Kiwibirdman

Kiwibirdmans 1962 EJ Holden Wagon

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A month since the last update, where the hell did that go????

Front brakes are almost done, HZ Calipers fit over the machined down HQ discs. I had to play musical brake parts, HZ calipers stolen off the Firebird. I had some HQ calipers that I had rebuilt a while ago. A small amount of grinding was required and some new bolts and the Firebird has new calipers.

I did a list yesterday of the jobs that need to be done. There are a lot of things that will take 10 minutes to finish off, mainly welding jobs. 

I will take some photos and get them up.

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Still no photos, must work out how to get them off the new flash phone. Replaced the rotten section of the trans tunnel over the weekend, a big chunk more of the rust done. I bought a length of 9/16 High tensile steel bar to replace the wooden intermediate steering shaft. I needed a 320mm length and the standard length was 3.7 meters. It did only cost $40.

After 2 goes I got the the flats for the cotter pins in the universals in the right place. Steering shaft has been trial fitted and everything clears...........just. If anyone needs 9/16 round bar I have 3 meters  looking for a home.

I pulled the engine out last night to get some space to finish off the trans tunnel final rust by the gearbox and sort out the gear shift. New morse type cable and fitting are turning up at the end of the week. Also turned up is a Aliexpress cone type air filter.

Getting dangerously close to sending the car off for some paint. 

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I called in to the painters to see how busy he is. They have 59 caddie, mid 60s VW, and a why would you bother rusty 57 Chev on top of a heap of Jucy rental vans. I'm booked in for 2 weeks away to bring the car in. Because mine is easy and I have money I get the jump on the others. Now I have a dead line to work to things will get done.

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At the last monthly meeting I got told off for not putting up photos. 

Here are some updates. Section of the trans tunnel that looked like swiss cheese cut out

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New section welded in. Sounds really easy in 2 pictures but took about 4 hours to get right20170909_180301.jpg.629ed9a173d9e198463f6ecd929b0824.jpg 

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And some more swiss cheese gone as well as the big cut I put into the tunnel to make the trans fit welded up. 20170921_213000.jpg.a65a8b0e1f173887ef6fb977154ba75b.jpg

Here is the steering shaft. With universals fitted. Amazingly enough nothing touches. The lip on the chassis rail will get removed beside the shaft as a precaution.

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 Here is another view of the steering shaft

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A photo of my extra length of 9/16 bar if anyone needs some. Engine is back on the stand waiting for wiring, sorting out fuel lines, dip stick.........

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First seatbelt mounts installed. The one by the door way and the hole in the trans tunnel are in the original places, The plate on the floor is for the centre belt. 

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And the other side. I used bolts on the plates as per the lvvta manual and they pulled up nice and tight to the floor. The thing that looks like a a shark fin is the mount for the handbrake return spring. Originally it was a tab off the floor. I'm worried about drive shaft clearance to mad it longer

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Another job ticked of the list was welding the pad to the brake pedal.

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Comments and ideas welcome as always

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Over the weekend I pulled the front of the car apart. Front suspension is spread around to fallen over, front chassis/inner guards are up on saw horses. Tonight we finished off all the welding on the front section. Ready for paint over the next few days. I feel like real progress is being made, looking forward to painting stuff and final assembly. I went to see the painter and got the "realistically I can't do your car this side of Christmas". I not too bent out of shape, it gives me time to paint the underneath, engine bay etc and assemble the car to the point where it will be driveable. There are lots of small but time consuming jobs to do, like make a mount for the wiper motor and fix the linkages, sort out the handbrake cables. It is probably better the car has the engine in before painting so it is all good.

If there is anyone out there who is familiar with injected Holden V8's especially the VT version, I have some questions.

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Here are the photos. RH suspension.

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Back to the future. This was the view for so long, nothing forward of the firewall

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Front on saw horse ready for welding

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Gussets as suggested by @cletus

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And the other side, also with the rebate in the joint to clear the steering.

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Here is where some space was made for the exhaust. Still a touch with the grinder to knock off the high spots

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Got rid of the hole for the throttle linkage

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And the one for the choke cable

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I decided to finish work a bit early today and painted the floor. The tin of PA10 I had I think I bought in 1992. 

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It only took about half an hour to mix in all the hard stuff from the bottom of the can.

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It feels good to have paint on something. I will clean up the rest of the floor and make it all nice and red.

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