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  1. Sharn incoming. Lots of words not many photos (yet). So, I'd been wanting to buy an Impala for a while and when the datsun popped up I thought it could be a good opportunity to make some money to put towards owning one. Unfortunately prices went crazy this year so it still seemed out of reach. As soon as it sold I put an ad up on one of the Facebook pages and I think I only got two responses. One was for a car way out of my budget and the other was a Bel Air in Wellington that looked rough. Anyway as time went on the Bel Air started to look like it could be worth looking at. I messaged @crustywhip and he was in the UK. Oh. No worries, if the guy still has it when Kane gets home we'll go from there. Thankfully the car wasn't actually advertised for sale so when it came time to revisit the idea it was still available. Kane had a look for me last week and determined that yes the body and interior is beat up but it is original and mechanicals are good. That was enough for me. Flight booked. "Hey m8. Have a 64 Belair if u interested? Have just put brand new mags on it also. Has NO RUST and has been through compliance etc when my m8 I brought it off had it. New body mounts and vtnz checked and wof also. Awesome tidy car and drives mint as! All original paint, carpets , seats etc etc so been untouched part from the wheels haha. It’s got a good 307 in it at the moment. My m8 had the bottom end checked by his mechanic and all tidy as. Only looking at selling to by a new vehicle for my new business otherwise I’d keep it 100% send u some pics" So anyway. Picked it up on Saturday and drove it home yesterday. It was tidier than I thought it would be and it drove well so I'm pretty stoked. I'll add some photos when I next drive it. Plans are to get rid of the 20"s asap and go to 14"s. Get some of the body tidied up (There's a gark down the right side and some dents in the roof I wouldn't mind disappearing). A new hoodlining, probably a stereo, and all going well hydros.
    16 points
  2. Having never done this before, I took it easy and did my best not to damage any mating surfaces. My vintage schadek oil pump cover. And 26mm heavy duty pump, which needs to be pulled out as it bolts to both half's of the case. All the bolts, nuts, seals removed. Amazing there isn't a rubber seal of anything between the half's or even any sealant I could see. The middle bearing has seen better days. Crank it.
    15 points
  3. I'm a big fan of the fawn and green interior
    14 points
  4. So I took the case and crank over to Qualitat for their air-cooled guy to check if the it was viable to rebuild. Wasn't holding out much hope as this is 40-50 year old chunk of alloy that I abused on a daily basis. Took the opportunity to clean up the rear wheel well. Made these from some scrap alloy I had. Marked up a that's about right spot. And cut some massive triangles out of my nicely painted engine bay. Drilled hole and popped rivnuts in. Left the edge rough to hammer over the frame to strengthen the panel up. Both bent to shape and countersunk for mounting, the plan was to drill and tap the frame for the covers to attach with but was thinking about using VHB tape. All this work is to make installing the carbs and manifolds easier, it to about 10 minutes to put the engine in last time, and two hours to tighten the four nuts that hold the manifolds on.
    10 points
  5. Shizer it's been a while and cringe at my old posts. Anyways, I chucked a blanket over this and shut the garage while I did other things for a couple of years. Lockdowns meant pulling the blankets off, I got it running on the factory intake so was motivated again. Rear screen rubber in, stainless trims fresh and polished, random clips from russia and its now airbagged using accuair control with airlift struts. It drives well around the hood and I'm slowly getting more confident on going further. I never drove this car so was a big moment. Next on the list is sorting my rear wheels as they are a bit wide for frame laying and then a bespoke itb manifold from Mr Whitley tune. Pic courtesy of Simon when it was picked up a few weeks ago. Il take some when I get the trims back on.
    10 points
  6. Well it’s finally in paint and will be finished in a couple of weeks. Went with the original factory Dragoon Red. Can’t wait to start putting it together over the Xmas break
    9 points
  7. 8 points
  8. Decided I should allow some time to have fun with the car before considering Webers. So I got a new Holley Double Pumper. Looks the business. Went with an old 50s Cadillac air cleaner. Not a fan of the normal round ones. Its quite dangerous having Summit Racing, Original Parts Group, Classic Industries etc on your door step! Next day delivery on anything!
    8 points
  9. Well I got back into this and finally finished building the box and have now filled it with tools. Very happy with the finished product. Continuing on from my first post I added a few more bits. First off was a lid that covered the stainless tray. This was 18mm plywood left over from the shed build. I hinged it off from one side and made a swing out support to hold it up when its opened. Then I build a lift up section along the back to hang spanners and screwdrivers off. I added a lid to this bit. I ripped down some bits of eucalypt timber left over from the coffee cart we recently built for a customer ( that's another thing I must put some pics up of because it was a cool project!) These bits of timber were then profiled into corner cappings. With them attached Hannah then oiled it all and varnished the flip back lid. I made some handles. One main one for shifting it about the workshop and then a swing up one with more leverage that is for moving it offroad. I found a little handle we have had for yonks. Ideal for the lift up section... Finally a little box on the side for a few often used cans- wd40, spraygrease, zinc it black etc. I took no photos of all this because I was just absorbed with the build. Now complete I filled it with all the tools I use on car jobs etc. This was super fun because it meant I could shuffle loads of stuff about and off the walls. I could also move my old toolbox that took plenty of useful 'Flat six' sized space and put it under the bench. The bench area became a bomb site with stuff all over the place as I did a workshop bench spring clean. Got rid of lots of crap and re-organised a load of stuff into new trays I'd bought from Bunnings. This satisfies me no end. Anyway- back to the toolbox. Which now has a very catchy name. The 'Wheelybox 2000' pics. Closed up and ready to move... and opened up (a pic sort of like a toolbox equivalent of 80's Lambo poster with all the doors/boot/engine covers open).. In action... on the move.. detail shots... ( should have done a narrow depth of field shot of the cans through an open window...) the tray.. and for your amusement - this is what happens when I do a spring clean... So happy with it. It going to be a bloody useful asset to the business and save a lot of walking back and forth to the bench, especially when doing jobs on cars, trucks and tractors etc outside. Should have done it ages ago! My next plans for the bench area are to paint the plywood walls a bright colour and probably add a window over the bench - especially as we have chopped down loads of trees and we would now be able to watch the sunset through it as I tinker with Goldwing engines. I'll update the bushblock thread with that sort of workshop tinkering though. Better get back onto the Micras and the Imp 911 first eh....
    7 points
  10. Ha, I pulled the head and there was a fuckton of dirty cokey stuff that had fallen to one side and compacted. This was stopping all the cylinders from reaching tdc. I thought it was weird that at least two cylinders were not moving all the way. Cleaned it all out and it looks pretty good, I suspect the engine has had a rebuild cos there is almost no ring lip and you can see hone marks on the bore. The head looks ok but is dirty as fuck. I'll see what the head on the toast engine looks like cos at least I know it was a good runner. I pulled a bearing cap and that looked good too, maybe I'll see what a set of bearings will cost now it's this far apart.
    6 points
  11. Man, so busy... wish I had more time to work on my cars. Anyway, recently failed wof on bad FL wheel bearing, rub mark on FR brake hose and the sill is push up on the jacking point. Weirdly I cannot see how the hose could have rubbed at all, I get the feeling it's been like that the whole time. It's on the inside/chassis side, even pushing it by hand I can't get it to touch...weird. Here's a blurry photo, the red part there. And the wheel bearing was definitely stuffed, I had noticed a noise recently when turning right so that explains it. They are S14 hubs with the bigger spindle, which also means the bearings are not replaceable like S13 ones. You probably could figure something out but I just bought a genuine Nissan hub. Mmmmm genuine shiny oily paper wrapped hub.... Also got some GKtech braided brake lines, have installed the fronts. Yet to bleed as its up on the hoist while I work on pulling the sill back again. Will be interesting to see if I can feel any pedal difference going from normal soft lines. Ugly sill, to be honest I am pretty certain it has been like this for a long time: I have got it back to really good condition again, haven't got any photo's. I need to primer and paint it too.
    6 points
  12. So, I sold this thing last month. Mostly trouble free motoring. It now resides near Dunedin. New owner bought it unseen and flew up same night and drove it home.
    6 points
  13. So after driving this for a bit, I really found it way too rough. Maybe I'm getting old. Diff hitting floor etc. Was going to cut out where it's hitting and modify it etc, but want new wheels as well. If I'm doing that all that, I might as well 4 link it, and if I'm doing that, I might as well change to 4x114, and if I'm doing that I'll have to stuff around and shorten the diff to fit the wheels I want. Long story short, shit snowballed and now I'm the owner of a shortened MX5 rear end. (And still have to change to 4x114) Will build some new rails for the frame to sit under, and run them from the back to the rear seat area, and try tie them in with the original rails. Really wanting to use 40x40x3 SHS, to keep the subframe as high as possible under the boot floor, but everyone seems to use 50x50 for this sort of thing. If anyone has experience in this, will 40x40 be enough? The original rear "rails" are only monocoque, so surely 40x40x3 will be more than enough for a subframe to sit under. I won't be cutting much out of the originals.
    5 points
  14. Underside is the same as the top except a very fine anti chip seal.
    4 points
  15. We knew that this was a deregistered car from the start and got into it anyway. Just part of being a noob I guess, but I always figured we'd be able to sort it out down the line.. maybe it'll be a bit expensive but should still hopefully be reasonable in regards to the value of a fully restored Starion. Right...? I called a few panel beaty places and instead of straightening the car out, they straightened me out. It's not fun hearing "oh yeah you can expect about $30k for an average panel and paint job on a car this old". Especially when that's followed up with "deregistered? Okay yeah we can do it but it'll have to be be the Rolls Royce of repair jobs". But one of the nicer folks I called offered to come around and check it out soonish. So I had no idea whether we still even had a project. Anxiety effing sucks. Thinks like sunk cost fallacy was at the forefront of my mind. Was this a lost cause? How much will this repair cost - is it going to be better to just getting a beaten up reg-on-hold Starion and starting fresh with that? How many years would it take for that opportunity to make itself available again? I didn't want to put another second into the car. All motivation just gone. Also the frustration of the legalities of this. I could roll the dice and hope the re-registration people just feel like stamping paper that day, and don't whip out the endoscope or mandate stripping everything back to metal. Yet if whoever had it registered last had just paid the $peanuts every year to put the registration on hold the above repair would be perfectly legal. ARRRRRGH. ---- Guyman McPanelbeaty finally is able to come around. He's a numbers guy so he brings a hammerbeast. I bitch to them about my registration frustrations. Hammerbeast replies instantly with "yeah", throws his hands up, "yeah!" He goes on his own rant. This was a perfectly legit (if ugly) repair back in those days, the style of the time, onion on his belt. Kindred souls. They like the car. It's in pretty good shape rust-wise, they hand-wave the other repairs. They warn me of the dangers to my wallet if I end up going with a darker colour (or god forbid black). What colour should I go with? Not important right now, but this question will be asked a little more frantically later on down the line. But onto the work. I ask them to ballpark the repairs that need real certifying, the bare minimum to just get it back on the road. They guesstimate the work and throw some numbers out. The numbers are acceptable. My shoulders relax. I shake their hands and literally bounce back inside. We have a project! ---- Of course, they're super busy so it won't happen until next year, but I have homework in the meantime: I have to find new front rails and a new radiator mount. There's a wreck in Palmerston North so I started there. "Yeah mate let me check. You need both rails?" "Yes please." "... ah sorry mate, someone's already taken the front cut" Amayama's manager is permanently offline. The image above is from their site. Easily over 50% of the parts I order there end up being out of production, and for whatever reason they don't have the rails themselves listed separately, so I wanna talk to a person. The rails + wheel housing + other thingy are over NZ$1k each to import. if they exist. Bah. NZ's Starion facebook group is small but often useful. Not this time though - I got a name dropped to me but he was out of stock. The Austarion facebook group is much more lively but same deal there. @ProZac's Starion Sell-Up has long exited FOMO territory and is well established in MO territory. I have some more options before I'm ultra desperate (USA + expensive shipping, more mitsi parts websites, from-scratch fabrication) but things aren't tracking great lol. Does anyone know of anyone with a Starion parts car who might be willing to part with their front rails? Motivation's back tho.
    4 points
  16. I managed to assemble the gear selector stuff this weekend. And popped in the oil pump. Clicks through all 5 gear positions like a dream. Its all forward from here. Waiting on a tiny needle roller so I can press the bearings on the leyshaft and fit that. And will rebush mainshaft 4th and then the box can go together once and for all!
    4 points
  17. I have since has a chat with a man who knows everything about Hilux rear ends and have been assured that I can use any axles from any Hilux or Hiace. Now I just need to find the widest one possible!
    3 points
  18. Like getting a tattoo and at the time saying “never again”, then a few years later you start forgetting that pain and wanting to go through it again, I decided I wanted to buy back my old bike. Bought the Don Morrison frame back in 2004, took 8 years and a shit ton of money to finally get it certified and on the road, then sold it 3 years later in January of 2015 for fuck all and having only done about 1200 miles as the oil pump decided to shit itself and I got pissy with it. Fast forward to November 2017 and the guy I bought it off asked if I wanted to buy it back as his Mrs was having a kid and Harley life wasn’t on the cards for the foreseeable future so he was gonna sell it.. he’d spent a bit getting the oil pump rebuilt and oil tank cleaned and sealed (shit in the tank got into the pump).. I nearly bought it but pulled out due to finances and memories still fresh. Fast forward another 2 years to November 2019.. carbon copy conversation of 2017, he still hadn’t gotten round to selling and gave me first option to buy before he tries to sell.. I chickened out again, deciding the money was better spent on a trip to the States with the family instead.. Fast forward 2 more years again, November 2021.. (there’s a theme here and I don’t know why).. my circumstances have changed, I’m single, I have money, and I’m up for making stupid rash purchases, so I rang the guy up and sure enough, he still had it and he wanted less than last time so I bit the bullet and picked it up the next day before changing my mind. Mix of emotions when saw the bike.. happy to get her back but sad to see the state she was in.. only 1640 miles on the clock assuming it’s still working, but she looks like shit. Kinda like a “Barn find” but maybe not the good kind, A lot of the chromed alloy finishes have deteriorated, and a fair bit of rust pitting to nuts and bolts here and there. Gonna probably change the look of the bike out of necessity to my minimal budget, and look at blacking it out.. stay tuned if you like, it’ll probably take as long as anything I do on the Galaxie tbh
    3 points
  19. Turns out I've been driving around for over a year(when it runs) with a ugly mdf parcel shelf. Fixed that a couple weeks back. This was a second from work, it's just black vinyl from para rubber. Very happy as now the whole interior is black. Maybe one day it will get a headliner.
    3 points
  20. I did fly down mid winter to hang out with Michael and spend a long weekend getting this running and giving it a go over. The plan was to get it to wof condition (its reg on hold, with original plates) then return and ride it back to Wellington. Nothing ever goes to plan. It was way rougher than I thought it was (i should have known!). Gave it a full mechanical service, but rust on the stanchions, munted rear shocks and a chooched starter meant that is dreams of a wof were still a while away. Fully rebuilt the carbs, fuel lines, petcock, front and rear brakes, new braided brake lines, starter rebuild (twice, and still didn't work, apparently common for these), oil, coolant, rear drive oil, new tyres and tubes. Was so close, but yeah, the suspension and starter kinda rained on the parade. I had new fork seals, but forks were too far gone. Only thing that wasn't working was the neutral light. I don't have many pictures of this mission, as we just smashed it out over 3 days. But was good fun hanging with Michael and getting this running. Kick start only was a bit of fun, but getting it barking off, first kick from stone cold on an invercargil morning was pretty magic. Only pics i have is starting to strip it down: And some comfy, warm lounge room carb rebuilds while watching gamer streams on youchoob: Plan is to strip it back to bare minimum, All of the gross fairings, saddle bags are going. And a respray in the factory turquoise. As the black really does nothing for the bike. I've got a whole bunch of new goodies with me in wellington, so once I get it up here, should only need a weekend then it will be wof ready. Quite excited tbh irl.
    3 points
  21. At the start of this year, I got caught in the moment, and purchased, sight unseen, a naked Goldwing that hadn't run in 20 years. Oh, and it was as far away from me as one could get. Great. I've always liked the 1st gen, spoked wheel GL1000s. They're kind of endearing in their ugliness. They're a fucking unit, weighing in at almost 290kg in full trim. Despite that, their quarter mile time is only half a second slower than the kawasaki z900 superbike at the time. Anyway, I just so happen to sometimes hang out with some guy in Invercargill @kyteler, so he jumped at the opportunity to go and acquire more rubbish on my behalf. What a GC. It turned out he recognized the bike, and upon chatting with the owner, it turned out it used to belong to Michaels neighbor when he was growing up. Though the sums don't quite add up, as i'm sure KY was a kid in the late 1800s, well before this bike was sold new. Anyway, Its almost been a year, and the bike is still in Invercargill. I plan to do a mish down and collect in the near future. So have some big plans.
    2 points
  22. https://www.jaycar.co.nz/assorted-solder-splice-heatshrink-pack-42-pieces/p/WH5668?pos=19&queryId=e4b346968a1f3b9b158e89ea006bef48&sort=relevance just use these for everything ive started trimming the crimpy end off ring terminals and joining them to wires using them aswell instead of crimping them, so conveinenrt
    2 points
  23. A couple of vids from it It was my first and was great to get out and about with others on small bikes
    2 points
  24. I dunno but those cylinders look a bit small...
    2 points
  25. Okay I guess will have to see what the expert says. I had this engine built for my 21st back in the year 2000. It's a 1600 twin oil relief case from the early 70s
    2 points
  26. Can probably swing by Wednesday evening if that suits? You should buy it so you can cart @Geophy sweet mill that I haven't finished modifying back.
    2 points
  27. So as well as the fucked spark plugs threads and cracks between valves and the obvious oil leaks, the heads had been leaking compression from the joint between the heads and cylinders. Vws don't have head gaskets, the top of the cylinder sit inside the head. If you look at the above photos you can see the exhaust carbon blasting out some areas of the head. Also, interesting to see how well the pushrod tubes are sealed and clean, which was the head end. And dirty and leaking at block end. I decided to dig a little deeper. So much oil on the outside of the engine. Doing my research I measured the end float of the crank assembly. Converting .006inches to microns revealed shits fucked. So there goes my idea of a top end rebuild.
    2 points
  28. I really should do something about getting the Manhattan up here. Mates been pretty good storing it for this past year for me and letting me get other purchases dropped off at his place. At least my Recaro Lx collection is multiplying whilst its down there.
    2 points
  29. Scored a few bits for the BlueWaffle last weekend. A mate sent me some pics of a City at Manukau U-pick, so myself and @piazzanoob went for a gander. My seats are pretty wasted, so the plan was to use the Manhattan City seats in the blue car, but thats still down south so I pulled a good rear seat from it which will clean up sweet, and there was a ba5 Prelude there too, so I robbed the front seats from that. Also got a drivers lower arm which has a better balljoint than mine and some other random bits that were missing.
    2 points
  30. Located in Hurworth. Historically famous for its cheeses before most of the village buildings were destroyed in the First Taranaki War of 1860
    2 points
  31. In a effort to reduce future oil leaks, I wanted to improve the crankcase ventilation. There are a million opinions on this, so I've pretty much gone with the old school factory baffled oil filler and vented valve covers, which will be plumbed up to a catch can. Found some old air connecters, cut them up and welded them in. Had been wanting to do this forever. Unsure of the grey. Had to make this to screw in the big interior nut that holds the filler on. gunna kill me the first time I slide the bale's up and scratch that paint!
    2 points
  32. A huge update for the car, but a shitty update when I try and write about it. theres only so many pictures you can take of an axle. I had the 3.54 gears and blackline Lsd sitting in the house since august. the supply chain is wrecked as we all know. so I had brake shoes, springs and wheel cylinders brand new ordered but they never arrived. got all the way to Auckland, sat there for 3 weeks then got sent back to the uk. go figure. so I fitted the old shoes, used a mixture of the best springs and clips I could make of the 2 sets and bought wheel cylinders again. I pressed new bearings onto the axles and bolted it all together. I just needed to get it done the old diff was knackered. I took the car out today to a motorkhana with a mate with the MG club today. had great fun and it was also a great test of the car, suspension and diff etc and I got a few hrs cruising to tweak the carbs and keep an eye on the wideband. I need to do more research. when the car runs best it reads about 12.8 cruising and 12.2 on full throttle. from what I've read so far that's too lean but I need way more reading up on it. anyway.. few pics. old new.
    2 points
  33. I also managed to get the oil pump apart. It was seized solid. From sitting for the last 26 years no doubt. Free as a daisy now. When I was getting the threads repaired on the cases, I also had the oil pump surface machined, as it had a big scratch in it. All ready to smash back together! What do I do about the 4th gear?
    2 points
  34. Nearly finished. The sillyness is quite pleasing
    2 points
  35. Went with black wrinkle. I think it looks good. Always a fan of the Lotus TC look. So thats the inspiration.
    2 points
  36. After sitting for a couple of months to ensure no issues under the first coat of primer the paint is progressing well and will soon be ready for colour
    2 points
  37. I could prob do Thurs arvo after work - thats when I'm back up those ways. See how get on Beave
    1 point
  38. Elite wheel Co in Christchurch have 14x8 bands back in stock if wanting to make wide rims $175 ea including shipping
    1 point
  39. Need a ute to carry moulds for the engine project. So I got a 67 El Camino. Picked it up in Tucson and drove it back to CA without too much stress. Has the original 327 with camel hump heads and a modern (/80s) 700r4 trans. Ton of things to sort to make it a daily. Like it doesnt run very well! Timing feels off or vac advance isnt working. Carb seems way too big. It looks good from a distance but dont let the fool you!
    1 point
  40. Rubbish update: I plucked the exhaust out of the garden and gave it a quick flick of paint. The can was naffed so i pierced it and brushed it on.. It’s purely to keep them uniform. I’d love to do headers one day so wasn’t mad keen to detail these manifolds. The pipe work is practically new, like I’d be surprised if it had 100km. Can read the part numbers stamped into it. Mufflers I think are on their second life but I have some spares.
    1 point
  41. Ha, you already said that a few posts back, you silly goose VG. So I welded a nipple in the thing, Then I put a temporary tap on the plenum drain just in case, I took it out for a blast, and it ran beautifully, and now the breather air is filtered, so sand shan't be a problem anymore. I blasted around for ages, but got a bit carried away on a very rough section of road, and ended up bottoming out the back suspension very badly a few times in quick succession. Like tasting blood bad. And then a few moments later it started flooding again, so I guess a carb didn't enjoy the bashing. Yet to pull them off, but confident it won't be sand related this time. I also completely lost my mind, and purchased a friggen CBR1000RR engine!!!?!?!! So I'm going from 85hp @ 11000rpm & 53nm @8000 up to 172hp @ 11250rpm & 115nm @8500rpm, shits going to be whack. I have also listed this bad boy on TM, just to see what happens.
    1 point
  42. Bum tidied up a bit Rack off, stickers off, rego and wof moved out of the environment, guard chopped off a bit shorter, plate moved up. This will do for now Once I move the exhaust I'll do some small indicators and reg plate lamp and get rid of the guard completely
    1 point
  43. @Chris.QCR I found a floaty designed just for you! https://www.trademe.co.nz/a/marketplace/toys-models/outdoor-toys-trampolines/sand-water-toys/listing/3349844175
    1 point
  44. well it is for a pipe that's having to move air and water at the same time (resisting rabbit hole)
    1 point
  45. Hacking up the manifold resulted in the removal of some water fittings and I needed to reinstate the removed cooling system components. I had a nice piece of aluminium under the workbench so decided to make a custom fitting. The lathe is a fairly new addition to the workshop, a couple of friends very kindly offered the use of workshop lathes however I decided that I had enough work to do to justify buying my own. Also I haven't used a lathe in many years and I knew that everything would take forever. I have never tried to make anything like this before but I think came out pretty well.
    1 point
  46. Here is a trick that others might want to use. VT-VY commodores have a good throttle cable that can be easily adapted to fit almost any car. I have one in my Valiant and now also in the Sigma. They are dirt cheap, a decent length and are available from any Pick-a-Part in NZ. You simply make three plates to clamp the cable at the firewall (with fastening holes to suit your particular car) and if required do a little trimming of plastic and it works a treat.
    1 point
  47. Essentially ready for a warrant check now. Almost everything seems to work as it is supposed to. Yeah sweet.
    1 point
  48. Back from the blasters. A couple of minor things to do and it’s off for paint.
    1 point
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