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    What lies below the vinyl

    Unfortunately the camera does not do justice to the colour the car is now - it does not capture the sparkle or the pop of this colour.

    Bought this HZ ute in Scotland in 2014.



    Finally imported it into Ireland in 2015 and brought it up to my paint guy to get a respray which we figured would take about 4 - 5 weeks.

    Off with the vinyl and should I start to worry?



    Hmmmmmm more of what lurks below the vinyl!



    Digging deeper and its not looking good!



    Will there be any vehicle left at this rate???????????



    Mike from Rare Spares Perth to the rescue with new metal!



    Starting to look a bit more factory - no holes or rust bubbles left.



    Next in line for the paint booth - end of March 2017



    Waiting for trim - April 2017



    After a polish!



    Ready for delivery back to me




    Trying on its new boots.



    Checking the new boots from other angles.



    Looking sharp.



    The tyres are the wrong size as these rims where bought for my Valiant S Series and the profile is smaller than the tyres that came off the ute. I was checking the look - and I like it!

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    Did it have a Wrap on it when it was grey? An easy way to hide dodgy bodywork. Were the primer patches there under the wrap? I haven't seen a wrapped car yet that I liked the look of.
    My Dad had a HZ ute for years, I drove it fairly regularly. 202 n 3 on the tree don't mix well with a 3.55:1 diff.
    How did you get Val rims to fit on Chev pattern on the Holden?
    Are they multi fit n the Val on Ford pattern? Out here the Vals didn't get Ford pattern until 1970 with the HEMI 6.

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    Nice work lad, had a lot of surprises there...

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    As I am waiting for the missing bits to finish the drum to disk change I* my 62 Valiant I used the time to do some modernising on the ute.

    The finished projects to date are;
    Fatmat the cabin and doors
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    New underlay
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    New carpets
    Swapped out the bench seat for some all electric buckets
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    Fitted centre console - not sure now if I will go for the T-bar shifter. I have one but I do like the column shifter. May fabricate a cup holder for this console instead.
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    Refurbished all the gauges. Sourced and had fitted a replacement clock - these never work but now with new mechanics and electrics and the old style face and needles it looks nearly factory.
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    New Android 6 stereo - Will replace this with something else as the screen does not extend fully with the stepped dash in the car
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    Refurbished and installed factory style intermittent wiper control
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    Tidied underdash wiring and plumb in new wiring for seats
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    Install central locking - how it all came together
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    And still no sign of my missing Valiant parts

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    Wow, looking sharp. Can't be easy finding bits for an Aussie Ute in Ireland. Good work

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    After humping a bunch of house stuff from Dublin to Kilkenny the ute started to puff and run a bit rough. I had a "new" carb and manifold on the shelf which I purchased last year for it so I fitted that. I fitted new gaskets and vacuum hoses where needed.

    I also fitted a new HEI distributor and coil. It purrs away now and drives really nice.

    Excuse the canary yellow - previous owner painted EVERYTHING in this colour, slowly getting it gone.

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    Does anyone know of a really good set of engine tins? The seller/provider must be willing to post to Ireland - my expensive of course.

    It took me nearly 5 hours sandblasting the airfilter box so I could test out the candy red powder coat. I am thinking to leave the block black and do the rest colour matched "ish" to the body.

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    I think the colours might look good

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    But I don't want to spend an eternity sandblasting the canary yellow from the old ones; the coating he used does not come off easily and as you can see sticks like sh** to a blanket in tight areas.

    Once the Valiant is gone to panel and paint next next week, that will give me space in the garage to do more on the ute. I will do the brakes and re - ring and bearing the engine, and add a slightly mild cam and new lifters.

    Hopefully by the time the engine goes back in the dreaded canary yellow will be all gone

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    Should have said the engine tins should be for a Holden 202 red

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    If the existing powder coat is sound, then why not paint over it?
    Powdercoat makes an excellent base coat, just scuff it with scotchbrite.

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    It's not powder coat. I put the airbox in my powder coat oven to check it will take the heat and it bubbled and discoloured really quickly and it was not even at powder coat flash temperature. I don't know what sort of coating it is, it is thick and semi gloss and bloody horrible canary yellow

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    Ooh, yuck! How 'bout soaking it in thinners for a day or 2?

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