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…
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.
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
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
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.