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    Quote Originally Posted by Ponza View Post
    Good luck with the swap, I am on the red team but I wouldn't mind one of those blue ones in my shed! Is that a LS Munro I the back ground? Regards Paul.
    I was once a one eyed holden supporter but appreciate them all these days.
    It's a HX LE, I have another thread to cover the resto of that however have failed to gain much momentum on it due to babies & work. I hope to get stuck into it in earnest once this engine swap is done.

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    not exactly to do with the engine swap but I figured that while I have easy access to the engine bay I'd take the opportunity to upgrade the brakes. I was never happy with them as the booster, master cylinder and proportioning valve was out of a HK GTS or LC GTR (disc/drum) and not really suitable for the 4 wheel disc's on the car.

    so out with the old...


    and in with the new(er)


    I played around with the old scraps of hard brake line to reroute them to be neater now that I don't have a separate proportioning valve. Had a crack at double flaring...epic fail, the cheapo kit I got online is utter crap, the die broke on the first attempt...let that be a lesson to others, you can get away with cheaping out on some tools that aren't used often but not a double flaring kit :-( I rang around some of the tool shops in my area & wasn't able to get one anywhere...will keep trying tomorrow
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    I'd just fit an LS1/LS2 motors and wiring kits can be had cheaply
    More than enough power for something like this

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    It's pretty common to go the LS route these days but I already have the little winny, computer, harness & tranny etc. here to drop in, and there is something satisfying about going with the Ford motor even if nothing else in the car is true to the original other than the shape

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    dang progress is slow, hard to get time in the shed of late, hardly what I envisaged my time off would be like :-/

    Got the old engine mounts/cross member out today


    had a win, due to the Windsor being much narrower than what came out I'm able to drop the car down over the engine and trans which makes life much easier...fits nice :-D


    Shifter even lines up nice :-D
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    looks a good thing mate, always likjed the shape of those cars. alloy sbc or better still alloy bbc & dont lift the bonnet lol

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    progress has been pretty much non-existent for a couple of months as I started working again & weekends have been jam packed with family & what have you. The wife bless her let me loose this weekend so I got a chance to get a bit done.

    Started with a TIG wire template & a role of bundi tube and after much mucking around ended up with something that fits nicely out of the way. Gotta go to the local brake shop now to get bubble flares done to fit the hard lines up to the AU master cylinder as my double flare tool won't do bubble flares :-(





    found a nice spot in the passengers foot well for the computer, unfortunately had to demolish the glove box to route the wiring up behind the wiper motor where it'll be out of the way.



    cut a hole in the firewall for the engine harness plug & mounted the mass air flow sensor.





    Moved to the back of the car & started making cardboard templates for the boot floor so I could start on the templates for a new alloy fuel tank.

    first attempt is ~70 liters




    trimming the side panels to follow the line of the chassis rails looks neater & gives back some boot space which is a scarce commodity in these things...recon I'll end up with 60-65 litres which will give me pretty good range on a tank of fuel :-)

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    well done :-) ive been looking at buying another one I build one many yrs ago and really don't want to go thru the process again . I flew down to Tassie to look at a g force but it was a piece of shit it real life I hate when people post pics of what it looked like just out of the spray booth and not 15 yrs later.
    I then had one lined up in qld I was just about to book tickets to fly up when the guy rings me trying to extort more money from what we had agreed on to the tune of several thousands of dollars . so the hunt continues lol I may end up putting my order in for one of the pace kits with the all alloy chassis if nothing else turns up in the next month or so .

    do you reckon you will have yours back on the road for summer ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtslinger View Post
    well done :-) ive been looking at buying another one I build one many yrs ago and really don't want to go thru the process again . I flew down to Tassie to look at a g force but it was a piece of shit it real life I hate when people post pics of what it looked like just out of the spray booth and not 15 yrs later.
    I then had one lined up in qld I was just about to book tickets to fly up when the guy rings me trying to extort more money from what we had agreed on to the tune of several thousands of dollars . so the hunt continues lol I may end up putting my order in for one of the pace kits with the all alloy chassis if nothing else turns up in the next month or so.
    Any chance of getting these into the country ?

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    Thanks Dean, I'm really hoping to get it done in time for summer. It's been off the road for too long, the idea behind having these things is to be able to use & enjoy them not just look at it taking up space in the shed.

    There are a lot of well used examples from the late 90's/early naughties on the market these days that would need substantial resto's to get em up to par & I reckon some are only listed because their Mrs said they have to but when anyone shows interest they get unrealistic

    I'd love one of Craig's kits, anything he does is great quality, makes mine look positively agricultural... but mine is nearly 25 years old ;-)
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    I know a guy that has a Superformance club reged here in Vic

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    More CAD work (Cardboard Aided Design), I've now got all of the measurements & templates I need to purchase the steel for the boot & aluminium for the tank. I also sectioned the end of the chassis rails so they taper down over the last 6 inches.







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    looks like it's coming along great . on my front ive looked at a few more and have decided to buy one of craigs alloy chassis cobra kits will be flying up to his factory in the next month for a look and place a order I love these chassisAttachment 23220Attachment 23221
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    chipping away at it...somewhat frustrating re. the rate of progress as I look at what needs doing & think it should be easy but that doesn't necessarily translate to 'quick' as I'm learning/honing new skills

    took me the better part of a day to get this done. The left side is shaped & tacked in & the 900mmx90mm strip still needs to be welded in. Overall I've done about 1.8m of welding & have about the same to go. I HATE GAL, it's fizzy,spitty shite 'violin' It's going better now that I'm grinding off most of the Gal before laying the welds.



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    well it's been a very long time since I've had any shed time, I've moved house & currently don't have a decent workshop, just standard garages with nowhere to set up my hoists the cars were stored at a mates place for some time however I've now got them at my new place & am finally able to get some time to work on them again.

    Been tinkering with the Cobra, progress is slow but at least it's progress.

    Brakes are just about done. They are in & bled. Front calipers have been stripped & cleaned out. If you've never done this you'd be horrified to see what the pistons & cylinders look like after 40 years (crud, rust, varnish). The backs will have to wait until I've got a hoist again as they are inboard, on the top on a Jag rear end & a right pain to get at. I also turned around the master cylinder reservoir so the top is more horizontal. All that's left to do is to run wiring for the brake fail lights & tweak the mounting point for the pedal.


    Picked up some 4" silicone & stainless for the intake. Tiged the 90 degree bend to a straight piece & made a new mount for the air flow sensor which will be in front of the radiator so it gets nice cool air.


    New mounts for the ECU, relays & Jesus box in the passenger foot well


    Fabed up a bracket for the engine bay to cabin loom plug
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