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  1. I have my Plymouth insured with classic cover on “project cover” which means it is covered at home in the garage but also during transport to and from workshops.
  2. Finally managed to get to zebra to get a rear diff from an explorer, I missed out on the one @cletus told me about because I was slack. anyway Zebra finally had one come into stock at the end of June so I went out this morning and plucked it out of this gladly all bolts came out with out a fight and it ended up with this It’s 8.8 inches of Ford goodness, 31 spline axles, factory disc brakes with onboard handbrake, it’s a 3L73 so 3.73 ratio LSD, need to source another short side axle, shorten the long side down 3” and it will be just narrower than the factory mopar and is the same stud pattern as the VJ valiant front brakes I’m using, it’s a well documented thing to do in the USA so there’s an abundance of information about it online.
  3. @RUNAMUCK Yeah I have a thread on FABO already (pretty much a copy and paste of this one) will be asking a few questions closer to the time, @piazzanoob the shape of the wheel arches are actually fairly complex, would be more work to fix than replacing the the full 1/4, there is a bunch of bog in places that doesn’t make sense etc, just shit in general haha.
  4. @piazzanoob Yeah the budget has long since been forgotten haha, at least once it’s done it will be right. And I imagine it will drive a whole lot better that it did haha, It needs both rear 1/4 panels. They are available from classic industries so just a matter of getting the money together and get them ordered.
  5. Haha I’m leaning more to tubbing it than not so will see what happens when I start cutting the 1/4s off
  6. Well I picked the car up from R3 Fabrications, well I picked up what’s left of it haha, that’s all the parts that were on the car when I dropped it off, car is all straight and back home so that I can continue to strip under seal off, and start saving, plan will be to buy new rear 1/4s from the states, have it blasted and dropped back to R3 to be put back together so is a sizeably large financial requirement so may be a while away, And now there is an internal fight with myself as to whether I should Or shouldn’t mini tub it while it’s in this state
  7. Yeah I’m going for as close to the factory blue as I can, but near enough will be good enough haha. heard from Greg at R3, car is on the chassis machine, its not too bad but does need a few tweaks.
  8. Awesome man, I see VHT do an “early Chrysler” engine enamel, but I’ve only found it on trademe so far (and $25 a can) so will look into it Motor looks good man, you Can’t complain when you get to work on stuff like that aye!
  9. Decided I was unhappy with the black fuel tank so I threw a coat of silver on, it’s a bit better but I’m still not sold (and now it may not even end up being used, more on that below) got my replacement spring mounts back from being made built a frame to put the car on so it can be moved around loaded the car up onto my mates car trailer and took it to Greg at R3 Fabrications (check them out on Facebook) Was a pretty nerve racking drive that’s for sure. Not that it moved at all but the height of the car on the trailer just felt wrong haha Upon Greg looking at it he identified that the rear chassis rails have a slight downward kink, and the front is twisted to the right, so it’s going onto the chassis machine this week to be straightened and have the new spring mounts fitted, have the boot floor cut out (it’s basically uneconomical to repair due to the amount of creases in it, so we will replace it with a flat boot floor (which means the spare wheel well that the fuel tank mounts to is gone, hence the comment about not using the tank) I may end up running a drop tank or fuel cell. TBC at this point. Then I will pick it up and start saving to have the next stage of work done, (rust in the outer 1/4s Which Greg believes will be best to stitch a couple of whole 1/4s on) One step closer..... discuss here:
  10. Well it’s been a while since I updated this. Life etc etc, anyway, the inside of the boot has concerned me as the car has previously been involved in a rear end collision. I pulled the bumper and it looked alright, you can see where the RR has taken a hit and been repaired. However inside the boot has had copious amounts of seal sealer used inside it. I stripped it off on the RR only to find that instead of welding the rear panel brace back to the floor it had just had seal sealer smeared all over it. Coupled with this the RR rear spring mount was out of shape and the LR was rusty, I made a cardboard template, and dropped it to a local shop that laser cuts and folds sheet metal. The car is booked in on the 20th June to go to a buddy’s metal/restoration shop (R3 Fabrication in papakura) to have the rear end, spring mounts and a couple of small rust spots repaired, I have also got my fuel tank all cleaned up, but I’m slowly running out out things to sort. tank has come out a bit patchy (which looks worse because of the underbody Shultz) and I’m not sold on the black. may hit it with some silver and do the straps black I still need to paint my engine, I have all new frost plugs now. So once it’s painted then I can start assembling ancillaries, and come up with a plan to run the Gilmour drive belt and P/S
  11. Hell yeah. I dig this! Looking forward to watching this one!
  12. Have you even looked at the way this thing runs currently?
  13. Simon at Airride NZ has been around for a while, has owned some sweet air bagged vehicles. The kit I got from him (for my 61 Belair) was basically a bolt In kit, which came with the bolt in mounts that meant I didn’t need to modify the spring pockets, only thing I really had to make was front shock mounts which weren’t too hard. im using a very basic system for now, 8 valves and a 7 switch controller. However to get certified I basically ran all the 3 front and 3 rear switches through relays so even if you try to change the corners, it just controls the whole front end. It’s good for cert, but not being able to set the corner heights is a pain, good for cert, but a pain none the less. I have a weak LF shock and to get the ride heights correct I have to raise the car fully up and then lower it to the correct height. Pain in the ass, when I get around to try rebuilding the Belair I’m planning on running an E/Level to make it easier and accurate
  14. Yeah that looks good @j.e.d. Cheers for the picture
  15. it’s only ever going to be a weekend toy. So should stay clean enough under there. Aiming for it to be pretty clean and tidy under the bonnet.
  16. Looks pretty good aye. just need to make a call on what colour i want now haha.
  17. Sweet man, keen to see pictures
  18. Not a huge update, but progress is getting made. front suspension is all Re-bushed and repainted, and has new ball joints. Had a mission with the upper arms. the arms that came out of the car I managed to get the ball joints out of, but the bushes were seized into the arms. So I dug through all my parts and found the Aussie upper arms that came with all my front brake parts. Confirmed they are the same at the factory stuff. Bushes all came out easy. But the ball joints would not budge (shitty home made roll didn’t help) so I ended up welding an old axle nut to the top of the ball joint and using that to get them out. Got there in the end. I’ve also started cleaning up everything that bolts onto the engine, inlet manifold is all done Still need to finish cleaning the sump then I’ll have everything sorted to paint the engine, still undecided with what to do with the rocker covers though in that photo you can see it’s got a cool set of finned rocker covers I’m tempted to paint them the same colour as the inlet manifold and paint the fins black however I’m yet to decide, when I first got the car I had thought about doing them wrinkle black and then knocking the fins back to alloy so am a bit undecided there Discuss here:
  19. Ended up not going to training tonight so decided to get the cam installed and degree’d found TDC, then set the Dti gauge up on the lifter (Ended up welding two old lifters together to make it easier to get the Dti gauge set up) found max lift and set Dti to zero, wound engine back .100” and then forward to .050” before max lift, noted the number the pointer was at on the degree wheel, the wound engine over until the lifter was at .050” after max lift again noted the number the pointer was on again, added the two numbers together and then divided by two, this gave me 112.5° intake centreline. Cam spec card is for 102° so was a bit out. pulled it all apart and advanced the cam 4° and started again, ended up with an intake centreline of 101°, so that where it will stay. Tomorrow night I’ll get the heads on an confirm there is no clearance issues.
  20. Been a while since and update, headers turned up, pretty happy with them considering how cheap they were to buy and ship to NZ, started and finished de-burring the valley (what a crap job to do) next up was to clean it all down to get rid of and filings from the de-burr and to get rid of any solvents/etc from the machine shop, picked up a bottle brush for getting into all the little holes etc and grabbed a tube of engine assembly lube, Found a perfect use for the shower in the garage then started to assemble the bottom end, fitted new Clevite crank bearings fitted the new rear main seal and crank, put new Sealed power big end bearings in the old ones had seen better days, then fitted new Mahle piston rings and dropped the pistons back in, All in all a productive night after training on Wednesday I should get the cam in and timed up. Then I can slap the rest of it together, also I still have under seal to scrape, but I’m being a slacker and have left it for a while
  21. I second Matt at Tin Tricks. He did the floors in my Belair and his work is top notch.
  22. haha wish I had known this before I refurbed the standard VJ callipers, oh well at least I know there is an upgrade if I need it.