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
Since I bought my car I thought the boot (trunk) floor needed a few touch-ups with a grinder and MIG welder but I figured I could just spot-repair them and then spray some Bully Liner over the top to seal it all. Then I ran over the whole panel with a grinder fitted with a … More Floorless fabrication (puns help you deal with grotty work like chopping your trunk floor out)
I finally got around to pulling my Accuair ENDO air suspension tank apart the other day and took some photos to show the process. I’ve talked about why I am running one of Accuair’s compressor-in-tank, all-in-one ENDO-CVT set-ups elsewhere on Barge Garage, so this post will cover the process of converting an ENDO-VT into a … More Upgrading my Accuair ENDO to CVT-spec and why it rocks
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