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1  Technical Board / General Technical / Re: timing gear on: September 14, 2021, 07:43:15 AM
I agree with Harv , forget the fibre gear, too much potential for trouble. Buy yourself a steel gear, in Melbourne Rare Spares, Resto Country and Auto Surplus all seem to stock them. I used the Speco gear on both my greys (FC and FB) and donít be put off by stories of noise from the gears. I ran the new steel gear with the old, original, crank gear and honestly not a peep of noise on either engine. I didnít even get cute and worry about backlash etc., just chucked em in and away we went. Cheers, Fraze
2  For Sale and Wanted / Parts Wanted / Re: Weathershield wanted on: September 13, 2021, 01:30:02 PM
My weathershield was of the two piece variety and I had to shorten the top piece by maybe 75 to 100 mm, just used a cutting disc in the angle grinder then dressed the cup with sandpaper. Cheers, Fraze
3  For Sale and Wanted / Parts Wanted / Re: Weathershield wanted on: September 12, 2021, 11:20:38 AM
I searched for a long time for a weathershield for my ute and nothing ever turned up. Eventually I bought a sedan unit and shortened the top by a few inches to suit the curved top of the ute door. Five minutes cutting and all done. Cheers Fraze
4  Technical Board / Restoration Help / Re: Wiper shaft bushes on: May 25, 2021, 07:55:41 AM
Thanks Dennis, that is certainly worth trying, Fraze
5  Technical Board / Restoration Help / Wiper shaft bushes on: May 24, 2021, 08:04:02 AM
The wiper actuating shafts, behind the dashboard, have a nylon/plastic bush at ech end. The bushes on my wipers are worn out and I would like to replace them. Has anyone worked out a fix for these? Thanks, Fraze
6  Technical Board / Modification Help / Re: Oil pressure gauge on: May 05, 2021, 08:06:02 AM
The small plug near the fuel pump goes nowhere. When you have an accessory oil filter fitted, the return line is fitted there, to return oil to the sump. For the pressure guage, fit a "T" at the oil pressure sender fitting. Cheers, Fraze
7  General / General Board / Visiting the Sunshine Coast on: April 28, 2021, 09:34:45 AM
I will be holidaying in Maroochydore from mid June thru to early August and would like to make contact with any clubs (or individuals) on the Sunshine Coast. I have a 1958 FC special sedan and a 1960 FB ute. Please pm me, thanks, Fraze
8  Technical Board / General Technical / Re: Original fuel sender unit on: April 12, 2021, 07:51:51 AM
Interesting topic this. When i restored my FB (It's been on the road for 12 months now) I fitted a new Rare spares fuel sender unit and it has given me nothing but grief. The arm keeps on sticking so that you really don't know how much fuel you have. I have added weight to the arm near the float but this has made no difference. When I remove the sender and work the arm up and down a few times it frees up but put it back into the tank and it sticks again. It seems to stick at the !/2 to 2/3 mark. I have had it out 5 or 6 times now and this week i lost patience and removed it and refitted the original unit which seems to work fine except with the arm right down it still reads a bit under !/4 full. I bent the stop tab out of the way to get more travel for the arm but that didn't work. I wll just put up with it knowing that at 1/4 full i should refill te tank. Cheers Fraze
9  Technical Board / General Technical / Re: Front right hand brake on: March 30, 2021, 07:59:09 AM
Hi Rob. I filed off the leading edge of each lining, although they had been champhered it was not enough so i more or less rounded off the leading edge, not by much, maybe 3 mm. radius, but it did the trick. Cheers, Fraze
10  Technical Board / General Technical / Re: Front right hand brake on: March 29, 2021, 07:45:06 AM
I was plagued by the "cold grabbing" problem too. Mine was always the front left which grabbed, even after i had the brakes relined. The leading edge of the linings was champhered to about 45 deg by the brake place. Eventually I filed the edge off so that it was rounded, did it with the shoes in-situ, and that has solved my problem - no grabbing and it pulls up straight evey time hot or cold. Such a simple fix.  I used an ordinary coarse file. Cheers, Fraze
11  Technical Board / General Technical / Re: faulter on accelleration on: October 15, 2020, 08:59:59 AM
I went to a talk by a fuel company guy a while back. Apparently modern fuels without lead degenerate faster than they used to. Something to do with ďaromaticsĒ from memory. Any way the message was that 95/98 octane fuels have a longer shelf life than 91. Again from memory 91 has a short shelf life of about a month before it starts to degenerate. Fuel additives such as Stabil slow down the degeneration, but donít stop it. Cheers, Fraze
12  Technical Board / General Technical / Re: Water pump square head nut on: September 22, 2020, 07:58:31 AM
There was a few on eBay a few days ago, cheers, Fraze
13  Technical Board / General Technical / Re: Colour of the timber in Ute tray on: July 09, 2020, 07:38:38 AM
I asked the same question a few years ago and the advice I received is that the deck was originally hardened Masonite, dark brown in colour and not painted. Hope that helps, Fraze
14  For Sale and Wanted / Cars Wanted / Re: Wanted FC-FE survivor on: July 08, 2020, 07:40:11 AM
Hang in there ! A few years ago I put a wanted ad on this forum and about 6 months later I had a reply which resulted in me buying the car I have now. Cheers, Fraze
15  For Sale and Wanted / Parts Wanted / Re: Bosch generator brush set on: June 12, 2020, 08:20:35 AM
Thanks for the heads up Rob. I bought stuff off Ashdown Ingram a few years ago, the had a sales counter in their Melbourne warehouse. I will give them a try,Fraze
16  For Sale and Wanted / Parts Wanted / Bosch generator brush set on: June 10, 2020, 11:11:15 AM
i need to replace the brushes in my Bosch LJ/GG 160/12 1800 R3 generator. I think that the Bosch number is B5754. I have searched various web sites including Ebay but no luck. Can anyone out there point me in the right direction? Thanks, Fraze
17  Technical Board / General Technical / Re: Engine oil level ,with external filter on: June 01, 2020, 07:39:25 AM
I have Fram accessory oil filters on both of my Greys. The way the Fram is made is that the oil return hole in the centre tube is some way up the tube. This means that oil always remains in the cannister and cannot drain away. This is a bit of a nuisance when doing an oil/filter change because to complete the job the cannister has to be emptied. I bought a Kinchrome "sucker" to suck the oil out. This is like a bicycle hand pump in reverse. When refilling, I put the new filter into the cannister and pour in oil till it fills up, then refit the cannister lid. tThen fill the sump in the usual fashion. Oil level always stays correct. Fraze     PS I also have a Porsche 356 and it uses exactly the same set up.
18  Technical Board / General Technical / Re: '59 FC Sticky front brakes. on: May 27, 2020, 07:53:36 AM
Hi Clay, I don"t know who did the work on 1 and 2, but my FC wheel cyls were from Trade Brake and Clutch in Springvale, Vic. but I can"t really blame them as they don"t do their macining in house any more but send out to a" specialist". Cheers, Fraze
19  Technical Board / General Technical / Re: '59 FC Sticky front brakes. on: May 26, 2020, 08:10:09 AM
Whilst I agree with the theory that SS liners in original wheel cylinders is a good thing, in practice those SS liners can be a problem. It takes areally skilled machinist to  bore the wheel cylinders and press in the SS liners with the correct fit. where do you find someone with that sort of skill working in a brake shop? i can recount three bad experiences with resleeved wheel cylinders in recent times. !. My son's HQ Holden - had the rear cylinders sleeved - both leaked between the cyl and sleeve. 2. A mates early porsche with drum brakes - same thing, had all the wheel cylinders sleeved and several leaked between cyl. and sleeve.  3. Just last year I had all four wheel cylinders on my FC sleeved. straight away one front leaked, badly fitted sleeve so i replaced it with a new cylinder. then about 6 months later the other front started to leak also. I checked the rears and yes, one of the rears was showing sugns of leaking. So I replaced all of the wheel cylinders with new ones - no more problems. When I did the brakes on my FB ute recently i went straight to new wheel cylinders. Cheers, Fraze
20  Technical Board / Restoration Help / Re: Windscreen trim fitting on: April 21, 2020, 08:11:35 AM
I did mine recently. After several unsuccessful attempts to get the L of the trim to seat properly in the rubber I had a close look and realised that the trim was a bit distorted. I found i had to gently bend the L of the trim so that it met the rubber groove squarely. it then "clicked" into place - job done. I figure the SS trim must have got a bit distorted whilst I removed the original windscreen from the car and/or when i pulled the trim out of the original, very hard, rubber. Cheers, Fraze
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