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  1. Then this evening I accidentally spilt paint on it, Luckily it was the right paint, so I left it.
    21 points
  2. i was worried about the added load to the other bolt once i took this bolt out. 2020-05-03_04-47-41 by sheepers, on Flickr so i did some analysis on the loading. its pretty interesting what results came out from my experiments. ill save you the details but you can bet that things weren't good with that one bolt removed. in fact, according to my calculations the structural loading on the rest of the frontal impact zone, even at moderate speeds, went way past the design loading that the other bolt was capable of withstanding. as you can clearl
    15 points
  3. Welcome to the New Year Datsun thread, year of the dogleg.. Work on the new motor stalled due to Christmas break and needing funds for a special Datsun event - Leadfoot 2020. Mid last year I made a few sneaky phone calls and managed an invite for my father to compete in his 1975 Heatway rally car that has been resurrected. As the story goes, a few weeks out from the event, his co-driver convinced Wishart Helicopters (Now Helicopter Line) to sponsor their entry, they stripped the running gear from Dad's 68 1600sss, swapped it into a bare shell and had at it. With o
    12 points
  4. Went to the garage this morning and found the wrinkle fairies had been busy..... Well pleased with how that came out so decision decided on the cam cover. Spot of magic paint, (plus a sneaky beer) and left it in the sun..... Came back 30 minutes later & what is this witchcraft ? Good choice me thinks. I'll let it dry for a couple of days and then have a go at sanding back the lettering. In the meantime I'd better clean the engine bay up. / pics when it's back together.
    9 points
  5. So when i got the car the dash topper, gauge cluster, centre console had all been black winkle painted. Had a modified factory cluster to fit a set of autometer guages. Black wrinkle paint not really my thing so decided ill put the dash and cluster out and clean it up and repaint it satin black. So pulled the dash out, tried to clean up the topper but wasnt having much success so a quick call to the man @64valiant and will be getting the dash topper over to him to trim in a nice black something. Will repaint the steel part of the dash top while its out too. Got t
    7 points
  6. Spent much of the last week measuring and thinking about the manifold for the Carb Conversion. Think I have that sorted, so will try to get some more progress this week on getting one made. I have a spare 1ggte head that turned up this week which has been useful to just look over. Had a manifold flange quickly drawn up so I could figure some small details out. This was for my original plan which was to use two 4age Weber manifolds (easy to buy) and have a conversion flange on the head. Am leaning away from this at the moment. Also attached is the one picture that kicked off the car
    7 points
  7. So when i got the car the front and rear bumpers and the grill surround trim were plastidipped black. Not really my thing got to have chrome on a old school car. Managed to peel it all off to reveal very tidy and mint chrome which was a relief. Couple of before and after shots, very happy with the outcome.
    7 points
  8. Ordered online from the smits group/spray store website. Prices were what I was happy to pay and from the first place I found shipping. No idea if it's the cheapest or best place to get it. I've been flatting back the clear this weekend, gave that bog trick a go and it does work pretty well, but was super slow going. I later went back and re watched the video, he started sanding with wet 320 and said you could even use 240 and best I had was 400 so that's probably why, I was getting worried that the extra effort required to cut down through the filler would end up with me ru
    6 points
  9. I still have this. Still building it. I get slower at doing things the older i get.
    6 points
  10. This is how the car has been sitting for the last week and a half.. So this morning I went down there and got busy rust proofing and scotching and prepsoling. And masking..
    5 points
  11. i didnt like the colour of this bolt. i decided it was the wrong shade of red and you know when somethings gets in your head and you cant let it go? well the colour of this bolt got to me. so i decided to take it out and repaint it. 2020-05-03_04-47-41 by sheepers, on Flickr
    5 points
  12. Yay! I got some more work done and and update before another year passed! Still not flash when the update at the top of this page (6) is from 5 years and 4 houses ago. Not too bad though when one of those houses was a 2 year sabbatical on a boat with my family and we moved to a new city. Latest house does not have room for Felicity so she is stored at a friends house and it’s been far too long since I have seen her. Thankfully the engine is home so I can make a little progress. Have done some really important things like painting. Then tried to remember how this lot went back toge
    5 points
  13. Hi all, Long time lurker. I brought this car out off Dunedin 2 and a bit years ago, off a friend of mine who id hounded for a while to be able to buy it off him. I brought it Reg on hold, no wof, motor not running, manual swap not quite complete, and the interior in the boot. Car is a Hardtop, with the eagle Mask front end, my favorite combination! A buddy of mine and I drove down, threw it on the trailer and brought it home. Car was originally a 1geu, Auto. It had a 1gge and W57 stabbed into it, but a long way from running. Once it arrived home i reassembled it to see what w
    3 points
  14. While I’m waiting for my Mk 1 GT 2 Door to come back from the paint shop. I’m going to build this into a rat build. Anyone got any experiance with a satin clear coat over what’s there on the exterior? Discussion: https://oldschool.co.nz/index.php?/topic/72206-66gt’s-rat-mk-1-cortina/
    3 points
  15. First job is to get all the suspension out of it and build a dolly for it. I know what engine I will be using in it so someone one will pick it as the build goes.
    3 points
  16. Pete on a burgman smoking galloise and drinking laphroaig ftw
    3 points
  17. Next up after getting busted buying flares i got back into working on the truck to get it sorted for Beach Hop. Had a week long break at the end of Jan to go for a boys roadtrip to Muscle Car Madness in Rangiora (if you aint been an like old cars and beers you got to go , its hectic as fuk) Anyway whilst i was away the mrs rustled some mates together to get the car and take it to another mate who knows a thing or two about rotarys to get it going (wasnt going when i bought it) . Long story short was a bit of a mess few things round the wrong way and what not and so got that sorted an
    3 points
  18. @V8Pete you are required to buy a shitty bike and come on this
    2 points
  19. We have done a few Fenix at work, all full alloy units. Most seem to be OK, but we have had a couple that leaked out of the box, and one that was physically damaged in the box but the box wasnt damaged. They have been pretty quick to swap out faulty units for us. They are cheap though, so yeah. I wouldn't use one myself, i'd rather pay the money and have a radiator shop recore an original one, or go for a good aftermarket brand if its something more common.
    2 points
  20. I've been chipping away at that corroded boat anchor motor. Bits of it were OK (starter fine, alt could be ok) but the carbs had inhaled water for years, so lots of the motor is junk. I was quite interested in getting the distributor assy off it (have disassembled most of it) but I think the cog / gear wheel at the bottom of the shaft may be corroded solid. I haven't been able to split the engine cases to see in there, even with all the bolts out. I may just give up on it soon. I had hoped to have a spare to match the spare engine I have.
    2 points
  21. The plan today was to make up some temporary radiator hoses to get it running. Managed to hack out the broken fitting, will buy a new water pump anyway but wanted to do some testing today. Hacked: I then found a fitting that worked, put some rtv in it since the threads were damaged. Again, just temporary. I was going to block off the hose since it is just for the heater But thought I should loop it to the other end. Pulled off the hose from the intake manifold and found it was completely blocked with white powder. It was rock solid, had to drill it out. Ended up h
    2 points
  22. G'day. 6 weekly update... A few little things are going to get done thanks to lock down boredom/family avoidance. Engine bay needs a bit of a tidy. It's mostly just dirt but the cam cover & air cleaner look a bit shit. Had the big debate about polishing the cam cover or going wrunkle funnish. Black wrinkle won and was ordered but I thought I'd just mess about with some 3000 grit & a bit of Autosol coz it was a nice day. Looks OK for not too much bother, may just go with it. Sprayed the air cleaner though. Yes, not orange. After about an hour
    2 points
  23. Got some more work done recently. Re-aligned the belts and is much better. Got the engine running and oil leak fixed. Went to do some more work on it but wouldnt turn the starter. Diagnosis pointed at the starter but isnt very old. Rechecked everything and confirmed so pulled it. Bench testing showed it works. Couldnt figure it out apart from the post that the key wire mounts too wasnt very tight and could spin if u did it up too tight, so this made me wonder... sure enough. Broken. So got that sorted and refitted. Was sick of seeing it so dirty, hasnt had a wash i
    2 points
  24. Righto.. first quick easy mod.. when I picked this up and spent a couple of days getting to know her, I soon discovered how damn heavy the bonnet and boot are to open due to the body kit. The boot is still on the agenda to be done (fibreglass rod works well for now), but the bonnet was a straight forward fix. Onto eBay to buy this kit from a supplier in Aus. The only thing I did differently was flip the struts compared to the information I was looking at because of the angle of the head at one end suited it being fixed to the bonnet end rather than the guard end (in my humble opinion)
    2 points
  25. So got sick of looking the primer/bogged rear quarters so spray bombed them with some satin black cause it was hurting my eyes looking at it in the shed till i get it sorted properly. Took it for a drive, couldnt even get it out my driveway without the guard rubbing on the tyre and basically stalling the car. Turns out on further investigation all the load leaves had been flipped to lower it some more, so basically had no spring tension in the rear. Pulled the leave pack apart and put everything in the right place, slightly raised the car but made it actually driveable an doesnt come clo
    2 points
  26. Been a Veedub fan since my teens, collection stuff that lived in a box for ages, found a bird cage stand and re purposed it as a shrine to the VW. Couple of semi rare items, the red 50/50s one year only Australia and Italy, also some Snowflakes up the top. VW lounge light, used a big valve for the stand, actually casts a VW emblem on the roof above.
    2 points
  27. They don't have that high a failure rate. They don't last as long as old style radiators, but 10-15 years, maybe 20 if it's not German. Most last longer.
    1 point
  28. Glad he's changed them because they dumb. Jesus it's a sweet looking car tho.. those flares will look sooooo great
    1 point
  29. Tonights up date. So the car came on 15 x 10 on the front and 15 x11 on the rear, which are ultra wide especially when they had super streteched 195 & 205 on them. I was a bit on the fence about running them as to make them look semi decent needed alot wider tire on it which could of been tricky space wise. Was browsing trademe for lips to relip them slightly narrower if some lips popped up, ended up finding a set of 15 x 8 & 15 x 9 BBS RS on trademe with Mazda stud pattern. So went and grabbed them , turns out they were the wheels that used to be on this car befor
    1 point
  30. Then slapped together a "rough and ready" wooden jig that will hopefully hold everything in position while a mate of mine glues it together for me.
    1 point
  31. On to the roof. Around 3 weeks before I had bent two sheets of ply under the edge of the pool table I had stored in the shed to try get them to curve. It did help, but it was still a fight to get it into the end. Not to mention it curves in both directions which sure makes it hard to cut the sheet to fit. Many times of holding it up, marking bits to trim, taking it out, plane the bits, repeat. Lifting a whole sheet like that into the space that's a perfect fit by yourself sure is tricky. One of these times I fucking dropped it and smashed off the corner. Thankfully it was a back corner th
    1 point
  32. ADH26 I've previously been in a panic about trying to get stuff sorted before my pot goes off. But I also figure I dont actually need a few hours worth of pot life either. 35 mins at 20deg is a lifetime compared to what I was using before haha!
    1 point
  33. Todays update, The deal was no working on this/spending money till the chev truck was vinned/sorted for Beach Hop. Whilst on xmas holidays with a bit of spare time i managed to find the guy who makes the flare kits in Thailand with a listing on EBay. The car came without the rear flares they had been lost somewhere along the line. He agreed to sell me a new set of rear steel handmade flares to match the fronts already on the car. so fired away an order for those which didnt go down well with the boss But what can she do when they are already on their way haha. These tur
    1 point
  34. Went for a hoon up and down drive yesterday. Essentially done now.
    1 point
  35. @Kimjon if you pass your wire through a tampon it scrubs the dust and some oxidation off the wire before it gets into your rollers and makes them skid. Old panel beater Barry trick that seems to work.
    1 point
  36. Because this area can be seen I've decided to TIG it all. Finally getting my head around how to do it with pulse on panel steel, really enjoying it to be honest, very controllable and I can just knock it all down with my body file to leave a good finish. I've yet to decide what my plan of attack is going to be here....
    1 point
  37. Two updates in one month, lockdown eh... Have been epoxy priming lots of things, under wiper area, gave it a good scrub out, clean, and epoxy. Some areas that I couldn't reach to remove every tiny bit of surface rust I sprayed 3-4 times with Brunox, then epoxied over the top. It wasn't that bad to begin with, but figured i'd stop it now. Any water that gets into that area now has a clean run along the epoxy (to be top coated I guess) and out the side of the car. Have some seam sealer so will do along the front edge to stop any water ever getting to the firewall metal panel sandwich.
    1 point
  38. Update: it's running again, albeit on 3 but I think no.4 lead is crook. I noticed that rotor was pointing between 1 and 3 when at tdc, don't know how I didn't see it before, pulled dizzy out and turned round a bit so rotor lined up a bit nicer towards 1. Put dizzy back but it had a flat on bottom of shaft that didn't line up so pulled it out and turned the groove down in the hole with a screw driver, put dizzy in turned key and it went thankfully. I'm not sure what happened for it to be out but. . . It's good for now. Just thought I'd put a update on this Cheers
    1 point
  39. Also, here's the front end all back together with the new grill
    1 point
  40. So despite it looking like a dog's breakfast, I'll take the win for now. Looking at the picture of the mock up below - apart from the fact that it looks like it needs a dose of Viagra - the only other thing worrying me for now is the length of the adapter pipe. Unfortunately this can't be helped and I'm just going to have to live with any performance degradation that the length may cause. To be fair I have over estimated the size of the carbie, so I'm hoping that once I have the actual carb in my grubby mitts, I'll be able to reduce the overall length by a bit. I also figure tha
    1 point
  41. i put the front bumper back together and put it back on and it looks ace, i did however forget to take a picture so yea.... anywho i did some other stuff. the rear muffler was too big, hit the ground a lot and made the car way to quiet so i fitted a smaller one. it doesn't hit the ground and the car is louder which is good. old muffler with custom flat bottom, 2020-04-06_05-10-26 by sheepers, on Flickr new muffler. 2020-04-06_05-10-17 by sheepers, on Flickr so the next thing i wanted to do was make new bits for the tops of the rear
    1 point
  42. Hako's being doing daily duties as the Hilux is busted. Normally there'd be no way I'd drive a car as nice as the Skyline around at the end of December but the weathers warm (10 degrees, fucken Bahamas aye) and dry and they've not salted the roads for a while. Also the Hilux is busted, I may have mentioned that. The VW has no heater tubes connected and has started shitting out once it's warm so Skyline it is. It's been great, I forget how much of good o'l car it is. Been having chats and pics taken and friendly waves. I'm such a tart. I'm not really, I find it a bit embarra
    1 point
  43. When i had the tractor running the other day I tried a few times to get the PTO engaged. Not a huge amount was happening there. Even more concerning was that the PTO shaft appeared to be locked solid. Today I pulled off the PTO lever side cover (these things are awesome aren't they?!!" and discovered that it was stuck in ground drive PTO mode. The detent plunger was siezed solid in its passage so that moving the PTO lever was impossible. What i thought was lever movement was actually the handle rotating around the shaft because of a broken rollpin. It was seized enough that i ha
    1 point
  44. Please no rain this weekend... Got my black flap and visited a boat shop for this delicious waterproof push-pull switch in preparation for headlights.
    1 point
  45. Went and met a super awesome barry in Thames who actually rebuilds starters and alternators. This guy is the ONLY person I'd spoken to who had any idea about my starter problems. He had a replacement part on the shelf for $140 and was happy as to show me all of his NOS spare parts and impossible to find bits and pieces. Every other person tried to sell me a new starter! I'd highly recommend him to anyone with old electrical stuff that should work but doesn't.
    1 point
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