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slowlearner

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  1. That front panel appears to have a lot of "natural speed-holes". Fixing them will be fun. πŸ™„ I like the general idea though. In Europe people put all manner of motors in hotrods. Quite a few small hotrods got Datsun A series motors over here. I wouldn't mind building a "Bantam" like that... or a big sports car style rod with Jag running gear and suspension.... Hmm, ideas... Better finish what I have first. πŸ™‚
  2. Have you got a colour planned for this? Or are you going to sand it shiny and spray clear over it? πŸ˜„
  3. Love to see a pic of what you did under the wagon to fit the IRS. πŸ™‚
  4. Totally. I'm terrified of screwing that bit up. I'll cut it too long to begin with. πŸ˜‰
  5. I wondered if I'd got it backwards, cutting off the quarter first, but I figured I needed to know what was behind it too. I'm ordering the inner drop panel as well now. There are too many complex shapes in the drop panel and they're all around the edge I need to weld the outer panel to.
  6. Speaking of which... from 16:57. Some wagon fun.
  7. Thanks, will do. I actually watch these guys all the time. They do some amazing work. The 60' Fury is a total resurrection. https://www.youtube.com/user/coldwarmotors
  8. Whipped out the grinder this morning and got to work... There wasn't much Datsun primer left on the inside of the panel. I was going to graft the new panel in just under the bump hole. Then I saw rust between the two panels and cut another strip out, about an inch wide. What worried me more was the state of the bottom of the inner panel. Some of the pin holes can be welded up but a lot of that metal should be replaced. I'm figuring out what to do about that. I think small pieces grafted in is the trick. My main issues is the inner pa
  9. So procrastination over. By some miracle, I found my spot weld drill the other day. After struggling with the bumper, I ground off the paint and oiled up the welds. In the end I was able to get all the spot welds to come away. As you can see a lot of rust came out. That wasn't what worried me as much as this 1.5" hole near the bottom of the panel where I thought it would be solid. It was paper thin. This makes me wonder what the other side is like. 😞 Patina isn't looking so sexy anymore. The good n
  10. Had huge week this week. Yesterday was a 14 hour day and I hardly got back out of bed... in fact I started the day working in bed and only got up to keep smashing through until it was done at 4pm this arvo (Aussie for afternoon) missing breaky and lunch. Then it was done and bleh... I was out of brain. So into the shed to turn the car around and have a quick mess around. The car hasn't started well for months or idled properly, so I had another go at the choke. I swapped a different choke module in and it worked straight up. I think I could have made the other spring wo
  11. Just read your answer to my wife. Like usual, she rolled her eyes and said, "Hmm..." Guess I'm still on the hunt for those drugs. πŸ€”
  12. Re your motor, you might well get lucky and find out you have a good runner there. I was told my L16 was seized. Turned out to be an L18 with plenty of life and oil pressure after sitting around for 20 years doing nothing. If your compression is bad doing a quick hone with new rings is not super hard. On the subject of bodies, I got my first repair panel yesterday. I couldn't help thinking w.w.n.d., that is, "what would Noll do?" πŸ˜†
  13. How did you manage to get your wife to make you buy another old car? Are there drugs I don't know about I can give mine?
  14. What is that tiny port head on the bench? I like the factory "antilag" tubes on the exhaust manifold. πŸ˜„ BTW, sideways jump seat in the back of the Fairlady is so cool. I don't think we got them over here in Oz.
  15. That's fantastic! Congratulation on your Masters! Tell us about your thesis. What were you researching? What did you learn?
  16. Oh BTW, has anyone here had issues with there heater/fan switch? Is that a known issue? Mine doesn't work.
  17. Am I the only one who likes watching this guy? https://www.youtube.com/user/jaymz03ss His one-liners are #gold. Speaking of gold, the spending continues. After procrastinating for weeks, I stopped whining and bought one of these... https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/164195433176?ViewItem=&item=164195433176 I wasn't keen, but I realize that when I cut this open, likely story is that things inside this panel will not be great. I guess I could fake some patina afterwards. I'll see. I've also been buying EFI parts;
  18. For all the effort you're going to with a megajolt, may as well use one of these instead... https://www.diyautotune.com/product/microsquirt-engine-management-system-ecu-only/ You could use it as an ignition only module, add EFI later. It would also allow; boost control; Water injection pump switching; over-boost and lean-out protection, 2 step, etc. BTW, with intercoolers as cheap as they are these days, surely it's common sense to install one at the same time. Re boost and stock pistons. A lot of stock pistons will cope with more than 8psi. It's
  19. *drool* Sooo jealous. 😱
  20. Ok, so SUCCESS! πŸ₯‡ It seems like the missing connector was jammed under some relays adjacent to the fuse box. So I pulled it out and... it was so green it looked like it had been buried underneath pearl harbour. 🀒 Cleaned it up and ruined the planet some more with some contact cleaner. Put it all back together and it everything works a treat. Tested the horn and our dog went bezerk, coz 10pm at night was probably a bit late for that. πŸ• I have no idea how the rest of the system was working without the main power wire plugged in. Let's call it wifi? πŸ“» πŸ‘½ Seriously, I hav
  21. Weirdness… The car starts, the indicators and wipers work. But the lights don't. Hmmm, electrical mysteries. In other news, I did some quick maths and I've gone over my $15k budget. Not by much, but it's done. To be fair, I only need to buy a few more bits for the EFI conversion so maybe it's ok.
  22. The choke is broken. I think I'll need to swap over some parts from my other carb... Or I can give up and put the SUs on. That's a bit of a mission too.
  23. A lot to report. I was able to back the car out and drive it up and down the street tonight. Got a few smiles from some neighbours. πŸ˜€ However, the stupid carb won't let it idle properly. It just dies when she's warmed up. The clutch pedal is also making a weird grindy noise so I'll have to look at that. The dogleg is a little confusing. I suspect the brakes will need another bleed. Still, I will say the car goes a LOT better with a manual. It went ok with the auto, but it's snappy compared to the auto. I could smell some coolant though, so I'm not sure what's going on there.
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