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  1. Suspension brace didn't fit with new plenum. probably could have made the plenum 15mm shorter and it would have. but good excuse to make lightweight version brace. Almost ready for test run to the wall of shame for the old one
    9 points
  2. Completely forgot that I didn't update since before drag day. The morning of drag day I went right past the dragstrip and ended up in Hamilton, where a 2JZ-GE engine found its way onto the trailer I happened to be towing. It's been sitting around since I picked it up in December but this mornings purchase prompted me to get into it. These came up and I had to have them. They're a set of 6 40mm Individual Throttle Bodies to suit the 4A-GE engines, that have been adapted to a modified 2JZ inlet. It utilizes the standard fuel rail and injector setup, with a piggy-back ECU for fine tuning. Overall a pretty neat little setup. Hard to find stuff like this for the 2JZ as 95% of aftermarket is to suit the turbo engines. It'll prove to be a good learning experience with wiring and all that stuff, but I look forward to the challenge. Spy the 1G-E extractors Only on there for a mock up. I'll be on the lookout for the 1JZ stock tubular exhaust manifold to modify. I'll also need to find a turbo valve cover etc. This far, for my engine I still need: Alternator P/S pump Flywheel, clutch etc ECU Mechanical Fan (or do I go electric?) Overall it'll certainly give the wagon that extra bit of "unique" I've been looking for.
    9 points
  3. Fwiw I have a 1uz with M112 on top, have a custom bronze/copper radiator 650w X 60d X 450h -a single 400 dia fan pulling air when needed. It sits around a 1/3 on the gauge while moving however even idling at the lights takes it quite quickly past the 3/4 mark to just below panic stations - start any sort of forward movement and itis back into "normal" mode. Motor has about 100k on it, 20k with the blower and has done the heat up while idling from day one - the motor it replaced had around 40 k with the blower on top (120 all up) and did not do this - have never got to the bottom of why. I have had the motor in and out a few times due to foolishness and have never had an airlock in the cooling system. Have driven around with blower disconnected after I left the accessories belt behind and it did the same thing. Have replaced the water pump - no difference. I just try not to look at the gauge while stuck in traffic now...
    8 points
  4. Calipers are rebuilt. I had to use the original retaining spring ring things that hold the seals on as the replacement ones were too short and made the seal bunch up between the ends. I made 3 sets of spacer before I got the thickness right so the disc is in the middle of the calipers. The spacers still have to be tig'ed on and the brackets painted.
    7 points
  5. Suzi 250 project ready for rego inspection, fitted some lower bars which I'm thinking about flipping and going lower. The new muffler was a little noisy so added a baffle and some steel wool to shut her up a little. Second hand fenders and paint, exhaust wrap, new seat some electrical tinkering, oil, filters and new plug, she's a goer!
    5 points
  6. I was quite taken by a pipe guy on the instagram pics & vids thread so built one for my wife. Working out a lady to go with him now.
    4 points
  7. 3/4 race cam m9. They look small until you need to put it in a suitcase. I got a cam gear too. Will sort springs and retainers when back in nz. I chose it based on some good dyno results a magazine ran on a similar setup a few years ago and got really good results Specs are Lift: .456"/.428" Duration: 256°/268° Lobe Separation Angle: 107°/111° RPM Range: 2000-7200
    4 points
  8. Yeah you sum it up perfectly @MopedNZ I dont wanna ruin the good thing we have going with small bikes running tuned up "50cc" engines by being too pesty at a time when less pest is best
    3 points
  9. Haven't had huge motivation level behind working on this the last month, so not a lot of progress really. Work is pretty hectic atm with the whole COVID-19 thing... I suspect I'll either get absolutely zero time to work on it in the next month, or the Uni will close down and I might have more time that I know what to do with... Anyway, I drive this thing with headphones in most of the time, listening to audiobooks. This means I don't hear all the sounds it makes. My headphones were flat the other day, and I drove home without them... Really really odd noise was coming from the gearbox area, related to vehicle speed. Didn't take a lot of sleuthing to find the problem: This was completely dry just a couple of months ago when I put the new diff in, so it's let go in a pretty decent way. Managed to get a replacement seal and the use of a hoist as I don't like rolling around on the ground if I can avoid it. About a 15 min job to swap it out, took longer to refill the gearbox than swap the seal. Seems fine now, no weird noise and no leaking... I sort of suspect the output shaft support bush might be flogged out, but this gearbox will be replaced once the new engine goes in anyway, so as long as it holds oil I'll be happy. Silly regular maintenance instead of mods. Lame. Front left wheel bearing felt a tiny bit loose too, so gave that a nip up, and tightened the hand-brake cable too. Once I fix the exhaust leak at the manifold - exhaust point it would probably actually pass a warrant!
    3 points
  10. And here's what the inside of the fridge/airbox looks like: And as finishing touches I vinyl wrapped the serving fridge and spun up some new tap handles: Kauri Puriri Final product:
    3 points
  11. The planets were aligning, and I thought for a minute there I'd be joining you lot. But would agree with @HighLUX at this point, possibly all go for solo rides at our respective locations instead. Not quite the same though eh.
    2 points
  12. Friend built this for outdoor movie nights. It was epic to use. https://www.trademe.co.nz/a/marketplace/home-living/lounge-dining-hall/lounge-suites/other/listing/2577428291
    2 points
  13. Last couple of weekends I stripped every last part of the front suspension down and prepped it for paint. Sent the steering rack for a rebuild and crossmember for blasting and powdercoating and got the crossmember back today. This Saturdays job is to paint all the bits and reassemble with new buses, joints, links etc. Should be tight as a goldfishes anoose once its all back together. Pic 4 Fred
    2 points
  14. Also hanger bearing swapped over, really hoping this gets rid of that vibration!
    2 points
  15. ready to go back in the hole, looked pretty good internally only replaced the bearings and the seals. Also with @Slacker_Sam.'s help managed to track down a hanger bearing that looks to be what I need, fingers crossed it solves the vibration.
    2 points
  16. ARE YOU AN ANGRY BOOMER ABOUT ALL THE CANCELATIONS OF THIS SISSY ASS PANSY VIRUS? BLARDY SNOWFLAKE GUBMINT MATE couple of us motorcycle enthusiasts are keen to do a ride now that nats and the brass monkey are cancelled. It will be pretty no frills, fend for yourself camping type setup. If this sounds like a bit of you please register your interest and try and salvage some joy in these trying, unprecedented times. will be predominantly lower north island based. More details on the route to be provided in due course. You should come and join a bunch of reckless boomers/internet weirdos tender regards
    1 point
  17. Was having similar thoughts depsite being majorly keen as fuck. It won't be long before people are on the hunt for others they consider to be doing wrong things and it could bring the wrong attention. Still really want to go. But yeah. Shit is very different now.
    1 point
  18. I’m teetering on the edge of brInging my bike back up from Palmy.... Things could go very sideways before then though.
    1 point
  19. Probably a Carter 4070 https://www.nzperformance.co.nz/carter-4070-72gph-6psi-fuel-pump I run one directly to the carb - no regulator - on the Mercury and it seems OK. I do have it mounted at the back of the car down by the gas tank.
    1 point
  20. Can we ride from Napier to Mangatutu Hot Springs? https://www.nzhotpools.co.nz/hot-pools/mangatutu-hot-springs/#description
    1 point
  21. With the postponement of beach hop I've decided to go back to taking my time with this build, I just simply wasn't getting enough sleep trying to push for a target that was hard to achieve with doing long hours at work aswell. Hopefully I dont get any ridiculous ideas in the meantime but I've found a gsr 1800 dohc turbo motor but I think the wise decision is to leave this ute how it is and the gsr motor will be better suited for my ex lancer but time will tell...
    1 point
  22. That was a great meet. Nice to see everyone and Parrot Dog had the tasty treats. Special shout out to my gal Cholula!
    1 point
  23. With the wiring in the car pretty much done I put the front seat in. I need to check that the ECU missed the seat - Yes. Then there was the gauges that I had mounted under the edge of the dash board, I was worried that they would take out my left knee - again no problem, can see them as well, volt meter is not in line of site but that is not really important. I got into fitting seat belts until I ran out of bolts. When I was at Zebra wreckers a while ago I get a bunch of the factory low profile bolts which are going to the floor mounts. The ones under the back seat will use normal 7/16 UNF bolts. Here is my wife pretending to go for a cruise With the big steering wheel and 185 front tires the steering is not very heavy, should be fine when driving around. The column shift is fine, can only get Park, R, N, D, 3. I'm not worried about the extra gears. The neutral lock out switch on the torana column is fine, I adjusted it up a while ago.
    1 point
  24. Clutch failed yesterday when I was giving it a bit of a cane, had to drive home rev matching. Luckily it was just roundabouts. Had noticed the slave leaking the other day when I did the O2 bung, saw the rez was down a tad but then forgot about it. Seal looked like it had been pulled over and when I looked down the bore sure enough there were a bunch of rust spots. Went into butlers today and ordered a new master and slave, while I was there I thought fuck it and ordered the same for the zephyr.
    1 point
  25. Another project that's been distracting me from getting the damn Hilux finished: Home bar/beer delivery setup As can be dredged from the archives of this thread I am a keen home brewer, and have wanted to setup a fancy beer font setup since our new house already had a basic bar: For the font I bought some shiny Italian taps and some 4" sanitary tube and elbows (dairy spec), that uses triclamps to section together. Here is a test fit (sans taps): Then welded on some legs to fix it to the bench, and buddy CNCd up some tap adapters radiused to the tube. These are acetal as you want the taps insulated from the font so the fridge doesn't have to work too hard. Delivering keg beer from a remote fridge sounds easy enough (recall tui ad), but there's actually some engineering involved as the temperature spike that happens to the beer when it leaves the fridge and hits the tap causes the CO2 to come out of solution = glass full of foam. So somehow you need to keep the beerlines and taps cold all the time, and since I wasn't prepared to spend $1000's on a commercial glycol-cooled setup, I decided to try an air-cooled design ala: Basically in the bottom of the fridge that houses the kegs is a plastic box with a CPU fan pushing cold air up a main tube that houses the beer lines and exposes the back end of the tap to cold air. The tube also contains a smaller diameter return line that allows the air to turn around and return to the fridge to complete the circuit. The first implementation of the above did not really work out, I used some ~3" diameter plastic 'oil suction hose' as the main tube and I was hoping the 5mm wall thickness would be enough insulation, but the font got really cold and the fridge ran pretty much constantly. At that stage decided to go all in and cast some insulation into the font body, which was a bit scary given the cost of the stainless pipe: I also insulated the section of tube that runs between the fridge and the font, which together with the above got the temp leakage under control.
    1 point
  26. @RUNAMUCK The morse code to signal the whirly bird that it's too late for antics
    1 point
  27. Have run through a bit of a list now and got an idea on where to go to from here. We will be starting with getting the vehicle mechanically sorted so stay tuned for updates shortly. Tai
    1 point
  28. Both calipers are cleaned and painted. I split them before painting to install the new o-rings between the halves. The pistons are good on the outside sealing surfaces, but the inside was a bit rusty, so I wrapped the outside in tape and sandblasted the inside, then painted them with caliper paint so they don't immediately rust again. I'll give them a few days for the paint to harden some more before I assemble them. I've made the caliper brackets for both sides. And all the spacers. I'm going to wait until both calipers are assembled then fit them so I know 100% that the spacers are the correct thickness before I weld them on, just in case. The spacers on the top of the bracket are for the strut, also so I don't need to get shorter bolts.
    1 point
  29. Found these two mid 90's XR200 in a shed from my teenage years, sold them, because even Honda can't make a bike that will stand up to teenager on a dairy farm. IMG_20180624_125712 by John Bell, on Flickr That led to me eventually buying a mid ninties XR250R. Which is everything the 200 is not. Double discs, actual power, better suspension. This one is a little bit beat up, but mostly intact, and has done fairly low KM. Currently attempting to get it a bit nicer and possibly go through the registration process. IMG_20190517_101943 by John Bell, on Flickr IMG_20190517_124333 by John Bell, on Flickr
    1 point
  30. Picked up a 'modern' CT110 a little while after that, then another. Both ex-DX-mail. Fitted LED lights, stereo, and cruised around the farm/east cape. Currently daily-ing one for dairy farm duties. IMG_20161206_191827 by John Bell, on Flickr IMG_20161203_133231 by John Bell, on Flickr IMG_20161203_131732 by John Bell, on Flickr IMG_20171006_164819 by John Bell, on Flickr IMG_20171102_082449 by John Bell, on Flickr IMG_20190916_105230 by John Bell, on Flickr IMG_20200102_052754 by John Bell, on Flickr Bought a Hi-Lo 110 from a dairy farmer with a broken frame, stripped it for bits. Bought an old 90 with a sad motor, sat the parts next to each other, still waiting for them to combine. IMG_20171116_185208 by John Bell, on Flickr
    1 point
  31. Added a clutch to a goped, so it's no longer direct drive. I can come to a stop and the engine can keep running, then go again. Normally gopeds are direct drive, so if the motor is running you have to be moving too. If you stop completely, then engine stops. Until now: This is something I've wanted to do for over 24 years ever since getting my first goped, but price and availability were always a bit of a barrier to achieve. Pictured are the clutch internainternals mounted in place. ADA make a kit that converts it to a 54mm clutch, and a cnc machined adapter that gets it to go back onto the frame with the right spacing. Sweet bit of gear, pretty high end stuff. I had to make my own spindle to convert it to take a 3rd bearing support, but it was a pretty easy job having done a few of them now. Weird lifetime goal to have...but i feel like I'm clocking life right now!
    1 point
  32. It sure was nice. Yeah I think basically as proposed above will be the business. Need to sort my life out and look at a calendar. Keep pestering me.
    1 point
  33. Also cleaned up the round port manifold, trying out some por15 manifold paint this time the VHT flameproof is flaking off the last manifold I painted (maybe I didn't prep it well enough I can't remember), after looking in the engine bay I think the pipes coming out the side are going to foul the engine mount so might need to cut them short and plug weld them
    1 point
  34. Lick of paint for the gearbox before it goes back together with new bearings. hopefully be a lot quieter than the one in there. cleaned up and painted the 4.3 ratio nugget from the courier I stripped, fingers crossed it drops the revs a little bit I think it has something like a 4.8 from the factory in it.
    1 point
  35. got the hinges working on the flip front tonite
    1 point
  36. Ok is not that fast just faster than it was, and spin wheels friendly. Did a gps accel test, 0-100 in 12 sec.. Does rev out a whole lot more tho, excited to go for a big drive.
    1 point
  37. Made a start modifying the 4-link mounts. As you can see they originally hang quite a bit lower than the sill. New mount all welded up. Should be heaps strong enough! Cleaned up a bit. 17mm socket just fits through the channel to tighten/loosen the bolt. Might swap to Allen head screws, as the paint/underseal mightn't leave enough clearance. The lower arm is nice and level now. Next was to do the upper arm mounts. This is it all done coming through the floor under the rear seat. The seat just doesn't fit, but should be an easy fix by bending one of the wire spring things a little. Top arm angle looking much better. The arms should intersect pretty close to where I guessed the instant centre of the car will be. Just have the other side upper mount to finish off. Sent a bunch of stuff of to be zinc plated. Some didn't turn out as shiny as I'd liked, but not all of it's that visible and I think I'll get the engine and gearbox mounts powder coated any way.
    1 point
  38. Waiting on TM seller to get back to me about a purchase & hoping to secure time off. But late to party and tentatively keen.
    1 point
  39. Had some pipe left over (it's also splashed in pigs blood from homekill, so it's a pleasure to weld yum yum) A decent little length, looked about BBQ height, so I scrounged up all the rusty scraps that were too good to throw out, and made this rocket stove. Should have cleaned it up better and not welded outside in the wind. But a tidy up and some Potbelly paint should tart it up. Once I've cranked some temperature in it to burn off the galv as I don't want zinc in my food. lower bit is solely for air intake. Might fandangle something up to control it for simmering. Although fuel is probably the best way to control temp.
    1 point
  40. Knocked up a knock box for coffee grounds Scraps of steel pipe, plywood, leather and washing line
    1 point
  41. Work and real life have been pretty busy recently, so haven't found much time out in the garage. Students are back next week too, so work is likely to be a bit hectic for a bit. I did manage to get the ignition leads built this afternoon. It's really starting to take shape. SOOOO many nickle and dime jobs to do though. Still need to machine that trigger wheel. I've tapped the fuel rail for M18x1.5 fittings that I'll seal in with bonded washers... But the M18x1.5 -> AN6 adaptors are coming from China, and everything out of there is on the go-slow due to the virus. Not that I'm complaining (much), its got to be pretty horrific. Once those fittings are here though, and I can permanently fit the fuel lines, I can sort the front thermostat housing. Really really procrastinating about that... :-/. Also, I really need to build a garden shed and get all the gardening gear out of the garage.
    1 point
  42. I think you're looking for the word "niche". I was confused about what this had to do with female children of your siblings.
    1 point
  43. Making progress. Completely std build using good S/H parts and all new bearings/rings. Once I got all the required parts it’s gone together reasonably well.
    1 point
  44. I needed to install the oven I fixed up from a few pages back. Kitchen Tax is real though, people talking about spending all sorts of silly figures on kitchen reno's. I decided to throw it in myself, bar the gas plumbing. I quite like the old cabinetry so I just built up a new cabinet to match the old, save replacing the lot. I also uprated the range plug & switch & shifted the outlets to suit the new benches. A bit of tiling and edging to finish off, but now we can get stuck in to cooking up a few feasts!
    1 point
  45. School holidays project with the boy, super fun building this kinda stuff get to channel yet inner 8yr old. Still needs iron and a few other things, but mostly there: View from the top deck, stoked with the pulley scored it off TM as salvage from some old ship
    1 point
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