Wiring is one of the big jobs that quite a lot of otherwise-handy DIY or hobby mechanics shy away from. And I reckon it is because people are lazy and just want a quick fix – this was certainly the case for me! Maybe it is the fact you’re presented with dozens (or hundreds in … More Wiring isn’t scary; you’re just lazy.
Sometimes you have set-backs in a project due to financial constraints, problems ordering parts, the alignment of the moons of Jupiter, or your labrador might have a bad case of the farts. For my car, I’ve had to take it back to bare metal and start all over again as the body and paint guy … More One step forward, 10 steps back…
I spent a couple of ridiculous days this week on this thing, sweating out my eyeballs as it is the middle of a summer heatwave here in Australia at the moment. I turned the motor over with a drill to wind oil pressure into the motor. 50psi came up nice and quick so i call … More Heatwave hijinks (almost ready to start my car after 4.5 years!)
I’ve been slack, I know. Three months without an update is a bit of a poor showing on my behalf, especially when I’ve been so busy with the car. Amazingly it still looks like it did a few months ago, however I’ve been sorting engine wiring, plumbing various sensors, ordering gauges and a hundred other … More There are 100,000 tiny jobs that swallow days during a build, which is why I haven’t updated this blog.
I reckon the #1 thing most car enthusiasts fear is delving into wiring. Most punters will have a crack at bodywork, but I’ve seen otherwise competent amateur mechanics run a mile from even simple wiring jobs. I’ll happily admit I was thinking I’d do exactly the same when it came time to wire up the … More The Ultimate Guide to EFI Part 7 – wiring in the Haltech Elite 950
As you go through the process of building a car it becomes a game of managing snowballs, and learning which snowballs to chase and which to dodge. While it can be tempting to slap a car back together and think “I’ll just get to that job later” the reality is there are some jobs that … More The Ultimate Guide to EFI Part 6 – being Ethanol safe & building a custom fuel line
This weekend was another session thrashing on my barge, installing various parts and generally stressing about getting it done in time. I started by running new Raceworks AN6 (-6) 200-series teflon fuel line under the car, and cut it to length. I also drilled holes to fit nutserts to mount P-clips, which will hold the … More Tanks for looking (AKA custom mounts for my custom gas tank, and fitting roof insulation)
Yesterday the roof and door jambs were painted on my Pontiac, so today I backed up by driving back to Newcastle and fitting the doors to my car. The Pontiac turned up at 8am and I got straight into masking the jambs to protect the fresh paint from scratches. Mounting doors involves leaving the two … More Putting doors back on your car makes it feel like progress has occurred.
When I decided to respray my car I knew it was going to be a huge job to undertake. After countless bodyshops and friends declined to even quote me I opted to employ the services of a guy who was working for my mate Ryan. I stripped most of the paint off the car and … More When you take a car back to bare metal expect not to see it complete for months.