ones due to them not being available I plan to restore it the best I can before final assembly.
       
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      looks like a winner to me :)
       
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      Ah ok, would it be possible to somehow manufacture ur own?
       
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      There are after market companies that will manufacture after market headlights but you have to buy the tooling and large number of lenses to get them produced. Last time I checked it was roughly $10,000 to get one composite headlight produced aftermarket. Then you have to be able to sell the inventory you have.
       
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      Damn that sucks it there no way to just moddify an x one to work. Im not saying to do a full front clip conversion just somehow make the x one work in its place since its the same platform I feel lile little moddification would be needed
       
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      No the explorer one is not only different but wayyyyy different I would be better modding a 97 Mazda b series truck head lamp. It's better to just clean up a good old headlamp
       

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