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  1. I bought belts with lift up chrome latches from Seatbeltsplus in the US. No problem with certification and USD20 each per lap belt.
  2. The interweb says "can be made to fit" Sounds like can be done but be prepared to stuff around. Lots of Pommy Ford stuff is close, Capri struts are meant to be a close fit as well. Waste some time on old Pommy HotRod forums where they did all this stuff.
  3. Amazing what a few miles finds We were out in it last weekend with a couple of heavy bodies in the back seat. At 50 mph got a vibration out of the rear of the car. Turns out I made a rookie mistake with the diff angle. I had originally set the angle with an Iphone. I bought a proper angel finder and at ride height the diff was 4 degrees down which only got worse the more weight and lower the car got. I pulled the diff and cut off the mounts put it back in and set and welded the mounts again. Test on the motorway was fine up to 70 mph until I took my foot odd the gas and a nasty vibration started. Now driving round to 30 mph or more it is smooth as under power and vibrating on the over run. I jacked the car up sat it on axle stands to see it there was any thing obviously wrong. With the engine running and in gear there feels like a vibration from the diff. The diff is a narrowed Holden Salisbury that I got second hand and apart from the spring mounts and black paint did nothing before putting in. It looks like a trip to the diff shop this week. Also have to fix the UJ hitting the floor, but that is another problem for later.
  4. After nearly 18 years of ownership, the EJ wagon has number plates, a current Rego Sticker and a new WOF. Getting through compliance ended up being a bit of a mission. The repair certifier passed the floor repairs and was very happy. The back of the car was fine as it got covered off under the modifications to get the fuel tank in. The only issue was a repair to the back of the roof that wasn't up to scratch. With Christmas, long weekends, Covid and all the other shit going on in the world I was 2 Days over the cut off for recheck. The VTNZ guys gave me a bit of grace and said it would be OK if it all passed. Since God wants me to pay in blood the back brakes were out of balance. It drove me to distraction trying to get them sorted. Ended up being one of the return springs has lost its tension, causing the right hand drum to drag and the brakes to apply unevenly. Autolab in Henderson didn't have a spring kit in stock, I tried everyone else that may have one in stock, Repco, Supercheap, BnT, Partmaster NAPA........ The only springs I could find were at RareSpares in Christchurch. Ordered and turned up 4 days later, which was Friday last week. Replaced all the springs in the drums both sides over the weekend and reminded myself why I love working on Drum brakes...not. Took it back to VTNZ on Monday, paid for the full recheck and got the phone call this morning that it had passed. Picked the car up and then went to AA Takapuna for a set of plates. This evening took my sons out for the first legal drive, Birkenhead, down to the motorway, over the harbour bridge and down the motorway to Greenlane and back home via a mates place in Northcote, My thoughts, its fricken awesome. Plenty of power, will spin the tires with ease, sits nice and flat through corners, sits very happily at 60 mph and has heaps left. Still some finishing off to do, there are some interior bits to finish and some rattles to find. all minor stuff.
  5. Good caravan. I have a 1982 Cavalier 520, same van with lovely 1970's dark brown interior. Trailcom in Manuaku have all the Trojan parts and the prices are pretty good. The wheels are definitely ford stud pattern, I put some Rostyles on my van last year. Be careful with the weight distribution when towing, the standard 165/13 tires are marginal and too much weight out the back will cause some underwear testing moments. Happy to caravan Barry at any time.
  6. I am currently using John Hindmarch. He seams to be fairly pragmatic. PM me for his phone number
  7. Tridon have a listing for escort fuel cap TFL217. Supercheap should be able to get you one for about $30.
  8. Looks good. I have an engine stand in the garage you are welcome to borrow.
  9. Finally got round to taking it down for compliance. There were a few other minor issues, back brakes dragging, handbrake needs improvement, one ball joint not great, and front windscreen doesn't have the standard mark and the speedo bounces round at low speed Biggest issue is I had never got a repair certifier involved before it was painted. I have got a certifier involved who has been really good, fundamentally it is OK except for a repair that was done above the rear hatch. I have spoken to the panel beater about it. He is booked solid until after Christmas. Over Christmas I should be able to get the inside of the floor fully painted, sound deadening in and carpets fitted. That should cut the noise inside right down. It is fun to drive round, I might have to put a better fan on the radiator as it gets hot sitting still, no problems as soon as it starts moving. Not a lot of space on either side of the radiator.
  10. If I can get it registered and get out of Auckland yes.
  11. Looks alright in the photos. I would put it together and do some miles, have some fun. It's too easy to have a project that carries on and you never to ride (drive) it I'm up for a ride, if you don't mind triumphs.
  12. Once the Holden cam home from the certifier it got parked and pretty much ignored. I started on my Firebird, the wife gave me some budget after Americarna and then I bought a new to me motor bike. I really should start a build thread on the Firebird.
  13. Funnily enough I was about to drag this thread up from the dead. After the car came back from the final cert inspection it got parked with a cover over it and ignored. A couple of days ago I fitted a horn, adjusted the bonnet stops and got it ready for compliance. Its booked in tomorrow, so wish me luck. To answer your question, it is not possible to used a booster and keep the original brake pedal location. I used the clutch pedal and bent it over to the right and then used a commodore automatic foot plate and rubber. This has to be TIG welded and the crack tested. The 7 inch booster does bugger all, at some point I might get an 8 inch dual diaphragm and swap it out. I also ended up stealing the master cylinder off my 1968 firebird because it has exits on the right hand side and is very narrow. The bolt pattern on the booster is standard GM. Also to get a brake light switch I used a Willwood distribution block with a light switch and built in proportioning valve. To pass the brake test I had to get some really good pads and the proportioning valve is not used. I guess I could wind it in for doing burnouts. Send me a PM if you need any more info.
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