Red Rattler Revamp

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Air cleaner done except I need to cut a ring and tighten it to the bell mouth as there is no way of clamping it to anything ImageImage
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Then I moved a bit of timber from a tree we cut down just before Christmas, now my back hurts ImageImage
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Had to move it so we could get to this as it’s off to FB heaven tomorrow , roof is a donor for the 2 door
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Ben see neez an suk in zee gutz….


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Just in case anyone is still watching, here is todays progress - got the front end back together
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Unfortunately the lowered springs along with drop spindles and HR front made it a little impractical Image

Had a set of NOS stock height heavy duty springs so in they go - not enough lowness so they will probably come out again for a haircut - will see if it settles any during the week.

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Did some horn contact research and development- a Danchuk Chevy horn contact kit can be fairly easily modified to suit an FB/EK by using the following steps -

Start with this kit -
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You need to shorten the outer bit like so , knifed about 5mm out of it and superglued it back together -
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Then you need to take about the same off the contact line so

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And it will go straight in - and then if you are me you will find that the horn still doesn’t work because seeing as you modified the column it no longer earths through the bastard so you need to put a push button on the bloody dash ImageImageImageImageImage


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Mmmmmm.... working horn contact... 8)

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Hey Blacky
I had the same issue with Frank, drop spindles, lowered springs and HR front end = not enough height I used original standard HR springs and over time they have settled good to see the old slapper with her blouse on :lol:
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Blacky wrote: Sun Mar 10, 2024 11:52 pm
Had a set of NOS stock height heavy duty springs so in they go - not enough lowness so they will probably come out again for a haircut - will see if it settles any during the week.

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jeezus those stock springs must have been high

you girls are soft i had drop spindles, cut springs and crossmember mounts cut down :lol: or the chopped car had drop spindles and 2" lowered coils drove to Alice, all around Ayers Rock, all round Coober Pedy :wink:
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I would be more than happy to leave it as it was but its a bit hard to go around corners when the tyres rub on the guards with more then a quarter of a turn on the steering wheel :econfused: :econfused:
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Blacky wrote: Mon Mar 11, 2024 9:28 pm I would be more than happy to leave it as it was but its a bit hard to go around corners when the tyres rub on the guards with more then a quarter of a turn on the steering wheel :econfused: :econfused:
yeah that bit sucks really limits wheels and i also had to cut the inner lips out bashing them didn't do it and they still just rubbed, i also near tore the steering off on both cars with the steering hitting the road
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I had similar problems with your ex 2 door crs hr front end with drop spindles in the pv. No clearance on turns with the 15” rims so had to put in standard height hk, 1” longer than hr standard.
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Rim offset can make a difference obviously. I have 195/75 R14 on 6” Sampson magnums and custom HT 6” steelys. On the Sampsons, which sit out slightly further, they rub on tighter corners. On the steelys nothing. 2” lowered stock HR disc front with rolled guards.


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Not a lot of progress this weekend on the rattler with other stuff going on - fitted the boost gauge sensor and went to fit the new bracket for the ignition pickup but it’s about 8mm too thick - had to machine it down
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Now it fits
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Another month has come and gone and very little progress ImageImage
Sorted out the air intake bracket yesterday and mounted up the accelerator pedal , dipper switch etc
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Went to bleed the brakes today and the rear wheel cylinder is leaking, they have been in there 5 years now with no fluid in them so ordered 2 new ones

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Re: Red Rattler Revamp

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A trick I learned from Rob (with thanks).

The cast iron wheel cylinders are fine for daily drivers.

Anything that sits for more than a month between drives needs stainless-lined wheel cylinders.

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