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Lord Gruntfuttock's 1971 XY Fairmont Big Grunty Discussion

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You should talk to customs an state that the item is a warranty / damage claim.

This may or may not work as in theory you would have paid GST on the first item so should not pay again. (Not sure how good thier book keeping skill are)

But as you got away with round one you may have to fork out the tax like a good citizen.

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Yeah just wary of it taking more time to deal with the paper shufflers.

I've resigned myself to paying up, have had a good run otherwise. I don't mind paying gst, it's just the BS 'biosecurity' etc add-ons that grate...

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Yeah just wary of it taking more time to deal with the paper shufflers.

I've resigned myself to paying up, have had a good run otherwise. I don't mind paying gst, it's just the BS 'biosecurity' etc add-ons that grate...

 

 

You never know where that camshaft has been....!

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That parts pile looks good cant wait to see this thing running. Is the motor the only thing you gotta sort before getting it back on the road?

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Yeah pretty much. Should be a fire it up and drive job (all going well). 

I like the parts mountain myself...  :)

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Engine looks great is this your hobby or do you do this sort of thing for a living?

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Very much a hobby. :)

Spend most of the day in front of a puter so building stuff in the shed is my way of staying sane. It's nice to do something 'real' after a day of fannying about in the office...

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Hope you didn't get much crap in the bottom of the tranny there.. ?

 

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Yeah me too... :)

A learning experience, change filter before rolling over (fucking obvious in retrospect).

Gave it a pretty good inspection after cleaning up the obvious crap, D cell LED maglite peering into everywhere I could see, picked a couple of small flakes up with a cotton bud but nothing really noticable. Fingies crossed...

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Not sure about the Windsor motor but a good trick with the Cleveland was to run an oil line from the main oil gallery where the pressure switch is to the front of the motor and into the plug there.

 

it helps supply the front main bearing.

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So looks like I have to lower the front end. Any ideas on spring/shock combos?

Running 7" 12 slotters on front, and don't want it slammed, just lowered enough to look right.

Looking at King springs KFFL-01, they recommend these for both V8 Windsor and 6cyl models...

Anyone used these, got pics?

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Makita or Metabo should sort you out.

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Awesome not long to go now before she is out cruising again

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Cool thread- just read it right through. looking forward to seeing a video of this starting!

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Cheers, yeah getting there slowly, would be much easier without other things getting in the way. It's hard not to get discouraged with setbacks and delays, main reason I started writing it up really -  bit of a driver to make progress. (Doesn't help I just bought another bike project).

Bit nervous about videoing startup as could be tempting a fireball...  :mrgreen:

 

 

 

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Nothing is more satisfying than hearing those 8 cylinders fire up for the first time after a rebuild

Keep going your almost there

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Just read your entire build thread, you have a great attention to detail and level of involvement with your car that makes me jealous I'm not as interested in putting in that level of effort in any of my own; good work. I look forward to reading about its fire-up.

A couple of suggestions to perhaps save you some time/effort in the future

- you don't have to baresteel everything to paint it unless existing paint is flaking or badly cracked. 120 grit sanded with a good 150mm orbital sander will give a great result in minutes (thinking how much time it looks like you must have spent on your sump!). I imagine you sanded it again after applying primer based on comments. You could have dust coated it with aerosol etch followed by thinned 2k primer and finished with color all at same time = no intermediary sand and quick start to finish time (total job should have been less than an hour if that helps to gauge?)

- clean your spray guns out every time you use them!

- for anything from the states, forget nzpost. Get a shipito.com account. They get awesome rates with dhl/FedEx etc due to their volume and you can fill in your own customs declaration after they bin all the actual invoices. Fast tracked through customs too. I get most orders 5 days after I place them (including a set of 17x10 wheels)

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Good info, cheers for that...

 

Yeah I'm no painter so been a learning curve, learnt the hard way spraying thinners through gun isn't enough to clean it. :).

And sump was pretty bad so had to strip it, but will take on board your advice.  

 

I'm really more of a bike guy so been pretty interesting getting back into the old car. Hoping to get to the stage I can do everything on bike at home (incl painting).  And will def check out shipito, thanks for that...

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