Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Justin @ Snetterton.

Dodgy gearbox and all.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

What? There's 2 of them!

Cars & Coffee, Unley, today.

It's OK, I'll just push us back up.


Justin's dilemma.

I've not had enough experience to answer Justin's question positively so it's over to you experts. Please respond.

Hi John, I think I have no choice now. My efforts to trace the jumping out of 3rd and the leak have run a ground.  I'll have to remove the whole show.

Are there any clever tricks you know of to get the box out without removing the engine?

IE: has anyone ever cut the panel out of the bottom of the chassis from the rear mount back to reveal the extension housing of the gearbox and then bolted it back in?

If this is possible I could easley get the box out with or without bell housing? Or would it not go back far enough to release the input shaft.

One last thing before I dive in. When you undo the detent bolt in the side of the box between 3rd and 4th should the spring "push" against the bolt? I've also put a very strong magnet over the bolt hole and nothing came out?

Aaagh
Justin

Justin Murphy
Producer/Director

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

$35,000 SA Mk.7 for sale.

Hey, that's Jon Gutte's old car.
My 1968 Bolwell Mk VII is in good condition and has done very low miles on a Chris Milton 186 engine. Built to Torana LC XU1 specs, triple SU carbies, X2 exhaust, Holden M21 four speed gearbox. Torana front end, rack and pinion steering and discs. The rear end has a locked Holden diff with drum brakes, coil over adjustable shocks, watts linkage and trailing arm suspension. Wheels are 15 inch Simmons mags. Always garaged. A comprehensive detailed book and receipts of the history and build of the car comes with it. It's on club registration which is non transferable.

Check it out on Carsales.

BA Falcons recalled.

All models of Ford’s BA Falcon are urgently being recalled after multiple reports of traction loss in late-night back street settings such as industrial estates and incomplete residential developments.
The popular BA Falcon, built between 2002 and 2005, was available in a wide variety of 6 and 8 cylinder configurations and with a wide range of body styles including sedan, utility and station wagon versions.
All 281,197 BA Falcons produced are affected by the recall with most of these still on the streets.
“Time and again we get called out to reports of a vehicle doing so-called “burn-outs”, “donuts”, “skids” or “drifting” in isolated areas” said Constable Airquotes, from Betoota East Police Station.
“However, when we get there, the driver explains they were just minding their own business, legally driving through a deserted area in the middle of the night, when suddenly their vehicle unexpectedly loses control and skids all over the road, sometimes for an extended period of time”.
The Constable added that, whilst rare, other types of vehicles were sometimes found performing the aforementioned stunts, however, these losses of traction were generally found to be intentional.
“It has reached the point where we can’t just say it is a coincidence that the BA Falcon is over-represented in these types of incidents. I would say that 9 times out of 10 a late-night loss of traction incident involves a BA Falcon, and in all of these situations the driver says the vehicle is to blame. In fact, just last night a unit returning from an unrelated call-out noticed a BA Falcon performing “burn-outs” in the Betoota Grange Industrial Estate.”
“Luckily, just as we arrived on the scene the driver was able to regain control of the vehicle and turn it off, but from the markings, on the road it was clear that he had been trapped inside the out-of-control vehicle for an extended period of time. It must have been quite a traumatic experience, especially for a P-Plater. The young man was certainly very shaken up when he was talking to us”.
In a recent Press Release, Product Safety Australia said that all owners of BA Falcons should immediately engage their hazard lights and drive very slowly to their nearest Ford dealer for a free software re-map to quickly correct the problem.
In the meantime, Constable Airquotes said there are steps that BA Falcon owners could take to minimise the risk of unexpected traction loss.
“Firstly, avoid driving at night, especially around underpopulated areas which seems to trigger the problem. Secondly, avoid disengaging the “Traction Control” feature, as this appears to aggravate the issue. Thirdly, where possible avoid replacing the rear alloy wheels with stock wheels, as this also seems to make the loss of traction much more likely”.

This looks serious.


Thursday, February 6, 2020

Part of the change from front to rear power units.


Everyone's different.

Here's a couple of club members enjoying what The Bend has to offer.
And then there's this bloke.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Back in the 70s.

This is actually a photo of a TC outside the gates of Sandown Park.
But check the Nagari. It's on "L" plates.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Currently on Just Cars.

This Mk.7 bobbed up a year or two ago. Doesn't seem to have changed a lot. Looks pretty good. Might be a good project for someone.
Rare vehicle, 90% complete project, built with all new parts, 186S Holden Six, Celica steel case 5 speed G box , hopper stopper brake upgrade, new super light wheels and tyres, instrument cluster, eligible for club rego.Too many things to list, phone for complete info.

Here's an interesting one.

Very rare find, one owner since the early 1990’s registered as a Datsun Turbo powered LPV based on a VW Type 3 pan This is one of 6 ever made and only one of two known to have been registered in Australia, making it rarer than the Ferrari 250 LM it was based on, for what its worth 😜 The owner has begun modifications to improve the handeling and overall look of the vehicle as well as upgrading the power train to an MR2 3SGTE and LSD gearbox, it comes with brand new Wilwood 4 spot brakes and 340mm rotors machines and fitted to GT4 front hubs and carriers, brand new Custom ROH Modular 3 piece wheels with new tyres are also included with the sale The car is located east of Perth and the buyer will need to arrange transport the Car is set up on casters so is able to be moved easily I am selling on behalf of the owner, sale is due to ill health, please contact me via PM and I will answer what I can and will put you in contact with the owner

Kapunda - week 110

Every Australia Day the Kapunda Chapter of NARC and the Barossa Club and the Gawler Club get together for a picnic and this year was no exception and here's a few cars that caught my eye.
This is not a Sunbeam Talbot but a London Talbot of 1936. For years Brian Cullen had a 1949 or thereabouts Sunbeam Talbot identical to this except for the wire wheels. Apparently Rootes Group took over the English side of the Talbot company in 1936.
This is Fred Chapman's 1929 Graham Paige. He's 74, same as me. Anyway, he acquired this car when he was 16 or 17. He and I were young bucks together in the VSCC in our late teens.
And this clubbie, an ASP, I think and not to be confused with this other yellow SA made clubbie from the same club that used to be a regular at these events.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Yet another JWF turns up in the UK.

If we don't watch it, they"ll end up having more than us.

Yeah!


Tricked up like an AM


But it's a beautifully presented Buchanan.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

A Hunter tragic.

That's me, I've been that way about the J&S Hunter for a very long time, almost owning this silver one.
Seen here after running out of petrol on a bend.
Here's the well known blue one getting lots of stick.
But it was the appearance of this green one at Winton on the weekend that woke all this up.
And here's a very modified red one.

Looks like a bargain.

$14,500.00 in Bendigo.

Inside the Chrysler Bar at the Tonsley Hotel.


Lookalike?

This is the Status Minipower.
Supposedly it is the UK's version of the Ikara. Well, it does have a transverse rear mounted FWD unit (Mini) and it is a 2-seater with no doors but that's where it stops. It has a unitary body whereas the Ikara has a whole pile of bits that bolt onto the chassis to make a body. Here's a few of the bits..........

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

On 4 wheels.

And off to the exhaust guy to create inlet and exhaust plumbing.

Mainly for Simon.

Who asked about the background of Stacey's Mk.4B.
The car started life in Victoria as an ordinary Mk.4B roadster. An owner, also in Victoria, got busy customising the body. It went through a few colour changes and eventually wound up in NSW as the yellow car seen here. When the or a NSW owner decided to sell the car he could not find a buyer and so removed all that superfluous bodywork and it did eventually become sold. It did, though, retain that very heavy glass windscreen at the back of the bonnet. When it came to Kapunda it had the mag wheels seen here, a reasonably acceptable Celica engine and gearbox, large normal opening doors and generally performed quite nicely. Since Stacey has owned it, an unbelievable amount of work has taken place and is now recognised as a very fine example of  an original Mk.4B sports car .I'm sure Stacey in Perth, Graham in Sydney or Colin in Bangkok could provide us with names and dates to make the car's history more complete.