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    Quote Originally Posted by mizone View Post
    I'm in the same boat, hang on is it a Chrysler person thing?

    I just had a look at my six year old tyres (Cooper Xeon's) and they are surprisingly mint. Finger nail leaves a mark in the tread. I'll use them for rego and get a new set for driving.

    I think keeping the side wall is important in older cars with near stock suspension. I've driven a few Restomods with small side walls and thought they drove crap.
    I'm not sure how you'd tell Coopers have gone off, they're hewn from granite to start with...
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    You’re super fucking patient. I’d be straight down there to help put the bonnet on and get it the hell out of there.
    You’d think he’d want to just get it out and clear up some space.

    Painters are weird cunts. I’ve dealt with only one good one in my time. The rest of them lived in or on top or out back of their shops. Or smoked ice while I waited for them to pick up a gun and get spraying.

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    This guy's actually alright for a painter, but yep, no idea why it's taking so long. It was meant to be done about three months ago, I made the mistake of letting him know the mechanical wasn't going to happen until next year.

    The powdercoater's the same, though at least he's not really charging me any actual money! I've stopped by there so many times to see if my parts are ready that he offered me a beer yesterday when they weren't yesterday.

    Going to swing by both the powdercoater and the painter today on the way home. I have a funny idea nothing will be happening for a month or so though.

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    In news that will surprise no-one, the car was meant to be home today but won't!

    He was unhappy with the final finish of the bonnet so is redoing it. Given I stopped by there on Friday and he was actually working on it, I'm not particularly worried. It'll apparently be the end of the week. Maybe. Or next year.

    Fortunately the powdercoaters came through and I picked up those parts today. They felt bad because of taking so long, so they were also free, bonus!

    So I hit 1 out of 3 of pre-christmas deadlines. Hopeful for 2019.

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    Yay.....

    Good news on the powder coating. Also good news on the bonnet as well. At least he cares enough to do a good job and redo it if it isn't up to standard.

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    That's what I figured. He committed himself big time to getting it done today and then only backed out when he wasn't happy with the standard of his work.

    That's the sort of person you want painting your car.

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    To make up for the disappointment of not having it home for Christmas you should really now buy the wagon down the street as a present for yourself so there is some valiant goodness in the driveway for tomorrow....

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    She's done. Should be home Friday afternoon provided the towie shows up (so give it another six weeks or so).

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    Think I'll wait until it's actually sitting in my garage before bothering anyone about the next stage just to be safe.

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    Huzzah!
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    Ooooh, white......

    Looking good.

    Still reckon you should buy the wagon, especially as it is brown.....

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    Good news. You sound like me to my wife “it’ll be home next week”
    Hide yo' wife!!!

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    Good stuff mate! This has been an epic journey for everyone.
    Turns out, far too much has been written about great men and not nearly enough about morons


    Quote Originally Posted by seedyrom
    my neighbours called the cops...... not because of the sound of me working in the garage was too loud, but because i taped a cardboard box to my back, covered my self in vaseline and pretended i was a snail on their lawn

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    looks great congrats

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    Quote Originally Posted by piss98 View Post
    Good news. You sound like me to my wife “it’ll be home next week”
    It's become a standing joke around our place. My 4yo daughter even makes fun of it now. I'm predicting monsoonal weather will delay the tow tomorrow because it doesn't have any windows yet.

    Given it's taken this long there's not much pressure on the schedule, it'll happen when it happens. The mechanical/wiring/interior guys all do a lot of this sort of work so I figure any delays are due to the nature of doing stupid things with old cars, and this is hardly likely to be any different. No point constantly harassing them.

    Thanks for the kind words. Will be good to have it in the garage finally!

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    2019 - the year of getting shit done:

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    No point leaving the old Cheviots on, they've done their job:

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    Time to see if the wheel decision I made three years ago was the right one.

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    Needs more rubber! There's at least another 30mm room under there.

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    But for now I'm just waiting for the wife to come home and murder me when she finds out how little space there is left in the garage.

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    Fitted up the rear lights too:

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    And now we wait:

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    Awesome news.

    The tyres won't last long once the engine is in, so no need to worry about them not being wide enough.

    I can't see why, there is plenty of room in there.

    Much better than my garage anyways.....


    So disappointed there is no brown wagon there to accompany the white whale.
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    The eagle has landed!

    Looks great though 😎

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    nice size car hole
    you cant spell advertisements without semen between the tits

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    You chose the correct wheels. They will be mint with fatter tyres.

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    Awesome! Must feel good having it home and something to tinker with!

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    Yeah, car hole envy.
    Rust is lighter than carbon fibre.

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    Horray! I approve of the wheel choice too

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    Wheels look ace man. Absolutely spot on. Fyi if you are still on the hunt for rubber im fairly happy with the sumitomos i put on mine. Not that ive driven it, but they look and feel pretty good.

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    With those wheels It'll turn orange , develop a confederate flag on the turret and play "Dixie" when provoked!

    Very nice project! Looking forward to future updates...
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    Thanks!

    Started looking over things properly today, amazing both how much and how little is involved in putting these things back together.

    Wheel offset isn't quite right, can probably fit a 255 maximum depending on how wide the new diff is:

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    They're an 8.5 with a 5 inch backspace for, presumably, Charger reasons. They may or may not clear the front Wilwoods anyway so we'll see. If all else fails I'll just get some custom made new Hotwires.

    Already 6x9 rear speaker holes, Soundstream Tarantulas ahoy!

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    Until then I'll be plating and sourcing fasteners. I have everything needed to get the car together except for a few pieces of chrome, and it'll just be a matter of what actually goes where. My local bolt shop will hate me, weird mix of metric and imperial.

    Annoyingly, the engine and gearbox would just bolt straight in if I didn't go rack and pinion. New trans mount and the need to modify the new sump now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Purple View Post
    . My local bolt shop will hate me, weird mix of metric and imperial.
    I found my local one is so used to it now they don't seem to mind. I walk in with a look of perplextion on my face and a handful of mixed nuts and bolts, a bit of paper with quantity. They take it, measure and wander back with what I need at a reasonable price.

    Either that or I'm on the dart board wall in the lunch room. Shout out to the crew at Searle Fasteners.

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    Looks fantastic mate.

    White Valiants are awesome.

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    Holy crap, the imaginary Val turned out to be real!

    It's looking pretty ace, and I do like those wheels. I'm looking forward to watching the rapid progress that will surely happen from this point forwards!
    Norbie!

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    Thanks!

    Have been getting started on this over the weekend. The attention to detail on how they’re put together is amazing - i.e. there is none.

    There’s been a few time already when I’ve been halfway through putting something together and getting frustrated because it doesn’t work or look right, then realising that’s because that’s the way they were new. Some parts I thought were actually from another car, they fit that badly. In a way, they were, I think Chrysler Australia were just raiding parts bins at this point.

    On the positive side the whole thing was designed to be assembled in a factory in Adelaide by a drunk guy called Barry. One Phillips head, two different sized sockets and about three different gauges of bolts plus some self tappers hold the whole car together. Even though I’m no mechanic I’m fairly sure I’m doing a better job than the factory did.

    Might be easier to have a few VB first!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Purple View Post

    Might be easier to have a few VB first!
    It’s what Barry would want

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