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  1. Painted wagon at beach hop. Much shiny.
  2. There are a lot of wagons at the Beach Hop this year. Makes me think I should have brought the Oxford instead of the Mercury. /almost
  3. What a ballache.
  4. <5psi?
  5. They are a fail item - if they are fitted they need to work.
  6. Good work getting it certed before BH. It must be the busiest time of the year for LVVTA I reckon. According to the entry guff, the popo are going to be hard on illegal cars again, so watch out if you can adjust the height while driving.
  7. Sweet! You'll be even cooler (if poss) in a wagon. BTW, do you still have a set of those wheels for sale?
  8. Good one on getting the windscreen sorted. Better watch out for flying rocks now. I guess you are Nats-ing with this? I should have the Oxford wagon there too.
  9. Good to see you have it basically working. Not sure if you have ever looked at the Autospeed site, there's a lot of real-world info buried in there on tuning.
  10. Replaced the manky rubber spacer bush in the column shift cross-shaft linkage with a short piece of heater hose. Hopefully this will prevent it falling out again. Also got an original brochure from the UK ebay. Quality First - nice to know. Moore power!
  11. Build: Give me shit here.
  12. There is some comments on here about using dry ice to freeze the underseal and then chipping it off. I haven't tried it myself.
  13. Instead of actually fixing anything I bought a new standard pressure oil pump and driveshaft (there is a hex shaft like a pencil that drives the pump from the bottom of the dizzy. If these break things get bad fast) It goes here - I was checking for pan clearance But to get it fitted it needs to be sitting in the pan, then bolted up through this gap, including getting the drive in place. It only took a few tries (including not dropping the bolts/gaskets into the pan) to get it in. I cleaned up the sump and flattened the dent out. Didn't bother painting it because of the copious oil leaks. Some test driving shows a slightly better oil pressure, and no 'drops' noticed so far, so I'm calling that good to go. I decided to stay in denial about the bearing condition so I left the caps in place. Also ignored the timing chain and front seal as I didn't want it in too many pieces right before BH. I also wired a couple of Nissan relays in for the headlights. This was mainly to take the load of the original light switch as I wouldn't like to source a replacement for that. Also fixed the instrument panel lights so they work more reliably. The BH is really the only time I drive this at night.
  14. OK, so since I am actually doing something with this right now I guess I should get a project thread going. Discussion: We've had this car since 2003. At the time I was working in Indianapolis for a few months, and looking for another car to bring home (at the time I also had a '69 Lincoln in NZ). I did a lot of looking online, but only inspected a couple of cars. The first was a "rust free" late 60's Galaxie, which was a bit too rusty. The second was this one. Something about the colour and chrome combination was very attractive. As bought, it had been on fire, with the air cleaner burnt up, and a large burn mark in the centre of the bonnet. The PO told me it had backfired through the carb, setting fire to the filter. He had got it running again with a cleaned up (or replacement?) carb. It would only drive in 1st and 2nd gears though. After a quick test drive we decided it was too cool to pass on so bought it. We were still in Indianapolis for a couple of months more so brought it back to the apartment complex and parked it in one of the garages. Like most US accommodation there were many rules in place, including some banning working on cars on-site (seriously). Managed to get the gearbox shifting by fixing the vacuum line routing. Also took the hood off to get it repainted. Otherwise I just used it locally and to/from work when the weather was nice. Outside office with stepdaughter (who now has a 2yo child sheesh) and missus. Engine as bought. 390ci Ford FE which is stock AFAIK. 2 barrel carb for economy (ha ha). When we were due to come home the car went on an open transporter to LA, then into a container via Steve Curle. It arrived in NZ a few weeks later and after coughing up the $$$ to officialdom came home. It had survived the trip fairly well, only getting dirty. The gas tank was hanging out (I suppose they drained it at some stage) and one tank strap had gone awol. While the tank was out I repaired some rust in the body mount in the trunk. Some genius has filled it with epoxy. After fixing that, fitting a high-level stop light, and swapping the low beam lights for some that dipped to the left it passed the VTNZ check to be road legal.
  15. For last few months (maybe even last Beach Hop) the oil pressure on the gauge would sometimes be very low when driving around (original factory electrical gauge, no pressure markings), while other times it was 'normal'. I ignored if for quite a long time, but finally got a bit nervous with the long BH trip coming up again. I don't have a mechanical pressure gauge around, and due to weird US threads (NPT vs BSP) didn't want to deal with buying one here. I did have a spare sump gasket, and some googling indicated that pulling the sump was possible. Last time I looked inside the engine (under the valve covers a few years ago) it wasn't pretty so I though there might be some crud blocking the oil pump pickup. So I disconnected various things and jacked the engine up as far as possible (there is a chassis crossmember right under the oil pan). Once the sump is unbolted there is space to unbolt the oil pump and let it drop into the pan, then pull the whole lot forward and out (once the anti-roll bar is unbolted anyway). It wasn't super-dirty inside The bottom pan was quite dented which probably pushed it up against the pickup though. The 390 'workshop'. Nothing looked too scary here.
  16. Plenty of room for important cargo.
  17. I saw this one on the road in Palmerston North last year. My parents also had one when I was a kid, same colour and all. Saw a white one at Manfield (in the carpark, not racing) a few years ago. There is also a cowpat green one up in Raetahi, stored in a basement.
  18. It's amazing how much crud collects in chassis rails of old US cars. I guess there were a lot of dirt roads around in the 'good old days'. I cleaned out the rails of the Mercury a few years ago, then had another session on them recently when I noticed some mouse fluff had appeared. I suppose a water blaster will get it out? I used air guns/pipes and a vacuum cleaner mostly.
  19. If you do it anything like me, you might as well just let it run out on the floor as that's where most of it will end up when the house flips out of the container or I knock it over.
  20. You need to do it like this: 1. Open Bleeder 2. Assist pushes pedal down and holds down 3. Close Bleeder 4. Assistant lets pedal up Repeat until no air comes out, remembering to check reservoir. Unless you are using a special hose with a valve of some sort on the end to stop the air/fluid from sucking back up
  21. Probably air.
  22. So, Guypie's pic shows the name on the back. In one of the older threads it was mentioned that the Trudgeon business (painting and decorating) still exists in Ashburton I got a reply from Greg Trudgeon that the car was owned by Mr Russell Johnson who used to work for the business, and that the sign writing was a bit of joke as he had been with them for 30 years (has died since). Based on the modern papers i have the car was sold by Mr Johnson in 1979. Cool story bro.
  23. Are the drum adjusters wound up right? If you back them off then the shoes will have a long way to travel to the drums.
  24. Tractor tyre - no sweat
  25. There outta be a prize for that role....