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  1. Painted the door window frames in 2k matte black and then assembled them back together. Hatch assembled and back on. Finally found some factory fender mirror, in pretty good condition too! Sanded the tail lights and sprayed them with some clearcoat. Got it off the rotisserie in the weekend, after being on it for 16 months!
    49 points
  2. Got some longer wheel studs for the front. Painted the hubs and installed some new genuine Toyota wheel bearings and seals. Have also changed the front springs to some shorter 5kg ones and added some keeper springs. Need to find some 100-130mm long 4kg springs for the rear, but they're proving hard to find. Painted the inside of the hatch, doors and bonnet. Finally managed to finish prepping the rest of the panels and took them into work this weekend. Had a bit of drama with the base coat being the wrong tint, as I had another 2 litres mixed up since there was
    48 points
  3. It's at the stage now where it looks like I've done fuck all Which is sort of true. Have been too busy to get a lot of time on it But have been chipping away at small jobs Carb rebuilt Alternator mounts made Throttle cable done Mod and painted the carb hat Calipers cleaned up and painted Radiator finished Hose shapes mocked up just have to find something that sort of fits Turbo oil drain 90% sorted just need a fitting for the block end Takes ages when everything needs blasting and painting and then it seems best to leave it fo
    44 points
  4. 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
    40 points
  5. My new work car arrived, and it's by far the nicest car I've ever "owned". Some fun gimmicks like paddle shift, cruise control, decent power etc etc its a turbo deeez that goes hard 4 wot it iz It doesnt even rattle or anything. Amazing. Really nice on long work trips, which I do a lot of. However obviously the best part of all this, and why it's in this post. Is that this now means my Echo has been released from its daily driving obligations, so I can start on drivetrain swap soon. Time for a full blown big block fuck around! I've still got the engine in storage up at
    38 points
  6. 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
    38 points
  7. A whiles back I had a nice FD RX7 , and then I sold it, because of reasons. Always thought it was a silly thing to have done, so I have now un-done that decision... Sort of. FD's are in a bit of a bubble at the moment, with asking prices being sky high. It doesn't seem to me that many are actually selling at these inflated prices though... But, you can't argue that the prices on them are going up. I expect the bubble will burst at some stage and prices will fall to something more reasonable, but more than likely still more than I'd be willing to pay. I managed to do a deal with my former
    37 points
  8. 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
    37 points
  9. Pulled the bellhousing inner core. Came out ok. I fill the pattern with raw sand first to get an idea of how much I need to mix. Messed up by 1/2 a kg so had to franticly mix more which meant I didnt pack it well enough. Still more than fine to use.
    35 points
  10. Got the rest filled up. We're at 170kg! . Thats a lot of mixing. Now need to figure out how to turn it over without dropping it!
    34 points
  11. Six months since last update, feels like a year... Spent the last four months with a new member in the family so car time has suffered accordingly. Will keep it brief with a few pics. Have been working my arse off the last week or so to get the car back together. Lots to still do, but I finally have a window of time to get things done, so I have to get it done. Last update ended with lack of clearance between strut and wheel. It was the locking nut to be exact. I spent a long time working out spacer requirements and longer wheel studs needed etc. Problem with spacers is that it shift
    33 points
  12. FYI Moondiscs are coming soon.
    33 points
  13. I don't want to hi-jack your thread mate, but here it is anyway. I don't know the details apart from that it was a 6 cylinder Patrol/Safari and he went mental
    33 points
  14. That worked quite well. Used a different mould release, sand just fell out of the pattern. Rods are holding it together well by the looks.
    32 points
  15. Got it flipped over without too much drama. Then removing the pattern was a lot of drama! Took a whole day of slowly wiggling it out with pullers. Usually you pack the sand and 10minutes later pull it from the pattern when its still a little soft. With it sitting for days it was as dense as rock so I had a hell of a time. Came out ok enough. A few cracks and damages to the sand and a few to the pattern!
    32 points
  16. Starting to fill the main pattern. Got about a 1000lbs of sand on hand at the moment. Should be enough to do the sump Also trying out a proper foundry spray on pattern release. Hopefully it works! Because if my pattern doesnt come out that would be a terrible day/4months worth of work! Have the pattern half full now. I had originally planned more sections but Im having a go at doing it in 4 pieces. That means mixing upto 50kg in one go. Thats hard work! 80kg so far. Another 90 to go!
    32 points
  17. Got the camgear covers sent over. Looks like the real deal.
    31 points
  18. Took the day off work today to pick this up. Donkeys! Then home. Gave it a rinse inside and out with the waterblaster, and started digging in to see what I got/whats missing. It is mostly complete, box of spares has old brake bits, which might be ominous. It has a 4x148 or so stud pattern, which ive never seen before. The body is pretty good, just the bottom of all the doors and front floors are crispy. All the switches are bung. Windows are stuck. Found the chassis number, data plate and an faint image of an old wof sticker and an old style reg sticker
    30 points
  19. Just won a trademe auction for this. Not collected yet, so not fully mine or in my possession, but i'm quietly fizzing. Its been sold and resold on trademe and on Facebook about 4 times in the last 5 years, I was the second highest bidder a couple of times, moving pretty steadily south, starting off in Ashburton, then Christchurch (a fellow Fiat botherer went and had a look and sent me lots of detailed pics and declared it was savable), then i think Timaru , and now, back of Milton. At least 5 people messaged me directly to share the link, and the key difference is this ti
    29 points
  20. Filling the inner core next. Its about 75kg so cant fill in one go. Going with a partition again but Im going to tie it together a bit better. I think a few threaded rods should work and Ive put some deeper keys in the partition wall/plate. It also needs some lift points so ill put some eye-nuts lifting off the threaded rod. This is where the part goes. Suspended in the middle of the main mould.
    28 points
  21. WINDOWS UPDATE Yep- more windows. Yay for more light and some extra views. But before that happened we made the mezzanine a safer place to be by finally making some bannisters and removing the chance of plummeting 2.4 metres onto very hard concrete (or worse- a rusty car?). I had a particular style in mind from the very beginning of the build to tie in with the minimalist steel/wood thing going on. Started like this. We made a variety of steel uprights to suit... Ripped down a selection of nice Rimu timber, planed it, sanded it... Bolted up in place and we insta
    28 points
  22. I thought it was time for an update. Been a bit busy on other things, so the Mk1 has not had a lot of attention lately. But just cracked into it a week or two ago, and it is nearing completion now. Lots of NOS parts being fitted, which is always fun. A few pics to show the progress.
    28 points
  23. Hi. lets go back a few steps. I had just received my beam from Sean at kune re. I put a few layers of brunox on it and painted it black. and stashed it away. the next stage was to fill some holes and touch up some rusty peaces and i was waiting on a mate for a hand with this part but i ended up getting a bit impatient and smashing them out with the mig welder and cleaning them up with a grinder cause im clearly not a welder and while i was at it i went over a bunch of my old welding peaces and ground them up and cleaned them up. a few late nights and got the job done. next up i wanted to
    27 points
  24. Plumbed up some lines and tee's temporarily. and managed to get her off the hoist. She's not quite touching at the sills. x-member and sump is well up off the ground. above the sill height. The front doesn't seem to have as much travel as I would like. only picks it up about 80mm off the ground?? Moving the strut inboard further on the lower control arm should help this. hopefully without making the front too stiff.
    27 points
  25. Last day off work today, till I'm back tomorrow, then its Easter break for 5 days. Wow, really didn't think that one through! Still, lots of students want meeting about projects tomorrow, so it should be a pretty fun day. The boot seal area of this car was a complete mess, and I thought I'd give it a bit of a cleanup while I was thinking about how to approach the rest of the project. See if you can guess which side I've done in the below picture: After cleaning it yesterday, I was pretty pleasantly surprised to find the body in good condition. The respray it's had is... not too
    26 points
  26. Bought a momo steering wheel for it. I am actually in love with it. Also I'm posting this from my spa pool.
    26 points
  27. Got the runner and other small moulds sprayed with the same stuff. Way easier/quicker than using wax release! . This will save me a ton of time going forward. The runner is 110kg so its going to be in 3 pieces. Just finished printing some partitions. These are the jobs this printer is made for! Instead of spending hours making something from wood I can spend 30 mins on the computer and then its done by the morning!
    25 points
  28. got this thing all finished up, stickers put on to make it go faster. maybe made it go too fast? took it out on Saturday for a bit of a shakedown at manfeild and its knocking quite bad so i ripped the motor out on Saturday night in preparation for a new one and a new gearbox as the current one doesn't like going into gears and ill convert to hydraulic clutch while i'm at it too. will slap a quick coat of white paint in there too to get rid of the last yellow on the car
    25 points
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  30. Got the extention/cut and shut bit done today. Very happy with how it turned out. This 200mm filler panel is also replicated the between the front and rear floorpans/tunnel and makes the Kombi (wagon), Pickup and Ambulance (commercial special) wheelbase that much longer than the sedan.
    24 points
  31. Not my best painting in the world, nor the best photos in the light but I got the roof done and back onto where it is suppose to be. Looking alot more like a truck now...
    24 points
  32. Eventful few months for the Impala. Gave her a bit of a once over before the wedding Doctor Cuts in the Mount gave her a good spruce up full cut/polish and groom before our wedding. And damn it came up good. A bit of much needed love after 12,000 + km of abuse. The grill i got from the states when i built the car was supposedly "triple chromed", looks more to have been "flash chromed" as had no copper coating underneath etc. It has flaked off over the years of driving. Thought id fix that up. Had Toby from BOP Polishers strip and polish the factory grill off the ca
    23 points
  33. Possibly a repost, i drink therefore i forget. Or something like that. Redwood table i made for my wedding. Rope bracing in middle and stainless chains on the ends. Roof rack for the wagon Fireguard for the minihuman. Since been painted and gate hung straighter. Picked up a free ute deck so built a trailer. Have nearly finished welding the extended front floor and sides on. Will paint with deckliner once done.
    23 points
  34. Made a light fitting the other day out of some pallet wood and the rods out of a cable drum. Aliexpress WiFi dimmer so you can control it from bed for max mood lighting
    23 points
  35. Finished and loaded up. Probably the most expensive and elaborate way to lower an El Camino! Looks like we'll see how good these bump stops are!
    22 points
  36. Got it down without dropping it or injuring myself! Been a productive weekend. Just need to add some walls and pack some extra sand around the areas im worried about. Then will be good to go to the foundry!
    22 points
  37. Partitions assemble like this. They look overly complicated but once the rods are fixed in place with sand its tricky to remove the walls so need them to split up.
    22 points
  38. Been using this for dump runs and such but its well overdue for a wof. Unfortunately theres bubbling the sills where it was repaired before i got it, and a patch in the doors and some other nonsense to sort out first. So this morning i put it on stands and dug out the grinding and welding stuff Yes, 'Repaired'. FFS. Chop chop. BTW, new floor paint is holding up well and much easier cleanup than bare concrete Its a car based body, so has the car sill, with the side panel also covering that, so double skinned and open to water and dir
    22 points
  39. 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
    22 points
  40. That’s a balls-deep sorta list. And a good way to spend 4k NZ ive done plenty of little stuff on the car. I spent ages blowing all the crap out of the scuttle/plenum. Was all nice and dry and came out entirely with the long nozzle air gun. Lots of ancient blue tarpaulin strands.. I then poured a heap of rust converter down the grates and what dribbled out the drains got collected and sent back down the top! Que the air gun again and it got maximum coverage. I’ll send some cavity wax down when I do the rest of the car. the current state of the bay. I’ll blast and etch this t
    22 points
  41. Got the small cores made and bonded in. Will try not to break them off when installing the main core.
    21 points
  42. Progress! Finally got my motor home, and have had a little bit of time to muck around with it. Still amazing how clean and new everything is. I decided the best first thing to do, would be swap the sump over. So I did that, with all of the necessary patience. Cleaned everything, piped out some silicone stuff, let the goo set, then flipped it back over and started on the valve train. I got the valves, old springs, and retainers out no problem. Trying to fit the new ones in, not so easy! Springs are much stiffer, and these retainer keepers are fucking infuriating!
    21 points
  43. Installed my air intake temp sensor into the charger intake. Its fitted on the bottom side Top radiator hose fitted, new thermostat and gasket and started filling her up with coolant, this is how I do it. Some radiator hose with some thread tape around a bottle. Take off the top heater hose till coolant comes out of head then connect back up and take off other end at heater core. Prob 50 odd pumps off the upper and lower radiator hoses with my hand until no more bubbles come up in container. Goes hard for what it is. No leaks so succ
    21 points
  44. Fixed the Steering clearance issue with some Altezza/crown/jzx parts. All surprisingly similar to ls400. But fit 15inch wheels much better. Fuel Tank is still slowly coming along nicely. Just a bit more welding to go. Rear Bumper back on using factory irons. Cardboard air tank also in place. Alloy version should be ready this week. 8 weeks after ordering. Fitted Grill and Front bumper today. New bumper "iron" made up to work with the lack of room. Time will tell if it was a good idea to weld to the spring
    21 points
  45. Runner mould done. Was being a bit too fast and didnt mix the sand as well as I should have. Really soft section at one end. This wouldnt be good because it would erode like crazing and send sand through the fill. Managed to cut it out and repair it. Hopefully it doesnt leak.
    20 points
  46. I also tidied the hub caps. Came with all 4, which i happy about as they are van specific too, but they had all been given a good kicking. Underside to show the ring that clips into another ring on the rim, and, A former owners address? D. S. Clark Kelso 5 RD Gore Again alloy, so came up much better, certainly good enough, after tapping the dents out and a whiz with the scotchbrite and wore wool. Ill give the rims a fresh waft of black and pop these on tomorrow.
    20 points
  47. First part restored! Had to come in to work to do some writing, and figured I'd make use of the vapor blaster while I was in here. The numberplate lights were over sprayed to hell and back, definitely not going to put out much light: Dismantled them, set the vaporblaster pressure nice and low and gently cleaned everything. Took about 20 mins all up I'd say. The lenses are now a little cloudy, but I've convinced myself that it means they'll just diffuse the light better. I'll get some LED bulbs for them, as the lenses were a touch melty around the original 5W wedge bulbs. Sa
    20 points
  48. spent all day fitting some door belt line seals. it goes without saying that i cant buy any seals for the crown so i had to make do with what i could find. i found some generic lengths of belt rubber on "better auto rubber" out of auz which were close enough and i coupled them with some generic felt bump things that are for american cars or something which i got at an american car importer out by the airport. so, now we have some rubber bits, we have to make them stay on the car. i recesses the screw heads into the felt bit by just cutting away the felt part where the screw
    20 points
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