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Title: My FE
Post by: Gropedawg57 on March 09, 2017, 10:05:05 AM
Hey everyone 👋🏻
I thought I'd start a thread and introduce myself.
I have been a freestyle motocross rider my whole life and was riding at a professional level over the last 7 years.

 In July last year I crashed a backflip and had a near-life ending accident resulting in a traumatic brain injury. After months in hospital and rehab (and still attending outpatient rehab 3 days a week now) I have sold my bikes and given up riding. I'm extremely lucky and grateful to be alive and making a recovery, so the second chance at life is a blessing.

Attending a few car cruises has since inspired me to take up a new hobbie, and thankfully my Grandpa has been holding onto his car for many years with hopes that a grandson would become keen to restore it.

So enter his 1957 FE Holden.
I'm super excited about this and can't wait to tackle the new project.

I have been busy getting hold of parts to get the wheels back on
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via eBay and from a Holden wrecking yard (thanks to a lady friend ;) and hope to get it on a trailer and take home soon. It is all a bit more time consuming ATM due to no drivers license thanks to the brain injury.

Anyway, here's a few photos. I'll keep updating this as I go and will certainly be in need of advice as I go too.
Cheers!

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Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Old_Mt_Isa_Boy on March 09, 2017, 10:10:04 AM
Welcome Gropedawg57 .

Hopefully all goes well with your rebuild. Where are you?

Regards

Wayne b


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Gropedawg57 on March 09, 2017, 02:45:11 PM
Thanks mate, I'm located in the Barossa Valley, SA


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Title: Re: My FE
Post by: DCE80 on March 09, 2017, 03:55:17 PM

 Since you are new to the scene you may want to check out the SA FE FC club annual show and shine on the 26th of March. Fixing these cars and obtaining parts is all about networking and shared knowledge. Come down for a look and a chat. It's never a better time to catch a bunch of these cars together in SA. Also the SA club Facebook page is worth a look for upcoming events. The forum is best for technical data though. Use the search function and you'll a treasure trove of info.
Dan
Annual Club Show and Shine.
When
Sun, March 26, 9am Ė 3pm
Where
Lefevre rec centre Osborne


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Gropedawg57 on March 09, 2017, 03:58:54 PM
Thanks for the invite!  Myself & the lady friend already have it in the calendar and planned to come out :)
Looking forward to it, I shall see you there!


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Oggz on March 09, 2017, 04:26:56 PM
That looks like a good project! interior looked in good nick, that steering wheel was mint!

Lets hope all the dust protected it and is not hiding to many surprises!

Good luck mate!

Oggz


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: RET on March 09, 2017, 08:18:25 PM
Elk Blue. Now there's a Grandpa with taste ;D

Best of luck with the project.


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Ken's 57 on March 10, 2017, 02:30:29 PM
With Teal on the roof. Perfect  ;) ;) ;)
Great find. Keep the pics coming as you progress.
Do you know if it still has the original engine?
Cheers, Ken


Title: Re:
Post by: Luke Healey on March 11, 2017, 12:15:20 AM
Welcome mate. I only joined 5 months ago and have found the guys on here extremely helpful

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Title: Re: My FE
Post by: customFC on March 12, 2017, 11:39:45 PM
You gotta love an old girl with family history.
Looks like a good starting point.
Looking forward to the updates.
Regards
Alex


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: collecta on March 14, 2017, 11:44:37 PM
Looks like a very good starting point, how long has it been under cover?
cheers
Scott


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Gropedawg57 on March 21, 2017, 09:02:28 AM
Looks like a very good starting point, how long has it been under cover?
cheers
Scott


Hey mate, it's been under cover for 50 years!


Barossa Valley

South Australia


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Gropedawg57 on March 21, 2017, 09:09:34 AM
Hey everyone, I'm happy to say that I was able to take my baby home on the weekend!
Thursday meant my friend and I put some railway sleepers underneath and dragged it back a meter so I could reach the front left wheel and put on, then we were able to drag it outside.
It's first time seeing the sun after 50 years of barn life!

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Barossa Valley

South Australia


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Longman on March 21, 2017, 09:14:39 AM
Excellent camouflage!


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Gropedawg57 on March 21, 2017, 09:18:43 AM
Sunday I hired a car trailer and my brother drove out to the farm to pick it up. We winched her up, took some photos then took her home for a bath, and then placed in my shed where I will spend many hours getting her back to her former glory!

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Barossa Valley

South Australia


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: DJ on March 21, 2017, 09:45:50 AM
Great photos. How is the inside?
Look forward to watching things progress.


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: DCE80 on March 21, 2017, 09:57:11 AM
Nice pic's.
Now I understand why people watch clips of things being unboxed on youtube. The unearthing (literally) of you FE is very satisfying to watch.
Good luck with getting her back on the rd.
Please don't let her become a unfinished project statistic.
See you on Sunday at the show and shine.
Dan


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: camxsmith on March 21, 2017, 11:13:59 AM
Excellent car..  keep the pictures coming, as we all love the journey just as much as your self.  ;D

Cam


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: ekute on March 21, 2017, 11:28:04 AM
What a beautiful car! It looks like it would be just about perfect as is, definitely shows it's history.




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Title: Re: My FE
Post by: pbh0069 on March 21, 2017, 11:28:45 AM
great to see a another FE in SA.

will catch up Sunday if you make it , for a chat

cheers Phil.  ( aka grumpy )   :D


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Stash on March 21, 2017, 12:36:40 PM
looks in reasonable nick considering how much dirt it was under.
Look forward to seeing it progress.

Welcome aboard.


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Gropedawg57 on March 21, 2017, 01:41:25 PM
Thanks everyone, as for my South Australian compadres I shall see you Sunday! I'll attach one more photo of myself and Grandpa so you know who to look for. This one is pretty special to me.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170321/bf32be3d654283f626d529311e5b10be.jpg)


Barossa Valley

South Australia


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: pbh0069 on March 21, 2017, 01:52:33 PM
great photo man

straight to the pool room with that one  ::)


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Ken's 57 on March 21, 2017, 03:19:54 PM
WOW!! What a great find.  ;D ;D


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: DCE80 on March 21, 2017, 04:16:54 PM
That is a ripper shot.
One that will be pulled out when you're Grandpa's age.
Keep the pic's rolling


Title: My FE
Post by: Gropedawg57 on March 23, 2017, 06:54:28 PM
Hey guys, I spent the afternoon cleaning up the interior and giving the windows a bit of a scrub.

It was cool cleaning out the glove box and pulling out some cool random things from the 50's.

The interior is in really good condition, so that was nice to see it after a bit of a tidy up.
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I shall see some of you on Sunday!

Adam


Barossa Valley

South Australia


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: ekute on March 23, 2017, 07:53:39 PM
Wow those boil dressings could come in handy.

You have some great history to preserve!


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Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Stewy on March 23, 2017, 10:54:46 PM
Great pictures Adam. Have a look at my FE wagon on Sunday as it is the same colour interior, Summit Blue and Cosmos Grey.
Make sure you bring with you the firewall ID plate numbers, the chassis number and the engine number if you can.
Looking forward to catching up.

Cheers Stewy   8)


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Gropedawg57 on March 24, 2017, 11:16:01 AM
Great pictures Adam. Have a look at my FE wagon on Sunday as it is the same colour interior, Summit Blue and Cosmos Grey.
Make sure you bring with you the firewall ID plate numbers, the chassis number and the engine number if you can.
Looking forward to catching up.

Cheers Stewy   8)

Hey mate I've got a photo of the number in the engine bay, guessing that's the firewall ID plate? I won't be going home to check more before Sunday sorry


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Title: Re: My FE
Post by: RET on March 25, 2017, 08:34:04 AM
That interior looks in great nick, all things considered. Thankfully it seems no local wildlife found its way into the car.

You've got a great survivor there, thanks for the pics.


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Gropedawg57 on May 08, 2017, 03:21:00 PM
Hey guys. Well it's been a busy couple months and I haven't gotten too far yet, I have given her a pretty good bath however and began pulling apart the steering draglink assembly late last week, giving one door a bit of a scrub and bringing  the original color out was fun and my mates have given the chrome parts a polish. All the essential stuff ha ha. More to come soon!

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Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Stash on May 08, 2017, 05:13:23 PM
looking good...


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Stewy on May 08, 2017, 09:21:59 PM
Great stuff Adam, Hope it didn't leak inside too much.

Cheers Stewy   8)


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: vmx-mxr on May 10, 2017, 06:46:46 PM
Another great story in the making and thanks for sharing it with us!

When you remove the floor mats get afew extra pairs of hands to help. If it is still in half reasonable nick appearance wise it is likely to be very fragile now if not handled with care.


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Gropedawg57 on May 15, 2017, 01:03:20 PM
Another great story in the making and thanks for sharing it with us!

When you remove the floor mats get afew extra pairs of hands to help. If it is still in half reasonable nick appearance wise it is likely to be very fragile now if not handled with care.

Thanks for the tip!


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Title: Re: My FE
Post by: LimeSoda on May 17, 2017, 03:44:15 PM
Such a nice story. It's godd that you've found a new way to live your second chance and you're doing a great job at the start.


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Gropedawg57 on July 01, 2017, 11:01:40 AM
Hey all- I have been busy pulling the draglink assembly apart, cleaning up the inner parts and replacing worn parts with others off one I got from another fellow FE enthusiast.
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I got a bit sidetracked last night and pulled the back seat out, climbed through the boot and opened the boot for its first time seeing light in 40 years. Rats & possums have had a nice home over the years so I am in process of cleaning that out at the moment.
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I had the find of the day when we pulled out an old sign- used after my Grandpa and Grandma's wedding.
There is a whole lot of history behind this sign so it's something special just like I'm realizing about this whole project
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Title: Re: My FE
Post by: DJ on July 01, 2017, 02:52:39 PM
The boot looks reasonable so perhaps not too many critters have stayed for long.
The sign sure is something special.


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Old_Mt_Isa_Boy on July 01, 2017, 04:39:32 PM
The sign find is incredible.

Regards

Wayne b


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Errol62 on July 02, 2017, 12:30:19 AM
That's a wonderful find dawg. Love that.


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Title: Re:
Post by: fe350chev on July 22, 2017, 09:44:18 AM
Some great pics there that's for sure. Hope you enjoy your build.

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Title: My FE
Post by: Gropedawg57 on August 09, 2017, 08:43:40 PM
Exciting times tonight.. we hooked up a battery (finally) and tried a few things out

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Turns out I can't load any videos here but, headlights work, indicators and it turned over for the first time in 45 years.
We put a bit of fuel in the carby and with clean spark plugs we got the beast to life! I'm so excited about tonight's efforts woohoo!



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Title: Re: My FE
Post by: camxsmith on August 09, 2017, 09:25:54 PM
Thats the awesome..  I love the shot with the lights on... its like the car is saying   "I have been waiting, now jump in lets go..."    So great work  and keep those picture coming    ;D


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Errol62 on August 09, 2017, 11:40:08 PM
Joy 👍👍


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Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Gropedawg57 on February 09, 2018, 08:43:39 PM
Howdy peeps, it's been a while between updates! I have pulled the diff apart to replace a broken axle on one side, pressed on some new bearings and painted her all up, finally got it all back together today in the chilly 39 degrees.

Thanks Daniel for all the helpful advice!

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Title: Re: My FE
Post by: ardiesse on February 10, 2018, 11:35:40 AM
Danger Will Robinson! Danger!

You have put your brake backing plates on reversed: left on right side and vice-versa.
The axle shafts will have to come out again.

The handbrake cable enters the brake below the rear axle, and the round hole for the wheel cylinder has to be at the top.

Rob


Title: My FE
Post by: Gropedawg57 on February 10, 2018, 12:46:34 PM
Dammit!! That's what happens when you have 4-5 months betweeen pulling it apart and putting back! Haha ok out they will come yet again. Thanks Rob 👍🏻


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Title: Re: My FE
Post by: vmx-mxr on February 10, 2018, 08:29:24 PM
This is why I like forums so much
Always someone there to lend a hand whereas FB would have 'moved on' before the problem was spotted  8)


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Gropedawg57 on February 11, 2018, 06:32:07 PM
This is why I like forums so much
Always someone there to lend a hand whereas FB would have 'moved on' before the problem was spotted  8)


Oh man, this forum is an invaluable resource for sure!


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Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Gropedawg57 on February 11, 2018, 08:29:16 PM

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I raced home and pulled it all apart, one side is back in and looking a lot better. 👍🏻


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Title: Re: My FE
Post by: mcl1959 on February 11, 2018, 08:48:40 PM
That's much better. Just check the amount of thread protruding doesn't foul the brake shoe. Hard to see the length in the picture. Factory had the bolts inserted the other way round.

Ken


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: ardiesse on February 11, 2018, 09:09:11 PM
. . . also -

That's a lot of U-bolt you have sticking out from the lower spring mounting plate.  Are the U-bolts replacements?  It might be an idea to cut them off just below the nuts (and I'm hoping you have a nut and a locknut at each corner).

Rob


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: DJ on February 11, 2018, 09:31:04 PM
Oh man, this forum is an invaluable resource for sure!

Yes, you can't go wrong with the support here. I agree with your comment about delays between dismantling & re-assembly too.
Looking forward to further posts.


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: freddyc on February 12, 2018, 08:39:18 AM
I can see a bigger problem, your using a carpenters hammer for mechanical work and it's new.
fred


Title: My FE
Post by: Gropedawg57 on February 12, 2018, 09:32:25 AM
The hammer was the closest at the time (in my work van) I'll get a proper one asap!

U bolts are certainly replacements and I do plan on cutting them off after I get hold of some bolts to act at lock nuts.

Ken: I'm guessing you're referring to the bolts on the handbrake assembly?? I'll turn them around if they are in the way.

**Another question**

I was about to put the brake shoes back on but they are original, which have asbestos in them correct?? They still have plenty of tread on them but would you recommend I get new ones and avoid giving the old ones any more use?


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Title: Re: My FE
Post by: ardiesse on February 12, 2018, 11:24:09 AM
If your brake linings are riveted onto the shoes, there's a good chance they'll contain asbestos.
But then - my FX, which is pretty much my daily drive, still has riveted brake linings.

As long as your old linings aren't soaked in brake fluid, then I reckon you'd be fine re-using them.  It's not like you're going to be driving the car a lot.

If you're really concerned about asbestos dust, don't use compressed air to blow out brake dust.  Wash the shoes in water, then leave outside to dry.  And if you need to give the linings a light touch with sandpaper to get rid of rust and dirt, do so outside.  Don't breathe the dust.

Rob


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Gropedawg57 on February 12, 2018, 12:04:21 PM
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locknuts 👍🏻


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Title: My FE
Post by: Gropedawg57 on February 12, 2018, 02:50:20 PM
If your brake linings are riveted onto the shoes, there's a good chance they'll contain asbestos.
But then - my FX, which is pretty much my daily drive, still has riveted brake linings.

As long as your old linings aren't soaked in brake fluid, then I reckon you'd be fine re-using them.  It's not like you're going to be driving the car a lot.

If you're really concerned about asbestos dust, don't use compressed air to blow out brake dust.  Wash the shoes in water, then leave outside to dry.  And if you need to give the linings a light touch with sandpaper to get rid of rust and dirt, do so outside.  Don't breathe the dust.

Rob

Yeah they are riveted ones, 3 are good,
And one that is soaked in fluid 👎🏻


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Title: Re: My FE
Post by: ardiesse on February 12, 2018, 03:59:40 PM
All is not lost.  Get an old saucepan, and about half a cup of (front-loader) laundry powder or dishwasher detergent.  Put the brake shoe in the saucepan, cover with water, add the powder, bring to the boil.  Bubble it up for half an hour or so, then rinse well with water and let dry.
If it's a rear brake shoe that's been fluid-soaked, you'll have no trouble at all.  If it's a front, particularly the primary shoe (that's the one with the two links), it may be a bit grabby for a while before it settles down.

Rob


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: RET on February 12, 2018, 07:27:09 PM
Put the brake shoe in the saucepan, cover with water, add the powder, bring to the boil.  Bubble it up for half an hour or so, then rinse well with water and let dry.

I just knew there'd be fire involved somehow...


Title: My FE
Post by: Gropedawg57 on February 12, 2018, 10:47:26 PM
All is not lost.  Get an old saucepan, and about half a cup of (front-loader) laundry powder or dishwasher detergent.  Put the brake shoe in the saucepan, cover with water, add the powder, bring to the boil.  Bubble it up for half an hour or so, then rinse well with water and let dry.
If it's a rear brake shoe that's been fluid-soaked, you'll have no trouble at all.  If it's a front, particularly the primary shoe (that's the one with the two links), it may be a bit grabby for a while before it settles down.

Rob
Cool! Thanks again. I will get to this in a couple weeks 👍🏻
It's the rear drivers side


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Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Errol62 on February 12, 2018, 11:23:28 PM
You may want to buy the cook some flowers when you start marinating car parts in the kitchen


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Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Gropedawg57 on June 05, 2018, 11:17:00 AM
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Drum brake soup this morning. I live by myself so I didnít buy myself any flowers haha


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Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Gropedawg57 on July 02, 2018, 10:56:39 PM
Pulled the water pump off this evening.. unfortunately the radiator never got drained so thereís a heap of rust.

I want to flush this out before fitting the new water pump, any tips on how I do this?
Iíll get more pics tomorrow.

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Title: Re: My FE
Post by: hsv-001 on July 03, 2018, 08:14:26 AM
When I got my old FC van back in the 80's it had been parked for decades [only 20k on the clock] ,and when I started to pull the old motor out I noticed the toe of a women's stocking clamped between the top hose and the radiator inlet. In amongst all the rust scale was the remnants of one of those old blue [copper sulphate I think] bombs in the gauze pouch that women would use to get washing white . If it were me I would put an old pump on there and use something like Barrs Buff in the water and run the engine for a few minutes and then put the garden hose in the bottom radiator hose and a few extra hoses on the top to divert the water away from the car and start and run the car until the water runs clean.
   


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Errol62 on July 03, 2018, 08:21:51 AM
Gurney is a good start. Then put the old pump back on and plug the outlet. There is an acid solution you can get at most parts outlets that will dissolve the scale and rust. Flush with the gurney again. Fit a radiator sock filter in the bottom hose to collect loose bits that will continue to appear and run an anti rust coolant additive.


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Title: Re: My FE
Post by: ardiesse on July 03, 2018, 10:14:19 AM
Or if you want to go to a huge amount of effort, pull the motor out of the car, take the gearbox and flywheel off, remove the welch plugs at the rear (1), left (3), right (2, inside the pushrod cover) of the block and get stuck in with a Gerni.

I'm only half-joking.  The welch plug at the back of the block is usually the first one to rust through, and it's a nightmare to replace with the motor in the car.

And since you've got the motor out of the car, it's an ideal time to check for badly seating valves.  And then you can do a really good job of cleaning the scale out of the block with the head off, if the head needs a service.

And then, because the motor's out of the car and the head's off, you'd do it a great favour by giving it a hone and rings and bearings.  And a replacement timing gear too.

See how easily things get out of hand?  I speak from experience here . . .

Rob


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Gropedawg57 on March 13, 2020, 09:11:43 PM
Well hello there good people!

I've certainly had a while away from this forum and I've got plenty to share of where my car is at. We've come a long way so ill start from the start..
After plenty of advice this has turned into a nut & bolt restoration.. first step was motor out thanks to help from my friend Vic.
Then a big clean up thanks to my jetter.

More pics tomorrow!

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Title: Re: My FE
Post by: my8thholden on March 14, 2020, 12:41:37 PM
G'Day Dawgy 57 ..I have just picked up your thread ..Great story so far ,I love it ,and can relate to it ,so pleased a young fella has followed his grand pa's passion..great original car with close family history ..i'll follow your progress ,cheers Vern .


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Gropedawg57 on March 18, 2020, 07:27:16 AM
Next it was time to strip the interior and get ready to send to the (evential) painters who got the car ready for dipping. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200317/af8de18d46f3a15d3821a423d77252e2.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200317/69fcb94658e2bf9616dfc4c15180d083.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200317/81d88a6f6f85bb2ac5b8d89fb5f2eb8e.jpg)


Title: Re: Re: My FE
Post by: Gropedawg57 on March 18, 2020, 07:30:25 AM
G'Day Dawgy 57 ..I have just picked up your thread ..Great story so far ,I love it ,and can relate to it ,so pleased a young fella has followed his grand pa's passion..great original car with close family history ..i'll follow your progress ,cheers Vern .
Thanks!

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Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Gropedawg57 on March 18, 2020, 07:31:22 AM
Does anyone know why these photos are loading sideways? Is there anything I can do?

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Title: Re: Re: My FE
Post by: Gropedawg57 on March 18, 2020, 07:37:10 AM

And then, because the motor's out of the car and the head's off, you'd do it a great favour by giving it a hone and rings and bearings.  And a replacement timing gear too.

See how easily things get out of hand?  I speak from experience here . . .

Rob

It's safe to say it got out of hand like you said.. we pulled the motor out, gave it a hone, 2 cylinders were cracked and had to get re- sleeved.

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Title: Re: My FE
Post by: ardiesse on March 18, 2020, 07:45:04 AM
I just noticed - the absence of ribs on the crankcase left hand side says to me that you have an FX-FJ motor.  Does the engine number have a letter prefix, or is it all numerals?

Rob


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Gropedawg57 on March 18, 2020, 07:53:51 AM
Then... Acid dip time!! It went on for paint removal dip bath, then rust removal dip.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200317/c740a5b946b5766f3b745ae4de8f20a1.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200317/50937dc88abb600b3ee8aaf7dbe4f934.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200317/e6edfffee110fe39ff0920a53b1c42c9.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200317/a2fe643cfea7f581e65f7139fe991ad9.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200317/d79bece2a44ae395d5e36f59a9de0080.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200317/daa8a95898582c3976da88d0bae70b5a.jpg)

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Title: Re: Re: My FE
Post by: Gropedawg57 on March 18, 2020, 07:57:51 AM
I just noticed - the absence of ribs on the crankcase left hand side says to me that you have an FX-FJ motor.  Does the engine number have a letter prefix, or is it all numerals?

Rob
I don't know?? I will visit the shop where it's at today and see.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200317/cc9ea6f5d2e3359a0b734b323cb2aff0.jpg)

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Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Gropedawg57 on March 18, 2020, 08:04:34 AM
Etch Primer.. certainly looking like a different car now.
There's a few rust holes showing up here & there, but overall pretty good condition for its age and history. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200317/51ffbc5076b00255815e2a0ef978a60c.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200317/56b3cf54f36e1abb9ab117821e458287.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200317/147ad55a1615ee98f5975ccca84895ca.jpg)

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Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Gropedawg57 on March 19, 2020, 11:38:38 AM
18/3/20 new pistons going in the motor, and some more photos of where the body is at.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200319/13a1e4789a3f048454e1a7d6aa21dd5f.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200319/d25e61b4e3d5b8848d48d53343133d1b.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200319/76dbe173f4d04300b559f8b0d0204ce0.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200319/dbedbf1259ad296f7194b5d147f918cd.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200319/8029c102e4ccce54163f2d38b9ed857d.jpg)

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Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Errol62 on March 20, 2020, 05:47:57 PM
Not too many surprises rust and filler wise dawg, thatís good. You saved yourself some work getting it dipped. 2k etch I suppose? What sort of cost if itís not too rude?
Cheers
Clay


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Title: Re: Re: My FE
Post by: Gropedawg57 on March 21, 2020, 08:26:08 AM
Not too many surprises rust and filler wise dawg, thatís good. You saved yourself some work getting it dipped. 2k etch I suppose? What sort of cost if itís not too rude?
Cheers
Clay


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Overall the condition was pretty good, the floor plans had a few holes and a few more than i expected but not nearly as bad as what it could have been. The dip process costed me a couple arms and legs. Around $4800. Glad I've been saving for years. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200320/6528f21d0cbdc3c0f816d54efdfb7c7c.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200320/9cee7d39ee5a2298ae8a53d7121ba6c3.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200320/adfaef83145d1f07c775ccc6156be9b9.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200320/303d1928aa845ac7ef5f6dd577ad4635.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200320/b36c7e102e5823a974e0150b1eaf9f0f.jpg)

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Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Gropedawg57 on March 21, 2020, 11:00:10 AM
A few of you may remember the 'just married' sign I found in the boot (17/717).
I got it framed and gave to my Grandparents for Xmas a year ago 👍🏻.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200320/df5a593f2553a8b30dc3df7d221638c9.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200321/634aed7f991ee93607051747cf35e17f.jpg)

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Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Errol62 on March 21, 2020, 11:01:03 AM
Thanks dawg. Looks like may have done some spotlighting duty, referring to the holes in the roof.


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Title: Re: My FE
Post by: DJ on March 21, 2020, 04:15:13 PM
A few of you may remember the 'just married' sign I found in the boot (17/717).
I got it framed and gave to my Grandparents for Xmas a year ago 👍🏻.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200320/df5a593f2553a8b30dc3df7d221638c9.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200321/634aed7f991ee93607051747cf35e17f.jpg)

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I remember. Great to see it here again with your grandparents.


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Stewy on March 21, 2020, 04:17:42 PM
Those holes in the roof are the sunvisor bracket holes. If you are going to put one back on, make sure you reinforce those spots. Inserting nutserts seems to be a good way of doing it but still needs reinforcing. refer to pictures of Surferboys roof. 
(https://i.postimg.cc/FfHJV5T2/surferboyroof.jpg) ($2)

(https://i.postimg.cc/PC2CxVdK/surferboyroof1.jpg) ($2)
Cheers Stewy   8)


Title: Re: Re: My FE
Post by: Gropedawg57 on April 17, 2020, 08:01:46 AM
Those holes in the roof are the sunvisor bracket holes. If you are going to put one back on, make sure you reinforce those spots. Inserting nutserts seems to be a good way of doing it but still needs reinforcing. refer to pictures of Surferboys roof. 
(https://i.postimg.cc/FfHJV5T2/surferboyroof.jpg) ($2)

(https://i.postimg.cc/PC2CxVdK/surferboyroof1.jpg) ($2)
Cheers Stewy   8)
Thanks mate I'll keep it in mind although I  don't think ill have a sunvisor

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Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Gropedawg57 on April 17, 2020, 08:07:26 AM
A few bits ready for painting 😎(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200416/67f56f4818519940c81dfd2d731cb7ae.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200416/4a7ecff9884731e5e8ec63a8b0a76411.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200416/09c8f6440ddd4c9cd7adc473eb2c8c4f.jpg)

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Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Errol62 on April 17, 2020, 08:35:07 AM
Exciting. We love new paint.


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Title: Re: My FE
Post by: my8thholden on April 20, 2020, 09:09:54 AM
looks very good ,just the way it should ,when you get to this stage ,its really visible reward for effort..Vern


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Longman on April 20, 2020, 10:11:24 AM
Very nice, can't wait to get to this point myself.


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: Gropedawg57 on May 03, 2020, 08:07:05 AM
Grey motor almost ready thanks to my friend Vic! Looking good 😎(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200502/b0aec591cbabc67f76e2dc8f761d2bd8.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200502/88df1f9656657f6fb9b5c736fd8eff94.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200502/90a948a269b02d572ba984ecfaf5e1d2.jpg)

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Title: Re: My FE
Post by: DJ on May 03, 2020, 09:33:44 AM
Looks great.
Another milestone reached!
Your photos are very good.


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: mcl1959 on May 03, 2020, 11:29:28 AM
Nicely detailed engine, well done
Are you putting the oil filter back on?

Ken


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: camxsmith on May 03, 2020, 06:20:08 PM
wow looking really nice.. The motor looks very neat I like it ..


Title: Re: My FE
Post by: my8thholden on May 04, 2020, 07:41:07 AM
That is great ,shaping up to be a really first class resto ,and considering the link with your family ,that is just great ,I will follow your progress ..stay well ..Vern ..


Title: Re: Re: My FE
Post by: Gropedawg57 on May 11, 2020, 02:39:36 PM
Nicely detailed engine, well done
Are you putting the oil filter back on?

Ken
Cheers Vic has bern doing a great job.

Im Not sure about putting it back on 🤔

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