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  1. drag day went super well. had a great day. struggling for traction as normal but managed to put one good run together and ran a PB of 12.93@110mph. i cant tell you how stoked i am to make it into the 12s. 2020-12-13_07-05-28 by sheepers, on Flickr
    22 points
  2. Good turnout, sun turned up the heat, bbq'd meats and sharns, job well done. A few pics, resizing them down is pretty killer. If you want an original size just let me know. The line up was taken early on so doesn't show the full turnout that was pretty impressive for a lazy Sunday.
    9 points
  3. Beach Hop 2020 done and dusted, no issues. Even got a quick shot on the tele-v
    8 points
  4. I had to leave early and a few had turned up after I took these, at least the weather turned it on
    8 points
  5. Took the door off again. Decided the passenger door lock can go in the bin with the mirror.
    8 points
  6. WOF acquired! we are legal! over the last month or so I've gone hard to get this thing legal to use over summer. Whilst I didn't make beach hop due to it being unreliable, I still managed a WOF and even attended drag day yesterday, although I didn't attempt a 2 second pass due to not having a coolant overflow tank properly setup as well as coolant leaks. but, regardless, it's going now and I've been idling around town trying to iron out problems as they come. the photos added are of how it sits now. the front end is super on the piss (panel wise) so my next step is to start stra
    8 points
  7. More progress. Front guards and front panel removed. I have bought old new stock Mexico Gaurds. And the front panel had rusted out where the number plate mounts. So new front headlight panel to be fitted. I will fit some new flitch panels. Rust sorted. Ready for the new panel.
    7 points
  8. God.. I'm so time poor it's rediculous.. The back side of the house where the new fence is has always been about 150mm low, in part because the neighbours house sank in the quakes. The fencer said I could retain up to 200mm just using the posts so I got some 1500mm boxing and whacked it in 20mm lower than the house found with a couple of 600mm pegs every bay.. Cue 8m of free soil.. Gonna put a bunch of weed mat down and bark/plant it out. Can get pretty good limestone pavers for 25 bucks a ton (fucken cheap) from a quarry up by Waiau so
    7 points
  9. Maybe some more background as I've kind of started part way through. I saw this car pop up a couple times on Trade me and couldn't really get it out of my brain despite never being interested in this sort of thing before. We bought it went the price made sense a couple months after first seeing it. In my original post I put some asterisks after some words. This because we realised that the previous-previous owner probably told some porkies to the previous owner to sell it to him. They say they took the dizzy out as an anti-theft measure but it's the wrong dizzy, which calls into q
    6 points
  10. I've made a start on the convoluted snake nest that will be the exhaust manifold. The steering shaft and engine mounts are leaving me with fuck all options. I also have to avoid blocking any bolts that will make it impossible to install the exhaust. That rear stud needs to be replaced with a bolt, it only clears the universal joint by a few mm. The only direction the two rear ports can go is under the steering shaft. To do that I have to make pie-cut bends, the smallest donuts are too big. They will merge right away into a 2" pipe, then there will be a v-band clamp. The tw
    6 points
  11. Moar testing this afternoon. Tried different float needle, didn't really change anything. We think the choke plunger may be jamming on, causing the "not wanting to start under 70% throttle, and then hardly running, and then after a fiddle starting sweet as" issue, and it was still doing the "running out of gas after a period of full nangs, but then OK again if you idle around for a bit" thing, which was a bugger, but I have a couple of plans on solving this. Float needles, spot the rooted(er) one, Mr Jones going for a nang, Weed make boat go slow, I
    5 points
  12. Then tackled one of the rear shock boxes. Looked like grease at first but turned out to be stuck on real good, so I'm thinking maybe road tar. Anyway lots of wire brushing and liberal applications of petrol and I eventually got it clean enough to make out the manufacturer's name in the casting. Made by Armstrong interestingly enough. One down, one to go.
    5 points
  13. It held together and nothing broke - home safe Stoked with how things went, improved PB by 1.2 seconds to a 16.4 Only did 6 runs as it was clear I wasnt going to go groundbreakingly faster. But using the rule of thumb of " 0.1 off your 60ft is worth 0.2 off your 1/4 time" If I combined my best 60foot with best quarter I'd ideally end up somewhere under 16.3 which I think is pretty sweet for a 1300cc echo haha. But I was more worried about getting home okay this time so was minimal on burnouts off the line which might have helped. A++ would make drag day doort noises and e
    5 points
  14. I'm hugely grateful that Dad comes along and participates in things, he was super chuffed to get the Century out there. It still blows me away that these things are in any way shape or form, affordable and accessable. However his PB is still definitely with the JZX90 which is a low 14. and the blue skittle The wind noise doesnt quite capture the racket coming out of it, but a vid's a vid:
    4 points
  15. sort of an update, more to show that I'm still alive. Maybe not for long, having inhaled a few cubic meters of bog dust over the last couple of months. Caught up with the panelbeater as he had to weld up my other car to get it's WOF. I asked if he knew any good painters "sure I do, remember that Escort that was in my workshop? they just painted it, it came out absolutely awesome.... cost the guy about 12k if i recall" So yeah I'll be handling the paint job at home. So i've been bogging and sanding and bogging and sanding and bogging and sanding and bogging and sanding and bogging an
    4 points
  16. Then I thought I would see if it still runs. Hasn’t been started since lock down. Connected the battery, primed the carb... Started first turn of the key. Let it run up to temp and gave it a rev for Trev.
    4 points
  17. Getting the engine started is a milestone I want my partner to be there for so putting it off until the holidays when we have the time. So in the mean time let's take a look at our fuel system. I read that fuel drains slowly so I didn't bother to raise the back of the car to fit jerry cans/buckets under, instead opting to just use a pan and ice cream container and swap them over. This went poorly... But at least I didn't roll a 1 so the garage and everything is intact and I just have to deal with the fact that I need to keep all the doors open for a while. Also poor: my prepa
    3 points
  18. Talking about fuel tanks, what kind of muppet does a bare metal restoration and leaves the old rubber fuel neck grommet in place ? Hard to believe It was done by a professional restoration company. If I had been the one who paid for the job I would have been spewing. I carefully cut around the paint and was able to remove the grommet with no further damage. The grommet is shared with an Anglia 100E saloon and the good news is that reproduction ones are readily available in the UK. Further good news is that they have a larger outer diameter, so with a bit of luck the new one should to
    3 points
  19. I put the door back on to check the body lines. Hit it with a hammer in a couple of spots but pretty happy with it considering the bog I took out.
    3 points
  20. forgot to mention, a supercharged 1UZ pulling hard at 7200RPM sounds pretty ace.
    3 points
  21. Looks like the previous owners left you a fine trove of treasures under the seats I would recommend getting internal access to the upper firewall box section and have a real good look for rust around the base of the windscreen and the back side of the bonnet hinges... hope your machine had been garaged! All that gadgetry in your centre console I believe is the VELNAS computer which is pretty retro chic
    2 points
  22. Grabbed the tank to give it a final once over before paint. Pulled the sender unit and the gasket is toast so I'll make up a new one before refitting. Tank still looks pretty clean inside, but I could hear something rolling around. Spent a bit of time jiggling the tank back and forth to work the bits through the gaps in the internal baffle plates and eventually managed to retrieve some decent chunks of old solder. All quiet now, so that must be the lot. I wonder how long those have been in there.
    2 points
  23. Very near the slowest time of day? Definitely blaming the 3.73 ratio diff. Heaps of fun, didn't break anything (certainly not any speed records) shaved a second off my first go and a really good reference point for when the supercharger kit eventually makes it on
    2 points
  24. To better diagnose my hot start issue, I figured it would be nice to plug into the ecu and see what it thinks is going on. First problem was where did the guy who built this thing put the diagnostic connector... Nowhere is the answer. So off to pick a part to liberate a complete engine loom from the VS commodore there. Then to figure out how everything should be wired in, a factory service manual sure would be handy. Removed the ECU from its waterproof enclosure. They did a pretty good job filling it with foam and bathroom sealant and even glad wrap. As any
    2 points
  25. While I was on a roll I thought I'd give the front bumper the once over. There is a dent in the lower part which I'll have a go at knocking out. I'll need to be gentle to preserve the chrome. Luckily most of it is hidden by the rego plate, so no major drama if I can't get it straight. Talking about rego plates there are two manky looking brackets that I suspect either used to hold the older style long rego plate or maybe a set of spot lights . Anyway they stand out like balls on a greyhound so a plan was needed. Luckily I had two spare round headed chrome bumper bolts in my stash from when I b
    2 points
  26. Got the leaf springs in and dropped the van back on its wheels yesterday, so that was good. This morning I gave the Thames a quick bath and pushed it back into the shed to start assembly. Spent a bit of time gathering all of the previously fabricated loose parts which need to be prepped for painting so I'll make a start on that tomorrow. In the time that was left I carried on doing a bit of work on the rear bumpers. When I bought the van they were sitting in a cardboard box so have never been fitted during my ownership. The outside chrome shows a bit of patina, but might come up with the
    2 points
  27. This mirror was useless and not original. Now it’s gone
    2 points
  28. So a bunch of us have been to this campground between Geraldine and Fairlie for the last couple years as a wee getaway around New years. Its a pretty sweet spot. Very secluded, and very basic camping. 2 long drops and non drinkable running water. But, it's one of the few campgrounds around where dogs are allowed, and we can still have campfires. There's a few sweet bushwalks around at the campgound, and other places to explore via car. But it's mainly just a couple days chilling out and spinning sharns more than doing stuff. Thought I'd throw the invite out there if any other OS bo
    2 points
  29. 2 points
  30. So, long time no update. I have been holding off as shit was so nearly there for fucking weeks but kept on dragging on... Early September it got shipped off to Wellington; Then early October it arrived back home with a very excited son of a truckie.. Then I got the list from the cert man and was pleased/kind of surprised how short it was; - Needs rear headrests - Extra size on the driveshaft hoop mounts - Front seatbelts needed to web clamp type not inertia - Change a vac hose for proper auto stuff - Wheel alignment That
    2 points
  31. 2 points
  32. Drag day was awesome as per usual.. couldnt stay as long as I had wanted but that's what happens when you bring your 1yo daughter with ya! Anyway that sparked some motivation and today I got stuck into the Corona. I pulled the spare diff and leaf springs from out under the house, they were dirty so I gave em a clean up.. as you do Taa daa When I pulled the leaf springs out I noticed something different.. ha the top leaf has been flipped prob be just about right as is no need to reset or I'll be in the same boat again So I cleaned the leaf
    1 point
  33. That's my mate Tom's one, he's not on OS. Tis a 400.
    1 point
  34. Worth getting some sticky drag slick big tyres for next time just even for science?
    1 point
  35. The issue was my grind on the electrode, I'd ground it to a sharp point. I ground a small flat on the end and the arc was much better. But I did think of the magnet issue. I thought it might have been my fitbit, so tried taking that off too.
    1 point
  36. @h4nd Dai with bonnet open for max Lols.
    1 point
  37. Did the plastic trim with "solution finish" spendy as but great results It's some kind of mix of linseed oil, carbon dust and unicorn farts from what I can figure. Use like a drop per trim so goes a long way. Apparently lasts way longer then the usual stuff (turtle Wax fading in the sun the same day you use it for example) If it was my car I'd wetsand and polish, but ain't got time for that, it's getting loaded on a ship and sent to Africa apparently Had the air pressure to high for the clear id say, so a bit orange pealy/dry (my lazyness really, compressor i
    1 point
  38. you wouldn't want to talk to that guy. he is odd. I really should update the build thread on here at some point.
    1 point
  39. Got my dad to help me pull this round into my shed so I can start assembly - this ended up being alot easier than I anticipated.... You'll see in previous pics I had the tub hanging by the rafters with some rachet straps, sketch but quite effective. Its not too heavy, just bulky so again was straight forward to get into position. The frame/tub which I straightened more or less by eye looks to have lined up well, or no different than it would have left the factory.... Also loosely positioned the tub sides to get them out of the way more than anything...
    1 point
  40. Got my struts back from getting modified to suit the MK1 golf inserts. He ended having to remove the spring perch and weld it back on to cut enough out. Very happy with the job though. Also got the carpet in and trimmed to suit. Not 100% happy with how it sits, but hopefully it will settle a bit.
    1 point
  41. well, after a very long day in which the gun blocked multiple times and i poured 500 mils of paint all over the bench i finally got a sealer coat on the car. the drivers side isn't done yet, ill turn the car around and do that tomorrow. now the fun job of sanding can begin 2020-12-06_05-31-17 by sheepers, on Flickr
    1 point
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  43. Hahahaha fingers crossed! Holy shit that windscreen banner is fucking amazing
    1 point
  44. That's sad news about drag day! Here's hoping your boss buys a new work car in the next couple of weeks? It's a shame, cause I won't be able to install your new windscreen banner now:
    1 point
  45. I'm definitely looking back at the 9752 "is my car oldschool?" forum posts and having a mild chortle
    1 point
  46. Unless something miraculous happens it looks like I'm not gonna be able to take this to the drags or do anything else much fun with it for a while. Reason being, this happened to my Nissan work car coming up the Bombay hill yesterday: With a BHG to match. So its off to scrap! Which now means I'm back to needing the Echo as a reliable and sensible driving appliance. For the meantime my job depends on it. Good thing I didnt manage to blow it up already. So I've gone back to the factory intake manifold so I can have an air filter back on it. It will still be heaps more fun to d
    1 point
  47. Panel beating done last weekend and most of car in primer. So good to get rid of the trolley dents from daily use when I first purchased. Took it through vtnz pink sticker inspection as it sits above. Failed on wiper blades, headlight high beam angle too low and certification required for suspension. Paint booked in for next week and hopefully cert man can see me before end of year
    1 point
  48. Supercharger kit arrived a couple weeks back so I started to pull apart a running car. Took a shit tonne of paint off the strut tower trying to side it all on in one go. Figured out its best to take supercharger off the intake manifold. Manifold fouls on fuel rail with the tvis butterfly plate left there so had to remove then try again. Now the intake head studs were fouling on manifold due to being to long so have removed them all successfully and awaiting new studs. Did mock up with some bolts for now Need to track down a 1st gen throttle body and iscv
    1 point
  49. Using my bumpsteer measuring thingamadoodah and fucking around with spacing the tie rod end and rack mounts I found that the tie rod end and the steering arm needed to exist in the same space. So I sacrificed a spare one to modify so I can continue mocking up. I made a jig to hold the end in the right place for welding. Here is the one from the other side to see how far it's moved up. . And totally legit welding. safe as. This is just for mocking up. Once I get the height right for minimal bump steer, I'll mill the fin
    1 point
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