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  1. OK I actually did some proper work this weekend. I have had these old doors sitting behind my shed for a couple of years now. They are rusty as hell but the glass is pretty tidy so I dragged them out and set about removing the useful bits. Amazingly all the bolts and screws came loose with no problems at all so no broken bolts, screws or knuckles. The glass all came out intact so I added it to the other bits of glass that I have collected up over the last couple of years and cleaned it all up. The glass is not perfect but it is a whole lot better than what is in the car so I am very happy. Big thanks to fellow AP5 freak and all-round GC @64vauxhall for helping out with some of this. The stainless trim from the old doors was also worth saving so I salvaged it all for the parts hoard
  2. Hey I had problems with the rear brakes on my AP5 a couple of years back. After pulling nearly every part of the brake system apart I found that the rear brake hose was the problem so this could indeed be the issue with yours. When I removed the hose from the car I couldn't even blow air through it. My rear brakes were sticking on and would release if you let the car sit for a while.
  3. Did it have any positive effect? I have been told that a lot of inline 6's with a carburetor actually benefit from having a functional heat riser.
  4. Yep can confirm that you can have problems when you take away the manifold heat with a std carb, especially in colder climates. Dad always said that headers make bugger all difference when fitted to an otherwise standard engine and you are better off with the factory exhaust manifold. It will however sound way cooler with the pacemakers! I have heard of people adding a water heated block where the factory exhaust manifold bolts up under the intake manifold to help add the heat that the carb wants.
  5. So here's the plan. Last time I pulled this car apart it was a major, it was properly broken and couldn't be used until a whole lot of stuff was fixed. This time things are different as the car is running great, has proved to be very reliable and doesn't really need anything major in order to keep it on the road. This project is all about fixing up a whole lot of little things that are bugging me and I want to starting getting the car finished to a higher standard. The to do list: My friendly WOF guy politely suggested that I should replace the upper control arm bushes and one of the upper ball joints before the next warrant check so this will be done. The weather belts on all the side windows need to be replaced as they are all in bad shape The side window glass is all pretty average as well and I have collected up a full set of replacement glass for the car so all the side windows will be replaced. Door seals are leaky and looking very shabby so all will be replaced Door cards require some attention to repair and replace the trim clips that hold them on, a couple are held on by screws that don't look too flash. The stainless trim on the side of the car also requires some renovation, a couple of them are held on by rivets so they will be removed, repaired and refitted with new trim clips. There is a little bit of rust showing in the left rear guard and this will be repaired before it gets nasty. I am sure I will discover plenty of other little things to tidy up along the way but I want it all finished before the start of summer so will do my best to stick to the plan.
  6. Yea you are right! There are a few good videos on YouTube of some nutter with a turbocharged slant 6 running some insane times down the quarter mile. Just goes to show it can be done.
  7. That is actually the sensible option
  8. That is interesting. The casting was very thin around one of the welch plugs on my engine. It may have been that way from day one as I suspect that manufacturing techniques weren't as good as they could have been 50 years ago. I doubt it would have always had corrosion inhibitors in the cooling system over the years and eventually the thin area cracked and leaked. It was quite a challenge to fix as it is difficult to weld 50 year old cast iron that is thinner than you would like it to be. Welding guru however got it done and the repair has held up well so far.
  9. Yea it was the Mopar forum. Bit of a shame they couldn't keep it going but I see quite a few members are now active on this forum so I am in good company here.
  10. Share your thoughts, comments and ideas for the AP5. Cheers
  11. It's time to waste a whole lot of time and money that should probably be spent on other stuff. Some people on the forum will know our 1963 AP5 Valiant Regal but for everybody else who is interested here is a little history. My Dad purchased this car in 1983 and it was our regular family car for many years. Here is a photo taken some time in the early 80's. Dad had 2 AP5's at the time, the grey one on the right was a dedicated tow vehicle and was modified accordingly. The green one on the left is ours. About 7 years ago we were lucky enough to get our hands on this original and well looked car however a few things needed attention fairly quickly. Almost immediately we did a few safety upgrades. The car got a front disc brake conversion, new seatbelts and we replaced the wheels and tires in order to make it safe to drive in the rain. Until fairly recently I was hanging out on another forum dedicated to the fine products of the Chrysler Corporation with a few other members that have since come across to Oldschool and unfortunately a lot of the details of the work completed on the car to date was lost when the forum closed earlier this year. Lucky for me the Oldschool forum is awesome and I am very happy to be joining you all over here. This is how the car looked after its first round of upgrades. We drove it around for a while with the stock drive-line and aside from a little oil burning/leaking issue all was well. Then this happened. This was coolant leaking from a very bad place, yep cracked block! So naturally this happened next. And finally with the help of a local engine builder here in Auckland this happened. Sounds simple enough but it actually took nearly 12 months to resurrect the Slant 6 as the engine was in bad shape. We were very keen to salvage the original block and keep the car numbers matching but it was no easy task. I did as much work myself as possible but given the challenges involved in fixing the engine I was very happy to be working with a skilled engine builder and I am very happy with the result. This engine is awesome and it's still a numbers matching car. That's all for now, next post will be all about the current build. Feel free to discuss here. http://oldschool.co.nz/index.php?/topic/56384-1963-ap5s-valiant-regal-discussion/
  12. Is the engine stock? If so there probably wouldn't be a significant performance improvement with a 350. If you rebuild the Carter nicely, get it set up right and working properly I expect that it will be capable of supplying all the air/fuel that a standard engine can demand. Since you already have the Carter it would be worth a go.
  13. I run a 350 Holley on my one with the factory 2 barrel manifold, the adapter plates are available off the shelf for around $30 so its hardly worth the trouble of making one. I went that way because it's a very simple conversion and 350's work pretty well straight out of the box on Slant 6's. If you have a Torqueflite transmission however you need to get a little creative to make the push rod linkages down to the trans work properly. Anyway to answer your original question, of the two carbs you have I believe the Carter is the preferred option for a lot of people and they work just fine if they are in good condition. Sometimes the older carbs can be difficult to fix up because the shafts and linkages etc get worn over time. As above the Weber 38 DGAS should also work well.
  14. Joke may be on you guys, I lived in Christchurch for the first 25 years of my life so I am very familiar with all local rituals. It's what I have learned from the people of the north that could be real scary.
  15. The lads in Christchurch have come through big time and I have a sweet little SR Corolla organised for the Hanmer trip. You folk all love Aucklanders right?