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  1. Gave this thing a good tune-up today. But before I go into the details, I would like to publicly shame the place that gave this car a WoF last week before I bought it. Nothing against Felixx, it's the WoF shop's job to ensure something is safe. Harewood Vehicle Inspection Centre - 580 Wairakei Road. They should not have given this vehicle a WoF, there were two serious safety problems that they missed. The first was the serious brake imbalance - the car would pull hard to the right under heavy braking. The second was the substantial fuel leak from the carburetor (straight onto
    12 points
  2. Not terribly interesting but making some progress.. A tube worth of sikaflex to seal up the roof join. Also replacing the rubber donuts for where the safari roof bolts on, hope to get this all in colour soon so I can mount it. Windscreen back in with new seals Going old school glazing with the butyl tape (which I actually like working with) Bought a roll of sound deadening off TM (cheapest option I found) and working through layering all the internal panels. The roll is better than the flat pack as have less wastage.
    11 points
  3. Crikey its been a while since I updated this thread. Quite a bit has been built since the last update, in between customers jobs, mucking about buying old Bedfords, playing with bicycle builds and general enjoying summer stuff. Now that its 'late summer' here in the Tasman region and its starting to get a little bit chillier in the evenings we have been cracking into the build so we can hopefully move out of the cabin before spring Autumn arrives. Our bay seems to have a bit of a micro climate and ignores winter here, going straight from autumn to spring and frankly its more nicerer that way
    8 points
  4. 1500 wet and dry and jiff. Got most of the body cleaned up.
    6 points
  5. Top & sides of the rear window done.
    6 points
  6. Dropped the head off at North Shore engine reconditioners today. getting 0.25mm removed, new valve springs installed, freshen up the valves and some new studs as 3 of the 6 were mostly stripped and require some helicoils. In my quest to find some gasket remover to get the stubborn timing cover gasket off I bought some CRC gasket aerosol it said it can remove carbon build up. Carbon be gone super impressed. One application got it almost all completely off. New cam/lifters are in. Sump is going back on with a a fresh seal. Due to get the head back on Friday. With a
    6 points
  7. Did a bit more work on this today. Repaied a rusted coolant line in the throttle body.
    6 points
  8. Cleaned up the engine bay. You wouldn't know it but the engine was fully rebuilt and tickled up a bit 20 years ago and never run. I have started it and it purred like a kitten haha. Will put an exhaust on it before l run it again so l can atempt to run it in. I took the rocker cover off and its like brand new in there. Also has a brand new 32/36 webber, starter and alt. Dizzy has had work too with all new bits.
    5 points
  9. From 8 minutes onwards. Search ‘kiwi rider podcast’ on Spotify or similar.
    5 points
  10. Trucks been doing a fair bit of work over the last year. Taking out a tree for a colleague. Found a tonneau cover that fits very tidily. Found an LSD on yahoo japan, 6" 2-way clutch type 6.666 ratio from a slightly earlier model. Was good that I'd bought it as i discovered the pinion bearing was toast in the original diff while swapping the new one in. Tiny axles on these trucks. Picked up some more windows for the house. And found out that 6m lengths of wood "fit" on it, will be building some front and rear ladder racks shortly. Next mods on the
    5 points
  11. I first owned this in 1996. I put a 283 chevy in it and had some fun. Pulled the engine after a mate crashed his and sold the rolling body to him. He put his running gear in it (1900 Commy engine and magnum diff etc) but never finished it. I had been on at him to sell it back to me for a while. A few months back he messaged me to come get it as he was never going to finish it. This is how it looked when I picked it up
    4 points
  12. A few months ago a little rusty nugget was presented to me for sale and I couldn't help but add it to my fleet (I really shouldn't have but sometimes you just can't say no...) 20201122_190825 by phillipbaines, on Flickr 109925324_2747433878821944_9009724047312886256_n by phillipbaines, on Flickr I got it home, parked it up. forgot about it for 4 weeks whilst I waited for a few things to come from Japan. 20210321_143536 by phillipbaines, on Flickr The wiring loom that was in the car was the stock AE85 loom which was hacked and fudged. I thought it would be m
    4 points
  13. 4 points
  14. With her cross eyed sister while having a car shuffle the other day
    4 points
  15. SOme more things have been done, including all-new loop pile carpet and a nice alloy sealed battery box in the boot but that's not even important. What is important, is the gearbox, which sucks. Downshifting is impossible without a big ol' rev match and double clutch to get it from 4th to 3rd, then from 3rd to 2nd. As the car makes a little bit of a racket, it's quite obnoxious. So I sat down with Earle McFarlane (he's had many many experience with T50s and rebuilding them) and ordered a whole load of parts from Japan. They came in this box. This struck me as odd. Amayama orders
    3 points
  16. I realised I don't have to do everything the same as before. I think a lot of water used to sit around because the fall was inadequate. I started from the bottom so I had to undo some of my work but the water really moves now. Going to work my way down and do it even steeper on the other side to completely take out the flat spots. Then the water has nowhere to pool or sit against the seam where the scuttle panel is plug welded to the bulkhead.
    3 points
  17. The magnum stuff will be pulled from the cross eyed sister. I have other plans for her at a later date For now she sits and waits while l finish collecting parts for her.
    2 points
  18. Found an old set of bonnet hinges l had left over when l sold my hb wagon. Be good to be able to open the bonnet. Will find some bolts and chuck them on tomorrow. Also making my list of things to sort for cert, re-reg and wof. brakes, exhaust, clutch adjustment, tires, sort the battery placement ( boot ) and get tank cleaned out so l can run it properly. Fix the small amount of rust. Its pretty good really.
    2 points
  19. galaxie may be there tomorrow if the correct parts can be obtained. then put back together and hopefully go otherwise will take daily
    2 points
  20. Ground level up to something closer to normal. Plumbing is in, waiting on the pour
    2 points
  21. Gave it a clean...
    2 points
  22. 2 points
  23. got the bumpers back from chroming. these pictures do absolutely no justice to how good it looks IRL. 2021-03-23_06-53-44 by sheepers, on Flickr 2021-03-23_06-53-54 by sheepers, on Flickr 2021-03-23_06-54-02 by sheepers, on Flickr 2021-03-23_06-54-10 by sheepers, on Flickr 2021-03-23_06-54-17 by sheepers, on Flickr 2021-03-23_06-54-24 by sheepers, on Flickr
    2 points
  24. Spent a couple hours sorting the front brakes. Yeah the pistons are siezed solid, as in i had to bash the caliper off with a mini sledge. tried to free them LOLOLOLOL NOPE. so now the front has no brake pads, PROBLEM SOLVED. so its just a clean and should be GTG PRetty happy tbh . CHeers @Spencer for lending me some tools and space at your pad. will have to get something for AMy as a thank you haha. Oh and the shower, was getting pretty cold after the rain and stopping moving wow so much water. So stoked the rims and tyres fit , and even better I got +6 positive, w
    2 points
  25. Hey, still got this Honda. I put it in the Ellerslie Classic Car show with the Japanese Nostalgic Car group. Pretty cool to be asked to take it along, I guess it makes all the minting up worth it. Pulled the front off, polished and re-cleared the headlights and generally spruced it up a bit more. Loads more OEM fastners and brackets have made it into the mix under the bonnet. But that's not important. I have a wheel addiction issue, and got these old TE37s off George. I needed to get one fixed, as it has a pretty gnarly bend in both sides (one thing I have learned from fixing bent wh
    1 point
  26. Maybe the auditor was there that day. But yeah, lathe is an absolute must have tool in any garage. The problem is that it requires a shit load of tooling to make it useful enough to not need other machines alongside it. I was hoping to start on @Bling's job this evening but the anglia ended up taking longer than I expected
    1 point
  27. Man it must be great being able to whip things up on the lathe like that! Also interesting re the testing station. My brother took his Surf there a few months back (32s, 2" lift, spotlights etc, nothing out of the ordinary) and they went to town on it. Wanted proof from Toyota that the lift wasn't more than 2", made him take all the stickers off the side windows, also wanted him to remove the lower half of the dash to prove there wasn't an odometer switch in there etc. Won't be going there ever again.
    1 point
  28. Looks rusted through to me. Cut it out. In fact cut it out way bigger than you need so you can get something in there to clean back as much of the surfaces as you can. I'm a fan of a bicycle cable through a pice Of rod in a drill. Then paint and load it up with fishoil or wax
    1 point
  29. I got a 6v sla battery from jaycar for the tc125. Replaced the dash bulbs with LED. Today I done the valve shims on the 550. I somehow managed to mix up all my measurements when I pulled it down for sandblasting so I’ve still got one that’s out. Not by much tho. I’ll start the master cylinder rebuild when I get a day or so coming up and order the braided lines. Apart from trying to find a 4-1 or taking my bike to Cycleworks in Welly to get pipes made it’s pretty much done.
    1 point
  30. Cpp stuff is usually ok, the main concern with aftermarket spindles is what they are made of and what the spindle pin is made of, the fact that kit uses a bolt on wheel bearing kit gets rid of the spindle pin issue
    1 point
  31. So @Spencer whispered in my ear. Hnnng
    1 point
  32. That's good then, I remember the rust in the bonnet wasn't too bad then but definitely gotten worse. 4 years outside will do that though aye! I did a road worthy on it way back then (might have looked past a few things wrong to be honest, Camel just wanted club reg plates haha) but was surprised to find the AC still had R12 gas in it. Wouldn't take much to get that going again I reckon. Its a good truck overall, just looks a bit crusty and won't take much to tidy up. TH700 will be the best mod you can do, I'm putting one in the 68 impala (was in my 64 chevelle and it got great econom
    1 point
  33. Radiator mounted, dummy fitting oil cooler.. Oil cooler is wider than the radiator so is a bit of a pig, not alot of options to mount this
    1 point
  34. I started on cleaning it up a bit...
    1 point
  35. Repair cert= for unregistered vehicles or ones that have been written off If the vehicle is registered, then it wont need a repair cert to pass wof
    1 point
  36. I own this car now. It's now a 2L zetec turbo.
    1 point
  37. Reassembled and ... off to the paint shop just over 3 years in the shed!!!
    1 point
  38. Tidied up the front end over the weekend. Painted up the corner bezels with new insert bits. Still on the hunt for a coupe or later ke20 lower grill trim piece though. Trying to get it on the road for a Jap day in April, here in brisbane. Also have a front lip on the way.
    1 point
  39. There was some real farm spec shenanigans going on with the rear brake cable. looking at the front forks I could prob squeeze a 3.50 chonky golden boy in there.
    1 point
  40. I swapped tyres, tubes and brake shoes on the farm bike. cleaned carb again and reinstalled the standard pilot jet size. Still needs a few bits but she’s pretty much ready for the vin process. 3.50 - 18 Golden Boy on the rear 70/100 - 19 Kenda K760 front Whites tubes. Surprised at how clean the front wheel was inside. Brake shoes looked like the original ones from the 70’s. Quick vid of it running.
    1 point
  41. did a front main seal Refitted the timing belt and all the timing covers
    1 point
  42. Next thjng was to pull the heads off and strip them for cleaning Valve guids were mint with little to no play. Dropped them off at cylinder head specialists in town for them to tank them clean and run a skim over them ended up taking 12thou off them to clean them up as they were pretty rotten from having water in it. Also got the intake manifold vapour blasted and then i repainted the black and it looks ace Put the heads back together with new stem seals tonight. And bolted them back on the block And thats where im upto
    1 point
  43. Gave the march a thorough clean yesterday. One thing I can't stand is a grubby interior. How do people let their cars get so bad? I'm talking that sticky muck stage, cigarette butts everywhere (including inside the rip in the interior of the driver's seat), dust so thick on the dashboard that you could barely see the speedo, half eaten biscuits and child socks under the seats. I had to unscrew and pull out the centre console cupholder to clean it, it was so bad that I couldn't even find the screws, I had to jam the screw driver around in the muck scraping it away until I found them. Car has ha
    1 point
  44. Did a little clear out of the garage during lockdown and found my wheel collection so decided to test fit them and see what size flares i need to make. Need at least 60mm for the 6 black wheels and 90mm for the formula mesh. Fitted a Momo Prototipo i forgot i had bought. Picked up a wood lathe and did a couple of near 500kg dump runs. And worked out how to get a stock looking tachometer into it. Discovered on a Japanese forum that the Mitsubishi Townbox dash cluster has identical wiring, just need to run 1 wire from the ecu to the cluster for the tach signal. Works p
    1 point
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