1963 AP5

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  1. The Valiant never missed a beat all weekend, not bad for an old girl. I think the car was in better shape than I was at the end of the event.
  2. It was great to see this car on Gumboot Rally, I was very impressed with the quality of the engine build and there is no better way to prove reliability than running a GR!
  3. The boys have been having heaps of fun with the pedal car. We found that it has a big brother at Beach Hop so stopped for a photo.
  4. Beach Hop time! My boys even have a car this year.
  5. Unfortunately I can't make the Christmas get together, hope you all have a great time. MERRY CHRISTMAS OLDSCHOOL!!
  6. What diameter is the sender seal? This type of problem is common with old Valiant's and you can get a special reproduction seal that is a little thicker than original to sort it out. The Valiant ones are 3 inches diameter, if the Falcon ones are the same size (or very close) you may be able to use one of these. https://www.pentastarparts.com.au/store/index.php?l=product_detail&p=1931
  7. And this week it is............... Boring routine maintenance Changed oil and filter, checked plugs and points etc. Took it for a drive after maintenance and found that the fuel gauge was acting up. It intermittently flicks to full scale while driving. I thought I may have disturbed a connection during maintenance activities but after checking and cleaning connections the problem persisted. I figured the sender unit must be the culprit so I measured the resistance of the sender with a meter and made a sender unit substitute from some resistors that I had lying around. I fitted the dummy resistance in place of the sender and the gauge sat nicely around half scale. Took it for a good drive and the gauge was perfect so that confirms the sender unit is crook. Will need to remove it sometime and see if it can be repaired.
  8. That's an amazing car you have there, I understand that the group 3 cars are quite rare. Australian Muscle Car Magazine did a full feature on a similar car (issue 89) If you are interested I will scan the full article for you
  9. Update on the work I did a couple of weeks ago. Archers Auto Springs took one and a half inches of camber out of the leaf springs for me I installed new eye bushes while the springs were out Modified front mud flaps to prevent them dragging on the ground at new ride height And all back together The ride height has dropped about an inch which doesn't seem like much but I think the car looks much better a little lower. I expect it may drop just a little more as the springs settle.
  10. That is a real shame! Kicking myself for not stopping by pick a part this week to check the car was still there, I could have saved you the trip down. They actually had several of those V6 Mazda's in there when I looked a couple of weeks ago but only one of them had the engine you are after.
  11. Oh bugger I nearly went down to double check mid week as well but thought that it wouldn't be scrapped that quickly. Let me know if you have any luck at zebra I can lend a hand today.
  12. I know fouling of #6 can be a symptom of timing issues. 6 runs hottest and can be prone to pre-ignition/poor combustion if the timing curve is not correct. Vac advance modifies the mechanical advance curve and if it's pulling too much in the mid range maybe it's contributing to the problem. Like cletus I have had to disconnect the vac advance on a modified engine because it just wouldn't run properly with it connected, that engine also carbon fouled #6 and that's actually what prompted me to suggest disconnecting it.
  13. I might need to stop by work briefly first thing tomorrow morning but free after that, could probably be there by 10:00. 5th is good if you decide to do it next weekend.
  14. I think it is very unlikely that you are over-carbed with a stock style 2 barrel on a slant 6 and the fact that things are OK at wide open throttle suggests that the carb size is just fine for your engine. Maybe try running it with your vac advance disconnected and the port on the carburetor blanked off or even try knocking the timing back a few degrees. Slant 6's make a fair bit of manifold vacuum and at part throttle you will almost certainly be pulling vac advance . This could be contributing to the part throttle problem while at wide open throttle the vac advance shouldn't be active. Not sure if it will make any difference but it's very easy to try.
  15. This part wasn't in the original plan but somehow @Kiwibirdman convinced me that it needed to happen. Out with the rear leaf springs The good people at Archers Auto Springs are dropping them about an inch and a half. Should make for a more acceptable ride height.