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    Looking for a mechanic chch!

    A little update, turns out the cost of the parts is the biggest issue. So parts will be ordered from the UK and I have a garage lined up to do it! Thanks for your input!
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    Looking for a mechanic chch!

    Unfortunately today was a non stop day at work. So no time to do anything. I need to phone the vw specialist back for a break down on the quote. The job doesn't sound horrendous, but having a fully stocked workshop would be benefical! It's a little bit different to the Vauxhall viva! I will give the recommended places a ring tomorrow! Thanks guys!
  3. Hi guys, I'm looking for recommendations for a person or company to do some work on my daily, 2004 vw transporter t4. I need the duel mass flywheel and clutch replaced. I had a quote from a vw specialist for $2700. I quite literally can't afford this. So any recommendations from you good folks? Or is $2700 What it's going to cost? Thanks, David
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    Daveyc's 1974 hc viva

    A small update, unfortunately I tore the ligaments/damaged the cartalige in my knee so work stopped on the viva. I then had my brother visit from the UK so nothing had Happened for a while.... until Saturday! I bought a springalex deep dish steering wheel from the UK and my brother bought it over with him. So that has been fitted I'm really pleased with it! I'm rather tall so this makes for a comfortable driving position! In an earlier post I talked about the springs being to low. I have fitted some standard front springs from a Vauxhall magnum (slightly heavier duty) so it's sitting pretty high! These are the same as lc torana springs, so I can now work out which lowering springs I need to order! Or possibly just loose a coil for now? The old ones had 3 coils cut out! The clutch has been adjusted and is working well! The car now looks like a gasser! So I need to sort out the spring situation, connect the throttle and choke cables, check over the electrics, get a couple or rust repairs sorted . Then the big one is sorting the brakes...... Then it should be ready to take for a wof and get a fail sheet to work to! I really want to get it on the road and have more or a rolling resto thing going on!
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    Daveyc's 1974 hc viva

    Okay next big issue, the wheel on the drivers side hits the wheel arch when turning. So my thoughts were bigger springs and a little bit of adjustment to the arch. Somebody at the storage unit where the car is kept suggested pulling the arch out. I'm not 100% sure how this works? I guess it gets pulled out above the fibreglass arch? I was given the number of a panel beater so following on from forum advice I will go and see him. So what would you do in this situation? If I were to go with taller springs will certain torana ones fit? Any info is, as always really appreciated
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    Daveyc's 1974 hc viva

    So today I made a phenolic spacer out of a chopping board (forum recommendation, cheers guys) Put the last bits and pieces back on the engine, filled with oil and coolant and it fired up straight away! Starts easily and no signs of oil leaks! There is a little coolant leak from a deteriorated hose so will sort that. Overall very happy! It's also given me a big burst of enthusiasm so will hopefully spend a couple of evenings on it this week and sort the front wheel arch issues and see what needs replacing in the brake department!
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    Daveyc's 1974 hc viva

    Looks like this, I believe it's made from bakelite. So I can venture to warehouse tomorrow and use a plastic chopping board?
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    Daveyc's 1974 hc viva

    A little update, the gearbox and new clutch are in the car! The gear lever retaining clip got damaged on removal so a new one is on its way to me. Also the clutch pedal spring disappeard, so a replacement is on the way also. I need a phenolic spacer for the carb, the accelerator lever hits the manifold. There was one fitted to the old setup, but it was all cut about to make it work. If anybody knows of somewhere I can get one please let me know, I don't really want to wait for one to arrive from the UK. I have some bits and pieces I can carry on with until these parts arrive but I just wanna get the engine running! Brakes and front wheel arch rubbing issues are the next big things! A pair of black two door reclining seats popped up on a Vauxhall Facebook page, waiting on more pics but hopefully they will be mine! No real progress photos so here is just a general pic!
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    Daveyc's 1974 hc viva

    I have no idea what the cost would be to return the car to standard wheel arches. But ultimately that's what I would love to do. I will keep an eye out for some front wings and repair sections for the rear then bite the bullet come respray time. I have no idea how many years away that is! Clutch and gearbox went back in this evening! Progress!!!
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    Daveyc's 1974 hc viva

    Had a thought regarding the crappy flared arches. I could cut them off and rivet on some universal 50mm arches and paint them black. It's a cool look on the right car, and would potentially solve a lot of my issues. Obviously I would need a big chin lip to match!
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    Daveyc's 1974 hc viva

    A little update, got the engine back from the reconditioners! So all should be well! Got it sat back in the car on Friday. I got a case of the man flu so that's all that happened. my new (new to me) inlet manifold arrived today, so that now means the bonnet will close! Succses!plans are to fit the clutch and gearbox on Thursday. Hopefully it should be all up and running by the end of the weekend! I had a thought regarding the wheel arch issues, I could cut them off and fit some universal 50mm flares, and paint them black? Thoughts?
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    Daveyc's 1974 hc viva

    Whenever something goes well it's always closely followed by a problem. One of the front arches is bigger than the other one. So the wheel looks more inset on the passenger side. I will try and sort this out as best I can (another job added to the list) eventually I want to repaint the car, it it's possible I think I will get the four flares cut off and standard arches welded in place. I'm going to constantly have issues with them cracking and what not. But I don't need to worry to much about that now. So a few weeks ago a viva estate arrived in Christchurch pick a part. I have been after some interior parts for a while so went and had a look. The car was pretty far gone but I managed to get what I needed. Mainly just switches and switch covers. Being an estate it has the same size doors as a two door so I managed to get the door panels. I was really happy to find a set, they are a little water damaged and one has a tear on the lower part. I'm sure I can fix them up. These will replace the ones I made. They will look better for having the stiched Patten. I have a new clutch and the machined flywheel ready to go on once the seal has been sorted!
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    Daveyc's 1974 hc viva

    Unfortunately I was wrong. It still leaks oil. Not as bad as before but the seal needs to be changed again. I took the engine out of the car on saturday and will take it to an engine shop this week. The crank needs to be removed or At least loosened and lifted to fit the seal properly. I feel this is a bit more than I can handle. I can also get the engine looked over to make sure all is well. Getting quick at removing the engine now! I finally found and bought some tyres! So to cheer myself up I got them fitted and balenced and chucked on the car. They are a little chunkier than I would have liked but they look great on the car and are a good tyre and a good price!
  14. Hi guys, I'm looking for recommendations for a person or company to change the rear main seal on my 1256 viva engine. The crank needs to be removed to fit the seal and this is past my skill level. Engine is out of the car and I'm sure it's not abig job for somebody with the know how and the right equipment. So any advice on who to use in Christchurch? Thanks David