Buyers remorse, need inspiration!

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Re: Buyers remorse, need inspiration!

Post by El_Freddo » Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:55 pm

johnnyjoejoejr wrote:
Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:15 am
... I'd also told him I wasn't in a rush which was a mistake on my part. My girlfriend and I have split in that time so getting it on the road has now become more of a priority, since we're currently sharing a car.

With any luck it will have licence plates bolted on in the next couple of weeks, fingers crossed I'll have more updates soon.
I hope it's on the road sooner rather than later! That doesn't sound like much of a fun :shock:

All the best!

Cheers

Bennie

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Re: Buyers remorse, need inspiration!

Post by johnnyjoejoejr » Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:02 am

The day that I thought would never arrived has finally arrived. Roadworthy, registered, and back from the dead. Everyone, meet Beatrice...

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The mechanic has done a pretty great job from what I can tell so far, he charged me a lot but was very thorough, fixed a lot of little niggles, threw in some freebies and kept everything neat and original. He even washed the engine bay and gave it the whole car a wash and vacuum.

The starter motor will replacing in the near future, it struggles to turn over at times, particulary when hot starting. Mechanic was aware of this, most likely a short in the starter somewhere drawing too many volts? The original AM/FM Radio barely works, tailgate doesn't always close properly, a few rattles here and there and a bit of cosmetic stuff, but it's all these little jobs that made me want the car in the first place.

Will clock up a heap of kms in the next few weeks, I'm aiming to drive her along the NSW south coast next month if everything seems cherry ripe.
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Re: Buyers remorse, need inspiration!

Post by El_Freddo » Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:44 pm

Awesome! (Pics aren’t woeking on my phone - could be my phone having the issue though)

With the starter motor make sure the batter leads are in good condition. If they’re the skinny ones upgrade them to a larger gauge wire. Ensure there’s a direct negative cable from battery to engine block.

Do your tailgate struts still hold the tailgate up properly? I’ve got a set of regassed or replacement units on mine and they’re ace. I keep forgetting about the old falling tailgate saga when they’re basically dead!

Enjoy the ride!

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Re: Buyers remorse, need inspiration!

Post by EA82GT » Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:11 am

Pics not come through on my lapstop hot spotted to my phone either.

Go the EA82!


formerly known as jono, then steptoe .....

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Re: Buyers remorse, need inspiration!

Post by johnnyjoejoejr » Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:18 am

With the starter motor make sure the batter leads are in good condition. If they’re the skinny ones upgrade them to a larger gauge wire. Ensure there’s a direct negative cable from battery to engine block
Cabling and contacts all look pretty good, checked the part number on the starter and discovered it was from an auto, not a manual. You'd probably know, but the manual unit has a longer drive. Seems to have fixed the issue.
Do your tailgate struts still hold the tailgate up properly?
Regassed the struts to pass roadworthy, no issue there. The tailgate doesn't latch shut completely unless you really slam it, would probably explain the wheelbarrow load of dust I've vacuumed out of the back. There is a big split in the steel where the boot latch bolts in, which I would assume would allow the latch to flex and move when closing. Will weld it up and see if I can reinforce it with a bit of extra steel next time I'm on the farm.

Will try uploading photos using a different method, fingers crossed this works

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Re: Buyers remorse, need inspiration!

Post by johnnyjoejoejr » Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:56 pm

Finally worked out the image posting issue, here's a bonus pic from a drive in the Dandenongs on Sunday.

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I'll probably stop posting on this thread now that I'm up and running, now I hope to make more of a contribution instead of seeking free advice! Thank you all for your support so far!

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