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Steering Rack Rebuild

In In the Garage, Steering by George1 Comment

Like a lot of things with this build, it takes me a long time to complete components but in the end I’m happy with the results and I feel it’s heading in the right direction. I first picked up the steering rack in July 2018. It has sat in one corner or another since early 2014. Months later it started to resemble a steering rack. I had a small issue with the pinion bushing which frustrated me to no end but all things considered it assembled well and operates very smoothly. The OEM rubber bushings for these racks are NLA …

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Rear Drum Brakes

In Brakes, In the Garage by George1 Comment

When I took on this project in 2014 I pictured myself assembling factory new parts in a lab like environment and everything worked just as it did in 1970. Reality rarely meets fantasy; it takes time and effort to achieve fantasies. Some of the brake hardware has been purchased over 2 years ago and the rest has just sat around waiting for its restoration. The biggest time waster is finding myself short of a nut or something trivial that needs to be plated which has a month turnaround. Even simple things like painting parts properly has to be executed with …

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KONI Sport Adjustable Struts

In In the Garage, Suspension by George1 Comment

The timing could not have been better! Just as I started to work on my suspension I received an email from MSA announcing the new KONI Sport Adjustable Gas Struts for standard strut assemblies of the S30 chassis (and later Z’s as well). MSA will be the sole distributor for these inserts; an indication that they were a driving force behind the product coming to market. They are a completely new product designed to fit the ’70-’83 Z strut assemblies. The cartridge inserts are a twin-tube low pressure gas-charged design and are externally rebound adjustable. They’re capable of close to …

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Summer 2019

In Driveline, Seasons, Steering, Suspension, Wheels by GeorgeLeave a Comment

Spring Break is Over! This has been the longest break I’ve taken from the car. A whole 6 months! While I know breaks like this severely delay the completion of the project, they are necessary, healthy, and sometimes unavoidable. How can you resist that little adorable face!? Her birth coincided with the start of my break and you can see why. Discussion over. As the year ticked over I made my way up the coast to meet with a dear friend for the first time. We had been in contact for a few years talking cars and finally got to …

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Stepping Up From Rattlecans

In In the Garage, Steering, Suspension, Wheels by George1 Comment

Painting is effing hard! To do it right anyway. I’ve rattle canned my fair share and I can shake a can with the best of ’em. This time I thought I would invest in a spray gun and all the gear that goes along with it to get a hard wearing and lasting finish on the suspension gear. Upfront costs equate to paying someone else to do it but it’s an investment in my skills and it’ll pay for itself the second time I use it. The diff, axles, and fuel tank are all in need of a similar durable …

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I’m Back… For a While

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Starting to get back into it this week. I’ve disappeared into the garage each night and I don’t hear much complaining from my wife. I think she’s glad ‘that smelly thing on the couch’ is gone… I needed something simple to get started since I’ve been away for so long. The steering coupler and shaft seemed like a good place to begin so I knocked that out quickly and was on to the filthy rack next. I’m repeatedly reminded at how serviceable all of this old stuff is and the rack was no exception. Strip it, clean, inspect, new paint, …

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The Tired Brain and the NLA Inner Tie Rod

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One of these is not like the other… Murphy’s law dictates that the bent one must be the NLA tie rod while the dead straight one is readily available. Guess which one is which. I beat it with a hammer, torched it, pulled and pushed it with long bars until it cried out but it didn’t budge a millimetre. Also crying out must have been my annoyed neighbours as it was well past bedtime. Behind me a 20 ton press stood quietly, snickering at my madness. Why it didn’t speak out earlier I’ve no idea. I blame my tired brain …

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Steelies, Hubcaps & Aquajets

In In the Garage, Wheels by GeorgeLeave a Comment

I first contacted the owner in Dec 2016 and over 2 years later I have collected these wheels and hubcaps. The hubcaps have never been fitted but unfortunately some moisture got to them and they have surface rust. It’s mostly on the inside but the important thing is all four are straight. They’re not the early type but I’m happy to use them until I can find a correct set. As part of the deal there were seven hubcaps with three heavily rusted and only good as wall decorations. The Topy steelies are all in good condition and will scrub …

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Spring 2018

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Priorities I’ve seen it – and used it – numerous times. It’s the age-old excuse… “I don’t have enough time.” I’m going to call myself out on that one. Not having enough time is an excuse used when other things in our lives take priority. You can dodge around exercise for years and then one day your doctor gives you some unfavourable news – shakes fist – and you suddenly find the time. The only thing that changed are your priorities. I phoned it in this quarter. There were opportunities for me to progress the project and I kind of …

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Winter 2018

In Electrical, Steering by GeorgeLeave a Comment

It’s Getting Crowded In Here You go through life thinking you’re a tough bugger and then you watch your wife give birth. What a humbling experience. We welcomed Lillian to our little clan this Winter. She’s a bundle of joy. 🙂 Chipping Away After fumbling around with the heater box a while ago the blower was an easier task. I tried the molasses trick to remove the rust and had less success this time. I only left it in for a week where last time it was two weeks so I’m guessing that’s the difference. I’m finding that the most …