Thanks REV RUNNER for the info!
Your work looks amazing
Your work looks amazing
Sled has 2600 original miles on it. fella in PA used it for ice fishingCrash34, how many miles on that MXZ? I'm guessing by the look of the track that there's not more than 4000 Miles on it. I think I'm with a couple of others here, it's almost too nice to restore, you have already cleaned it up very well, but it is your machine and your choice. I do agree, a nice restoration is very rewarding when finished. Regarding Fullerton's, I agree with what was said earlier, I've dealt with them as well, both Tracey and Bill, both are fantastic to deal with.
Where did you source these ultra low profile fasteners and washers? These are amazing looking.The chassis rebuild process in now underway - in my basement shop! Too cold here in northern MN to be working in the garage . . .
Anyway - starting with the tunnel, I've attached the four skid frame support brackets, the rear close-off panel, the rear bumper, and new side tunnel decals. As mentioned earlier, I will be using various threaded fasteners for reassembly of the entire chassis as opposed to the pop rivets used at the factory. The type of threaded fastener used depends on the function of a particular component and its location on the chassis. As a note, to accommodate the M5 fasteners being used for the majority of reassembly, the existing factory rivet holes in the tunnel and support components were slightly enlarged.
For attaching the rear tunnel close-off panel, I'm using M5 high-strength hex flange cap screws and M5 high-strength flange locknuts on the sides where there are no clearance issues with other components. For the top of the close-off panel - which was riveted from the factory - I'm using M5 extreme low profile TORX drive machine screws (see pic) and M5 high-strength flange locknuts. The extreme low profile M5 screws are essentially the same height as the factory rivets, which make them perfect for use in places where the profile is critical. For anyone working on a restoration project and is looking for an alternative to factory spec pop rivets, consider using these fasteners if a low head profile is required.
For fastening the skid frame support/reinforcement brackets to the tunnel, I'm using black anodized countersunk washers and high-strength M5 flat head machine screws on the outside and securing with M5 high-strength flange locknuts on the inside (see pics). The countersunk washers are 3/4" OD which provides for a much broader surface area of support around the head of the machine screws. The countersunk washers/flathead screw combo also provides for a nice custom look.
Next step is attaching the various brackets and components to the bulkhead . . . .
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