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 on: February 18, 2024, 10:02:16 PM 
Started by Jolls - Last post by Jolls
Hi Rob

Thanks for the update I'll pull it down and develop a plan to tackle it from there.


 on: February 17, 2024, 09:03:13 PM 
Started by ardiesse - Last post by Errol62
Damn hot rodder……..

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 on: February 17, 2024, 12:34:14 PM 
Started by Jolls - Last post by ardiesse

I have a Warren and Brown reamer to suit FX-FC king pins.

It's unlikely you'll be able to get by with replacing just the bushes (and then I remember I did just that . . .).
The Rare Spares king pin kits are supplied with 0.010" oversize pins.  This is good in that you don't have to replace the old bushes.  It is bad in that you have to machine out the steering knuckle supports to take the larger pin.  I have it on good authority (Drew at FB-EK) that this operation is a complete pain in the arse, due to the difficulty of setting up the steering knuckle support in a machine, and the hardness of the forging.

So - check the fit of the pins in the uprights.  They're supposed to be almost size-for-size, but the king pins often loosen, start to rock, and flog out the hole in the upright.  If your pins don't rock in the uprights, you may be able to replace the bushes only, if the pins aren't worn.

See https://forum.fefcholden.club/index.php?topic=26930.0


 on: February 17, 2024, 12:19:25 PM 
Started by ardiesse - Last post by ardiesse
Imgur has decided, in its infinite wisdom, to "change things a little around here".  One of many casualties is the "resize image" button.  Trial and error has now shown me that "large thumbnail" corresponds to 680x480.


I've briefly turned motor body trimmer.  Because I have to move the HT rear shock top mount crossmember about half an inch forwards to get the mounts in the right place.  Which means modifying the upswept floor section behind the rear seat squab (cut transverse slot, bend metal forwards, and re-weld).  And I need to confirm that the change in the bodywork's profile doesn't hit the rear seat squab's wire frame.  It's easiest to strip the squab down to find out.

This is what remains of the squab cover.

And the squab wire-frame in place -

The whole frame's out of whack.  I think it got run over at some point when it was out of the vehicle (I can't think of any non-series-of-pratfalls chain of events to explain this . . .), but that's beside the point at the moment.  The good news is that there's enough clearance to accommodate the modification.  For once the engineering gods are smiling.


 on: February 17, 2024, 08:11:06 AM 
Started by Jolls - Last post by Jolls
Hi Team

I have been working hard on the hose reno, just got the new trusses up and resheeted; still got a tarp over one end as I don't have the ridge cap finished. Still a long way to go - so not much preogress on the ute. We did get the Crewman project finished and off the hoist - big job converting a pov pack V6 to an SS including aircon etc but running and ready for rego once we get a new windscreen fitted.

So the ute went upon the hoist for its first real good inspection. A bit of surface rust around the floor repairs; whcih had been done pretty well by the previous owner. From the undersdie I did spot a coupl of pinholes in the front floor; but where it has already been repaired so I expect missed welds but I will have a better look soon. Around the fuel tank does need some work - I haven't asessed it in detail to see if I can patch up the holes or if I will need to cut the two sections out and fabricate something to fix it. Certainly not major rust so pretty happy.

The front end - not so good. Both king pins have play - drivers side worse than passengers. I have a HR front end but I will save that until after I get it re-registered on standard plates. I will need to strip it down to determine what is worn and how badly before making a decision on how to resolve that one.

I trust that the pins themselves are OK and I am looking at new bushes. I note that there was a specific reaming tool for the FC - can only find EH ones on the interweb at the moment. Does anyone have an excess reaming tool that they would be willing topart with; or alternatviely have purchased a suitable modern reamer with guide that they have found works. If so i would love to know the brand/kit to save a heap of research.

Will post some photos soon - off to our local Toyaot dealer to have a chat about a 79 series V8 cruiser in preparation for our big lap!

Cheers n Beers

 on: February 11, 2024, 07:20:34 AM 
Started by Harv - Last post by Harv
Welcome Smiley


 on: February 09, 2024, 11:50:33 AM 
Started by Harv - Last post by Trevor_B
Hi Harv,
Received the 16 gaskets for the VIC FE FC Club thanks, well packaged and arrived safe.
Appreciate your efforts.

 on: February 09, 2024, 07:45:04 AM 
Started by Harv - Last post by Harv
Got my gaskets today. Thanks Harv

No problem  Smiley


 on: February 08, 2024, 02:16:14 PM 
Started by Harv - Last post by DougT
Got my gaskets today. Thanks Harv

 on: February 08, 2024, 05:29:12 AM 
Started by oldgrey58 - Last post by Jolls
It also looks like the rods need to be ground down so that the chromed mounts can be removed and then the rods re-peened over to reinstall.

That is my understanding of how the mounts are removed. I have it on my list to do.


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