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  1. I spent a few hours today bolting on some parts; lots of NOS parts which I have been collecting for this project. Headlights temporarily fitted, new bezels, bumpers, clear front indicators, tail lights and rear reflectors. The headlights I bought a few years ago are an interesting thing for trainspotters like myself; a pair of Cibie Biodes. Invented in the late 1960's, before the H4 dual filament halogen bulb was invented, they take 2x H1 halogen bulbs. There is a separate reflector in the lower part of the headlight (which you can see) that is the high beam, and t
  2. thanks guys. A lot of new shiny parts to go on, so this is really where the fun begins
  3. First job, get some bling on! Browndog's 1972 V8 Transit - Page 2 - Project Discussion - oldschool.co.nz
  4. Merry Christmas everyone! I picked up my Christmas pressie on the 24th, after months of being at the paint shop. It has been painted Ford :"Ermine White" although it does appear more creamy than I think it probably should be. No matter, I am quite happy with the result, it has been many years, decades actually, since this van was one solid colour!
  5. I checked up on the Mk1 yesterday. Panelbeater is doing a great job, and it is getting very close to final paint!
  6. yep mine was the same colour, same engine etc as that one. But none of the sound equipment! I did the YB conversion on that wagon too, I had forgotten about it to be honest!
  7. I removed the Cossie engine and sold it separately, put the awful twin cam back in, then sold the car! I think it is still around?
  8. I had one of these (actually I have had several!) but the last one I had was the most memorable. Magenta in colour, I removed the horrible 8V twin cam and repowered it with a YB Cosworth, put the Cossie suspension in, with Escort Cosworth wheels. Boost turned up a bit, it was pretty badass.
  9. After delivering it to the shop for panel and paint, we decided that to do the job properly the van should be media blasted. There was still layers of paint and filler which had accumulated over the years (which would take days to strip off anyway) and blasting gets in all of those cracks and crevices where mechanical stripping does not. SO, another week or so later, another invoice paid, and the van was media blasted! I immediately took it back to the paint shop, hoping it would not rain on the bare metal, and a coat of etch primer was applied over all of the blasted areas. Fortunately the bl
  10. Sounds like you have a plan there Gordon! FWIW, I measured the current draw on the Merc PS pump, and it was 30 amps. This does not mean you need an additional 30 amps in your alternator output, as it is very intermittent use. As long as you aren't marginal, then whatever you have should be okay. For high output alternators to run your A/C, search late-ish model cars, say post 2000, especially SUV's. Many have 150-200 amp alternators fitted as standard. But they will be a bit larger than what you have fitted already.
  11. Hey Gord, just a thought, and I know you are heading towards a mechanical PS setup, but did you know that you can mount an electro hydraulic pump pretty much anywhere in the vehicle? On a lot of race cars they mount them in the boot! Because hydraulic fluid does not compress (much!) the response is pretty much instant. Just thought I would throw that out in case you thought it had to be front mounted. Conrad
  12. yep same, it was quite a mission, and a bit of expense, but glad I got that done. Got it booked in for paint in a couple of weeks.
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