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Offline macka

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Re: More of my 1957 Fleetwood rebuild.
« Reply #15 on: January 20, 2010, 07:30:51 PM »
Ken,
 They have a catalogue that can be sent to you.
I've just recieved a few items from them. They were great to deal with, and the shipping was super fast.
I'll be interested to see how you go with them.
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Re: More of my 1957 Fleetwood rebuild.
« Reply #16 on: February 12, 2010, 05:30:19 PM »
I was reading an article, on this forum, in relation to rust and what to look out for when buying a car and thought I should share my experience here.

When I purchased my car, from a guy in Alice Springs, it was described as totally rust free.
Since I was dealing with a retired Army Warrant Officer Mechanic, same as myself, I took his word on it.

I am pleased to report that except for a bit of Acne in the spare wheel well, that could not be seen until the sanblaster did his job, the body and chassis are both rust free.
I sure did well.

Have a look at the photo's.

http://s800.photobucket.com/albums/yy288/kenjfrancis/
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Offline Bruce Reynolds

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Re: More of my 1957 Fleetwood rebuild.
« Reply #17 on: February 12, 2010, 07:20:10 PM »
Congratulations on finding a reliable and honest seller of a vehicle that you wanted.

And the vehicle being what you actually wanted.

Bruce. >:D
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Re: More of my 1957 Fleetwood rebuild.
« Reply #18 on: July 13, 2010, 08:48:06 PM »
Here is a few more pictures to update my progress.

I will be fitting the engine and trans soon.

I will then be able to put the body back onto the chasis.

Ken

http://s800.photobucket.com/albums/yy288/kenjfrancis/
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Re: More of my 1957 Fleetwood rebuild.
« Reply #19 on: August 11, 2010, 09:27:18 AM »
Another problem.

One of my head bolts has been stripped bare of all its thread and another one is also showing it is not real good. I need to replace them.
This is on the same head that was cracked, perhaps some heat stress has happened here due to the heat riser being siezed.
 
In fact I want to replace all the head bolts to ensure I do not have a problem further down the track.

I have taken one of the heads off the engine I have just rebuilt, to check out the threads in the block. All is good here.

Where can I get hold of a new set to suit my 365 engine?

I have checked with All American Auto parts with no joy.

Ken
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Re: More of my 1957 Fleetwood rebuild.
« Reply #21 on: August 26, 2010, 11:32:52 AM »
Just a small update on the head bolt problem.

Purchased new bolts from Holden for $7.00 each.
The ones I needed were the same as a VN  5 Litre.

Ken
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Re: More of my 1957 Fleetwood rebuild.
« Reply #22 on: August 26, 2010, 11:35:16 AM »
I thought the VN would use Metric Threads?

Bruce. >:D
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Re: More of my 1957 Fleetwood rebuild.
« Reply #23 on: August 26, 2010, 02:47:47 PM »
That surprised me too Bruce.

They are the exact thread. As you have said before. You can learn something new every day.

Ken
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Re: More of my 1957 Fleetwood rebuild.
« Reply #24 on: August 26, 2010, 03:02:25 PM »
But, I was thinking that the VN used the Buick V6, so it would make sense to use Imperial stuff, then with the later ones, use Metric.

I am always amazed at what is found in different cars.   Like the indicator lights that GM put under the wings of the '59 Chevrolet, when NSW Transport made the use of Amber Indicator Lenses in place of the Red units that USA used.   These are 1931 Chevrolet Cowl Lights, with Amber Lenses.

It was only NSW that mandated the Amber lights in their State, but everyone else simply accepted the change.   Didn't Holden have an assembly plant in NSW?

Bruce. >:D
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Re: More of my 1957 Fleetwood rebuild.
« Reply #25 on: August 26, 2010, 08:01:43 PM »
It was only NSW that mandated the Amber lights in their State, but everyone else simply accepted the change. 
Bruce. >:D

Is that still the same today Bruce ? ( Qld.)

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Re: More of my 1957 Fleetwood rebuild.
« Reply #26 on: August 26, 2010, 08:07:30 PM »
G'day Xris,

Nowdays, everything goes by the Australian Design Rules, and if pressed, the Authorities cannot mandate you use Amber Indicators in any vehicle made before 1972.

Cannot recall what the ADR Number is, but as my '72 Eldo was built in 1971, it can stay with the Red Lights.

My 1970 Ranchero also uses the Tail Light as the Traficator.

Bruce. >:D
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Re: More of my 1957 Fleetwood rebuild.
« Reply #27 on: August 26, 2010, 08:11:57 PM »
Thanks Bruce
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Re: More of my 1957 Fleetwood rebuild.
« Reply #28 on: August 26, 2010, 08:19:30 PM »
I had this out with the authorities here when I was converting vehicles.   Even had to import some dual filament, offset lug globes to retain the clear lenses in a Torino at the front, and still show an Amber light.   They wouldn't accept them unless I had a "Commercial Supply" as they weren't available here at the time.

It is good to have a win against authorities, especially when it is in a sport I like.

Bruce. >:D
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'72 Eldorado Convertible (LHD)
'70 Ranchero Squire (RHD)
'74 Chris Craft Gull Wing (SH)
(Past President Modified Chapter)