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
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