Lord Gruntfuttock

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About Lord Gruntfuttock

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    Driving the wife mad by buying projects and tinkering in the shed at 5am...

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  1. Love ticking off items on those long job lists. Going well...
  2. Yellow is cool. Nearly went that with my cafe. Check out some Ducati 450 sport images...
  3. Great work, love stuff like this. And that blue looks terrific. Watching with interest so you'll have to keep making progress now...
  4. Yeah cheers, I've done that with bike rims, works a treat. Got mine out ok but koozed a socket doing it. Just looked at price of rotors and thought may as well put new ones in while it's in bits. Should be last expense for a while, hopefully...
  5. Yeah was a bit ouchy when they tried to pull it straight...
  6. So this happened today... That's gonna slow progress a bit. A bit pissed off cos wife and kids away and thought I'd have a real good run in the shed. A few weeks in a cast unfortunately (again)... [edit for reason] Punched something I shouldn't have (not angry - clumsy)... ooh just noticed I can see the metal splinter in my index fingie I picked up the other day. Should have got them to dig it out...
  7. Been out of town at a wedding (best man duties) so no progress over the weekend. Tried a bit yesterday when I got back, my dust shield gaskets had arrived so put the steering knuckle together, then being hungover (and stupid) I installed a wheel bearing race the wrong way round in the rotor. Of course the taper meant there was no lip to tap it out, so - insert swear words here... New rotors on the way. Wouldn't mind so much but I had spent ages cleaning them up and painting them. On the bright side the ones I've ordered have races installed, so I can't fuck it up again...
  8. Shithole eh. Embarrassed to show this, sort of a legacy of working on umpteen projects when time poor, and... just not putting shit away... (not proud) Spent most of Fri evening and all Sat tidying up, took a load of junk to the tip, a fish bin of extra tools to charity shop, made drill holders, bought an extra 3 drawer chest, stored stuff logically - and actually have a bench again... and used said bench to have a go at setting up the upper control arms. It was a bitch, had to try to screw pivot caps in without binding up the coarse threaded bush, while keeping it centred. Eventually managed it by screwing each side in a third of a turn at a time, and levering the bush through its range of movement to make sure it was moving ok. Got there in the end though, had to press these splined bolts in once happy with it, so no going back... Also got to use my new (to me) vintage vice, an old Record 75 engineers model I'm very pleased with, I'll restore it when I get a chance...
  9. Picked up rebuilt short block today, always get a bit depressed about my shed when I see a nice clean workshop... Will be wrapped for a while as I'm trying to sort out the piles of shit in my shed, working on knowing where my tools are and having clean working areas before I get back into it...
  10. Managed to loosely assemble some bits while horribly hungover. That was it for the weekend...
  11. Took advantage of good weather to get couple of coats on after work. Think I'm learning. A thin first coat to get good coverage, then a thicker mix (less reducer) laid on a couple of hrs later for a smooth coat. Noticed surface was a bit rough from blasting medium so a very light sand before second spray and it looks pretty good... Going to whiskey festival tomorrow so weekend probably rooted regards assembly... And just received bill for engine work. Inspected, disassembled, block chemically cleaned & bored, conrods honed, journals ground/polished, and assembled with new pistons, rings, main and big end bearings. $1600 all up. Not too bad I reckon...
  12. Got bits back from blasters. $30 to get these done, shit that's worth it to save a lot of time and effort (cheers Sievwright). Saw an XA shell on a rotisserie while there too... Bit of damage from someone's previous attempts to get rivets out by the look of it... So quick blat with the welder/grinder/drill at lunchtime, and ready for paint. Will try to get some on tonight...
  13. I'm a bit over cleaning dirty/rusty bits of metal. Got lots of little bits cleaned up and chucked some paint on them Sunday arvo... and went home at lunchtime today for another coat... Still got control arms to pick up from blasters to paint but getting closer to putting it back together...
  14. Heard back from machine shop this arvo, ring gap was way too big, and block is worn around 4 thou (I could feel a slight lip and expected as much) so they recommend reboring to 40 thou over, new pistons and bearings. I thought 0.030” over was about max for a thin-walled sbf, but apparently going + 0.040” is ok for a street motor. Plus it is only 0.005” (0.127m) larger each side than what it is now which puts it in perspective. Gave them the go-ahead to proceed, and I’ll drop off the gasket kit I already have to lower cost a smidgeon. If it wasn’t the original block I may have looked at other options, but the matching numbers thing makes decision easier, plus it’ll be nice to bolt everything up knowing it should be sweet underneath. Just more $$$ I’ll have to explain to wifey, who is losing her tolerance… Did some maths, and this will take it out to a 308 Ford, which will be a talking point I s'pose...
  15. Success, coupla sockets, bit of scrap steel for a spacer/brace and into the shop press. Pump, pump, pu...BANG...! Fuck I love hydraulics...