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’ve been slack, I know. Three months without an update is a bit of a poor showing on my behalf, especially when I’ve been so busy with the car. Amazingly it still looks like it did a few months ago, however I’ve been sorting engine wiring, plumbing various sensors, ordering gauges and a hundred other … More There are 100,000 tiny jobs that swallow days during a build, which is why I haven’t updated this blog.
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
Yesterday the roof and door jambs were painted on my Pontiac, so today I backed up by driving back to Newcastle and fitting the doors to my car. The Pontiac turned up at 8am and I got straight into masking the jambs to protect the fresh paint from scratches. Mounting doors involves leaving the two … More Putting doors back on your car makes it feel like progress has occurred.
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
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.
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
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.
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)