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  1. I have nothing scientific to provide but I was at a 40th a couple weeks ago and got speaking to an older coach builder whose worked here, Aus and Eng. We got chatting about things and he mentioned your youtube channel, he was most impressed with your testing and set up. Thanks for giving us something to chat about.
  2. This was good fun. Thanks for waiting for me on the ride, next time I'll be there for the entire weekend. Did anyone grab a pillow with a green case and the red frisbee?
  3. Plans fell through, so I can now make this. Any chance I can join in on the ride and stay Saturday night only?
  4. +1 for Spencer's advice. That's what I've been doing and have not had any issues yet. Another tip I was told, and have used, is when prepping for bog over epoxy, scratch up the bare metal with an old file or something before applying the epoxy so it gives the metal a rough surface to help the bog bond. It gave me peace of mind if nothing else. Some epoxys you can apply and then bog straight over the next day without any prep between which can be a bonus.
  5. Feels like it's been forever since the last but I have coodies this week so I'll have to give it a miss.
  6. Great example of the mk2. Credit to you for all the new equipment/love its getting. I have the same wheels on my van but I dont have centre caps or the screws/plugs around the outside. Do you have a closer picture of the caps and plugs? I'm keen to get some for mine.
  7. It's been a super long week but I finally painted the body. Its come up pretty damn straight but unfortunately I also have a few runs which will need sanding out. Absolutely stoked to get it to this stage but plenty more work to come.
  8. More sanding and prep work. Picked up some rebuilt princess 4pot calipers and fiesta side mirrors. I was originally going to run chrome bullet mirrors but these provide a greater surface area and will match all the black trim. Painted behind the grill black and painted the calipers and brake parts. Is there any performance advantage to ditching the brake booster?
  9. I'm still working on this. Havent had as much time as others, as I've been working from home during lockdown. I sanded back all the guide coat and spot printed areas where I hit metal. Will give this a final sand and then its onto color. Pretty keen to get this done. Well and truly over block sanding.
  10. Looks right. I got mine to suit a viscous fan. Part number F -17A. GMB. Bought it off a trademe me dealer. On my step within 3days during lockdown.
  11. That sounds really sharp and responsive! Well done on sticking to it. I just replaced the water pump on my escort, was about $ 70 for a new one delivered, but it didnt come with a new fitting, I had to salvage the old.
  12. Cleaned up some engine parts, brake booster, battery tray, rejetted the idle jets, new gasket for the oil pump, removed and cleaned up the swaybar mounts. I assembled and put the new waterpump on the engine but forgot to put the alternator tensioner on! Removed the assembly and in doing so I had to destroy the new gasket. Happy to know the vnt copper gasket spray works very well. All put back together and assembled the rest of the motor for a start up. Unfortunately it wouldn't catch on any cylinders and a couple of back fires through the carbs. The only thing that has changed is I've leaned out the pilot jets from a 35 to a 32 and adjusted the fuel screws. Will check these and any potential vaccum leaks tomorrow. Have since cleaned up a few more cables. Good old British workmanship. Bonnet stay/post should have been centered.
  13. Bike carbs having been running ok. Have just been fiddling with them with a length of hose and a color tune. They make a glorious noise when opened up Was searching for ages for a particular rev counter. I wasnt keen on mounting it on the pillar, steering column or bonnet. Had always wanted to put one in place of the drivers air vent, which is out of the way and looks subtle. I finally found one at a swap meet and it slotted straight in. Just made a bracket on the back and mounted the original vent below (picture was before I mounted it). For some reason it reads 500rpm too low? I've double checked it's set to the 4cyl. Cant complain for $10. Bonus 'escort' brand. I pulled the rear leaf springs and air shocks to use on my other van, and replaced them with standard parts plus a couple of 2inch blocks. Cheers @Beaver for the u bolts, matches the shocks! Drove it through summer. Had no problems hauling bikes, hauling parts and a couple of camping trips including the maiden wagnats trip. The van ran fine, really needs an extra gear though. Had an awesome time, definitely keen for that one again. Went to start the van the other day and noticed a rather large puddle of coolant on the ground which ended up in this. Ive taken the opportunity to take more out than necessary to clean up the engine bay and change a few gaskets. I've adjusted the tappets and ordered a new water pump, which I'll install after repairing a small leak in the radiator. I've noticed its started getting a bit fumey out the oil cap once its warmed up. The only thing I have changed is the venting. The pvc valve now goes into a small filter, instead of back into the manifold. Would this be a factor? Compression checked a few months ago which was 160-180 across all four. It also has the magic '37' stamp which I believe is a gt head.
  14. Looks really good. What was the structure/folded edge like behind the guard?
  15. I'll go straight from work. Since Terry's out, anyone else able to give me a ride to the CBD after?
  16. I'll head straight from work if anyone is able to give me a ride to the train station/cbd afterwards?
  17. Finally getting back into this after a few months away. Have decided to paint the outside in two sections which hopefully makes it a bit more manageable. The obvious way was to section off the roof. The other reason for doing it this way is to ensure there is plenty of paint in the gutters which are prone to rust. By sectioning it off, it gets painted when the roof is done, and again when the sides get done. This ensures maximum paint without making a mess. Have been sanding for the last couple weeks. My weak little office arms really struggled with painting the roof today but I'm pretty happy with the outcome.
  18. Are you flaring the rear quarters as well?
  19. Anyone able to take up a couple of wheels and tyres to wagnats for bistro? Theres a set of four but I doubt I'll have room to take them all. Can bring them tonight.