One small step for a car, but a giant step for Gidget !
|Happy Australia Day !|
|Busy around the rear axle|
|Engine ready for fitting|
|Original brake fuluid reservoir can|
|Brakes waiting on drums|
|Welding up the panhard rod bracket|
Meanwhile Andrew started cutting and welding the panhard rod brackets which would not mount up to the revised brackets on the later style rear axle. First he had to weld up the original holes in the bracket so he could redrill them in the correct position without weakening the bracket. Note the position of the 90 degree angle on this bracket for later comment !
In the meantime I had finished the tedious and hazardous work of fitting the exhaust heat shielding
|Pax footwell heatshield|
|Fuel pump bracket & manifold|
|Shade in driveway|
|Cooler outside garage too|
|Batteries - Too big !|
|Wiring goes in|
|Its easier with no panels on|
|Fuel lines & wiring from boot into cabin|
|Fuel lines & wiring in boot|
|Hmmm, Nice car !|
As an aside, Steve has been working on a beautiful replica C Type Jaguar for a few weks, and finally completed it on Wednesday. Before it was collected, he had to go for a test drive to test his work, and it surely was a beautiful site to see him heading out of the yard ! And yes, he did have a big grin on his face !!
|Revised anhard rod bracket|
|Lengthening brake rods|
|Finished brake rod installed|
|Truck sticker !!|
On the way home that night, I pulled up at a set of lights next to a Council truck. I couldn't believe it - A big sticker on the side showing (pictorially and in writing) the correct way to get in and to get out of the cab !!!!! You have got to be kidding - People need instruction on how to get a truck now ? I fear for future generations if they can't even work that out !!
|New timing chain cover|
On Wednesday afternoon, Mark Buchanan from Leaded magazine came over. Mark produces this excellent magazine about Sports and Classic Cars, and I had contacted him about our project. As he was in the area this week, he dropped in to the CCC workshop to meet us all and check out the project, and hopefully we can put together some articles about it all for future editions. "Watch this space", as they say !! http://www.marquephotography.com.au/leaded-as-in-the-fuel
|Timing chain cover in place|
|Heading in to the hoist|
Unfortunately the euphoria was shortlived, as once back in the bodywork area, she had to be jacked up on axle stands and the wheels removed so we could continue working on her.
Out of interest, when she "touched ground" for the first time, I watched very carefully to see how much the springs sagged - I now there is no engine in her yet, but I thought they might at least bounce a little ! Nothing. Hmmm, I hope she is not going to be too firm !!!
|Video of the great moment !!!|
|8 1/2" clearance|
After eyeing up the engine, we took it off the engine stand and onto the floor so we could fit the rear crank seal, and then fit the gearbox, before installing it all as a unit into the chassis. The rear seal is an updated version that supposedly reduces (or even eliminates ?) oil leaks, so we feel it is a worthwhile upgrade. At this point Steve went to get the small brass bushing out of the old crankshaft, that matches up with the shaft on the Celica gearbox - Normally a simple 5 minute exercise that involves hydrualicking it out by packing it with grease, then using a drift into the grease. An hour later, with much help and input
|Rear engine seal in place|
|Foam on back of aux tank|
Overall, a second consecutive short week, due this time to the Australia Day holiday, but one in which we not only got quite a lot finished, but also passed the milestone of getting Gidget back on her own wheels for the first time. It has also been an incredibly busy and tiring week with early starts, late finishes, and hot humid weather that saps your
|On her wheels at last !|
Rest of the pics are here :- https://photos.app.goo.gl/m7wxyOBh9nUhu0f93