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    Anymore updates?


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    Nothing huge at the moment mate. I've just started on the EFI fuel tank conversion today but the BA fuel pump I planned on using won't compress down far enough no matter how much cutting and modifying I do to the assembly. So I'm going to have to look for other options during the week!

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    HI
    Davie We maybe able to help each other . I have a hoist but typical the sheds not big enough. HA HA HA

    Anyways mate I`m lookin at your shed frame seems like simple and affordable . Building a single car garage extension 6x 3 mtrs . Can u please take a few photos of the frame where the top of wall connects to the roof frame and the tip of the roof angle iron frame connection . what size are the wall horizontal timbers .

    Thanks Tomo

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    Quote Originally Posted by swampy View Post
    Can u please take a few photos of the frame where the top of wall connects to the roof frame and the tip of the roof angle iron frame connection . what size are the wall horizontal timbers
    Yeah swampy for sure! I'll take some photos today. Going to be doing a big update on this later today hopefully. I've been doing a lot!

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    Alright, so I'm off work for a little bit now and can't work on the HQ either due to getting 4 unplanned stitches in my hand yesterday.
    Figured it's a good time to update everything now.

    So I got started on the fuel system for the Holley sniper with the plan of using a BA-BF sedan fuel pump as suggested by someone on a facebook page.
    Here I am neutralizing the fuel vapors with exhaust gas from the reliable coon!



    Plans on where to cut with the falcon retaining ring.




    Cutting.


    I cut out the floor of the tank too to put in a flat base as I thought I could get the BA pump to fit that way.





    After a cutting the BA fuel pump down withing an inch of it's working life. I realized that it wasn't going to work without adding in a sumped section in the bottom of the fuel tank. So I made this with my gasless mig.


    And I wasn't happy with it. Splatter everywhere, my eyes were suffering due to the ebay welding helmet. And I ended up burning my hand from the light coming off the arc of the weld.
    So I bit the bullet and set it up with gas.

    And the difference that it made to my welds is absolutely incredible! I'm kicking myself that I didn't do it sooner.

    Bit of practice with the gas on the sump I had made the day before.


    I tried again with making the sump and difference in quality and weld is ridiculous, it's made me confident enough to do all of my own welding and modifications on the fuel tank.

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    testing my welds for leaks. Nothing!



    By this point in time I had realized that the BA pump assembly wasn't going to work. So I opted for a VE assembly instead as I had seen proof of success with them. I wanted the top of the fuel tank to sit flush with the floor so I was still going for the sumped option on the tank.
    After plenty of measuring with the new pump I set to welding the sump into the tank.






    I decided to put a sump plug in too so I could drain the tank easily if needed.



    I ordered some VE weld in rings from another enthusiast named Zac who is building an RA28 Celica. He did a whole tutorial on how to fit them into the fuel tank of his Celica and then decided fabricate and sell the weld in rings to anybody else who wanted to do the same thing.
    Here is a link to his Celica build:
    https://bluetwentyeight.wordpress.com/
    And here is a link to the tutorial and where you can buy the weld in rings from him yourself:
    https://bluetwentyeight.wordpress.co...mp-conversion/
    The rings cost $70 posted and the fuel pump from the wreckers was $40, so I very cheap conversion if you can do it yourself.

    So with the dimensions from the template and some scaling from some of his photos on photoshop I was able to figure out how big everything needed to be in order to position it and make it fit in the top of the tank while I waitied for them in the mail. So I measured and cut up the top of the fuel tank accordingly and then made a base of the same size for the fuel pump to sit in.


    I then cut out the hole for the pump assembly using the template.


    After a couple of days the weld in rings arrived and I was able to weld it on to the top plate.

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    I made up the sides for the recessed section and tacked them in place. Then tacked and welded it into the fuel tank.







    My fuel pump assembly accidentally fell off my bench and cracked the outer housing so I had to do some plastic welding to it and then it was right to fit up into the fuel tank.





    *Just a few things to note with the weld in rings. The bolts provided were too long for the threaded holes and after I had cut them to size to test fit them one of the bolts bound up in the thread upon removal and stripped the thread out. What I ended up doing was drilling all of the threads out, getting new allen key bolts and welding capped nuts to suit on the other side of the ring so that fuel couldn't come through. Ended up working great! Hopefully this won't happen to you if you take on this sort of project but if it does you now know what to do*


    There were a few dents in the underside of my fuel tank that you all may have noticed while doing all this work and I wasn't happy with them either.
    So I improvised and made a dent puller.
    I melted lead into an old deodorant can a then drilled a hold through it and used that as a weight. The rest is made up of a big tent pole, some vice grips, some washers and a bit of welding!


    I pulled the dents out by welding a screw on and then clinging onto that with the vice grips and pulling the dent out. With that done I cleaned it all, sprayed some body deadener over the new and repaired bits and then gave it a spray of paint.





    Came up great!

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    I had to change my exhaust up a bit and run triple bolt flanges at the end of the extractors to fix my exhaust leaks (can't have any for the O2 sensor), I also had to weld in the O2 bung and I put some flexi joins in there while I was at it.


    I don't have my clothes line anymore, so I had to use a tree.





    With everything major done to make the sniper work I did the other little things.
    Those being, install the Sniper and wire it all up, fitted the touch screen display in the dash facia, fitted up a Z568 Fuel filter under the car. Made up a new 6AN braided line with some raceworks quick connect fuel fittings for the pump and filter, blocked up the mechanical pump port and made the mechanical feed line a return line for the sniper.





    Now I present to you all the first time you have seen the HQ running and the Sniper system that is powering the EFI.


    Time to fix up that body!
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    Sublime work dude!
    Sounds killer too

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    Cheers dead8, yeah I'm stoked with how it sounds! But as always is never comes across as well on video. Exactly how I wanted it to sound.

    I'll stick to my timeline, so right here was when I started to rebuild my Power steering box because I do anything to procrastinate about bodywork.
    Everything went into it and was replaced fine expect for one seal. The issue I had with it was that the seal for the steering box input shaft was too big. I stuffed it up the first time I did it trying to fit in an oversize seal so I had to try find one the right size. I'll come back to this later as it takes me a while to get the right seal...



    Just before I started the bodywork again I moved a Beetle into the HQ's spot that I'm fixing up for a friend. It also makes moving the HQ in and out of the shed easier.

    So next up was fixing up the state I had left the body in.

    I hated the amount of filler that is in the right hand up quarter side just behind the door jamb. So I stripped all of that out so I can get it professionally fixed.


    I started stripping back the areas that had been left to surface rust only to find that rust worm had spread under the primer, time to strip a lot of it back!



    I established that the whole roof and tops of the quarters needed to be stripped back to bare metal.






    It can be pretty dusty work getting rid of filler and paint so always wear protection kids!




    *Just for anybody wanting to follow what I did for stripping and painting bare metal my procedure for stripping back the panels and body was a Poly strip disc, go over everything with red scotchbrite, clean it all down with prepwash, apply rust deoxidiser/converter with a rag and let that do its magic for a little bit and then clean down all the surfaces down with thinners until I could clean it all down with thinners on a white rag and it would come back clean.*

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    Time to lay down some epoxy primer!






    This is why I'm getting the panel fixed by a professional, if you've followed my thread you know that it hasn't always looked this bad, if you're curious about what happened to it and want to hear me complain then private message me on here or find me on Facebook
    (Tom Davie) my cover photo is the HQ. Just message me who you are if you do though haha.


    Here it is in some good light.



    I decided that my passenger side door skin was too far gone and not worth working on anymore. I decided to get the best left front door that I had laying around (which was on my HJ One Tonner) and strip that back to bare and put it in epoxy to see if it would be better to use that. I managed to strip it and paint it all in one night after work which I was quite happy with.



    I don't have any photo photos of it painted but I took it in to the panel beaters who are joined in the same building as where I am now working and the final verdict was it was a whole lot better than the other door but not worth it due to the rust along the top edge.
    Sooooo, I've just bitten the bullet and ordered a brand new door skin for that side. Pricey, but should be worth it in the end!


    Here is the process of painting up the door jambs and front scuttle panel. This time because there was etch primer on most of the sections I was able to use chemical resistant gloves and thinners and just remove it easily with that.





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    The blue tinge you can see to the steel is caused by the chemical reaction of the steel and the rust deoxidizer.




    I did the other sides door jambs a few day later but I'll just add it in here because it just works...





    And here's the final product of stripping back everything again and putting it all in epoxy. It's so nice to see the body all one colour!



    I went and saw the HQ Racing series when they came to town and saw a HQ in a similarish colour to mine going out to race.


    Unfortunately I must have jynxed it and I watched the car I had just taken a photo of get involved in a crash.


    It came off better than the other car involved though.

    It's a shame to see these Aussie classics involved in such a big crash. One of those has to be a write off for sure.
    I guess a positive way to look at is at least mine has gone up in value with one more down!


    I managed to get my hands on a better condition bonnet and nose cone. Again the time and effort wasn't worth putting into panels that I would never be happy with and want to eventually replace. Maybe as well do it right the first time!



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    I started stripping and painting the bonnet first.


    These are pretty much the only things wrong with the bonnet. A small rust hole and what appears to be where it may have been dropped at some stage.




    Time to paint the upside.







    Then after a few days of drying a did the underside.





    I still haven't done the nose cone but that's a job for when my hand has healed.

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    Right so right here is where I have to say this so that purists don't kick up a fuss. This is my car, I am able to do whatever I like to it. I can be different. Everything that I can do to it and will do to it can be reversed if I don't like it or change my mind sometime down the track.


    Now that that's over and done with here is something that I have done that I'm not sure I'm sold on yet. I have to get the rest of the panels on and then time will tell.
    I've changed the front headlight sealed beams to a more modern LED setup with Halos. The Halos also flash amber when I indicate so that will also help other people on the road see which way I am turning. If you don't like that's cool but I'm still going to try it out.


    They are definitely a lot brighter!


    I had to do a little trimming to the light and to the bucket. Here is a comparison. (not enough to the buckets to mess with putting the originals back in)



    This where things get a little more exciting. Time for the HQ to be relocated the where I work so I can do some more work on it but with a bit more ease! Conveniently work has a tow truck.


    It is just looking so good!!



    So because I have access to a hoist I've changed out the clutch. The one is it was an Exedy heavy duty, and it was just too heavy under the foot for a daily/frequently driven car. So I just ended up buying a new standard one which will suit my needs perfectly!



    Right so now back to the steering box and almost the present. After ordering a NOS steering box rebuild kit the seal still didn't fit and was ruined (by my boss not by me this time) fortunately I found another kit in a parts room that has parts all the way back from the 50's and 60's in there.
    I realized it was the housing at the seal sat in that was the issue. I don't know why is was a smaller diameter and I probably never will.
    But what I ended up doing was taking off small amounts of the metal outer ring around the seal until it would eventually taper enough to fit in the housing.


    I also ended up putting some sealant around the outer edge of the seal and then cleaned it up perfectly to make it look factory.


    I also put a seal kit through the pump as well but there was no drama there so nothing really worth reporting there!
    I did however strip everything back and then paint it in Epoxy gloss black. It came up great and looks awesome on the car!


    I also put new hoses in from the box to the pump.

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    During the week last week I sandblasted my hinges again and resprayed them in epoxy, making sure to move the hinges this time to get full coverage so surface rust doesn't appear. (that's why I'm doing this)




    And that brings me up to date up until I hurt myself! Here is that for you all, I posted up my last injury good injury so may as well do the same! Unfortunately I'm right handed so it's a bit of a pain...

    I was going to be putting the doors on this weekend but obviously that wasn't going to work one handed...


    So yesterday afternoon, that being a Saturday I started to clean up my door cards with the one good hand I had in preparation for dying them satin black.
    Cleaned them down with a multipurpose cleaner, then prepwash and then a damp white rag to make sure there was nothing left on there to contaminate the vinyl dye. I also had to use a carpet stain remover on one of the carpeted sections thanks to the possums that live in my shed.





    Then the time came to dye it. I'm just using VHT Satin Black Vinyl dye.


    The results are far better than what I was expecting!


    Here is a comparison.



    So this afternoon I went a bought some black vinyl material and foam underlay so I can have a go at making my own parcel shelf and kick panels.
    After I got back I finished off dyeing the rest of the door cards and I can't get over how bloody good they look!



    Well I guess that brings us all up to speed on where I am at with Wesley!
    I've figured out an easier way to host my photos to use here so I plan to post updates more frequently.

    Cheers all!
    -Davie

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