Recommended Posts

Hi All

I have a few months off work to be a lady of leisure and with a long list of stuff to do on the farm to ignore, Ill get some shed time in. I'm hoping making a thread will motivate me to get a bit done every day.

First cab off the rank is finishing off my Commer van. I drove it for a year or so as a stocky but it was unreliable and had a top speed of about 3. I have a 5km stretch of highway to get to the shops and I was a mobile chicane. 

So I have since done some minor upgrades to make it more user friendly. I have dumped the awful 1725cc cast iron head lump and put in a 1725cc Sunbeam Rapier engine. I've ditched the awful 4 speed box for a Lexus 6 speed box. I've also binned the awful stock 5.6:1 ratio diff for a chevy 10 bolt.

I've test driven it round the block and can get all 6 forward gears but struggled to get reverse. I'm currently doing the minor shitty jobs getting ready for certification so it's off the road for a while. For a relatively easy engine swap, nothing seems to fit. My old commer had a mid mounted V8 and that was boat loads easier. Here it is in all it's glory. 

Anyway, I look forward to crawling around taking pics in the next few days. If anybody sees any glaring errors please sing out. I'll start a discussion thread for insults shortly. 

 

  • Like 6
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Today's job was to take out the old fuel tank and put in the new one. Looks like I need an adapter hose for the filler pipe as the old one had a flange with screws. Not a big deal. 

The old tank was ok but I wanted a larger capacity for getting further from home before breaking down. 

P_20190104_133638_1.jpg

  • Like 7

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So today I was able to tick a few things off the list. I fitted the rear lever arm shocks properly. I'll see how it goes with cert as I have copied the stock setup, but I wouldn't mind putting in some telescopic shocks. 

I also fitted the fuel tank and put in a new fuel line. Whilst I was under there I put in the rear brake like. I just need to add fluid and bleed and I can test drive. 

Next on the list will be a tailshaft loop. The hobbycar manual is too vague so Ill be flipping through the relevant bulletin for the mounting specs. I dont have a cross member there so I assume I'll have to weld some plates to the floor. My grinders ears are burning already. 

P_20190105_143307_1.jpg

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Whilst the commer is off the road the daily driver duties are being carried out by the Standard 10. It was a barn find which didnt take much to get roadworthy. I have swapped the diff centre for a herald and it is much more user friendly. Took it from 4.5:1 to 4.1. 

It has been bulletproof so far and I love it. When I am done with the commer Ill tart the standard up. It sways on the road over 50mph and is gutless so Ill target that. It has a 946cc currently but I have a 1200 big block on the bench which is a bolt in swap. 

  • Like 5

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Not much to report today. Just finished making a tool wall and went out shopping in the standard. Generic old bloke number 637 came up to speak about owning one back in the day. Love having a chat.

P_20190108_111208_1_2.jpg

  • Like 5
  • Haha 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Not much to report today. Just finished making a tool wall and went out shopping in the standard. Generic old bloke number 637 came up to speak about owning one back in the day. Love having a chat.

P_20190108_150702_1.jpg

  • Like 6

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yusssss. Finally found reverse. I'm not sure if I have lost 5th and 6th yet but I'll deal with that later. Should be ok. 

After hours under the car with spacers and all sorts of shit I just straightened the kink in the gearstick. 

I also welded a washer to the exhaust manifold so the throttle return spring can sit at a 45 degree angle to snap it back. 

 

P_20190110_110510_1.jpg

  • Like 5

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What a crap day today was. I had to install the tail shaft safety loop. Seeing as I didnt have a crossmember handy I had to fab a doubler plate. I didnt have any 3mm plate so had to use 10mm. Holy crap what a balls job. The steel was from a leaf spring of a WW2 truck so just wanted to eat my drill bits and cutting discs. Bleh. 

Ill get the bolts in the morning to fit it. I can see why I put this job off so long!

 

P_20190111_124904_1.jpg

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A shame I couldnt weld in a cross member to bolt the safety loop to. This thing is going to snag on every bloody thing in the cargo space. 

But like most safety things it is a massige PITA to install but once done I feel better knowing it is there. Considering it had one from factory (albeit non compliant) the roots engineers knew more than I'll ever know.  

P_20190112_120203_1.jpg

  • Sad 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So took it for a decent test drive today and I dont think I'll be looking at booking in the cert inspecion yet. 

Even with a decent bleed the pedal goes to the floor. A miss match in wheel cyls front to rear is probably the culprit. I might look at a split circuit or put the commer ones in the chev backing plate. 

Also, I can get reverse now but not easily. It is too hit and miss so will have to clean that up. 

Both very fiddly and time consuming jobs but I want it to be perfect. 

P_20190113_111217_1.jpg

  • Like 6

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Fitted a towbar today. Just doing odd jobs whilst waiting for brake drums to be machined and parts to fly in from England to help with gearchanging and brakes. 

P_20190118_152256_1.jpg

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now