In my new found focus I also made the decision that if i'm not in the shed i'm working on the paper work for the body swap and chassis chop...It's pulling in a heap of photos i've been supplied, found from questions I've been asking of those who have done it before and hoping to be covering most if not all aspects of the build before it gets presented to an engineer.
So I've always had a bit of a hard-on for the Slee Shortbus front bar... and considering I'm going 55 on an 80 chassis I wanted to make use of it on the 55 too.. it'll be high clearance and run the full width of the front end.. Also any side overhang may suit running front brush bars over the fenders to help cover wheels and protect the front fenders.. so I figured I'd photoshop something together..
I'm a happy camper now that I've found an engineer interstate who is happy to work with me to approve the rust repairs, body and drive train swap onto the 80 chassis! There was some talk of rust repairs of certain areas needing evidence so step one is to make sure what i've done so far can be mod plated (eg: firewall, floor, sills).. this is probably the biggest Go / no-go of the build..
I've sent him a link to my project docs so hopefully from there he'll have what he needs to make the call.
Not much love on the 55 since last week and havent heard from the engineer yet.. I have however got the Prado ready for, and inspected by a potential buyer (the first person to actually see it since we advertised it in February) on the weekend. I've also done a few bits and peices to the 80 as theres a weekend trip planned soon.. brake master cylinder replaced, in cab heat insulation, UHF wired and a new bluetooth head unit.. it should also make daily duties in the 80 a bit more comfortable so the prado doesnt get "lived" in commuting 3 kids to school every day..