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  1. Bling

    Brake imbalance

    Whip it out and see if serviceable? I didn't find mine too bad to do, circlips and swearing, sorted. Had a tiny build up of dirt, once cleaned, balanced perfectly.
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    Brake imbalance

    Proportioning valve jizzed up perhaps. Have had that twice before.
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    Rust repair - butt vs lap joints

    Oh yeah and something i've done on the "big chobs" is cut out a smaller section, and replace that, even if the edge is rusty. Then cut slightly into the new repair, and extend the hole to remove more of the rusty area. If that makes sense. Rinse and repeat. Means that on areas where getting the original shape back might be hard, it's easy. As you're only replacing small bits at a time, while the cars shape doesn't change as the previous repair holds it together. I've had to do this quite a bit, as doing it in one piece would be near impossible to recreate the original section as it was. tl;dr: don't always try replace a whole area in one hit, small bites works well.
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    Rust repair - butt vs lap joints

    All of the rust repairs i've done on current car are rusty lap joints. So I would lean towards butt joint as there is nowhere for water to get in. Butt join is more work, as fitment has to be pretty close. But i'd consider it a better method. Everyone is going to have different strokes though. Whatever you do, coat it all to stop moisture getting to it again. And as someone mentioned, if wanting long term fix, you'll need to cut more out till there isn't rust on the edge of the patch. Cut it out till you have good solid metal to work with.
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    Small size, High CCA battery

    I seem to recall @Truenotch mounting a small one under his race car seat, or something similar. Might not be him though... /Ling out
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    BlownCoronas 1988 Toyota Crown TC24SC

    People pay good money to get lock like that glad it's sort, probably an original part do you think?
  7. Put a T in the line and put half the fluid back into the tank?
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    Re-powering newish car with old motor?

    Make this step one of the process.
  9. Insert smack talk here. Project fred.
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    Octane rating

    Are they tuning it too? Like on an engine dyno or something fancy.
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    Bling's AE70 Hardtop - Discussion

    It's a no brand copy, probably off TradeMe from someone like topmaq. Have had it a few years now. Haven't used it a HUGE amount, so the jaws are still pretty good. No issues so far with them grabbing the steel.
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    help with 4k alternator

    Buy a modern car if you don't want to be working on it all the time As for the alternator, could whip it out and have an auto sparky bench test it. Then go from there.
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    Can get full face for $130 on trademe, seems legit 3M to me. Still less than half local shops. Pretty sure someone linked them before in here, but I can't be bothered looking back. Knowing Ali, it's likely the same shit, without the label. But at least with 3M legit, you know it will have had to meet certain requirements. Pinkies are for dust, the plain white go over the top of the organic vapour filters. Above dude was super helpful too, in determining what combo to go for based on jobs at hand. I roll half mask with welding filter now (which I got off them too). Full mask is for painting soon, though no spraying, want eye protection so went full face.
  14. VIRM should cover the rust thresholds. Must have too much spare time if you're cruising around for a war over a rusty car.
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    Bling's AE70 Hardtop

    Well Xmas break was a bust, ended up finding more and more rust to fix. Not that I care, I knew it was an 80's Toyota from day one. Just means the goal posts are shifted as to when it will be legal. Hoping to have it sorted for Nats. Have been slowly chipping away at it, slowly filling a container will rusty bits of car. My shrinker / stretcher has been pretty useful, makes creating curved sections much easier. Anyway, some pics of some of the repairs. No point posting the photos of all repairs, as ain't no one got time for that. Still have a many repairs to do, just need to pull finger as paint drying outside is going to be a pain come winter. This update is basically just showing my rust repairs, which is all i've done on the car since last update. Making a new rain gutter section for bottom of A-pillar. Decent surface rust that got 2-3 layers deep in some areas. Replaced with single piece. Boot latch, seal traps water above the latch. Rusted out of my other car too, so out it came. Finished section, with boot frame pieces also cut. Doesn't look pretty, but it's all welded up now, and solid as fuck, so whatever works. Drivers side boot above tail light area, other side had similar repairs. Not much was left original, I just had to replace it a section at a time, to keep the original shape as best I could. Passenger side boot hinge area Drivers side boot hinge area, or at least what was left after removing the "structural" rubber seal. This took a bit of planning, as I had to make a section that didn't exist. Just imagine someone getting frustrated and spending hours on the stretcher/shrinker having not much luck. A lot of this area is 2-3 layers thick and attaches to supports underneath. I'll have to tidy the underside up later. Not many progress pics of this bit, no time for pics when frustrated. Transfer the curve on to paper, then put folded sections into stretcher/shrinker to curve to shape to form half the gutter. And just like that it was done, so simple.... Random repair found above tail light, viewed from boot floor.. Mayte, just tack some sheet on and fold it under, no one will ever see it. There is perhaps 5% of the original boot seal area left, it has all been cut out in sections and replaced. Was just going to replace the worst bits, but the further I got into it, the further I realised the whole lot was beyond a wire wheel and paint job. Latest repair, which I have been putting off due to the consequences of fucking it up. Basically a section below the C pillar had been replaced, i'm thinking this is related to big repairs in the rear passenger side boot area. The repair was done in such a way that any moisture running down the inside of the C pillar would pool on the repair. So of course this rusted quite nicely. Couldn't see it from the outside, I found it from inside, with my inspection camera as no way to physically get to it. It was still solid, but eventually it would start to rust on the exterior and require fixing. So that is some of the repairs, but certainly not all of them. Need to tidy up a lot of the welds ready for epoxy primer. So will be doing that over the next month, with the intention of having it all sealed up ready for filler and paint. In between repairs i'm doing my homework on what parts i'll need to get it back on the road. Bit of a boring update, but rust gonna rust.
  16. So yeah. Found out about this fine specimen right after Nats '18 after mentioning i'd like a hardtop to throw spanners at. Seedy Al mentioned I should speak to Goat, and so I did, the rest is history. It had been living in Goat / Joe's shed for a while and after some discussions I had it trucked down a couple of weeks ago. Specs: 1982 Toyota Corolla, GL “Lime” with a 3AU powerhouse and 5 speed manual trans. Lime is along the same lines as Lisse, a luxury variant of the GL model (Lisse for XL) featuring automatic transmission and power-steering. They were marketed heavily towards women in Japan. (Thanks Wikipedia). Plans including lowering it and upgrading the brakes and giving it a spruce up. Engine can come later, as it would more than double the budget given drivetrain upgrades required. There will also be all the boring bits like fixing rust, replacing half the car and all that carry on. This is actually hardtop number two, but who is counting. Teaser pics for now. Discussion Fred.
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    Re Chrome Alloy Wheels

    Shit me, that is impressive.
  18. Don't they throw rocks at oncoming cars? Certainly seems like the next thing to be cracked down on.
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    Best thing to clean out a fuel tank?

    If it's not broke...
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    New LVVTA tyre-rim size chart.

    I had been using a different link previously, this one, which is linked on page 2: I guess the document has been updated since then though. Also found it linked of this wheel site: so I guess people need to update their links. I'm lazy so just used google and came up with the dead links. Will go via the site next time. When visiting the old link (above) the "home page" link doesn't work, so that's why I thought it was gone.
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    New LVVTA tyre-rim size chart.

    @datlow I'd rock Teddies 100%. Will be interesting to see what changes. Camber would be a good one to see some more allowance for. I think they dropped a nuke on what was allowed, due to some people just taking the piss with camber. A more gentle approach could have worked I'm sure. But I wouldn't have a clue where to start with writing that up. If the rules change so that my new rims don't comply I'm selling up and off knitting. Was just checking the limitations for 14's were as bad as I remembered.
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    New LVVTA tyre-rim size chart.

    Legend, saved it this time haha.
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    New LVVTA tyre-rim size chart.

    Anyone got a current source for the wheel / tyre stuff? LVVTA site seems down for the information and most other links are dead. I knew I should have saved it!
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    AKAROA La Grande Auto Show

    They perhaps limit numbers so the reserve has a chance to survive all the leaked oil. If I didn't have to deal with extra traffic on the road to Akaroa I would have popped over for a look. /lazy
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    EpochNZ's 1973 Saab 99 - Discussion

    Rather than a welding class, get someone to show you how to do the basics. Welding in panels isn't too hard. Not sure what area you are in, but i'm sure someone will be willing to show you the ropes. Happy to lend a hand in that regard, i'm not panel work master though. Being able to buy panels is quite the luxury!