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 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
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.