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In the Shed
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:thumbsdown: Hmmmm……. Not good.
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So had a crack at fixing the FB Valdez today, whipped the side plate off and found a dag from the head gasket sticking out , figured that had to be the problem Image

Cleaned up all the surfaces, and the old oil that was everywhere, carefully reassembled it all , did a rocker set, fitted my new sway bar , did an oil change, topped up the gearbox, and kicked her in the guts. Image







Still leaking the bastard- but not as much ImageImageImageImageImage




So I cleaned off the new rocker cover gasket, scrubbed the sealing surfaces with a scouring pad dipped in prepsol , checked the rocker cover with a straightedge and carefully reassembled it, let the sealant dry and tried it again- and the bastard is STILL leaking ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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Time for a red motor/5 speed conversion methinks ……….. fuggin grey motors ……


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Always remember the Plumber's Creed:

Do your best.
Silastic the rest.

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Measured up my rocker cover on the flattest surface in the shed , appeared the ends had about 20 thou or so clearance according to the feelergaugeometer so I took them to my mates machine shop and had them surface ground - he told me they were miles out , here’s hoping that was the problem. I initially had the Lanspeed one on the car but it leaked so I replaced it with the Speco one , now they should both be OK I hope Image

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Just cleaned it up a bit, threw it on and no leaks ImageImage dunno for how long …..

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8) 8)


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Got a sexy new exhaust tip to dress the old girl up ImageImage

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Zim pirate inspired, or D9 Cat transplant? :lol:

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Dat should evacuate tha fumes good…


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Had a package turn up on Friday , the radio I bought from Greg EK283 has been repaired and is ready to install in the ute ImageImage big thanks to Greg Bell from the QLD club who sorted it out for me ImageImage
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Radio looks good Blacky.

Apart from cleaning up did you get anything else done to it ?

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Bloody good bloke mr bell.


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EK283 wrote: Tue Sep 05, 2023 10:15 am Radio looks good Blacky.

Apart from cleaning up did you get anything else done to it ?

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Yeah he had to replace all the capacitors in it they had dried out which is pretty normal for a radio of that vintage
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Blacky wrote: Thu May 18, 2023 4:08 pm Measured up my rocker cover on the flattest surface in the shed , appeared the ends had about 20 thou or so clearance according to the feelergaugeometer so I took them to my mates machine shop and had them surface ground - he told me they were miles out , here’s hoping that was the problem. I initially had the Lanspeed one on the car but it leaked so I replaced it with the Speco one , now they should both be OK I hope
I had a similar problem with a grey motor Stromberg carb body. I used a flat alloy plate with some 400 wet and dry to lap the top of the body until it was level. Sealed beautifully after that (no sealer - just the gasket). I guess 60 plus years of being heated up and cooled down will warp anything made of thin alloy...
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Had a couple of little jobs on the ute to knock over so got into it this arvo seeing as we have a club run tomorrow- had a steering box brace sitting there for a few months now that needed fitting so I thought I would start with that .
Bolted it on , drilled a couple of holes and job done - simples Image
Next - speedo cable replacement and install new corrector box for the Tasmans , out with the old and in with the new - easy ImageImage
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Jacked up the back of the ute to test the cable , kicked her in the guts, foot on clutch and BANGImage️ clutch return spring broke on me ImageImageImage
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Ran up to EKMart before they close and picked out a replacement
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Removed, wire wheeled and painted, so while that is drying time to fit the new club Numberplate frames
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Now to fit the bloody spring, and we all know what a fun job that is - then back onto the rattler .


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