Lord Gruntfuttock

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    Driving the wife mad by buying projects and tinkering in the shed at 5am...

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  1. Shithole eh. Embarrassed to show this, sort of a legacy of working on umpteen projects when time poor, and... just not putting shit away... (not proud) Spent most of Fri evening and all Sat tidying up, took a load of junk to the tip, a fish bin of extra tools to charity shop, made drill holders, bought an extra 3 drawer chest, stored stuff logically - and actually have a bench again... and used said bench to have a go at setting up the upper control arms. It was a bitch, had to try to screw pivot caps in without binding up the coarse threaded bush, while keeping it centred. Eventually managed it by screwing each side in a third of a turn at a time, and levering the bush through its range of movement to make sure it was moving ok. Got there in the end though, had to press these splined bolts in once happy with it, so no going back... Also got to use my new (to me) vintage vice, an old Record 75 engineers model I'm very pleased with, I'll restore it when I get a chance...
  2. Picked up rebuilt short block today, always get a bit depressed about my shed when I see a nice clean workshop... Will be wrapped for a while as I'm trying to sort out the piles of shit in my shed, working on knowing where my tools are and having clean working areas before I get back into it...
  3. Managed to loosely assemble some bits while horribly hungover. That was it for the weekend...
  4. Took advantage of good weather to get couple of coats on after work. Think I'm learning. A thin first coat to get good coverage, then a thicker mix (less reducer) laid on a couple of hrs later for a smooth coat. Noticed surface was a bit rough from blasting medium so a very light sand before second spray and it looks pretty good... Going to whiskey festival tomorrow so weekend probably rooted regards assembly... And just received bill for engine work. Inspected, disassembled, block chemically cleaned & bored, conrods honed, journals ground/polished, and assembled with new pistons, rings, main and big end bearings. $1600 all up. Not too bad I reckon...
  5. Got bits back from blasters. $30 to get these done, shit that's worth it to save a lot of time and effort (cheers Sievwright). Saw an XA shell on a rotisserie while there too... Bit of damage from someone's previous attempts to get rivets out by the look of it... So quick blat with the welder/grinder/drill at lunchtime, and ready for paint. Will try to get some on tonight...
  6. I'm a bit over cleaning dirty/rusty bits of metal. Got lots of little bits cleaned up and chucked some paint on them Sunday arvo... and went home at lunchtime today for another coat... Still got control arms to pick up from blasters to paint but getting closer to putting it back together...
  7. Heard back from machine shop this arvo, ring gap was way too big, and block is worn around 4 thou (I could feel a slight lip and expected as much) so they recommend reboring to 40 thou over, new pistons and bearings. I thought 0.030” over was about max for a thin-walled sbf, but apparently going + 0.040” is ok for a street motor. Plus it is only 0.005” (0.127m) larger each side than what it is now which puts it in perspective. Gave them the go-ahead to proceed, and I’ll drop off the gasket kit I already have to lower cost a smidgeon. If it wasn’t the original block I may have looked at other options, but the matching numbers thing makes decision easier, plus it’ll be nice to bolt everything up knowing it should be sweet underneath. Just more $$$ I’ll have to explain to wifey, who is losing her tolerance… Did some maths, and this will take it out to a 308 Ford, which will be a talking point I s'pose...
  8. Success, coupla sockets, bit of scrap steel for a spacer/brace and into the shop press. Pump, pump, pu...BANG...! Fuck I love hydraulics...
  9. And once again, I've started a small job that has grown. Pulled the passenger side out, bit more difficult as it's against the wall in the shed and I've got to wriggle into position (usually forgetting the important tool). More shock bolts sheared off, plus much hammering to get ball joints/tie rods out, more piles of muck to scrape off and tricky rivets to drill out, but got to a stage where I've got two piles of parts roughly cleaned... and a whole lot of bits to toss... Have ordered new brake pads & wheel bearings as well, plus brake shield gaskets and new grease caps (a surprising $5 delivery from a Mercury speciallist in th' States). I probably should remove the calipers and clean them up/replace seals etc while I'm at it but I may replace all brake lines later on so will do it then. Thought I'd try my blast cabinet with the new compressor (last one was painfully asthmatic/slow) so wrapped all engine parts in gladwrap and sealed in box before making things dusty... And it worked ok, still slowish but much better air delivery. I can't see myself hunched over for hours doing the control arms etc tho, so will prob get these professionally blasted... So aiming to press old bushings out and get parts blasted this week, ready for painting over the weekend. Then it's the fun stage, assembly. Will finish with pic of my apprentice - he's bloody useless. Gets covered in oil, chews stuff, widdles in the shop, scatters tools and generally gets in the way. Still good company tho...
  10. Much swearing later got driver's side completely out. Learnt for next side to get brake caliper bolts out while there are still bits holding it in place. Had to drill/chisel rivets off to get lower ball joint out, and hoping there's a press at work I can borrow to remove/fit control arm bush... And bits semi-cleaned up. More cleaning and lick of paint on the cards till parts arrive... Whole lotta nuthin under the front end now...
  11. Almost feels like that, It's still a bit scruffy but as i want to use it I'll be happy if it just doesn't rattle, smoke and squeak...
  12. Thought I'd have a crack at chucking the new springs in. Never done any suspension work before so playing it by ear. Pulled bump stop plate out inside guard and removed the shock. Things were really covered in crap, looked like decades of grease and dust had accumulated, and everything was pretty much seized when I had dug it out to get a spanner on it - one lower bolt sheared off the shock, then when I undid top bolts the thing didn't move upwards like I expected, guess shocks were well overdue for replacement... Spring pulled out no bother (scored set of compressors for $30) and rubber insulator on top looks ok... And I pulled the upper control arm out, this is after a clean, it was covered in around 10mm of dust coloured muck... And the spindle had issues with the o-rings, one end had bulged out, while the other had a section missing. This would explain why previous attempts at lubing had just pumped grease under the guard... And old vs new. new ones are Lovells lows, matching them with KYB shocks... I was hoping to just chuck the spring in and move onto replacing the rubber suspension bushes, but cleaning the pivot revealed some wear (potentially the source of my slight but annoying Falcon squeak) so looked at replacements... Upper ball joints were equally scruffy, so ordered new ones of those too. Under the crud in this pic is the lower ball joint, I suspect these are riveted in rather than bolted so will have to drill them out after I've cleaned up. The top joint resisted all my attempts at getting it out till I shot into supercheap and grabbed a $20 separator tool... and naturally the tie rod rubbers were also shagged... I looked at replacing the rubber on these but seems tie rod comes as a complete unit, so - have ordered: * new upper control arm pivot bushes * upper and lower ball joints * and inner and outer tie rod ends. More costs I hadn't intended, but might as well do it now...
  13. Ha yeah think there's some skill in setting them up. Mine is fine apart from small leak so not fucking with it. I did consider installing an XF lsd centre but quite like the old school single stripe...
  14. Random bits I bought a bigger sway bar on tardme to see if it improves handling any, seems ok but was yellow, so stripped and painted in my favourite durepox black, along with a few other bits... Putting in new universals too, got them out by the 'bash with big socket over cap while resting on bits of wood' method - looks like not before time... While I was doing this I thought I'd paint the distributor, as OCD me don't like the red under the bonnet. Shouldn't be any electrical tracking dramas with epoxy, and hopefully it sticks well to the plastic. Just cleaned it with solvent, masked the connector turrets and shot it with a gloopy mess of paint (was down to last bit of tin and it had thickened to an almost jelly consistency)... Surprised it managed to spray at all, but came out tolerable - I'll just tell people it was an attempt at a wrinkle finish...
  15. Diff While motor's in shop I looked at diff. It's nothing special, the good old Borg Warner 75 single peeler (as they bloody well should be) - these are relatively light and strong enough if not abused, but has been leaking for a while. I've never played with diffs so fumbled my way through disassembly, pretty sure it's only leaking at pinion seal and oil's been carried over rest of diff, but I'll change the housing gasket as well. Jacked her up and pulled cover, should have done this after getting pinion nut off as it dripped stinky oil over me while I struggled under the thing, was wearing work polo too so gonna stink of diff oil for a while. At least I know there was some still innit... Man these things are tight (torque setting is a massive 265 ft/lbs) and working on axle stands there's no room to swing a breaker bar... After bashing, levering, swearing and heaving (and using a rattle impact gun that just made me deaf) eventually got it free by using giant wrench on the yoke (wedged against block of wood) and jacking the flex handle up. Went with a crack that had me shitting myself, but was able to get nut off ok... Of course I was in such a hurry to get things apart I hadn't read any procedure, so neglected to count threads exposed or see what torque was required to spin the yoke. So I spun nut back on and managed to rangi-spec a system that would let me use my inch-lb torque wrench on the 1/2" drive pinion socket, took around 64 in-lbs to rotate freely... Was pleased my baby puller got flange/yoke out ok. I did mark this so it can go back in right position at least... And success. levered out old seal, and the rubber was brittle as hell after 46 yrs, not much sealing happening there... A little concerned at the wear marks on the yoke shaft, but I'll clean that up a bit and see how it goes. I've ordered a new seal and cover gasket, and hopefully just doing the seal I'll be able to torque it back up to where it was before, so pre-load is thereabouts. Noticed the brake lines are looking a bit dubious too so will prob change these out as well...