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Kiwibirdmans 1962 EJ Holden Wagon

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The story of the gutter trim. The gutter trim on a EJ wagon is about 2.5 metres long and nice ans flexible. I had spent about 2 or 3 hours cleaning it up. knocking the dents out and polishing. It was getting late and I was hell bent on getting it done and on the car. 

I had had a couple of warnings that the trim was getting flicked off the wheel, trying to get to the edge on the bend at the front is a bit of an art. Should have stopped but ...........

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I was lucky, one bruise on my are and only the trim turned into spaghetti. I still haven't worked up the nerve to do the new one.

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Here are some photos

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The bumpers look pretty good, the front and end of the rear are new reproduction ones, the front overriders and centre of the back were re-chromed.

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Bought this flaring tool the other day for the fuel lines, works really well, $55 off trademe.

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I put the hoodlining in myself. It looks better in real life but with 20/20 hindsight I should have put it on a trailer and taken to the professional.

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hopefully overtime it will tighten up a bit.

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Despite being side tracked with work family life in general there has been some good progress.

All the side window are in. I had a problem with the left rear door, the channel that the rubber goes in was missing. This was a door I bought to replace the original. I bent up a channel and pop riveted it in. From the factory this was spot welded but since I have nice new paint the welder was staying far away.

The next job was the rubbers and channel then drop the window in the hole. the whole process felt harder than the other side I did a while ago. When I went to put the quarter window and channel in I found the gap was 5mm too small. Managed to carefully spread the door using a couple of small pry bars. Managed to scratch the paint on the inside of the door on the first go, second go worked like a charm.

Spent hours making up hard fuel lines.

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The rubber bits joining the hard lines have been done. 

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Being the first day of the new year I thought I better start as I mean to carry, or at least get this bloody car finished. I spent a bit of time fitting the best quality Ali express, chineseiumn gauges.

I had a fitting made up to run the temp gauge into an existing threaded plug in the bottom of the radiator. There didn't appear to be an easy place to tap into the intake manifold and I need to leave the original sender for the computer to do it's thing. I will wire the factory temp warning light to come on when the fan gets switched on. This will do 2 things, the first is to keep an eye on the temp gauge once the fan is running and also to give me warning if the thermostat stay shut, fan will come on but the radiator will stay cold. 

The set I bought had a volt meter and oil pressure gauge as well. I thought it was worth seeing how accurate the volt meter is, my reasonable quality digital multi meter said the old battery I have lying around was 12.3 volts, fair enough. The Ali Express special said 13.5 volts. In reality the absolute number is not a big issue, I'm more interested in seeing that it's charging.

I will be checking the other gauges against known good ones.

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Bloody hell, February is nearly dead! Amazing how life, kids, work and holidays get in the way, not to mention houses, caravans and other cars. 

I finally stopped procrastinating about the wiring. Another one of those jobs that I thought was going to be really shit and hasn't turned out to be so bad. I had spent a lot of time thinking about what had to be done to the original loom. @vk327had done a great job on the commodore wiring loom, which has been in the car for close to 2 years. There were several bits that need to be shortened up because of the different lay out I have.

The worst one was the ignition module, I mounted it to the inner guard and had to take 40 cm out of the loom. It's about a dozen wires so I did them carefully one by one. Cut, strip, find the other end, cut, strip, solder then heat shrink. Took a while, I tried to stagger the joins as well. Once it was done and covered with protective sleeve it looks pretty good. 

I stripped all the redundant wiring out of the original loom, regulator for the generator and wiper motor being the main ones. The wiring for ignition power now stays inside the car and goes to the computer, the temperature warning light will come on when the electric fan starts, the starter is connected via the lock out switch on the column and the reversing lights will also work. I have by passed the original reversing light idea of using the rear indicators, overly complex in the indicator switch and work really badly. I'm going to mount some LED lights under the rear bumper.

Also modified the wiper switch to run a pair of relays for the commodore wiper motor. After much head scratching, and some good input from @chris r I figured out how to get 2 speeds, self parking and hopefully no smoke.

Battery tray for one of those tiny Odyssey batteries is made. I have a dead one that is the est for size. Battery tray is fully bolt in because if the LH exhaust has to come out the battery tray has to go first.I will order a new one next week (wife knows I need a battery, not how much these things cost). 

Finish the electrics, fit a new fuel pump to the tank, add some oil, water and trans fluid and this thing should run. Add some brake fluid and it might stop as well.

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Wiring, still doing fucking wiring. Trying to think things through so that I don't end up either cutting stuff off short or not having space, the usual crap. I am running out of stuff to connect up so another night or 2 should see it done. 

Once the wiring in the cabin is done the seats can go in and the seat belts. I hope they are OK after sitting in a box under my sons bed for 2 or 3 years.

My wife got keen the other day and booked us a trip to Vanuatu in July, followed by a trip to Sydney for my brothers birthday and then a trip to Hawaii in December to escape the family Christmas. This is all good and I have much better holidays than I would ever book myself but the Visa is maxed out until we get paid in the middle of the month.

Once the Visa is bought back to under control I can buy the battery and order the Dakota Digital speedo interface box to make the original speedo work off the electronic transmission.

I promise some photos.....soon

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Wiring is close to done.

 

Lights and horn on the drivers side have relays

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Wiring round the engine bay. The red wire is for the wipers.

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This is the passenger side. Still some finishing off to do. The fuses that are hanging in the breeze will have a bracket off the hinge bolt. Relays for headlights and starter. The silver box is the ignition module. 

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This is the ECU nuder the front seat.

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And the loom over the floor. I will do something to sort this out. Probably make a cover out of panel steel and screw to the floor

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I went out on Monday and got most of the to buy list. The battery was put on order, it didn't turn up before lock down so that will hold things up. I remembered that I had used up all the heat shrink I had so got some more of that.

Also got a new bottle of Maguires Ultra Rapid Detailer. It's pretty much the only thing to use on a Satin paint job,

Time to stop watching You tube videos and get down into the garage and make a big dent in the list. 

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I fitted up the front 3 point seat belts. I had checked with Cletus about the belts, the original top mounting is good to use and the lower mounts were put back in the original position on the floor.

Here is the rechromed top bolt, complete with new gasket. I got a length of nitrol(I think) rubber from Para Rubber) and cut a gasket out.

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Belts in place. Front seat is right back.

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When I was scrounging seat belt bolts from Zebra I had grabbed a couple with a shoulder on them. They went into the top mount to replace the original bolts with separate spacers.

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