Kiwibirdman

Kiwibirdmans 1962 EJ Holden Wagon

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Here are some photos as promised

The final mount for the steering column.

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The steering column in is final place

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A couple of the steering so far. Still more clearance needed around the universals.

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Here are the engine mounts. The strait up and down one is the passengers side which I made a couple of months ago. The funky one is to go around the steering universal. This is the second attempt as the first one didn't have a big enough dog leg. As usual second attempt took about a quarter of the time of the first one. A guy who I met recently did the  finish welding with the 250 amp mig in his garage. 

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Here is the size comparison of the VZ commodore booster and the gemini booster.

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I'll let you guess which is which. 

I'm going to use the original holes in the pedal so shouldn't need a massive amount of boost to get good brakes, the leverage is about 9:1 where the commodore was around 7:1. I am a little worried about how much travel on the pedal, have to wait and see once it's all together.

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I had been holding off on an update until after the shed raid, I didn't want to give away too much before the team came round and had a look.

The engine is in and mounts welded up, still some finishing to do on the drivers side once the engine comes out again. The gearbox cross member is in place. HQ holden narrowed by 300mm. Again some final welding to finish off when the engine is out. Brake booster brackets made, final hole in the firewall to finish off. We didn't do it the other night because my kids had gone to bed and the die grinder was going to make too much noise.

I have been stuffing around with the diff angle and finding how much change there is in angle in normal suspension movement. I have decided to have the diff 2 degrees nose down, same as the Firebird. I have traction bars that mount under the spring pad at one end and below and forward of the front spring eye on the chassis. At expected ride height they are almost parallel with ground and the diff angle stays constant. The main thing I want is no axle tramp and I think these will do the trick.Traction is always going to be an issue with 215 tires.

Still plenty to do but getting rapidly closer to all cuts cut, shuts shut and then off for final rust work and paint.

Photos to come.

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I had an oh shit moment a while ago when I tried the new HQ type V8 radiator I had bought. Width wise it would fit OK, bur height wise it was 100mm above the the support panel. I did think about some serious cutting to make it fit. Something in the back of my brain said there is a better option that you have seen before. There was a green EH wagon that made NZV8 a few years ago and they had used a HiAce van radiator. I got the dimensions and had a measure, all looked good. 

This morning I picked up a slightly used one off trademe for $50. This first non Holden part.........I'm on the slippery slope.

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Here are some updates and photos

 

The engine sitting in the engine bay, gives an idea of size of engine and lack of space.20170222_172150.jpg

This photo gives a better idea, clearance of the inner guard to make space for the alternator

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A new gearbox mount, designed for a TH350 and just happens to bolt to a 4L60E with the right bolt holes for a HQ cross member.

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These two are of the steering . My nice piece of dowling intermediate shaft gives a good idea of how tight it all is. The right hand picture shows the bottom of the column and the shift arm. It all fits just. Still some clearance to be created at the time of photo.

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Some more photos

Gemini Booster in place, note the not so deliberate mistake

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The mounting studs are not level. Bloody booster has to be rotated 18 degrees, yet another job that gets done twice.

Here it is with the hinge down.

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During the shed raid Mr Vapour decided that he needed the VX commodore booster and master cylinder that I had got. I had the great plan of using an HQ PBR master. I thought they would be every where for not much money, not so. I'm going to have to go to Zebra parts to get another master cylinder, hopehully ther are still a couple of commodores there.

Here is the diff with new mounts attached. Sorry Neal(threeonthetree), the yellow paint will be gone before this goes back under the car.

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Over the weekend the ears on the diffhead got cut down to create some clearance. On a sedan diff they have a big hole for the suspension arms so no structural. I started cleaning up and painting to get rid of the lovely yellow. I ran out of best quality VHT black so no photos until I get some more and it is one colour. The brake booster got cleaned up as well and is very pretty in copper coat primer. Ordered a new flexible brake line for the diff and will make up new hard lines before it goes under the car. Also ordered a Willwood distribution block/proportioning valve from summit racing.

I had grabbed the bonnet and one front guard from the panel beaters. I was playing around with how low I could go and still get full steering lock. Here the tire is about 15mm under the guard and goes lock to lock with no touching.When the car gets a wheel alignment it will be set up with a bit of negative camber so tilting the wheel in a bit will make more space. 

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To quote the great philosopher Aaron Kaufmann of Fast and Loud, lower the altitude, raise the attitude. 

Once the diff is back under it will play round with the ride height, ground clearance will be the limiting factor I think.

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Its amazing how life gets in the way, last Saturday disappeared in being a taxi service for my eldest son for soccer out in Kelston, about 40 mins each way from home. I stopped into Pick a Part to see about another VX commodore master cylinder. Plenty of VT which were different and looked ugly as sin. I'll take a trip out out to Zebra tomorrow, their web site says they have 2.

I did make some progress, new cans of paint and the rear axle is racing shiny black, no more 70's yellow. I forgot to take photos (as usual) while it was all on a couple of saw horses. New brake lines got made and a new HQ type flexible hose turned up from Australia. The mount on the body had the spot welds drilled out and will be moved.

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Car is  back on the ground and suspension wound down (I love the threaded rod instead of springs at this stage).

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I'm pretty happy if I can get the final ride height here. A piece of 4x2 slides under everything with plenty of clearance.

I also got a box from Summit racing today.

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