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February 5th 2007 - This was the day that I'd satisfied myself that I'd finally finished cutting out all of the rust. It was almost like a huge milestone in itself. I am by no means a panelbeater and would never make a good one for how much time it took me to get it all done.
April 1st 2007 - Wheeled the car outside and gave it good clean inside and out. There was paint and bog dust from asshole to breakfast time. This is when I found out that bog dust is flammable cos it went thru the guts of my vacuam cleaner. 6ft flame front coming out the back of a $39 target special made for pleasant entertainment - also found out that my chosen tshirt of the day was made out of nylon and doesnt handle heat very well.
Wheeled it back inside and underbody blacked it.
And then came the fun part - spent the next month rubbing back guide coat WOOHOO. I tell ya if anyone out there has never rubbed back primer and guide coat then u havent lived.
Now came the tricky bit, I still hadnt decided WHAT COLOUR? A mate had 4 litres of silver fox which I considered for a bit. I pondered on the silver, wild violet, phantom, a mazda 3 copper colour, heritage green, blueprint, the new toyota blue, neo and probably a million others before settling on this blue.
April 29th 2007 - Painted the inside of the boot black, the door jambs, boot jamb and engine bay blue. I reckon it takes longer to mask everything up than it does to do just about everything else.
Around the beginning of May the weather starts to cool down pretty quick. I had the car off the rotisserie and masked up and ready to go for the top coat. It either rained or was too cold for the next few weeks to paint it. Along came........
Thursday May 10th and they forecast 29 degrees in the city which means low 30's where I live and 40ish in the shed. This was going to have to do. I took a day off work and put the colour on. Didnt turn out too bad considering I dont know shit about spray painting.
Last photo just shows how easy it is to modify and fit a parcel shelf and speakers when there is no rear windscreen fitted.
The front end in the engine bay shot is only temporary to get it rolling when i took it off the spit. Am I the only person who can dismantle a near perfect body and then never get the panels to line back up again hell of high water?
A cut and buff to come and then it's reassembly. The epic continues.........
__ Saturday 12th May - Time to start reassembling and touching up of the fiddly bits. I pulled the front end out, stripped, cleaned, painted it and reassembled it with all new bushes. I'll have to blow the dust off the gear I have in the cupboard for doing wheel alignments now......nah I'll do it by eye for the time being and put that in the "TO-DO" list.
Saturday 7th June - Basically now was a time to reassemble and clean stuff up, anything to prolong me having to rub it back, cut and buff it. Diff got the same treatment as the front end, with all new bearings and a LSD centre.
Saturday 23rd June - You know how you get those feelings running through your mind that you've forgotten something?? Yeah well I did, I didnt trial fit the radiator before I painted the engine bay and guess what? It didnt fit, I had to scallop the radiator support panel out, and then repaint it. Bloody magic, it fits now.
Saturday 7th July - Somewhere in there I got time to refit both windscreens, all the glass and window mechanisms, inner door handles and all the rubbers. I also rubbed it back, and it got it's cut and buff. Now for fun bit. I'd spent so long putting this engine together and making everything look the part I finally got to put it in. The first photo is the trial fit, the other two are in-progress shots when I made the wiring loom for it.
August 5th - Lets start putting the interior back together.........and while we're there let's wire that up too.
September 8th - I bought a Hurst Indi shifter cheap on eBay. I've used heaps of B&M shifters before but never a Hurst. I wish I had've discovered them earlier. I reckon they shit on B&M for overall design, functionality and they dont look so cheap, pissweak and tacky. Where this thing kills a B&M is that it has two shift modes; a normal shift mode where it selects gear like a standard shifter and a "race" mode where it ratchets thru the gears like a B&M. Also the shifter handle feels more natural to hold, even if it is designed for LHD. These show the box I made to fit the shifter.
September 16th - Dragged the car to work, bought a box of mandrel bends, couple of mufflers and a length of pipe. Put it all together and it looks like this. For the record, this is what a "too-quiet" system looks like. And for all those custom exhaust experts in Perth who reckon you cant do it, yes it goes OVER the diff.
October 20th - That was it, a few minor adjustments here and there, a few loose ends to finish off and we're ready to rock n' roll. One week to go until All Ford Day and we were sort of on schedule. 3.5k's into it's maiden voyage and all is well. There's no bumps and rattles, engine sounds good and I got a horn a cat couldnt scratch. 3.6kms(I know this because the speedo/odometer is brand spankin) and it makes that sound we all know and love where something goes bang and bounces metal bits off the road back into the floorpan. I rolled to a stop, poked my head underneath and the pool of transmission fluid told me I needed a tow truck. EVERYTHING on this car from bumper to bumper is rechromed, reconditioned, or new. The irony in this is the only part of the whole car I didnt do myself let me down.
October 24th - Found a big hole in the extension housing, stripped it down and the governor was fubar. Fixed it all up and in theory it's all hunky-dory. I dont know for sure as I only drove it to the end of the street and back just to make sure it works. As it stands now(November 17th 2007) it still only has 7kms on it as I'm too scared something is gonna go ping again.
These are just a couple of Before and After shots I glued together. They show what a bit of chrome, paint, spit and polish can do.
Well thats it for the time being on this one. The future is by no means certain and no plans have been laid in concrete. No doubt before by the time I update the page again I'll have run the engine in, laid a strip somewhere and clocked up it's first oil change. Until then, thanks for your interest. If you have anything to say or ask, feel free to hit the contact link at the top.
November 6th 2007: I took it out for it's first serious blat, all went well except for this "zing" at higher RPM. Never heard anything like it beforeand wasnt much so I didnt bother about it until I got home. At higher RPM the engine fan got sucked forward and hit the radiator - not enough for it to leak but it still raised an eyebrow.
With that the fan and pulley went on ebay, I welded up the water pump and fitted an electric water pump with an electronic controller. I also had a custom allow radiator made and it has 4x8inch thermo fans mounted aboard. Will never get hot in its life.
I had every intention of fitting a single T70 turbo to it and this is the unit I bought. Probably will never happen now.
June 10th 2009: One of the few things I wasnt happy with was the paint. I got it pretty close the first time around but there were imperfections that I would spot everytime I walked out into the shed so I had it professionally painted. This took 18 months!! not bad considering I was promised 4-6weeks. This is what it looked like when it came back.
August 3rd 2009: Now that it had an alloy radiator fitted the only thing left in the engine bay to draw bad attention was the air cleaner and dirty old holley. Holleys are a waste of energy but as this car is dedicated LPG it only serves as a throttle body. Introducing a K&N air filter and chrome 650 vac sec holley.
August 9th 2009: It still needed something else so I had a play with photoshop and a few different designs for pinstriping. This is the one that I decided on.
October 10th 2009: Along came Wazza to save the day and remove the old purple tinting and chuck on a fresh layer of AT18.
The running, finished, driving, "I'm happy with it" product :)
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