LJ 80 reconstruction

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LJ 80 reconstruction

Post by lundigee » Mon Nov 04, 2019 1:34 pm

Here is an LJ80 that I purchased of Mark via eBay earlier in the year. It came with an SJ410 as donor together with various boxes. It will not be a restoration as Mark had already carried out a lot of patching on the bodywork, so it will be a paint and put back together.
It has progressed a bit further than this and I will post up some more pictures as and when.
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Re: LJ 80 reconstruction

Post by timwilks13 » Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:28 pm

Do love a good naked suzuki! Looking really good, can't wait to see some more photos of the progress.
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Re: LJ 80 reconstruction

Post by Rabid Rhino » Mon Nov 04, 2019 6:24 pm

I like the colours, but then again I liked 1995 VW Polo Harlequin.
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Re: LJ 80 reconstruction

Post by SherwoodNash » Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:18 pm

Agreed ;)

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Re: LJ 80 reconstruction

Post by lundigee » Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:56 am

What a bunch of colour extroverts you are, you have now got me worried on colour choice. Here is one of similar era to LJ80 that I did a few years ago and is about as exciting as I can be when it comes to paint. No prizes.
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Re: LJ 80 reconstruction

Post by lundigee » Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:19 pm

The LJ80 came with the 8 spoked wheels and one original wheel. I found another set of originals in Germany but the cost plus shipping was out of my league. Then about the same time I came across (eBay) four wheels with Firestone tractor tyres on ????? The wheel centres had been modified/ pushed out/ widened and rewelded. So with a bit (alot) of grinding, hammering (more hammering) precision jig (two bits of MDF) and welding followed by paint. I now have a set of original wheels. Perhaps it would have been easier to go to Germany.
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Re: LJ 80 reconstruction

Post by SherwoodNash » Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:01 am

I always thought the eljee prices were fair for what is basically as good as brand new item/s.

https://www.eljeeholland.com/index.php/ ... rims-tyre/

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Re: LJ 80 reconstruction

Post by lundigee » Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:52 pm

the Eljeeholland website and their restorations is a high bar to achieve but fantastic to see. Sadly my wallet cannot fund their prices so I have to try and upcycle what I come across. This will not be anywhere close to an Eljeeholland restoration. The end result will be a useable LJ80 which will hopefully preserve it for the future.
The four wheels, sand blasting, paint and tyres and disposal of old tyres totalled about £375. (that does ignore my time and running around).

The colour I have chosen for the LJ80 is Olive Yellow (not kermit green) not the Harlequin. Should the grill be off-white to match the wheels?
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Re: LJ 80 reconstruction

Post by SherwoodNash » Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:02 am

lundigee wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:52 pm
Should the grill be off-white to match the wheels?
That would be my prefered choice.

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Re: LJ 80 reconstruction

Post by lundigee » Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:20 pm

SherwoodNash wrote:
Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:02 am
lundigee wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:52 pm
Should the grill be off-white to match the wheels?
That would be my prefered choice.
OK, I will try it, do not hold your breath coz it may take me a week or two to get it done.

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