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 Post subject: Re: The Kadini coupe!
PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:35 pm 
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Yeah Jonno I should have clarified that the TX cross member is going in the bin unless someone wants it. Remember the diesel cross member I have with the angle adaptors? That's what is going in with all these other bits. It's actually cleaned up and painted now.
The lower control arms are actually RTS ones as I gave the original TX ones to a mate in Melbourne. One is from the original GEM77A and the other was given to me as part swap for an engine. The springs are original TX as are the upper control arms. When it goes back together the front will be lower than standard and I'll probably get low springs for the rear too. There's a sway bar floating around somewhere that'll go in as well.

I took the compressor to work, pulled the armature, pulley and coil off. Pulled the control valve out to give it a blow out and was faced with this.

ImageIMG_20191021_135752 by Justin Sherwood, on Flickr

Obviously moisture had found its way in but it looked like a toddler had taken a dump on it so a new valve went in.

ImageIMG_20191021_141941 by Justin Sherwood, on Flickr

Gave the armature and pulley a light skim then painted.
Flushed as much crap out of the compressor as possible, sand blasted the case then reassembled and filled with new oil.

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 Post subject: Re: The Kadini coupe!
PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2019 11:14 am 
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Yeah mad that makes sense.

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 Post subject: Re: The Kadini coupe!
PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:34 pm 
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That's nice that my last post just disappeared. Just as well I keep a copy of it and here it is.


You know I was so motivated to get this car done things were all going to plan then s*#t happened! I'll explain later.

The first thing in the engine bay I decided to tackle was the shock tower. This has been bugging me since I bought the car. I thought about replacing the whole tower but decided to just fix the mounting spot. First I drilled out the centre, found a 4mm thick washer with right hole and shaped it to fit the hole I drilled. Welded in the washer top and bottom and reshaped as best I could the top side cup shape with a hole saw.

ImageIMG_20191026_140739 by Justin Sherwood, on Flickr

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Next thing I tackled was the battery bracket. Cut what I could, peeled back and ground off the rest.

ImageIMG_20191027_180044 by Justin Sherwood, on Flickr

Meanwhile at work I made myself a pipe bead roller to make up radiator and intercooler pipes.

ImageIMG_20191029_174439 by Justin Sherwood, on Flickr

Painted the engine mounts and modified oil lines black.

ImageIMG_20191030_225055 by Justin Sherwood, on Flickr

ImageIMG_20191030_225122 by Justin Sherwood, on Flickr

ImageIMG_20191030_225131 by Justin Sherwood, on Flickr

ImageIMG_20191030_225150 by Justin Sherwood, on Flickr

Then I thought to myself I'm going to need a Gemini temp sender in the engine so the Gemini temp gauge will work. The temp sensor in the engine is on the back in a small manifold. There was the sensor and a bung screwed in to the manifold so in order to fit the much larger diameter Gemini sensor I decided to move the Astra sensor to where the bung was and fit the Gemini sensor where the Astra sensor was. Drilled and tapped the holes to the appropriate size and thread. Reinstalled manifold.

ImageIMG_20191030_122651 by Justin Sherwood, on Flickr

ImageIMG_20191030_140354 by Justin Sherwood, on Flickr

ImageIMG_20191030_140842 by Justin Sherwood, on Flickr

ImageIMG_20191030_225040 by Justin Sherwood, on Flickr

Another thought I had was I should fit a hose barb in the sump for the fuel vapour line valve bulls*#t thingy. Drilled and tapped a 1/8th bsp hole and screwed in a brass barb. This was late one night and after I did that I looked at the holes in the engine bay that needed welding like the hole Holden hacked in to mount the brake biasing valve and decided to weld them up right then, in my pyjamas. One of the bits welded was where I got a bit excited with the cutting disc.

ImageIMG_20191105_213452 by Justin Sherwood, on Flickr

ImageIMG_20191105_220134 by Justin Sherwood, on Flickr

ImageIMG_20191105_220146 by Justin Sherwood, on Flickr

ImageIMG_20191105_220155 by Justin Sherwood, on Flickr

In the mean time I ordered a 2017 Suzuki Swift HVAC that I think I can make fit behind the Gemini dash. Now the plan was to get the engine bay painted, maybe fit the brake master and booster, fit the crossmember and plonk the engine in then maybe do body work or build the rear axle. Then disaster struck and has f*#cked everything up for at least 6 months. Just found out the owner of our property wants us out by February so now the plan is to get the bay painted, engine in and front suspension back on repaired or not, just to get the bloody thing rolling so I can move it. This means rushing which gives me the s*)ts.

Anyway this weekend I got the engine bay grinding, bogging and sanding done with a coat of primer.

ImageIMG_20191109_151659 by Justin Sherwood, on Flickr

ImageIMG_20191109_151711 by Justin Sherwood, on Flickr

ImageIMG_20191109_175940 by Justin Sherwood, on Flickr

ImageIMG_20191109_175951 by Justin Sherwood, on Flickr

ImageIMG_20191109_180001 by Justin Sherwood, on Flickr

ImageIMG_20191110_150456 by Justin Sherwood, on Flickr

The Swift HVAC turned up so I immediately dismantled it to see what I could trim and relocate. I think I can make it fit with a mod to the tunnel and some custom duct work.

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