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    Good update dude! +1 for the garage envy.

    Funny hearing you mention the randomness of fitment for old cars as Al mentioned similar in that it feels like it should go together better but thatís just how shit was back then.
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    In a few cases it's like they weren't even trying.

    The boot latch is a good example - the panelbeater called me last week thinking it was from the wrong car.

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    Nope, they just used something which really wasn't designed to fit at all. It's like the earlier models used a two bolt one, which was no longer available so they just bodged a fix.

    Other times it feels like they're just punishing you.

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    No dash in or out with the windscreen in. And given the Vintageair and Haltech need to fit under the dash somewhere, and you can't put the windscreen in without the headlining in, It's not going to be weathertight until last.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Purple View Post
    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 Iím no mechanic Iím fairly sure Iím doing a better job than the factory did.

    Might be easier to have a few VB first!
    @ Bolded Bit - that's either desperate measures for desperate times, or you have a different idea of 'easier' than I do.




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    Well VB is probably the closest thing to West End Draught that can be procured in Brisbane.....

    For full authenticity the VB should really be swapped for West End, and I pity anyone who has to do that.....

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    Swapping vb for west end is the true measure of authenticity, and how hardcore you are going to be.

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    I was thinking I should have put West End Draught rather than VB after I wrote that post. I'm not sure I can be that authentic.

    Fairly unproductive first weekend I have to admit. Have a bucket of random bolts to run down to the bolt shop on Friday but imagine I'm going to need a few of them plated anyway, there's a few obscure ones in there. CP Plating look like they do powdercoating as well, so I've got a few other bits like the brake lever and handbrake to get done.

    Inside is currently all in primer so I'm thinking of going with my interior guy's suggestion and getting this done through him while there's nothing else in there:

    https://www.carbuilders.com.au/lizar...-sound-control

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    Great to see its home mate!!

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    Definitely put in the sound deadener gear while it's easy to do now! And Car Builders gear is the shiz.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Purple View Post
    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.
    You wont regret the rack when you drive it, best mod you can do to an old car to improve the driving feel.
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    the theory is the fuel pump is one of the only things that can fuck out on a diesel

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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.
    Deshon street? They're used to it.
    Also, Car hole too clean and tidy, sif you actually do anything in there.

    I'll admit - it doesn't look so capacious from the outside!
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    Was going to try Boltmasters at Morningside - they're open Saturday morning.

    The garage was designed to hold an AW11, Mini Panelvan and daily (<4.5m) longitudinally - it's 14.5m long. Only problem is pretty much the only two things I can replace the Mini with are a Fiat 500 or Lotus 7. As if that's a problem.

    You're right - the two hours I spent working on the Valiant on Friday was already the longest I've actually spent doing any car work in there! Luckily it's mainly a matter just bolting stuff together.

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    the ebay bolt kits are also worthwhile for a good variety. Any bolt is better than the one you don't have.

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    I was having a look through some of those. Fortunately there's only a few of the bigger ones which I may struggle with - so my plan was to run down to the bolt shop with the bucket and then drop it off to CP plating after I'd sourced as much as I could.

    Need to get the bonnet catch and door handle surrounds zinc plated anyway, so I figured I'd throw in every other bolt I could find for the same price. Not much high tensile stuff, fortunately.

    The worst part is the new paint is so much thicker than the old paint that nothing fits without 'persuasion'. And that's the last thing you want to do to your umpteen million dollar paintjob...

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    Might be good to chase some threads with a tap and die before too much gets attached.

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    Good call. Fortunately there's a few things on the car at the moment I can actually do while remaining mechanically incompetent.

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    Boltmasters at Morningside are hopeless.
    Go to Bolts & Industrial at Salisbury.

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    The Bolt King Redland Bay Road Capalaba. Good blokes, The Hoff put me onto them, and they're open Saturday mornings.
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    Bolt King is a good call - also drive home past there every day and they close at 5:30.

    Done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uuheels View Post
    Go to Bolts & Industrial at Salisbury.
    They are excellent. They're my go-to for stuff that Nut and Bolt at Deshon don't carry.
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    Chipping away at a few little bits and pieces for this though nothing particularly exciting. Have spent way too much time hanging around bolt shops but have most things for putting it back together. A surprising amount of the trim was originally held on with self tapping screws. At least I am using stainless self tapping screws now.

    Have fitted up the unnecessarily complicated front bumper mounts. Mainly because if anything is going to get in the way during the engine conversion, it will be them. Will probably hold off on the rest of the chrome until later.

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    Also fitted up the transmission crossmember although I can see it being a 'throw out and start again' item with the A-518.

    On the positive side the engine bay looks like it was designed for the Hemi:

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    Nice convenient hole in the right hand guard just where the pipes are likely to get tight with the steering column (assuming it was originally to clear the steering box).

    Plus there's a neat cold air intake arrangement behind the left hand headlight. Which also explains why it drowned whenever we crossed a river.

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    She's a big old bus:

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    Got a few other things to do and a bucket of various bits to go off to zinc plated but basically waiting at this stage! No point attaching too much stuff if it all needs to come out again come engine conversion time.

    Mechanical could be a little while so it'll likely go off to the interior guys for the Lizardskin next. Everyone involved is pretty busy so I'm trying to avoid harassing them! In the meantime it's good to be able to do a few small things at least. Also good to not have to shell out bulk dollars on panelwork for a month or two.

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    Looking good man, shame to make it all dirty......naaahhh fuck it that's no fun!

    Not going to do the sound deadener yourself? Should be reasonably OK to do with nothing in the way as long as you make sure you leave holes where you need holes etc?
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    Fuck yes man. That engine bay looks gorgeous! Better make sure Tim hides all the zillions of engine loom wires so it stays that way. So smooth, so glossy! Whens the serious shit start? (I.e engine in the hole....)

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    Not sure yet, not going to pressure anyone because Iíve been promising itíll be ready next month for about five years!

    Itíll be good to finally start paying people who have been giving me free advice for that long.

    The Lizardskin is the spray on ceramic stuff - I could hypothetically do it at home but by the time I paid for the equipment and to clean up the overspray from the body, garage, garden and the divorce I could probably have outsourced it.

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    Excellent to see more progress.

    It certainly is white.....

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    You must be a whole heap happier it is home, so you can wander down and have a look every now and then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Purple View Post
    The Lizardskin is the spray on ceramic stuff - I could hypothetically do it at home but by the time I paid for the equipment and to clean up the overspray from the body, garage, garden and the divorce I could probably have outsourced it.
    Yeh nah you don't want to be spraying that shit around your freshly painted vee-hickle. Best left to a pro then and at least if they make a mess they have to sort it out. You'd fucking nut yourself if you got that shit on your new white paint!
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    There's a few things I can technically do at the moment but I'm not brave enough. Because the paint's so much thicker now nothing fits without a bit of persuasion. Give me a month or two and it'll be 'fuck it, someone else will be doing this later at my expense anyway' and just do it.

    Still inevitably finding a few bits missing. Need to source a new glovebox lid, hood ornament base and one exterior handle surround. And a pile of other random repro stuff - there's about a million small rubber grommets that weren't supplied in the rubber kit. Plus a whole heap of other things that go into making a car that you wouldn't ever think of. Washer jets are my current main stress, I don't want to be the one drilling the holes for those! Probably doesn't help that the paintwork got so out of control that pretty much every hole on the body has been filled. Fuck knows where everything goes.

    It is good having it downstairs, yes. Though I feel like I should be apologising for the lack of progress now! Just good not to have the car scattered across four or five locations like it was previously. Down to two.

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    LOL my paint is nice but far from perfect and I worry about fucking THAT up!

    And you don't need windscreen washers - I don't have any!

    I think it's already been mentioned but you could busy yourself chasing out the painted up threads ready for shit to go back together, you'll get some idea of where there needs to be shit screwed in from that exercise at least!
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    I also noticed thereís no puddle of oil under the mini. the sump/box must be dry
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    Quote Originally Posted by piss98 View Post
    And you don't need windscreen washers - I don't have any!
    Agree! They dont work on my 64 Chevelle either!

    If the windscreen gets that dirty on a roadtrip, i just pull into a servo and give it a scrub

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