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 Electricity isn’t scary (aka Haltech’s Elite 950 Premium wiring loom is a Godsend)
As you go through the process of building a car it becomes a game of managing snowballs, and learning which snowballs to chase and which to dodge. While it can be tempting to slap a car back together and think “I’ll just get to that job later” the reality is there are some jobs that … More Dodging versus chasing snowballs (AKA making a fuel line from scratch)
This weekend was another session thrashing on my barge, installing various parts and generally stressing about getting it done in time. I started by running new Raceworks AN6 (-6) 200-series teflon fuel line under the car, and cut it to length. I also drilled holes to fit nutserts to mount P-clips, which will hold the … More Tanks for looking in (AKA fitting my custom gasoline receptacle)
Yesterday we painted the roof and door jambs 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 Bonus round – fitting out the panels!
A few weeks ago I committed to having my Pontiac at the biggest car show in my country: Summernats 32 in Canberra, Australia. This meant my car needed to drive 4 hours sound on January 2, 2019. I therefore told my paint guy we needed to get the hanging panels on and make some progress. … More Paint! Finally, paint is on my car… (AKA don’t get excited it still has weeks of work to go before it is all painted).
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 Fitting 10lbs of crap in a 5lb timeline (aka I have a whiteboard full of jobs to do, and only 3.5 months to get them done)
When I took my car to Brendan’s shop back in February I thought the boot (trunk) floor needed a few touch-ups with a grinder and MIG welder but – at the time – I figured I could just spot-repair them and then spray some Bully Liner over the top to seal it all. But then … More Floorless fabrication (aka puns help you deal with grotty work)