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510 UTE!! Build: Start to Finish

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Here’s how the 510 wagon became a UTE!!

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Fresh out the pack, such innocence, if only it knew what was coming it’s way.

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The reason I even decided to tackle this build was the cast had some major flaws in that the C pillars on each side had cracks through them. There’s also damage to the window area on the other side of the car.

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Incisions marked out.

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Rivet drilled out.

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Let the games begin.

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I haven’t got a Dremel yet so this build was done with hand tools mostly save for the drill and one quick touch with a 4” grinder. Only used the grinder to save time on the tiny file I was using.

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Almost through.

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I wasn’t sure if I would be reusing the rear window surround so that’s why I did the extra cut at the rear section, didn’t use the piece so I could have skipped that cut.

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Score and snapped the ‘glass’ to keep the windscreen.

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Ok, a few mock up shots using Blu Tac to position things so I could see how it was looking.

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Different wheels are used throughout the build just too see what I liked.

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I really had no idea of the style I wanted before I started other than how the new rear cab section should look. I toyed around with the raked look but I wanted the more stock Japanese UTE!! look for the cab that I finished with.

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Still just mocking around

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Bro truck Dato.

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Time to get to work on the thing so I can play with it properly look at it on a shelf when it’s finished.

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As this is my first attempt at metal work on a cast I started with the small stuff like filling in the rear door handles and door lines. I used a product called ‘Metalicfix’ from Selleys, said on the label it repairs and fills and it does.

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Ok, so anyone who has seen this build evolving might have caught this clip. The clip held a clue to the origin of the new rear cab section.

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Now you see it! I went looking for a suitable cast and naturally started with UTES!! but found nothing to match. The Jeep section fits very nicely with a little trimming. This was when the 4” grinder came out. It was scary but it worked and saved a lot of filing by hand.

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Seems I got a bit excited and neglected to take good before and after shots but this is how the Jeep bit looked after grinding and filing.

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My go to mock up partner, Blu Tac in action. I’ve found the stuff to be so useful when doing this stuff with casts.

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Not a bad fit at all.

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Yep, happy with this look, time to get messy.

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It looks bad at first!

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Only a few hours later I was able to work on the filler and start cleaning up the areas.

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Now it’s starting to get somewhere.

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Still needed a lot of sanding and refilling some areas until I was happy with the finish.

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Fill, let set, file some, take photos to view on screen as eyes are too old to focus on such a small work area, fill with more filler, file some....

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Ditto

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Ditto

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Ditto

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Dato

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This isn’t a special shot but I’ve included it to show the two pillars are pretty symmetrical. I’m proud of this bit as I took a lot of care to get them looking right.

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Lot of effort went into the join at the roof as well to minimise any filler.

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After a heap of body work I was ready to get some primer on to the UTE!!

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After the primer had been sanded I gave it a coat of spray putty to fill in the smaller imperfections.

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Then once it was dry it was time to sand it. So glad it’s 1:64 and not 1:1.

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Now I really like this pale blue color and its weathered look and was tempted to clear coat it and call it a day. I was very close.

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The paint will be stripped and redone as I don’t like the finish. In some photos it looks ok with carefully done lighting and those are the photos I first published. The picture above and the following 6 show some of the flaws a bit more clearly.

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More orange peel than an orange.

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This shot above shows the sides are not as smooth as I would like. The photos below are the ones I prefer as it actually looks good as far as paint quality goes.

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Thanks for looking.

Edit: The title is a little misleading as its not truly finished but it's close.

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Just a reminder that I’m still looking for name suggestions,

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