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« on: October 12, 2016, 01:54:56 PM »
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As I have read in wonderment of everyone's build in this great FE FC community, I guess it's now time to give back, and start the sharing of my journey.

While I have no hard core fabrication/mechanical pics to share yet, in the interest of a picture tells a thousand words, I've attached the following to show the trip so far.

Plenty of ideas floating around in the old noggin, but what actually eventuates time will only tell. My first port of call with be the engineer to get approval in principal before any major changes are commenced. Won't be the fastest build but slow progress is still progress.











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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2016, 04:10:15 PM »
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Welcome aboard Marc, it's always good to have a shed to do all the hard stuff. Are you still thinking of the rendering that was done in Street Machine a few years ago? or something different. Looking forward to progress shots as you go, good luck.
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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2016, 05:00:06 PM »
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Thanks Jim,

Yes, hopefully now I have the room to work on her, progress will start.
I think some aspects of the rendering will be considered, but not sure how far I'll go down the road with the concept. I'm hoping to find that happy medium.

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« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2016, 08:52:41 PM »
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That's a great start Marc. You've obviously decided it's time for some serious work on the van.
Looking forward to seeing your plans & following progress.
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« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2016, 07:03:20 PM »
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Nice to finally make a start Marc. Keep the pics coming.
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« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2018, 12:07:55 PM »
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Where'd that 2 years go!!!  Shocked Shocked

Finally cleaned out the shed, and am now starting to work on the van with a view of getting it back on the road by Christmas, suffice to say this isn't a major rebuild but just quickly getting it driving again before performing upgrades on weekends & holidays.






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« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2018, 12:09:04 PM »
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Bit of dust from the 2 years....


First task, complete re-wire and fix up any rust that appears during the clean up, without going looking for it.
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« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2018, 12:11:17 PM »
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« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2018, 01:03:09 PM »
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Hi Marc, good to see you have finally started, looks like a good solid base. A word of caution though, you might want to look for any signs of rust in the usual places as itís far better to fix it now than have to redo it later on. A couple of guys have done the quick fix now but have had to redo the car 5-10 years down the track. I know Ií be pissed off after spending all the time and effort to get the car back on the road and then have to go around again.
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« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2018, 10:31:00 AM »
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Hi Marc;
With regards your wiring I just purchased a new wiring harness from Vintage Wiring in Victoria for my EK Ute project; if your harness is a bit messed up might be the way to go, good people to deal with but an 8 week wait.

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« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2018, 01:32:51 PM »
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Thanks Neil, I purchased all the correct gauge & coloured wires a while back, so am just going to use that up since I've got them.

It's mainly come about because I put in a battery that had reversed polarity [don't ask] and smoked the main feeder from the ignition to the alt, which took a few other wires with it. Plus it's a birds nest and needs some cleaning up anyway  Sad 
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« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2018, 08:10:58 AM »
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did anyone think I meant this Christmas?Huh

what a joke!!, why does life continually get in the way of the fun stuff  Roll Eyes Angry
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« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2019, 02:30:44 PM »
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Well my hand has been forced............. my new FF [Forum Friend] Snoopy, has made a hole in the front of the van and lightened me of a rather heavy weight, which will now necessitate me filling it with something aluminium  Grin







At least I know the gantry can handle the weight of an iron block and gearbox






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« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2019, 02:51:43 PM »
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Great idea this the gantry..  The windowless is looking cool,  keep up the good work
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« Reply #14 on: January 14, 2019, 08:08:42 PM »
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Yes that cantilevered gantry is a great idea. So tell us youíre chucking in a rover v8, Lexus, jap six??


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« Reply #15 on: January 20, 2019, 12:52:20 PM »
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nice work.
whats goin  back in there?Huh?
the suspense is killing me
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« Reply #16 on: January 21, 2019, 02:32:44 PM »
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If I can get the Engineer to agree to my interpretation of the rules around engine swaps, then a LS1.

If not, then maybe something smaller, but boosted.   Cool

Either way, win win  Grin
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« Reply #17 on: January 22, 2019, 07:58:39 PM »
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I've come to the conclusion that the thing hindering the most with my progress, is the constant disorganisation of the environment in which I'm trying to work in!

Too this end, my immediate goal is to clean up and finish of some small updates to the shed, so I can continue with the project in a more sensible and structured space. First thing is to organise the tools strewn all over the place. I managed to start the pegboard and am hoping to de-clutter over the long weekend.






and it hasn't even really touched the shite I have to sort through yet  Huh


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« Reply #18 on: January 22, 2019, 09:45:32 PM »
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Good luck. I start tidying up when I canít find a tool or part I need. When the missing component is located I stop tidying and continue working, repeat.....


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« Reply #19 on: January 23, 2019, 07:10:04 PM »
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organised shop is a good shop
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