The car is getting close I Have two weeks till we want to use it. Still have to get a rego check on it hopefully next week. it feels like it's not moving along that quick but I guess a lot of the stuff that has been done aren't going to been seen. Last weekend pulled the rear window out to replace the rubber. And was greeted with rust along the top and bottom of the window about 30cm each. So repaired that then decided to paint the roof as it had surface rust from sitting in the barn (always sounds better than coming from a barn than a lean to off a shearing shed) took it back to bare metal put rust converter filled holes primered ad painted. That took Saturday arvo and some off Sunday List so far New wheel bearings front and rear New rear brake shoes Rebonded front shoes Machined drums New sway bar bushes New brake slave cylinders,master cylinder,hoses,pipes,brake light switch New fuel lines New electric fuel pump New aluiminium radiator Newengine mounts New radiator hoses New starter motor Reconditioned alternator New spark plugs New points Installed 170 persuit engine Painted engine bay New shocks front and rear New uni joints Underneath painted New carpet installed seat belts front and back New door rubbers,rear window rubber Repaired rust in boot, rear quarter panel bottom of doors Installed tow bar Straightened and polished chrome strips Painted and installed new tyres on rims Repaired steering wheel and painted I'm sure there is more little things the last 8 week or so have gone quick getting to work early working lunch and leaving late then weekends I'll have to load some photos not that it looks much different from when we started Jarrad ( mr jp63)
It's always good to get an old car back on the road. I've always been a ford person so I'm doing my little bit to keep the history going next is my mk1 cortina.
Got a few things done today Got dash lights going Finished wiring for Anderson plug to charge battery in caravan Finished putting horn button on Finished lubricating window regulators and installing window seals Installed door mirror
Yesterday Put rear window in Put door rubbers on Installed parcel shelf
We have pt a permit on it for three days so hopefully get a few things done tomorrow and test drive if all ok I will bring it home Wednesday night and get the inspection for rego on Thursday fingers crossed
So Thursday i went for a id inspection on the car it has been sitting for 20 years and the rego plate that was on it was not assigned to it any more. Me and my dad got there just before they opened we talked to a couple of guys there before us they start complaining about the inspection one had been to another site and had been there the day before for 4 hours and they couldn't fine the engine no. The other had an inspection on a trailer that had no reflectors on the front of it. When the first guy gets to the counter he starts complaining that the other site that they told him the wrong place for the engine no the guy behind the desk shuts him down and tells him he knows where the engine no is. So I fill out the form wait a couple of minutes and get called up ( there's only three guys there one on the desk and two inspectors) I drive the car in the guys saying how his dad would love the car take a seat or. Enjoy the sun shine wait for a bit he ask what year it is then comes back with the papers and said head the the registration office. Mean while the first guy is only just getting inspected and still telling the guy how to do his job. happy as a pig in shit at this stage a quick inspection no light check nothing just checked body no and engine no. head to the rego office right down engine size ,seating capacity and year pay some money and all done hour and a half later car is register. Got to love south Australia for that the car did about 100 km after that went to pick up some towing mirrors that fit on the bonnet for 10 dollars dropped the kids of at my sisters so we can go out for our 9th wedding anniversary another 70 kms today to work and back. this weekend will be a test run with the caravan for next weekends vintage and classic caravan weekend at Meningie all good so far no real problems
It was quick but I had a dead line and when I want to do something I'm on to it. the cortina I have had for 15 years I got it my first year of my apprenticeship its one car that's not going anywhere. i managed to get it into street machine ford magazine years ago doesn't look like it now it's going through a rebuild at the moment.
This was going to be the tow car for the caravan but it only weights 800 kilos and the van would have to be close to that loaded It's Got the power and the brakes but it's was a bit close on weight for my liking
Over the weekend we made the trip to Meningie in the Falcon with the van in tow. We had such a great weekend and managed to catch up with a few forum members, and with almost 50 vans on display there was no shortage of vans to explore and admire.
The trip took us just over 2 1/2 hours (only half an hour longer than in we where in the modern tow car) and our only real issues where at the ferry at Wellington. The temp started to go up once we where stopped On the ferry, and then We made a rookie error and didn't take the sway bars off so when exiting the ferry we managed to put a bit of a bend in the tow bar We won't forget them again...
Overall a great weekend, and can't wait for the next one.