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    Default 1976 HX Prem - 304

    Hi Guys, This is my 76 HX Premier 253 Trimatic. Was my daily driver a long time ago, The engine got fairly tired, ran on gas and towards the end couldn't get it to run well on either gas or petrol and I got tired of keeping it going. I didn't want to get rid of it so its been sitting in the shed for about 10 years. I've been slowly getting some bits together to rebuild it when money was free to buy parts. Got a bonus for my work long service and brought a parts car with a lot of the parts I needed to get the project going. So we've begun.

    I'm pretty much a novice when it comes to cars. I know the basics but that's about it. I've got my brother helping who knows a fair bit which is super helpful. Looks like I'll be the apprentice who's going out to get a packet of grinding sparks. Ha Ha

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    After pulling the car to bits its not it too bad nick rust wise. There are 3 main areas that need repair.

    Sill panels on both sides. Passenger side is much worse. Sill panel is totally gone.



    The replacements for these will come off the parts car.

    The boot floor is also gone.



    I don't have a replacement for this. So if anyone in SA has a car they are wrecking with a good boot floorpan in it. Le me know.

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    Looks like a good starting point. Look forward to seeing it progress.

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    Parts Car





    Engine that will go into the Prem



    Bits we need cut off the parts car. Sill panels removed




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    Working on the rust repair at the moment.

    We've removed the passenger sill panel.





    New sill panel prepped



    New sill panel tacked in

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    Rusted Sill panes have been removed an replaced

    Passenger side panel removed


    New Panel to go on


    New panel fitted


    Same treatment for the drivers side



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    Nice bit of surgery going on there! Look forward to following your progress.

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    Not much been happening lately. Have pulled the chassis to bits and started cleaning, also repaired the radiator support panel. Still trying to find a good boot floor. My brother is currently building a rotisserie so we can flip the car.

    Some of the front end parts pulled off and cleaned up









    Stuffed bit of the rad support cut off.







    New lower half from the parts car welded on





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    Nice work so far. If you're having trouble finding a good boot floor, I used the rare spares panel on mine. If you take the time to trim it to the right shape and properly butt weld it in around the edges they work pretty well. Here's a couple of progress shots from mine. Haven't got any good shots of it finished, but you should get the general idea.




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    Just working on the new braking setup for the car. It used to have a drum rear and I've got a standard HX/HZ/WB disc brake rear end for the car. I've been told that I have to modify the master cylinder to get this to work.

    Master Cylinder


    I've been told I have to remove the brass fitting (picture below) where the brake lines connect and remove a small rubber valve from behind it. Is this correct ??? And how do I remove the brass fitting from the master cylinder.

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    Screw a small self tapping screw into the brass part and use some pliers to carefully lever it out. There should be a check ball and spring behind it. Try not to damage the brass fitting.

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    Thanks hq308. I'll give it a crack on the weekend.

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    Love your work.

    I bet it was a site to behold when you started ripping into the cab with the construction saw lol.

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    75TNR, It was a good bit of fun, There were some photos floating around of when we did it, I'll try to find them. But hopefully I'll be at it again this weekend. I might have found the boot floor i need so will need to cut that out.

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    You don't muck around mate, just a note regarding the front rotor castle nuts. I just replaced mine (HK with HQ brakes)with newbies after one of the originals decided to strip its thread and try to bail, lucky the split pin saved me. Had no inkling until it went clunk...just a heads up. Cheers Mark
    Blow the bolts on the banjo!

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