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    '80 720 KC truck, '73 Beetle sedan
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  1. Well, you're in good fortune my friend. One of their many branches across Alberta is actually in Edmonton. Its location is in the northwest and goes under the name of All West Glass. They expedited it for me the very next working day. When you pick up the parcel it'll be wrapped only once in perforated cardboard. Definitely bring a blanket with you to ensure its safe journey home. My windshield part number was FW00413, dimensions are 55" x 25", for a 1980 720 King Cab. You can purchase separately and DIY or have them install for you for an additional cost. Either method is realtively inexpensive.
  2. An update, with regards, to the obligatory windshield. ( The exiguous and somewhat non existent component ) During my travels back in Alberta, an unprecedented stop at a glass shop emerged and I had a conversation with the office attendant. Despite the reason for my visit, I couldn't resist the temptation to inquire about aforementioned windshield. With little luck ( no conclusive findings ), as expected, we exchanged contact info. After returning to the Island a few days later, a serendipitous incident occurred. I received, via that Glass Shop, an actual place and location to which confirmed the availability of a windshield. OMG! Thank you for your diligence office staff attendant. So now I'm focused and excited to obtain this item. I then called the business to which I had been directed and was disappointed when I heard of their location, too far away to make another immediate trip. Further conversing lead to an alternative plan that would be more doable. It was delightful to know they had other branches across Alberta but only in said Provence. A plan was formulating. With a contact I have near one of their locals, I proceeded to acquire the parts for replacement and ordered them. Given the timeline and nature of my return to that area, we managed to arrange a day where we both could pick up the new windshield and seal. Done! Only one acute disruption interfered with it being in my possession back home, I had flown to that destination. No big deal, it just meant a further delay in repairing the truck. The windshield was mildly wrapped in perforated cardboard and therefore subject to any incidental accidents. Simple enough, with plenty of access to materials, I constructed a wooden crate that surrounded the glass. This prevented any minor mishaps and gave it an external perseverance with easier handling capabilities. Unfortunately, my contact lived too far away as well, closer yes but still in Alberta. Oddly, the path of the crate continues, as a transferor accepted responsibility to retain my illusive but well traveled package. This other contact stepped up and it now resides somewhere in central BC, still too distant a trip, some 600 km away. Please don't judge. I'm not in any hurry. Sure, putting it on a transport and expediting it here would be the norm but I enjoy the basic, fundamental execution of a journey, with little to no overcharged transactions, I control the costs. Besides, everyone loves a great storey. Am I right?! Early October is in the works...
  3. G'day to you all, I do hope everyone's instauration on their projects has been positive? I've noticed a few Ratsunities have nearly completed their missions, congrats. Well, I must confess, my instillments on said matters barely scratched the surface due to the insuperability with locating the necessary component to effectively migrate Helios to Island life . My dilemma remains with an unattainable item, referred to as a windshield ( mine will not pass the safety inspection report ) and I've enervated even the most resourceful people in the industry. Apparently my quest is now shifting to the only places that rarely inhabit these obsolete vehicles, let alone the perfect, unobscured glass. If any of you kind souls out there are inclined to aid in the scavenger hunt that has now been bestowed upon me, I'd be so grateful for any lead. Take care and stay safe, cheers!
  4. Greetings fellow Ratsunites, I have had a slight sabbatical in the interim from updating because of experiencing a 'glitch' or a 'slight technical difficulty' with entering any comments on this message balloon. Actually, I couldn't, but problem has resolved itself ( go figure? ). A transition in living accommodations and relocation coordinates have been a priority in our lives of late, which also contributed to the delay. I just unboxed this computer to address an update and disclose said tardiness. Update: Helios has been running better this year because of earlier carburetor refinements from last year however, during an outing and feeling very spunky, my right foot suddenly became extremely heavy and from a full stop Helios decided to engage into a gallop. While shifting gears to keep up, something unexplainable occurred to which Helios stumbled and fell into a despondent state. No longer did he encompass the energy of a wild horse but rather that of a half beaten plow horse. A serious foisting impact had been placed upon me during a routine jaunt. No matter, we Ratsunites engage when circumstances summon us. Turns out my heavy foot has found a weak spot in the firewall where the throttle accelerator is mounted ( no rust observed ). The super hard thrust impacted and physically shifted the metal underneath the pedal. It buckled, causing a shorter throttle stroke and choked off the travel to the carbs, hence the half assed response. Me thinks some modification is in order to rectify said condition. Has anyone else experienced or had this phenomena happen to them?
  5. Here’s an odd ball question.... I have a 1985 200SX CA20(E) and a 1980 720KC L20B. The question is what parts off of the 200SX will be compatible with the 720? I would think the 5 spd tranny but would like confirmation. Which other parts would work? Thanks in advance
  6. Rat-a-tat-Dat

    My 1971 521

    Here's an easy fix to attach the cable to the brace. Whoa! Very fuzzy but the implied is there. Drill a hole suitable to fit a 1/8" bolt with the head chopped off, curve bolt to arch desired and tighten with nut, clamped cable.
  7. Rat-a-tat-Dat

    My 1971 521

    Apologies d.p., my set up is actually on a 720 KC but my cable isn't much longer then yours. It's bolted to the f/w btw. On the centre pull cantilever, there's a pivot ball end, this can be modified or replaced with something that came be drilled out and pass the cable through which can then be anchored off. Liking the Kameari heat shield.
  8. Rat-a-tat-Dat

    My 1971 521

    Here I used the cantilever linkage off a Hitachi (original) 720 L20B carburetor. Attached to Redline's dual throttle linkage, centre pull set up. The support bracket is simple enough, just drill the holes to accommodate the U-bolt that will hold the cable.
  9. All good advise, so no worries. Sent me in the right direction so I'm actively engaged now. But seasonal changes are upon us and thus a cessation in carburetion refinement. Helios is stabled and at rest! Cheers!
  10. Oh my, oh my, what a subtle difference. Hadn't taken too long to install and the throttle response was immediate. Better idling, smoother transition through the rpm's and the overall carb characteristics have improved. A few minor tweaks with the synchrometer and they'll be all set up with these new tubes. I imagine this step is one of many, but for now, a noticeable improvement for sure. Next is figuring out the main jet and air corrector jet numbers. Q: I did notice on a couple of the jetting tube arrangements (after installing the new emulsion tubes), that two are sitting higher when all are bottomed out (stacked hight). It doesn't seem to affect the performance, so it can't be a serious problem, right? I had removed them to verify proper fitment and checked for restriction but all looked normal.
  11. One hell of a wait but they finally arrived, the new emulsion tubes for my Webers are here! The time for patience is over and before the days light rests in the west, Ol’ Helios’ gallop will quicken.
  12. Sorry, didn't answer your question. Aluminum heads need to be heated up first, usually a propane torch will do, but just heat the area slightly. With the right size hammer, guides generally come out in 15~25 strong, steady blows. Make note of any guides that come out looser than others and if you find a stubborn one, not much movement, try using an air hammer. Take measurements of the guides bore I.D. by using a snap gauge, dial bore gauge or a micrometer. Not sure of the actual tolerance here but I think you can buy oversized guides if required.
  13. Other options, instead of replacing valve guides, are knurling or valve guide liners.
  14. Still waiting for the emulsion tubes to arrive from the UK. Been over three weeks, Covid-19 delays, I'm sure. But look what I found in the mean time.... Waking by a truck in town, these 6 bolt rims just happened to catch my eye. 15x7's! They were not in the best presentable state, with exposure to the elements the surfaces were degraded. The owner was in good spirits though and parting with them was well, what he said, "It was meant to be". After hours of clean up, elbow grease and more elbow grease, they started to shine, literally. Unfortunately, half of the rims didn't make it to an acceptable finish. The original finish had been eroded away, leaving only a flatter shine. Tried several methods of polishing techniques but to no avail the difference between them is quite noticeable. Maybe pair the rims together, best ones on the right side and the worse ones on the left, lol. Here, you can see the dullness in the top and left rims. Much shinier in the right and bottom ones. Thinking that I could Plastic-Dip them into whatever colour works for the truck. Compelled to go with a strong WHITE. Thoughts?
  15. Alas, time verses the dime paradigm Credits to your insight Mike
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