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OK , stupid question maybe but that’s what I am good at - can you not use a solenoid and make an electric version ? Solenoid off a starter motor could be utilised , make the cables longer and hide it off the top of the rocker cover maybe down near the coil ???
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Yes, you could do that. You could also put a small solenoid on each carburetor choke lever. It is limitless what you could do if you had the skills, time or money. On the other hand you could do what Holden did and then have a cup of tea and digestive.
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I like your thinking Blacky - and your attitude Brett. My thoughts went straight to solenoid, or spring, or even weighted assist. But I generally come up with the hardest ways to do the simplest things.
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Update on body work: photos attached!

A car sitting in a Nissan showroom in Tokyo. Looked pretty wild.
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looks like a Japanese equivalent of a cyber truck ...........
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Those wheels might work on the ute?

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Very futuristic there Brett does it fly as well :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Oh shit, I meant Brett's ute of course.

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Updates:
Ute paintwork (clear) has still not been sanded and buffed which is appalling I know.
However, there have been some minor upgrades in the last few months and week:
The brakes are now working well, and the steering and alignment are pretty much as they should be on the road. It's still heavy around the yard but has good solid feel at speed.
I had a tonneau cover (what a strange word) made by United Trimmers in Goulburn, and it's a beauty. Had been waiting on the fitting of this before doing the paint buff.
Latest job was fitting an Ice Ignition system. A bit of overkill but you are only young once....A noticeable difference and something like 18 timing curves available at the flick of a switch. I am not using the vacuum advance function. Module is fitted under the passenger seat and the coil is mounted on the steering reinforcement bracket. Just needed to extend the existing coil and tacho wires to reach and also extend the module wiring harness 500mm to get the length needed to mount the module under the seat. If the under dash area wasn't crammed full of air con stuff, the module could have gone up in there. I had a knock-off black motor Bosch type on it and noticed a difference straight away. The other thing I noticed was that the full-on crackle in the radio dissapeared with it.
I spoke with the Ice people about a few things and they were most helpful. Based in Melbourne. The module has a blue light on it when activated, and it confirmed what I had long suspected: the ignition wasn't on when starter motor was engaged. Sorted that as well.
Air con update: it's a cracker! I have it on the lowest current setting and it cools the cab in a couple of minutes with outside temp at 31.
Fan update: I have been a bit concerned that there is no shroud around my engine fan and this is exacerbated by having the aircon condensor tacked on the front. Installed a 12inch Davies Craig fan with a radiator fin sensor unit to help. No dramas on the road before, but guage shot up 20 degrees in about 20seconds while waiting at roadworks so figured I need to do something.
Brett update: spent a few weeks in Japan to have a squiz. Very enjoyable.
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Sounds like you are really getting things sorted Brett, Barney looks pretty good in the picture the tonneau looks great.
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Thanks for the update and glad to hear it is going well. That ignition module sounds very cool. Tonneau is a funny word. By the way it refers to the rear cargo area, so pedantically, you have a tonneau cover. Don't rest a hot map torch on it like I did.....

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Great update Brett! Was really hoping to hear good things re Air Con. What size is your alternator? I have a crazy idea that I could put the AC unit in the boot instead of under the dash, and send the cool air up a centre console and return warm air via the rear parcel shelf - at the moment the idea is not very well formed or informed!
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Hi Scott. Alternator is 160 amps at 200rpm from memory. Not needed for the low setting the compressor is on- I think aircon pulls 40amps or so. Overkill. I should say as well that the unit is very quiet- you can't hear it running while sitting in the cabin even with the engine not running.
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Looks very tidy Brett and the tonneau cover fits great. You answered my other question re compressor current draw of 40amps, thanks. Don’t think my stock generator will get anywhere near that 🙁

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Easiest conversion job ever to swap from a generator to internal regulator alternator on a grey motor and well worth it.
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