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    Hey guys i thought i might put up some pics and tell you about my little project thats been taking me the last 6 years lol as they all do

    My project is a 1979 hz 1 tonner. Got it home started stripping it down and the front end was rust city. So i bought a dual headlight front, Genuine gts guards, bonnet, inner guards and started stripping them down.
    Then the cab turned out to be the same so i pulled the cab off and in for a new one. Once i got my new cab it was in with the smoothed back for a parcel shelf and a shaved airconditioning thingo up the front. have my under dash unit ready to go in. So since i had no engine or any other things in the way i sprayed the chassis and replaced the suspension.

    my running gear is red 308 with trimatic and a salisbury 10 bolt lsd with 3.55 gears. the engine is fairly stock as i dont really know much about engine work and all my knowledge comes from this site. i would like to put a cam in(no idea what to get) and some heads like L34's or something like that or stroke it instead not really sure which way would be best, but after i get it all on the road. any advice and help is greatly appreciated(and needed :P).

    so i cleaned up the engine and sprayed it and am replacing most of the parts i know to do easily oil plugs leads filters gaskets etc, and i have bought little up grades like twin thermo fans.

    So i have sprayed my engine bay and am ready to put together the cab and guards etc so i can finally get sprayed and it will look like a car again

    The interior is stock retrimmed seats door trims, gts dash with 2 buckets and centre console. Didnt want anything flash just nice and neat.

    The tray is just a standard tray too would like to get a nice tray you see getting around but focusing on other parts of the ute before the tray and just generally neaten the tray up. It is just a flat tray with no sides with a roll bar.

    For my wheels i have 15x7 cragars on front and 15x10's on the back with 265 tread im pretty sure

    so this is where i am at got the cab on and engine is in just need the wiring loom. next step will be bold front end on and get auto electrician mate to come and re wire the beast so i can drive it down for its new spray job. Getting closer to the end and the paint sandback is done (thank god) so hopefully she will be on the ground soon

    How she all started:




    How she is looking as of today






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    Nice work, My little Brother is in canberra and he just bought a yellow HX tonner like yours.
    I like the flattened out parcel shelf thing, is it just me or is it really high up? like will the old window still fit back in there? was it a hard modification to do? Also what color are you going to paint her?
    Any way its looking good, I hope its finished by the end of 2010 because I will be down that way.
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    hey mate thanks
    is he going to do it up too?
    i got someone else to do it for me i can use a welder but not as good as id like to so i got a mate to but yeah it should all fit in the way it was but now you have worried me lol ill double check tommorow morning :P but it wasnt too bad we just welded a new plate back on where the old part was and rust treated it i suppose it all comes down to how handy you are im not sure what a shop would charge to do it but i think it would be expensive
    but yeah mate should be done in next couple of months bar the engine upgrades going to start to bolt the front end back on tommorow and day after and hopefully get the body 100% ready for paint and paint it in jauary
    as for colour im thinking black but yeah thats not a definate but if i just stick with it at least i wont change my mind a thousand times

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    I think my bro is flat out just trying to get it to pass rego. He will prob start serious work on it when I come back from working in Darwin in like 2 years.
    I think any car painted black looks real nice, just hard to keep clean. When you get around to it are you going to go with a metal tray or a wooden one?
    I hope that front end doesnt give you dramas today. I look forward to the pics.
    good luck man.
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    haha yeah rego :P
    for the moment im just going to put some metal strips along the sides to neaten up and weld them on and then paint.
    i wont do a timber tray some do like good but i am a tradie so i wanna be able to do my cashies on the weekend with my ute and ill probably cry if i ruin the timber :P

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    any updates dude

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    here is a bit of update for you. had some time off work because i was on call over christmas so i was pretty flat out up until end of january. this is the stage im at now i was just talking to a bloke today about getting it ready for spraying and sprayed so hopefully it will be looking smic soonish lol


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    Any updates?
    should look sweet when its done.

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    hey all havent reall been doing a hell of a lot to this lately been busy doing other stuff and buying things.
    iv been getting another hz tonner i picked up on the road put a 308 and trimatic in it and almost got it going just the bloody manifold wont seal onto the block which is rather annoying.

    but anyway i have got half the driveline sorted the way i want now. i have got myself a turbo 400 full manual which i was rather happy about just need to get a torque convertor for. i will be picking up my new 9 inch on monday which i have gotten built for a touch over 4k. its a 9 inch, 31 spline billet axles, tru trac with 3.7 gears and disc brakes. so im pretty happy price seems reasonable and i have had dealings with this shop before and the bloke is a legend and seems to know hes shit so yeah pretty happy.

    been buying other random stuff for it too, got all new chrome bits, blinkers, headlights, grill, tail lights and thatfor it and got myself a pro rathcet B&M shifter for 355 buks off ebay brand new in box where auto bahn and super cheap said they could order one for 455. got myself some slimline black number plates saying HZ - 0350 so will be good to put those on

    iv had my mate out whos a panel beater and hes gonna paint and do the finishing touchers before paint for my ute which im pretty happy about. hes also gotta give my panel van a once over to get it looking good to sell because i wanna sell that now i have decided considering its just sitting there and its got a good body on it.

    but yeah im also looking at swapping out my chassis to hq now which is a pain but will be worth it in the end when i drop the 350 into it. also another question for the rear end guys, i was looking at the mcdonald bros racing website at the 2 link set ups, they are pretty cheap to buy around 600 buks for the most expensive one. what are these like iv seen the 4 links but from a streetable point of view the 2 links sound better. is the difference noticable? is it worth the money? is it a pain in the ass to drive around corners, like is it mainly for drag racing? and is it actually legal


    so things are still slowly plugging along but on that note im going back to the shed haha
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    or i just saw on mcdonald brothers a traction rod which looks the same but without having to weld looks all bolt in which would be cheaper and more diy.

    here is the 2, what is everyones opinions?

    TRACTION BAR KIT (suit leaf springs)
    11-1054 TRACTION BARS SUIT HOLDEN HT-WB $ 575.00


    The design is simple but effective, the front pivot plate (A) pivots on the spring mounts (B), via a steel tube insert that passes through the pivot plates on each side of the spring and the alloy bush in the spring eye. As the torque is applied it tries to rotate the diff housing in a clockwise direction, the track rod link (D) is pushed forward, rotating the front pivot plate forcing the spring stop (C) hard onto the top of the spring. The fixed spring stop above the spring prevents spring wind up. The track rod (D) can be simply adjusted for extra pre load for racing or set for street driving by releasing the tension onto the spring.


    2 LINK KITS with crossmember, bracketry & hardware
    11-1060 2 LINK KIT - STEEL TUBES - BUSHED ENDS $ 395.00
    11-1061 2 LINK KIT - STAINLESS TUBES - STAINLESS BUSHED ENDS $ 555.00
    11-1062 2 LINK KIT - MOLY TUBES - BUSHED ENDS $ 535.00
    11-1063 2 LINK KIT - MOLY TUBES - MOLY HEIM ENDS $ 550.00


    cheers
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    Its looking good keep us posted on how it comes together!!

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    Nice work ,looking good...
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    ok so i think i have found the engine builder i am going to use. not a v8 mechanic is an evo specialist although has done 383 combos before. was put onto him by my mate who has an evo and he reckons i cant look past him. so i went and had a chat with him and liked what i heard. he said he loves doing v8's and he had an old corvette out the front which he was doing too so im sure he can do a good job and he comes highly recomended from the evo guys. The guys car was cover of fast 4's an evo 9 with 440kws at all wheels which was one of the cars at hes place so hes no stranger to power. but he rekons hes going to do some research and give me a call during the week but says we can easily get 550 hp as a minimum at the flywheel but also stated which i though was amusing "thats so much power at the rear wheels....in a tonner, its just wrong" haha but i think all the tonner guys know whats right about it like what someone said on here "with a big engine and cab out the front and fat tyres and tray on the back, a tonna is like a mullet; business at the front, party at the back"

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    just a little update, just bought some rims from america now the dollar is so strong. got some 17 inch cragar rims from summit so they should be arriving in a couple of weeks. getting some kuhmo semi slicks for them.

    engine has been dropped off at the mechanic and the build is underway its been machined and cleaned up and apparanlty i got a real good deal on the engine was in real good condition. got all the rotating assembly and will be balanced next week hes building it to an engine in america which is punching out 595 hp so thats the figure hes aiming for. so hopefully that will be all good.

    got my 9 inch all is good looks like a top job too, bought a power window kit or the tonner and some other little bits for it.

    still trying to find a hq chassis so i can swap it over so the body has gone on hold until i can get a chassis

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