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.
Cars are made up of thousands, or even tens of thousands, of individual pieces and this is true whether they were made last year or 50 years ago. So, when you pull one apart and start re-engineering it in an ad-hoc manner (like I have) this turns out to be a complex job that takes … More The Ultimate Guide to EFI, Part 5 – beginning the fit-out