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Lord Gruntfuttock

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  1. Peering over the fence at old cars in Ranfurly...?
  2. Well. The Fairmont is WOFed and rego'ed. Not sure can afford fuel for such a journey tho... Ran out on last jaunt to Nightcaps.
  3. Man if I'm home in Jan I'll CT90 into the campground to inspect these fine vehicles...
  4. So also during lockdown I looked at growing some hops. Just as a hobby (not sure the climate is right here) but will be nice to throw a few home-grown leaves into a brew if I get any flowers. Best spot was a bit of unused wasteground beside my shed, north facing and gets all day sun, but currently a dump for old bricks, waste oil, weeds and roadsigns... Concreted in an old fence rail that was lying in the paddock... Then read they don't like wet soil, and looked at the swamp I was intending to use after a day's rain... So I dug out the clay/shitty ground, and dug in gravel, compost, good soil, more compost, fertilser, decent top soil, and raised it a little to help drainage... And it looks pretty good. Will string some guide wires from the crossarm and plant 3 plants when they arrive. 2 x Fuggles on the outside and a Cascade in the centre. Might plant herbs in the bit to the right, just got tired of digging... Be interesting to see how they go...
  5. Ha, they wouldn't go near tasting it, the smell was enough. Had to corral them for each stage of filming as they drifted away, eldest was a hoot, didn't care her hair wasn't done or was in her PJs. Just banged out the lines and went back to whatever she was doing. And yeah added half a whirlfloc tab at end of boil, prob didn't need the clarity ferm but wanted to try it out. Pretty pleased how it turned out, will be a nice summer tipple, plus it used up some of the berries taking up space in the freezer...
  6. Quick update, went out to the rally car shed on the weekend, which has had a tidy up and beer fridge installed. Some shelves have been set up and tyres sorted, plus the car is on the rotisserie... Roll cage done and in the process of being approved... And this shell is pretty good. So much better than dicking around with the old one.. Engine mounts made... So good being able to spin it over... And a new sump has been modified and leak tested. Main mission on the weekend was to check clearances... And trans mount made up. The bloke doing the welding is a truck tech, so everything's pretty beefy. Long ago gave up worrying about weight... And on the way home called past engine shop to check fitment on the actual block... So a bit of progress. Latest name for this thing might stick (it's had a few). Gentlemen, may I present you, the Fat Escort... (might even paint it like Roger Clark's Cossack Mk II... )
  7. So lockdown home schooling doesn't have to be boring. HTF do you embed videos? (Ah, works on phone but not desktop) Anyway, an 11 minute video I made with my kids, parenting done right...
  8. There's a heap of knowledge on the XL forum. Some real knowledgable blokes on there (plus assorted American bodge jobs). Used it a lot when I was figuring things out...
  9. Run out of likes but great to see another ironhead owner experience the misery of the AMF years product... There's a knack to the kicker. Mine's off at the moment but used to find compression and swing through rather than brute force. Got a new side cover so will put it back together at some stage... I love the 70s AMF stripes too. Look fwd to seeing progress...
  10. I used to start my Morry van by climbing out the back door with a crank handle. (broken driver's door and starter motor) Now THAT'S a crowd pleaser...
  11. Yeah I've got some Kawasaki switchgear I'd like to put on the Hardly. Be nice to be able to wire in corresponding bits so it's plug & play...
  12. Yes. Not quite sure why the tortoise has it. Given his predilection for shitters.
  13. At least that German manual has metric dimensions. Good score...
  14. Here's a screenshot of my order. Seller was CARATDIAG store, and was $35 delivered. Wondering now if I can use it on my 6V bikes...
  15. Yeah was only yesterday I hooked up my new alternator/regulator and car runs way better when cold. Must be giving a fatter spark. Wish I'd done it a while ago. Have you measured output when running at battery? If that's 13.8 - 14.2 odd volts then charging circuit is sweet...
  16. I'd shout myself a new battery given it runs noticeably better. I did that even tho it was the regulator giving the problem (diagnosed after new batt) Nice knowing you have a good battery in any case... Did you say what voltage you get at battery with engine running?
  17. Think around 9.6v is minimum crank voltage. Here's one I did yesterday with new battery and new alternator...
  18. So the battery went flat as I was wombling about installing the central locking. No prob, I'll give it a charge but it took ages, so shouted myself a new one, thinking the 12 yr old one had done ok... But it started cranking slowly, and let me down once in town, requiring an embarrassing jumpstart. Testing showed low volts when running so I ordered a new alternator... Of course just after ordering it I thought I'd check the regulator, gave it a tap and volts shot up, but no harm in getting rid of the antiquated Ford external reg system. Before I started work I gave it a run with my Ali bluetooth battery monitor. Driving straight after a full charge with the lights on gave 11.68V, and cranking volts were around 9.8V. So out with the old, shame as I'd reconditioned it, is original, and am pretty sure it's working, but they were only ever 40A... And in with the new, a Bosch 70A, and it was a straight swap (luckily, as cost close to $400, came from Aus)... But how to wire it in? Wiring diagram with alternator was no help and the Ford diagram was confusing, till I realised they work on a balance system, with volts on both sides of the lamp, so when it's charging there's no potential difference and the lamp goes out. Was simpler to utilise one of the existing wires from alternator to regulator (connected to D+ on new alt.) and just short the ignition wire to the stator wire at the regulator plug for a test run... Great success, lamp comes on with key, then off as the engine starts, and look... Cranking voltage was over 11V too. Rapt with that, also started much easier, and ran far smoother, didn't need to warm it up near as much before driving off. Guess the electronic ignition needs a good voltage to operate. Really pleased with the battery monitor too, love seeing the status of things like that without wiring in extra gauges etc. I'll connect those wires properly and leave the old regulator in place for looks. Should prob get another WOF now in prep for sunny day cruising...
  19. Oh yeah finished this ages ago. Rear doors were a bit of a pain, could get in on an angle then had to file out to size as the step drill bottomed out... But got both done, not much room for the rubber boot when the door's shut but will only be a couple of wires in there... And fished draw wires through everywhere in prep for installing the loom. Had to use bent bits of wire and quite a bit of swearing to get some through... And replaced the worn door latch bits, can see the difference between old and new... And made the loom up to match the diagram, laid it out on the driveway and soldered, taped as required where some extra length was needed... Then fitted my garden plastic and new mastic under the door cards... And done, handles, locks, windows all work so much better after a clean and lube... Work bloody well. I connected the optional siren output to a 12V piezo so get a single/double chirp on locking/unlocking, plus the indicator lamps flash in unison. Added a small switch under dash too so I can turn off the siren. Want it to operate when parking in town etc, but don't want it going at other times. Has made the car much more useable and so handy not having to lock each door/check kids have locked them...
  20. 81 so cheap rego when u get it sorted. Looks good...
  21. Enjoying this build. Lucky you had gaskets/sealant etc upon surprise lockdown...
  22. I have scraped plastic fuel tanks with a single edged razor blade then polished with jif etc...
  23. Seems bloody dear. Home brew ones are less than $5. (Only 10 - 30 degs scale tho)...
  24. Agree completely. If factory colour was shit then yes, but that's sweet, and black looks like you're hiding something... Maybe colour matched bumpers too?
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