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where were we? oh yes the truck.
to go with the hinges and slam panel i popped to manchester from faversham in kent to collect the bonnet today. 4 1/4 hours each way . mind you i had a/c, cruise control and a cd multichanger full of 'old ****' music to make the journey a bit easier . i'm not sure yet whether to fix the 2 halves back together (now i've got hinges ) or fit a piano hinge from the back forward to where it starts to curve so it opens from either side with a support under the front of the hinge. what do you think?
Nice and proper
on the valiant i just bought a proper shifter handle with the reverse lockout for the inland shifter i have. i was going to make one but it was cheap enough so.... all the way from indiana but with the global shipping program ebay now uses getting parts from the states is getting cheaper.
more pieces to the chevy puzzle
i dropped the 8 1/2's off for pcd alteration and also asked him to shave 1/2" off of the mounting face too. they're about 1 1/8" - 1 1/4" thick and i've had lots of slots that are as thin as 1/2" at the mounting face including the fronts i have for this car. i guess they cast them thick then machine them to suit the required back spacing.
back to the valiant, the header issue is resolved as the ebay seller is sending a partial refund so i can replace the missing bits myself
today i've been measuring wheels and tyres, the explorer axle and the width of the car to work out the best route to go. i measured the important sizes from the wheels and tyres, ie wheel mounting face to outside edge of tyre. i've got 8 1/2 x 15 us indy mags with 265 50 15 tyres and 10 x 15 unbranded mags with 295 50 15 tyres. they measured 6 1/2" and 8 1/4" respectively so i needed to add twice that to the axle width (wheel mounting face to wheel mounting face) to get overall width. then measure the cars width by taping a vertical straight edge to one rear arch and hold a spirit level againgst the other while measuring between the 2. for measurement purposes i'm assuming the explorer axle is 56 1/2" as i'll be using 2 short side halfshafts and cutting the casing down to suit.
the smaller mags give a total width of 69 1/2" and the larger 73". the width of the car to the outside edge of the arches is 70 1/4" so whichever wheels i use i'll be raduising the arches. i could of course get the 2 long halfshafts i have cut down shorter than short ones and mini tub the body to fit the 10's under the stock arches. choices, choices......
moving on i got the manual gearbox on the bench to have a look at the linkage and shifter which came free with it. after nearly an hour freeing up the rusted solid shifter i now need to study some pics of the setup i 'should' have and work out mounting brackets to put the shifter where it'll be comfortable and cut/remake the shift rods to suit.
here's a pic of the 8 1/2" mags and where i'm at with the shifter. oh, does anybody know what the shifter is (brand, model)?
so now i've bought a bonnet i guess i'll have to buy a slam panel and bonnet hinges to attach it to.......
oh, wait i just did
last big bit to buy for the truck was a bonnet, which i didn't care if it had or not. anyway after some haggling with a guy on ebay i've bought a good one with standard patina for the right money. only thing is i've got to go from here in kent to manchester to get it.
unless anyone's coming this way and wants to earn some of their fuel money by picking it up for me and bringing it down this way (the closer to faversham the better). i'm on 07718339011 if you can help. i'm going to arrange picking it up next weekend in case someone offers to get it before then.
just ordered a pair of 'glass rear wings for the truck from pro laminates. i'll make the bed in steel to suit along with running boards too. still no bonnet but i don't care if i run it without one.
showed a mate the shiny headers earlier and he said where's all the bolts and did you notice the gaskets are bent and those 3 tubes look out of whack. he's right and the box they came in was split open one end, but i was so excited with my new shiny bits i didn't properly check everything. no header or collector bolts/nuts, no collector gaskets, damaged main gaskets and the o/s header appears to be bent. whether it's enough to be an issue with fitment i don't know yet. i've sent a message to the seller explaining (with pics) so i'll wait to see what they say.
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