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#151 OFFLINE   PhilA

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Posted 17 October 2018 - 05:23 PM

Old bent nail.

Impressive engineering there. At least you know it's well and truly rusted in place, with rust taking the weight of the vehicle...

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Posted 17 October 2018 - 05:39 PM

When you see the body shapes around the headlights you have to wonder if originally they intended to fare them in with a perspex cover or similar, and it was just American safety* regs on headlights that meant they didn't.



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Posted 17 October 2018 - 05:45 PM

I'm surprised to see vented discs, I'd imagined drums all round.


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Posted 17 October 2018 - 06:37 PM

Looking at similar era cars from different design houses suggests not- making stuff rounded and aerodynamic fell somewhat out of vogue by the late fifties, with flat shapes and angular designs taking over.

Right in the middle of the space race, everything had to be all Buck Rogers.


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Posted 18 October 2018 - 10:31 AM

Was it missing the shock absorbers (as it appeared to be in some older pictures)?

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Posted 18 October 2018 - 10:41 AM

One of the previous owners started to do a front suspension overhaul, by the look of the boxes of new bits in the boot I would of said back in the 80's. They had removed the shocks and the n/s front spring and have changed both ball joints and bushes on the n/s then it has all come to a halt. There are old shocks and the missing spring in the boot along with new top and bottom ball joints for the o/s. I have ordered up new shocks and hopefully a spring compressor that will do these springs, they are a bit unusual and need a special tool. It is coming along but I am now stuck for parts so won't do much more until next week.


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Posted 18 October 2018 - 11:20 AM

Have you smoke bombed the interior? You could get that sorted and give it time to clear before you tackle interior clean/fix/leccy other bits...... Have to be honest - I'd be using a flame thrower - just to make sure! 

Looks fantastic though..... any bodywork/chassis surprises yet?



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Posted 19 October 2018 - 04:42 PM

Have you smoke bombed the interior? You could get that sorted and give it time to clear before you tackle interior clean/fix/leccy other bits...... Have to be honest - I'd be using a flame thrower - just to make sure! 

Looks fantastic though..... any bodywork/chassis surprises yet?

I now have the smoke bombs but have spent the day doing other bits so haven't set one off yet. Today's mission has been to get the old girl to fire up. The carb leaked like a sieve so I have fitted all new gaskets so now it only leaks a little bit. After lots and lots of cranking which involved getting a new battery rather than my tired spare she went. Clouds of smoke and running lumpy but I think it will be ok. I can't run it for long as there is no coolant in it due to leaking core plugs, but it does go !!!!. I then turned my attention to the front suspension and the tool I bought managed to release the other spring so I could change the ball joint but I just can't get the bastards back in. I will have another go next week as I have had enough for one day now and stink of stale petrol. (I am running it with a gravity feed and the fuel pump has started working spitting shit old fuel everywhere.) I have got the weekend off now so will resume this next week


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Posted 21 October 2018 - 05:36 PM

Even though I have been away for the weekend I have had a little result. The wheels are odd on the car and I found out that the '65/'66 cars use different wheels to all the rest of the range and it is very difficult to find wheels that don't foul the calipers. It seems that the reason one of the calipers had been removed wasn't because of it sticking but the wheel fouling the caliper. After a bit of hunting I have been in touch with a guy who has a pair of wheels and a load of other parts including rear wheel spats that he will swap for my Mobyx moped. Unfortunatly he hasn't got a windscreen though so I am still in need of one but will have pretty much everything else.


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'02 Toyota Yaris (faded paint and some dents)

 


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Posted 22 October 2018 - 09:18 AM

Was taking munchkin swimming yesterday - spotted the front of this as we went past - so decided to show him what you've just imported........ This was rough as the proverbial....... 

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but looked incredibly 'up for it'

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disclaimer - not a yank-o-phile so this may be a different year/idel/trim - what of it?


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Posted 22 October 2018 - 02:16 PM

Was taking munchkin swimming yesterday - spotted the front of this as we went past - so decided to show him what you've just imported........ This was rough as the proverbial....... 

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but looked incredibly 'up for it'

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disclaimer - not a yank-o-phile so this may be a different year/idel/trim - what of it?

That is the one before mine the "bullet bird" 1960 to '63 I think. Anyway it runs !!! only a very short clip though as I didn't realise I only had a 64mb card in my camera and can't find the big one to try again. A couple of new core plugs have now been fitted as well so hopefully it will soon be in a state to run it properly.


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Posted 22 October 2018 - 03:34 PM

Was taking munchkin swimming yesterday - spotted the front of this as we went past - so decided to show him what you've just imported........ This was rough as the proverbial....... 
attachicon.gifT-Bird1.jpg
 
but looked incredibly 'up for it'
attachicon.gifT-Bird2.jpg
 
disclaimer - not a yank-o-phile so this may be a different year/idel/trim - what of it?


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Posted 23 October 2018 - 06:29 PM

Right lets have another go with a better SD card. It is running a lot better now and I have changed the oil and the fuel pump this afternoon. If I get time tommorow I will finish replacing the heater hoses so it holds water then plunb in the fuel tank which should now be empty of the horrid stale fuel.


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Posted 23 October 2018 - 07:40 PM

Ticks over nicely..............sounds sweet.


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Posted 23 October 2018 - 09:32 PM

I stopped at an intersection to let a car go by the other day. The car coming was one of the new "retro" T birds.

Then behind it were 3 (that is Three) gleaming pastel coloured ones like Mr Panhard's. It took me a while to recover  !


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Posted 24 October 2018 - 06:20 PM

Managed to get the front springs back in this afternoon. That is a job I do not want to do again, the springs have to be compressed by almost half their length which is a bit scary. So all the front suspension is almost done now just the new shocks and anti roll bar links to fit when they arrive and it will all be done. I also got the UK headlights fitted but no pictures as it was getting late. Tommorows job will be fitting the new fuel pump and a few new hoses and hope it will run off the fuel tank.


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Posted 25 October 2018 - 08:26 AM

Pictures from yesterday. I better do some paying work today even though I would rather carry on with it and get it driving.

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Posted 25 October 2018 - 08:53 AM

Love this. Those indicators are class. Cleaning it would scare me, not a massive fan of spiders. 



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Posted 25 October 2018 - 12:21 PM

Headlights look good, not screamingly Hx bulb fixtures either.

I have to admit I did eyeball those pictures for spiders... they do like to hide up in suspension turrets.


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Posted 25 October 2018 - 02:47 PM

I haven't see one live spider yet and only a couple of dead ones. There are a few egg sacs about though up in the suspension but they look dried out and no little spiders came running out when I squished them.


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Posted 25 October 2018 - 02:53 PM

The egg balls will be moist when you crush them if they're alive. Dustpan brush is great for clearing them and the webs out- I find the webs make my hands sting.

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Posted 26 October 2018 - 02:39 PM

Not a lot has happened today. The new fuel pump is on and connected up to the fuel tank, but it is pushing way too much pressure and flooded the carb so I have ordered a pressure regulator to calm it down a bit. Next up I got the hoover out and gave it a bit of a clean up inside. It needs a load more cleaning but that can wait until it is drivable. I have a new headlining on the way and if I can source a windscreen will pull the screens and get the roof painted before fitting the new screens and headlining. This is starting to get expensive so I might have to call a halt for a while until I have some spare cash again.

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Posted 26 October 2018 - 02:54 PM

That's a nice looking car. Better for having half the desert removed from the carpet too.

Need some more pictures of the dash, that's far out.

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Posted 26 October 2018 - 03:06 PM

That interior clean up made a big difference


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Posted 26 October 2018 - 05:28 PM

Does it have the Swing-Away column?


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Posted 26 October 2018 - 06:07 PM

That interior has cleaned up a treat, it’s so stylish compared with current plastic dungeons...
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Posted 26 October 2018 - 08:04 PM

Not had much time on the forum lately so must catch up on this. But, may I say, wowzahs, what a beaut!


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Posted 01 November 2018 - 04:23 PM

Well today was pretty much a free day and after having to go to Exeter to collect a box of parts after paying the rip off fees I have got nearly enough to get the turd driving. Not much in the way of pictures as I tend to just get on with it. First up both front calipers were rebuilt with new seals, pads and hoses. Then the front shock absorbers all fitted correctly, The bush kit that I ordered expecting it to be the front shock top mountings turned out to be front tie rod bushes, but luckily the old shock bushes were there and not totally buggered. I then fitted new rear wheel cylinders and attempted to bleed the brakes which has thrown up some more faults. The master cylinder has an internal leak and the rear brake hose which I hoped would be ok as it isn't cheap is blocked. So still not driveable and another couple of hundred quid getting spent. The front side lights are done though and amber lenses fitted to the front indicators which should help other motorists have a clue when I am turning.

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I love these rear lights though so have another pic

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The pictures make the front side lights look a lot brighter than they are so you will have to trust me that it is only side lights.


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Posted 01 November 2018 - 04:40 PM

That rear end profile is awesome!
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