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
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….
If you undertake a restoration on a car, and plan on doing much of the prep work yourself, spend a king’s ransom on good quality gloves and hire assistants to help you clean around where the glass and trim went. To get my car ready for the upcoming paint and panel work I had to … More My fingers hurt and my back aches (AKA why stripping a car for paint sucks)
Way back in 2012 my mate Brenden bought a sweet ’62 Pontiac from a bloke in Western Sydney. The Vista four-door hardtop was long, low and a very cool cruiser as it was a proper American-spec Bonneville (not a Canadian Parisienne, which was basically a Chevy with Pontiac panels), but had been converted to right-hand … More Losing a ’62 Pontiac Bonneville in a fire led me to buy the ’64.
Living in Australia can be beaut, for around 10,421 reasons. However, it sucks The Big One when it comes to having to ship everything across the Pacific Ocean, because that is damn expensive. And so it was I found myself needing to buy some Edelbrock cylinder heads for my Pontiac, but not wanting the hundreds … More Flying 10,000km to the USA is cheaper than paying freight on a pair of Edelbrock cylinder heads. But now I have fancy lightweight heads on my car!
One of the biggest individual projects I’ve undertaken is fitting fully programmable EFI to my ’64 Pontiac’s engine. One thing which is important to point out is that EFI isn’t a magic bullet to cure car set-up problems or find a million horsepower – a good standalone ECU makes it easy to get a good … More The Ultimate Guide to EFI, Part 1 – Don’t fear wiring EFI in as Haltech makes it easy!