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About Noll

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  • Birthday 04/22/1998

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    Almonte, Ontario
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    '74 260Z, '82 Lada Niva, 3x Subaru Justy, '00 Impreza OBS
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  1. Noll

    Noll's '82 Lada Niva

    I went out to the garage to tack the new piece in, and ended up welding up that rocker entirely. Pretty happy with my progress! My welding skills are still nothing fancy, but I'm miles better than the last time I tried to weld on this part of the car. Should need very minimal work to be ready for actual paint, especially as I'll be bedlinering the lower rockers. I didn't bother cleaning up the bits that will be hidden as much. Next up will be to fit and weld in the rocker strengthening piece, then the floor and inner rocker.
  2. Noll

    Noll's '82 Lada Niva

    Alright, little update for today. Cut out part of the front rocker that I've been meaning to replace for a while, and test-fit the replacement part in place. Just need to weld this in and fix the burn-thru on the front edge of this panel, and then I can move on to putting the rest of that corner back together (center section, floor, inner rocker, subframe outrigger, fender section).
  3. Noll

    Noll's '82 Lada Niva

    It's possible! The 2101's (white and green cars in my above pics) are based off a fiat 125, and I believe the doors are interchangeable.
  4. Noll

    Noll's '82 Lada Niva

    Thanks! It was one hell of an adventure. That's quite the journey as well! I actually ended up in Vladivostok for a day after taking the train from Ulan Ude (and from vlad, 4 flights to get home to canada). Pretty cool city!
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    Noll's '82 Lada Niva

    So, I've been a bit absent from this thread for a while, but for good reason. This past summer, I circumnavigated the world, mostly by (ludicrously small) car, and got to see 25 different countries doing so. It was quite a good time: [/url] In doing so, I also got to see quite a few Ladas, including an entire dealership: Since getting back, I've been preoccupied with other projects (namely my subaru justy and a '00 Impreza OBS I got out of a ditch for 600$ as a new daily): Now that that's all sorted for now though, I'm going to try to get back to making progress on the Niva. I've ordered some more misc bits from the Ukraine, and am hoping to make more progress on the front rust repair this week if time allows (new metal at last, with any luck).
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  8. Got most of the d/s floor rust cut out today. Still need to remove the fuel and brake lines to get the last of it by the rocker panel, and ran out of cutting discs when doing the front, so that'll be for another day. Frame rail is in pretty good shape, which is nice. Small hole by the subframe mounting bolt at the middle-right of the pic, should be a simple fix. The rear of the floor desn't have any holes, but the flange where it meets the back wall is pretty haggard. Not sure what I'll do about that yet, as the gas tank is right behind there so I don't want to cut/weld unless I have to. Might get some automotive body ashesive and coat the flange after removing all the rust? That would be more than strong enough. I'm thinking I might also invest in a cheap sandblasting setup to get all the rust out of the frame rail and other hard-to reach spots before paint and welding the floor back in over top.
  9. designed and 3d-printed a blanking plate for the hole in the dash: Then my new bluetooth to FM transmitter came in, and it turns out it's perfectly sized for that same spot: so I made a v2 of the blanking plate with a mount for the transmitter. Turned out to be a perfect press-fit first time, so that is nice. No in-car pics yet as I need to use the transmitter in my current daily till the justy is done, but you get the idea.
  10. With the newfound ability to properly weld acquired, I did some work on the d/s fender today. properly welded the bits that were previously tacked on: I did have a bit of a warpage issue when welding a piece on the front repair, but I hammered it out roughly into the correct shape, and should be able to finish it with a skim coat of body filler. Still have some more grinding of welds to do too, as can be seen.
  11. Well, I think I've finally sorted out my welding issues! Got some .030 wire as mentioned above, and was able to try it out just now. Max heat, min wire speed, and good penetration!
  12. No welding today, as I've decided to get some .030 wire to see if that helps my cold welds problem (I'm thinking that not powerful welder + changing from flux to gas which is less heat + smaller wire dia. is making it so I can't get enough heat for good penetration even on max welder settings). Was thanksgiving day here in Canada, so couldn't get the wire today. One of the tabs on the p/s turn signal snapped off when I removed it from a parts-car, so I 3d-printed and glued on a replacement one: Got it on, and mocked up the bumper and p/s fender: also 3d-printed up a spark plug wire clip for the larger dia wires these wires are: And swapped the gearknob for one with a working 4x4 button and wiring. This was a massive pain, as the knob is held in by a split pin. Getting it out of the spare shift lever was no biggie, but removing the one from the in-situ lever took about an hour and a lot of cursing, as much of the impact of the hammer-blows was absorbed by the shift linkages. Still, got it in the end. 4x4 works (relays click), but no light on the dash still, so I still need to investigate that.
  13. Did a lot of wiring today, not so much welding. Started by replacing this frayed headlight harness with one from a parts-car (1st pic is after I began): Then did some repairs to the 4wd vacuum solenoid area, as well as returning the wiring to stock. 4wd works now (can hear the solenoids activate), but the dash light doesn't some on. Will have a look at that at a later date, as I recall there are a couple cut wires under the dash still; might very well be related. Removed the valve cover to change the gasket. Dowsn't look too gunky all things considered. Not terrible at all. Back to wiring, I also fixed the distributor's connection to the wiring harness. There was a trailer wiring connector spliced in in place of a normal plug, and the whole thing was in a pretty sorry state. Decided to also get the wiring for the extra lights done. Halfway through: And working. Cleaned up all the wiring as well, and successfully ran wire to a switch on the dash (replaced the switch that was being used for 4wd, as that's back to stock): Next up is to make mounts for the lights on the bumper, and get back to welding.
  14. That is pretty funny, haha. Not a huge amount of actual progress today, but went and got a bottle of inert welding gas, 0.023 wire, and correct sized tips. After some trial and error, (and figuring out how to properly swap the bus bar to set my welder to gas-welding), everything is working, and very nicely. Plan for tomorrow is to weld up all the stuff I've previously tacked together, change the valve cover gasket, sort some engine-bay electrical stuff, and maybe start welding some new bits if time allows.
  15. That's pretty cool! I found a few old commercials about the justy on youtube, but hadn't seen that one. Thanks! Quite a lot of work still to go, but slowly getting there.

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