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    I can't remember if it's this model but i think it's the earlier cars, if you put them on a two post hoist sometimes the engine falls by itself - wonder if it's related to the cracking?

    looks pretty sweet under there, I think that is actually the factory underbody protection at least

    if you weren't 2 days drive i'd be there like a fat kid on a mars bar

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ID:	104172Awesome day today. Thanks heaps Marco! He gave it a buff and it came up really well. Have also confirmed it needs a booster, front brake hoses and a Caliper rebuild. Washed the last of the dirt out from under it and confirmed no other rust!
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    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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    So today I enjoyed all the fun of working on a project car without the downside of paying for things, by giving Jim a hand with this.

    First off, itís in really good shape considering itís been off the road for a decade. Body is pretty good, and what rust exists isnít terrible. Chrome, trim etc all there and largely good. Interior is very good. Itís a nice car, and it wonít take much to get it on the road.

    Jim wasnít joking about the dirt trapped under this thing though. I think the Upper Murrumbidgee Catchment is going to have a significant silting problem after what we sent down the drain today:





    Anyway, while Jim busied himself doing something about the brakes, I set about making it shiny. Personally I think Jim has his priorities wrong - Iíve been to many a show and shine, but never a show and stop - but hey, itís his car. I really enjoy taking cars that havenít had much love lately and getting them looking good, so this was the perfect opportunity.

    Itís difficult to see because it was so bright and the car is white, but the results after two rounds of random orbital buffing were better than expected - we have some shine:







    Jim meanwhile continued to waste his time on trivialities like ďwhy is that brake stuckĒ and ďwhy is it running roughlyĒ and ďwhatís that noise that wasnít there beforeĒ but Iíll leave it to him to update you all on that.

    Anyway, nice car, cool project, and I got to drink Jimís beer. Good times.

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    Wish I could have made it out to drink Jim's beer but alas I had I play keep family playing nicely together.

    Great to see progress on this

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    All good, we were discussing some regular weekend bike rides too.

    It developed a miss after I washed the motor down which didnít go away so gave it some spark plugs. Old plugs were a grab bag of second hand units with two from a lawnmower. Once that was done and the booster line plugged it ran smooth as!
    Really impressed with Marcos polish job especially on the roof and boot. Looks like new!

    Time to put some coin aside. Once it has plates then I can think about mods.
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    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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    Lovely car.
    Rust is lighter than carbon fibre.

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    Looking good, needs a angle grinder on the springs
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    Probably sits at a good height with Jim and Marco on board.
    Lots of minis & mokes including a G13b powered Sports Sedan, a couple of Swift Gtis, a Goggomobil, Porsche 928S, Polo Gti, BMW 540i, a WRX and a few others.

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    Yes, we are very tall.
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    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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    Sorry couldn't attend as was at the coast. Let me know if anything electrical requires attention.
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    No worries cheers!
    Have been dealing with MB Spares in Fyshwick. Some stuff is eyewateringly expensive and others dirt cheap. Really have to check on everything but so far MB has been really good.
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    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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    Hah! Just spoke to the previous (70yo) owner.
    HIS parents went to Germany in 1970 on one of those factory buy drive things they used to do. It was his motherís car and she drove it until her 90ís. She hit a kangaroo which is what caused the front damage. Her son used it for the shops and back and lugging stock feed around the farm until the brakes went, so he parked it in the shed in Ď07 and let the rego run out. His great grandparents came out in 1870 and his parents in 1970 from England so the thing bolted to the door used to be an English coat of arms emblem.

    So in short the car was more or less a one owner, and stayed in the family since new.
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    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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    score, great hearing the backstory

    fcpeuro.com has a heap of stuff for this, but it's not as cheap as i expected

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    Guess I should replace the master cylinder too huh! Yes, that is the entire booster filled to the brim with brake fluid!! Thatís a new one to me.


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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Stix Zadinia View Post
    I can't remember if it's this model but i think it's the earlier cars, if you put them on a two post hoist sometimes the engine falls by itself
    This is correct. The rubber mounted engine crissmember was never intended to allow to hang with the weight of the motor on top.
    I made plates for mine that bolt in place and hold the mounts together when I lift it.

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    i guess they mentioned it in the owners manual somewhere?

    up for a new brake booster too jim? when that happened to my 114 the brake fluid had eaten everything

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    Similar with my old rx7 brakes.

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    Yeah the booster was something I knew I had to do early on. Donít suppose you have one Russ?
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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Nicholson View Post
    Crossfire being wrecked https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/girr...08-/1163575624 looks like a manual in the pictures
    Gearbox ordered!
    Comes with the dual mass flywheel and a new clutch apparently! Score.

    Brake hoses replaced. I need to rebuild the calipers soon, and rebuild the carbs. Will probably get it mobile then leave it for a while.
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    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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    Look, just because you drive a couple of imported luxo Pommy cars doesn't mean you need to act like an Imperialistic Lapdog and be the last bastion of defence for Straya The Beaut's mid-20th-Century ideals
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    People must assume you are some sort of drug dealer with all these nice cars turning up to a fibro home

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    I know it's not as awesome as an angry v8, but why not slot the Crossfire/AMG C32 motor into it too? I assume that given they're wrecking a crossfire it's worth $50...
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    Mainly because I have a 4.3 m113 already that only owes me beer money.
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    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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    Hmm didnt see the beers & spanners meet thing until now. Where have you got this thing stashed anyway? Storage place?
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    Ah, didn't realise you had the v8 in hand already!
    "Where can we get hold of a Vincent Black Shadow?" "Whats that?" "A fantastic bike," I said. "The new model is something like two thousand cubic inches, developing two hundred brake-horsepower at four thousand revolutions per minute on a magnesium frame with two styrofoam seats and a total curb weight of exactly two hundred pounds."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Ed View Post
    Hmm didnt see the beers & spanners meet thing until now. Where have you got this thing stashed anyway? Storage place?
    Iíll do another one soon.

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    Ah, didn't realise you had the v8 in hand already!
    Yeah have had it for a while now.
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    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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    Good stuff! Keen to help out on this again. Reckon that interior would clean up beautifully...

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    that Kleemann supercharger looks cool (with it's patented integrated intercooler) but not 8000 euros worth of cool

    keen to see the M113 with an eaton M112 supercharger on it

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    I'd be inclined to get a single mass flywheel rather than the DMF, unless the one they're sending is pretty much new.

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