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  • Birthday 02/08/1956

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  1. Did some wire brushing (i.e. lots of!) on the floor and some rust converter. You’ve probably noticed I’ve become a big fan of CRC products, (still waiting for the sponsorship deal), since they’ve started producing in NZ and have subsequently got competitive price wise. Thought I’d try their primer. Getting seriously tired of scraping and painting, time for something more interesting….. Pulled the refurbed rear end out of storage… Fitted the springs.. All in place with all new bushes, U bolts and fittings...... Couldn’t resist seeing what it looked like with a real-jokers, (i.e. non gender-fluid), old-school mag hanging off it – nothing short of gorgeous!
  2. The “ever lovely Mrs sr2” and I headed up North to the batch for the recent long weekend, the fishing was an improvement on the New Year. (It would be bloody hard to be worse; see the Jan 18, 22 post). On my return I was shocked to see that in my absence Rigamortice had been blatantly emitting the nasty horrible dangerous carbon laden CO2 gas, (that our dear leader the "PC goddess of fertility and cultural sensitivity" has been repetitively warning us about).......... to the atmosphere! Still showing total faith in our “transparent” government (in these turbulent times) I was overwhelmed and riddled with guilt as to the long term effect Rigamortice’s senseless selfish act would have on climate change, (it used to be called global warming – but it didn’t get hot!). In desperation to restore our lost carbon credits and head off an imminent climate emergency I decided to “give it the Greta” and acquired an E-Vehicle. Being Oldschool (i.e. 75 oldschool years old) Rigamortice insisted that I hand in my man-card immediately………..begin the public humiliation….! Thankfully after a few medicinal Wild Turkeys, Rigamortice and I devised a cunning and fiendishly clever way of containing the evil fermenting concoction, preventing any further release of the nasty horrible climate changing CO2 gas…..What could possibly go wrong!
  3. Couldn’t resist putting the tyres on these bad boys! Decided I’d keep them original, only problem is where to find some 70’s style lug nuts for some 70’s Cheviot's? The Lugnut King to the rescue; Murry is da- man, a big recommendation from me. 7/16 “ x 20 tpi, I don’t where the hell he finds this stuff. Borderline too deep for the Cheviot's but a little tickle from the Emco V10 keeps things safe.
  4. Some good 4g63 gearbox info here. https://projectzerog.com/
  5. Some 40 years ago had a mate with a very tidy Mk IV Zodiac Executive (very flash in it's day) that had a 289 Mustang fitted. As I recall he ran the floor change (?) Zodiac manual gearbox which gave no trouble but he was always having diff issues - in hindsight it was more driver right foot issues! He was based in Tauranga and had been cajoled in to running a car wreaking yard for a few weeks while the owner was on holiday. I loaded the girlfriend (now Mrs sr2) into my "slightly modified" J14 Vauxhall and headed down from Auckland for a few days play in a wreaking yard, better than Heaven in those days. They had a Valiant ute that had been in a big frontal and when I discovered that not only it had the ford stud pattern but it was a limited slip I got serious with the tape measure. We ended up fitting the sold rear complete with the ute leaf springs. From memory once I'd made pads for the spring mounts it was a very easy swap, all done with stick and gas welders and basic hand tools. I even managed to swap the rear (or was it front?) yoke with a hacksaw and the stick welder, I shudder now wondering how well it wasn't balanced! The swap was a great success, the taller ratio suited the motor well and diff problems became a thing of the past. Sadly my mate wrote the car off on the Papamoa straight coming home on a rainy night after a session in the old Greerton pub.
  6. The steering universals both looked good with absolutely no play so a little lube and some fresh paint was all that was needed. I can’t for the life of me remember what car they came from. Any UJ experts out there? Fitted up to the car…….. And the booster in place as well.
  7. Rigamortice’s original gearshift boot was looking a little worse for wear. Thought I’d brave the local Pick-a-part to find a suitable boot. I couldn’t believe it when I discovered the whole place was filled up with bloody automatics! All I could find was this plastic monstrosity. Someone donated a cool “new old stock” MGA boot…..I think it’s my current favourite. Any comments or suggestions appreciated. https://oldschool.co.nz/index.php?/topic/49843-sr2%E2%80%99s-1947-vauxhall-%E2%80%9Crigamortice%E2%80%9D-discussion-thread/
  8. After careful measuring and considerable prolonged “scientific guesstimation” I drilled a hole in the firewall for the steering column. At this stage Rigamortice and I engaged the services of a 2 ½ years old professional race car driver to check the mocked up steering wheel and pedal positioning. Final prognosis from our expert was it would go much faster if we painted it red like a fire engine. Our expert then proceeded to hang his hammer on the tool wall – looks like he’s moved into the man cave for a while! Found a piece of tube in the scrap bin that was a slopping good fit on the Triumph steering column. Cut some slots and welded on some tabs………. Cut out a circular base plate that will be screwed to the fire wall. Tacked it all in place……. Finished up the welding on the bench…. One last check for fit…… And some paint to finish… Happy with the end result. Hoping I can still run the original floor dip-switch with enough clearance for the clutch pedal.
  9. For some years now both Rigamortice and I have always shared a propensity for saving old tools and painting them blue (don’t ask!). The handle was falling off my favourite planishing hammer (bought in a junk shop years ago when we were buying our first house, ms sr2 had a baby on the way and were broke). This ball-pen was my grandfathers and we think was probably pre WWII. It’s got a name on the head with Sheffield England below it? Found a guy on Trademe selling American Hickory handles and ordered a couple. Spent a pleasant evening with Rigamortice in the “much esteemed & universally applauded” (in NZ) sr2 man cave drinking ½ a bottle of Barossa Valley Pinot Noir while linishing and painting the two hammer heads. Following day I shaped the handle ends and wedged them in tight. These hammers should outlive me and the people reading this thread – It’s easy to discard history but it is just as easy and far more rewarding to keep it alive.
  10. Time to look at the XA Falcon pedal assembly. The clevis pin on the brake pedal has seen better days. I’m picking it had already done some 300 odd thousand Km’s in a clapped out XA Falcon before I bought the assembly on “Trade And Exchange” in the early 80’s, (no internet in those days). The welded push rod is for the hydraulic clutch - came from an HD Holden. Spun up a replacement clevis pin. Old vs new…… Pedal assembly ready for installation.
  11. Proceeded to cut the tack welds out so I could fabricate a lip to go over the trans (don’t ask) tunnel. I’m keeping the original bench seat so things will get tight with the shifter further back. It sprung slightly when released so I held things in position with some scrap and the mismatched seat mounting bolts. Bent up a piece of 16 gauge zintec for the lip…… A bit of massaging to make it fit…… And tacked it in place….. Out of the car to finish the welding and trim. A quick test fit – still holding its shape. Time to fill the big hole; endless, painstakingly small tacks cooled off with the compressed air trying not to have it distort on me. Cleaned up and it still fits! Did some floor painting and installed some 8mm riv-nuts. Beer o'clock! - Happy with the results, I’ll finish the rear part of the cover when I find a suitable old-school gearshift boot.
  12. Started tacking in pieces I’d cut from the trans (i.e. “gender fluid”) tunnel. Once again a piece of thin copper sheet gives you something to weld against that wont stick. A bit messy but I think we’re heading in the right direction. Cut out a strip to join the two halves. Starting to look like the shape I’m after. It needs to be removable but has to fit well, I’ll fill the big hole where the original gearshift was when it’s out of the car and then see how good (or bad) my hammer and dolly technique is!
  13. Thanks for thatmate. Loved the positive feedback you always get on this site.
  14. All good mate and thanks for the feedback - us blind bastards need to keep together! I actually invested in a pair some 6 months or so ago; found them great for weed eating, lawn mowing, etc. and discovered they worked well on the boat when there was a lot of spray around and you need to still see the GPS and the gauges. Problem is when grinding, welding or machining I need all the perifocal vision mother nature can throw at me and bi-focal doesn't quite cut the cake.
  15. GRINDING 101 FOR OLD BLIND BASTARDS! Ouch! - While waiting at the local Shorecare A&E (don’t ask!) to have yet another chunk of metal dug out of my eye I came up with a solution for the “reading or safety glasses” dilemma. Spend ten Bucks at the local Warehouse on a pair of plastic reading glasses, cut the arms down and attach them inside a pair of safety glasses. As an added bonus you can comfortably wear ear muffs over them without developing front row forward cauliflower ears! Lastly hang them somewhere handy, in this case the grinding bench in the universally renowned and revered (in NZ) “sr2 man cave”.
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