Thursday, April 24, 2014

Wow! Who would have thought?

Million Dollar fire. This is the Mordialloc factory, not the one where the cars and design studio are. However, it's the factory where the money is made.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Trackace Wheel Alignment

I have found this device which does laser wheel alignment, toe in/out only. As this is usually what ends up being adjusted I thought it might be worth a shot, the theory behind it seems very strong. Its very portable so could be used at track days.

Plus I had the whole front suspension out of the Nagari Sports and rebuilt it so was setting up again from scratch.

So I spent my $145, as a normal alignment is $45-$75 and takes 3 hrs by the time you wait at the place! Then tried it on 4 vehicles, 1 had been aligned in the last few 1,000 kms so I was expecting it not to have moved or worn.

Mazda 6, done 2,500kms since last aligned was within 1’ or 0.1mm from the last setting, which equals perfect.

Ford Ranger 4X4 ute, done 11,000km since last aligned, was within 5’ or 0.7mm from the last setting.

So assuming the last settings were as per the work sheet it all seems to make sense and the product works very well. It’s very quick to use, about 3 minutes, which is good as you have to redo it each time you make a adjustment. It also recalibrates ever time its used so each measurement is perfect.

NSX which has done about 16,000km since last aligned was within Front 1.4mm and Back 0.7mm from the last setting. They say it works on 100mm ground clearance, which my standard 1995 NSX is to under the front lip, but I think you can make it work lower than that. They don’t say it will do rear alignment as its not checking with the front for reference (see web page) but it still gives a perfect aft toe reading.

I tried to “trick” the unit by making it read incorrectly but if you follow the instructions, it seems to be nearly idiot proof!

Video of it. It is actually better in real life.

Anyway I found it very useful and quicker than hanging around alignment shops reading old car mags! Plus I know it’s done properly…..

Scott B

Monday, April 21, 2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Who said Ford didn't build cars in SA?

This is the Ford assembly plant at Birkenhead before the site was taken over by James Hardie Industries.

Brooksfield nostalgia.

A few photos, 2 from Andrew F and 1 from Colin M.
Now you know where all the Topolinos went, although you could say that about humpies as well. At least all the Topolatsos were saved.
This is the John H Ellers push car which, when it wasn't doing its duties at Brooksfield, resided down the back of the West Terrace car yard, the site from where more than one Mark 7 was sold, including the orange one of Norm and Lisa's. I particularly recall that car in its early days for the door window mechanism which consisted of a strap and peg, just like the old bay trams.

How good is this?

Wonderful to see Tim's Mk.4 out and about at Tumut this Easter.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter must be coming up.

Motorists are asked to watch out for the sandgroper invasion as it heads Eastward on its annual invasion, wreaking havoc as it goes.
If spotted in your town please notify Dino's BCCA Facebook page as a warning to your community.

The Nagari nemisis.

I shouldn't really say that. This is the Mutton Corvette. I think the HO Nagari beat it as many times as it lost to it.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014