Generally, when talking about rebuilding cars we break them down into several large chunks, including: engine, paint & body, suspension & brakes, drivetrain, and interior. But cars are actually several thousand tiny jobs loosely grouped together, but also intertwined. I can’t finish off the cooling system until I have my crank pulley back on, which … More The Ultimate Guide to EFI, Part 4 – getting fuel into your engine the correct way
My 1964 Bonneville is a huge land barge (hence the name of this website) that I am rebuilding into a car that will cruise the streets and highways with ease. It isn’t a tyre-frying muscle car built to slay drag strips, or go drifting, or even win trophies for Shiniest Undercarriage Painted In 2pack at … More Why air suspension is mandatory on old full-size cruisers if you actually want to use them.
Instead of traditional coil springs my Pontiac uses inflatable air bags, controlled by a series of valves and switches with air held in a trunk-mounted tank. Traditionally these systems are slow to fill (even with two compressors), take up a lot of space in the car, and are noisy and hot. They can also have … More Fitting the most advanced air suspension system available to a 50 year-old vintage car is smarter than you’d think.
I took my Pontiac’s seats and door cards up to Steve at Trim Lab in the NSW Hunter Valley as he will be recovering them in a new style. I wanted to update the factory tri-tone pattern and the blue/aqua colourscheme won’t work with my new green paint, so I’ll be going for a simpler … More 1960s cars are made of more stuff (AKA I never knew how involved trimming a car was)
One reason I love old school cars is the beautiful detail work – the chrome, the polished stainless, the finely crafted pot metal pieces. Style! Design! Beauty! And also rust, pitting and a horrendously expensive project to fix up. I have deleted much of the really wild trim off my car to give it a … More Chrome is the curse and glory of old American cars
The awesome dual-quad Edelbrock intake manifold I bought for my car was designed to fit two four-barrel carburettors (which is why it is known as a “dual-quad” set-up). Carburettors rely on swallowing fuel and air mixed together in a very roughly calculated amount, straight into the engine. To fit EFI to my car I had … More The Ultimate Guide to EFI, Part 3 – why “bolt-on EFI” is not worth it compared to proper port injection
People, please. I implore you to stop using body filler (AKA bog, bondo, etc) instead of hammering out dents and fixing car bodies properly. While sanding the rear fenders (guards) on my Pontiac I discovered filler over 2in-thick in places. Digging these panels out has taken nearly 20 hours over three days (and 12 hours … More The horror of discovering my rear fenders hid 2in-thick bondo
Part of my Pontiac project is adding electronic fuel injection (EFI) to the original 389cui V8, and this required a new fuel system as the old-style mechanical pump can’t supply the required pressure fuel injectors require. So, I needed a better fuel pump, and this led me on a merry course of failure and frustration … More The Ultimate Guide to EFI, Part 2 – getting the fuel to the fire with a proper in-tank solution
Fixing the rust under the roof rail turned out to require way more cutting than I’d envisaged, but all that digging was worth it once the rot was gone! The gutter was welded in before stitching the two roof sections together along the body line, grinding the weld down to provide the same lip as … More Cutting out the rot in the roof isn’t for the faint of heart….
I’ll say this straight up – I liked the white-over-blue two-tone paint my car wore when I bought it. Originally delivered in Pontiac’s very early/mid 1960s colour “Aquamarine”, at some point my car was resprayed with more blue in the mix, and a pearl white roof. The resprayed blue works well with all the chrome … More Paint stripping is much easier than sanding paint off but isn’t without its own hazards.