Unclejake

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  1. @MaxPower, that was an incredibly generous thing for you to have done. Thank you. There's heaps of landcruiser springs around here, but I glanced at a couple and decided they wouldn't fit. I will have a better look in the weekend. perhaps I was mistaken. My 4x4 Dyna front springs are 1,160mm long, 72mm wide, with 2 x 9mm (at centre) parabolic leaves and an eye bolt i/d of 23mm Rear springs are a bit of unknown
  2. Unclejake

    diesel spam

    No jets here bro... but perhaps the Convair uses A1 anyway? I dunno. I'll have a yarn with them
  3. Unclejake

    diesel spam

    Not without more fuel line. The sun is out , it's nice and warm.... so the heater is working now, which is good. It's just a bit of a shame it doesn't always work when it's cold
  4. Unclejake

    diesel spam

    Heck. That would be bloody easy. Thanks man
  5. Unclejake

    diesel spam

    Chaps, how can I make diesel thinner? I need it more viscous ASAP as the 15 metre long fuel line from the tank to my home diesel heater is too small in I/D so the fuel will not pass through it without suction. I'll order some bigger copper fuel line (currently ~ 10mm O/D) but I need a quick win to get us through the next 14 days until the new fuel line arrives
  6. This is still available if anyone needs storage. There's another space also free which is cheaper, but not so easy to drive in and out of.
  7. They would work mate. I could probably get those made pretty easily. Everything on this Dyna is about 30%bigger than Landcruiser. It's a ute sized vehicle with a truck chassis and suspension. Unsprung weights are huge. I can barely lift a wheel.... and there's six of the bastards. Part of the hideous ride will be because truck.... but add passengers in the cab and it's noticeably worse I am lucky in that I carry a fixed weight in the rear. I estimate 350kg of tools (plus the alloy box body) sits on the rear chassis
  8. Good thinking quattro. I tried to get used springs a few months ago but couldn't find any. The wreckers were quoting $250 per spring so it's not a significant saving and there's still the risk that what I bought and got re curved wouldn't fit once they arrive here on Chatham Island.
  9. Thanks chaps. Air assist will be about $2k (including freight and installation) but it's convenient as the truck will only be off the road for a day. New custom made springs are probably a similar value, but high risk if they don't fit. No one does CoF inspections on the Island so all we can get are WoFs. We have an exemption for passenger vehicles that would otherwise need CoFs..... but one day I may bring the truck back to the mainland as its actually a bloody good wagon. I will have a think. Re-setting the original springs might be the best plan.... but that's weeks without a truck and probably ~$1k in freight
  10. Have any of you driven a solid axle, leaf sprung vehicle that used bags to raise the suspension, and if so was the ride OK? I have a 2.7 tone 1992 4x4 Toyota Dyna that's arguably subject to CoF inspections. All four springs have lost their arc so the front suspension only has about 12mm of travel before it hits the bump stops. The ride is hideous. The best alternative would be to get new springs made, but that's quite a risk as the existing springs are very hard to measure. The next best idea would be to remove the springs, send them to the mainland for re-setting, and then have them sent back to the Island... but a previous owner put the rear spring eye bolts in from the wrong side of the chassis, and then fitted a box body obscuring the bolt heads.... so getting the springs out is now a major drama. That option would also mean ~ a month with no vehicle. I have been advised to fit bellows in place of the existing bump-stops (front and rear), and although I understand how a pumped up air bag would raise the vehicle I have little idea on what adding that bag to the existing leaves would do to the ride quality. I had imagined just pumping the bags up once from a 240 volt compressor. I'd be happy to raise the truck up to 100mm from its existing height Thoughts?
  11. You may have seen this already, but if not perhaps it's of interest to you (or is possibly yours already. Dunno). https://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/wrecked-cars/auction-2663748839.htm?rsqid=b3bf486211f84a99a596d6f9ead3c081-001
  12. I've lost touch with the builder now (he separated from my wife's friend) but I suspect this was built by a chap who used to operate in Gracefield Wellington. He went under the name of Tui Craft Jetboats EDIT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQjsBqSJIF0ZzjidAqIHu2A
  13. Howdy folks, A space has become free in my workshop in Landfill Road, Owhiro Bay. There's enough room to store and work on one car. The space is equipped with an electric roller door, good lighting, lathe, drill press, welder, workbench and vice, 20 tonne hydraulic press, limited 3 phase power, fridge, freezer and running water (water is outside). $330 per month (including power) to be paid by AP into the shared account You'll be sharing with three others who use the space to store vehicles and a boat (so they're not there much), but it's not a place to have boozy sessions or to grind steel after 10pm. If you're interested please PM me with your contact details. No texts please as I'm usually out of mobile coverage so I won't get them. Regards, UJ
  14. I my quest for the lightest everything for the Cortina racecar I discovered Kubota mini tractors had a tiny wee alternator They weren't even expensive.... but perhaps they're too big in O/D to fit inside the housing you have
  15. WRT your ashtrays (etc.): I am a big fan of SEM Color Coat for spraying vinyl. It's a great product, but beware of over spray as it's very fine (I have only used it in a spray gun and never a can) https://www.cardetailsupplies.com/sem-color-coat/