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i just ordered 2 x 1/2lb jars of the flake for the valiant, you know so i'm sure to have enough.
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moted the fiesta this morning so that's for sale now. it all helps fund the main projects, lol.
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today i opened the boot and passengers door of the valiant..... but to no avail. :tdown:
i was looking for an elusive 318 inlet manifold and it's cousin the single point distributor, but alas they still evaded capture. :shake:
i did see the radiator lurking in the boot but that too was a disappointment as the bottom hose fitting is the wrong side. :(
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i bought this 'glass scoop at the swapmeet in march but it's not tall enough to clear the tunnel ram and carbs (it'll work with the 4 barrel). i'll keep it for now.
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i collected the new 'glass rear fenders for the chevy truck today. unless a bed and tailgate turn up very cheap that's all the proper panels i'm buying for it as i'll make the rest.
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this morning i took all of my slot mags to get the tyres fitted so i've got them ready when i need them. 2 x 5 1/2 x 15's with 165 x 15's, 2 x 8 1/2 x 15's with 295 x 50 x 15's and 2 x 10 x 15's with 29 x 15 1/2 x 15's. the plan is try the middle size on the back once the narrowed explorer axle's fitted and if they won't go under the arches i'll radius them and fit the bigguns sticking out the sides :tup: the skinnies of course will go on the straight tube axle up front.
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What you been up to mate...?
 

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pics later today. this morning i dropped off a spare timing cover to have 1/4" machined off of the water pump mounting lip/raised bit so the pulleys still line up once the motor plate is sandwiched in there. it should be done to collect tomorrow hopefully.
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Glad that you are doing a flake job, I still reckon it is a real eyecatcher - especially in sunshine!
definately, in bright sunshine you couldn't even see the signwriting on my anglia estate.
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the motor plate arrived from summit today, 5 days from order date! why does stuff take 10 days to a fortnight to get across the uk???? also the timing cover's done so i'll collect that tomorrow.
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it's been a while so i thought it was time to get started on the valiant........again :)
so i moved a few bits so i could get to one of the explorer axles. i'd forgotten how heavy they are when complete :eek: after removing the calipers i could balance it enough to lift it up onto 2 large axle stands. next i removed the back cover and spun it over to drain the oil, nice and clean with no grey metal residue which was a good sign. then with the centre pin removed i slid off the discs and pulled the halfshafts, before refitting the back cover to keep the upcoming crap out of the diff. new toy time so i got my plasma cutter out and cut off the leaf spring perches and roll bar mounts and then ground the tubes clean/smooth. that's where i got to today.
next job of course is to cut the long side of the housing down by 2 7/8" so i can fit a second 'short side' halfshaft. this means if my measurements are right the 8 1/2" slot mags with 295 tyres will fit under the arches.
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cheers, i cut, welded and reassemble the axle yesterday. no pics as it looks like the last one but with halfshafts and discs, you can't tell it's narrower so....
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