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Well this thing still hasn't left the garage yet. Funds have slowed down greatly now as well as we've started saving for a house pretty seriously but still putting a bit away for it.

Motivation was on a decline so went to the shop and got it a nice and shiny air filter (actually ended up returning and getting another as the 4.5" was too tall for the little 1300).

 

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I also dropped in to Weber Specialties to have a catch up with my old mate Murray. He's convinced me to bring in the IDA for him to have a look at as it's setup is a little unknown (previous owner had it on both a bp and pp setup), and he's going to sort a throttle wheel and help me shorten the cable. Looking to sort a malpassi fuel regulator for the old girl as well.

 

In the pipeline I'm also looking into the ignition setup and seeing what options are available,so plenty of reading up to do get my head around the ideal setup.

 

Cheers

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Haven't been up to too much lately. Just stuck on the grind at work and super busy, however I've picked up a few bits and pieces for the old girl.

As my old Speedhut gauges are CANBUS and am no longer running an ecu, I have purchased another set of mechanical gauges to use as well as fuel sender. Basically the same design as my other ones but have changed it a little.

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Also found another pair of Recaro fishnet seats for cheap which are in better condition than my others but are also narrower to suit the limited space in the 1300.

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About a month ago I also decided to clean up my fd alternator. It was brand new but sat in a wet box in storage for about a year so oxidized pretty bad. I dismantled it, stripped it back, and repainted it in cast iron silver and black (looks more glossy and slightly metallic in person) and reassembled it with stainless fasteners. Came out pretty sweet for a can job but will see how it lasts.

 

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Also finally got my Escort flares off Bruce a few months ago. Going to chop them up and have a crack at fibreglass work, moulding them a bit better to the 1300 and getting the fitment right. Theoretically it looks easy enough but will soon find out. The guards didn't cost a bomb so not a great loss if I butcher them haha.

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And yesterday I finally got a call from Murray at Weber Specs saying that my carb is ready so shot around after work to pick it up, along with a malpassi fuel pressure regulator. He's done a top job but damn he is expensive, even with mates rates ! Ah well gotta pay for quality so let's hope she's purring when she fires up.FB_IMG_1570863255630.jpg.1cf031d278dd1d766fce828bcb98b4a2.jpg

 

That's all for now anyway, off on holiday in a few weeks so probably won't be anything to update until maybe December if I find spare time to work on the old stead.

 

Chur,

Tai

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Not much has happened since last post. Have just been checking over bits and pieces and discovering more that needs doing or corners that have been cut, making things more difficult but that's ok. Currently working out a plan on how to move things forward with the build, with the budget that I have as I need it ready for my wedding at the end of the year as I got engaged a few months ago, I want to be able to drive the groomsmen in and drop some skids haha. 

 

Anyway I've recently sold the Recaro that I brought last year, and also selling the other ones if anyone is interested (will do a good deal for OS). In reality the seats are still to wide, there will be clearance issues with the tunnel and also the seat belt mount so really I can only get away with 500-510 width max but I think I may have found something that suits.

 

Also I've been on standby for a space to free up at Choppers Auto body shop for the last 3 months and finally he's given me the thumbs up to bring it in next week. The exhaust will be getting done, and a few other fabrication jobs depending on what I can afford so that's pretty exciting. He will also be getting compliance on board to go over the vehicle and point us in the right direction of getting it road worthy.

 

Here's a shameless instagram pic, I spent a few minutes putting the bonnet back on so at least it's got some cover on the transporter.

 

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Tai.

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Got some updates from Chopper, they've been putting in work leading up to lock down. Pretty happy with where we're right now.

Modified swaybar/crossmember, custom engine crewmember mounts.

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Painted and fitted with updated PAC engine Cross member and mounts.

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Clearance at the clutch slave opened up.

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Old engine position. It's hard to see but it was pointing towards the front left and leaning back. This is something that has always bugged me, it also created clearance issues with the air filter and alternator with the bonnet.

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Engine repositioned. Sitting a lot more square now with heaps of clearance. 

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Pretty stoked! Will need to see what the go is for the sump as the old one looked pretty fucked and had hori notching/probably warped so we might be replacing it or have an alloy one made up. On hold for at least the next 4 weeks due to obvious reasons. Keep well people.

 

Chur,

Tai

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Was able to have a look at this thing since lockdown has been reduced and ruling changed. Was able to have a good look over the work and got some better pics. Pretty stoked to be honest, everything looks so much better now that it's straight, Chopper has done an awesome job. Only thing is the right side engine cross member mount bolt is about 3mm away from the radiator, it may have potentially had a slight nudge on the front at some stage but maybe not. This isn't a problem however.

 

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Heaps of clearance at the slave cylinder a bonnet now as well which is bonus.

 

This is going up on the hoist next week so we will get started on the rear end. Re check the diff seals, work out shock mounts and sort some new shocks, look and see if the blocks I have are suitable and give it a general tidy up. Maybe look over the brakes as well.

 

Cheers

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Headers are made. Pretty stoked to be honest, they've come out awesome. Chopper and his team have done a great job.

 

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Unfortunately we ended up having to go tube instead of steam pipe as there just wasn't enough space (about 3mm clearance on either side) the steam pipe was fouling against both the bellhousing and the steering box.

 

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Will get these to either hpc or procoat to get a layer of ceramic on them hopefully in the next week.

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On all 4s again. Not gonna lie, but I think the modgies are awesome. They're still not baller status like the old wheels that were on it but they will do just nicely for now.

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And what's that lurking under the rear end you say??

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Exhaust is finished, bar getting the headers coated. Absolutely stoked. Once again the boys have done an awesome job on it, tucks in super right. There is literally no room for give on these 1300s for anything. Ended up running mild steel twin 2" system with stainless adrenalinR resonators and and muffler. Some swish mounts have been made for the muffler as well.

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And lastly, the rear end suspension setup is all together (until I get beefier traction rods made up).

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1 leaf shackle had to be replaced as it was missing, some monroe shocks for now, and new pac shackle bushes. Another thing that was supposed to have been carried out back in Aus...

 

Also just to give you an idea on clearance issues here are some pics.. 

The spare wheel well had to be notched for the muffler.

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The next stage is sorting the rear brakes for good. We are sorting out Wilwood Powerlite calipers that include a simple handbrake design, running new cables, changing the discs and have some certifiable mounts made. Hopefully have it done next week, then will be taking the beast back home.

 

Cheers,

Tai

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