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  2. What am I getting myself into here ? https://www.theactivetimes.com/healthy-living/10-signs-you-may-have-obsessive-compulsive-disorder One of the ten (10) primary signs, you have OCD is . . . . . . . . "You scrub, clean, polish, vacuum, dust, and shine, but it’s still not enough. Over-cleaning is a sign of OCD. A person may be compulsively cleaning because they are trying to prevent spreading or being harmed, or because contamination may make them uncomfortable. Either way, individuals become so obsessed with cleanliness that it may start to interfere with their everyday lives." No, I'm not going there; although, I do remember, I used to polish the chrome handle bars on my push bike a lot, when I was a kid. What am I getting myself into here ? Could the affliction, be coming back/returning ? Better see the doctor tomorrow. Hope Medibank covers it ? Cheers Banjo
  3. Had a job working in a mineral sand suppliers lab testing sand. 6 months of that and I had no finger nails/skin left on my hands
  4. Pfft.... we've got trout πŸ˜‰
  5. Haha you're starting to get it. I stated with the polished tappet cover as everyone does.... then the timing cover... thermostat housing.... the 7ke manifold (which must have been about 100 hours all up!).... alternator, dizzy housing, oil cooler plate.... intercooler, cooler piping... my ls1 coil brackets. Then I start making new bits like the thermo fan brackets.... it just never stops! πŸ˜‰ Just like paint, a really good polished finish is all in the prep. Get it as smooth as possible. The actual polish bit should only be the last 5 minutes of work. Fyi, I prefer cream polish. I actually like to apply and rub it in with my bare hands. Just keep rubbing until your hands are nice and black. Wipe off the excess then rub as fast as you can with an old towel or the like.... or a buffer if you have one. I used the do a bit of casual work years ago at a place called 'The Car Artist' who was really busy doing all kinds of body kits back in the late 00's when fat and furious was popular. Most of my days were spent wet rubbing primed panels. I seriously did end up with bleeding finger tips, and yes... rarely had finger prints.
  6. Hey Banjo You gotta do the timing chain cover you can't have one without the other.
  7. Got some 3000 grit wet/dry here at work that will help πŸ˜‰ If you see it, grab some "Purple" metal polish. Guys with alloy bullbars love it. Ps. don't do the timing cover, it will Iook so good that you will start looking for the next thing to polish.. .. I even filed the casting marks and sanded/polished the inlet manifold.
  8. Hi Colin, I think I've just worked out, what Si was on about with his warning. Once you get started on this polishing thing, it becomes an obsession, to remove every little micro-scratch, until you can see your own reflection in it. Was in Bunnings yesterday, but finest grit wet & dry in stock was 1200 grit. Grabbed a few sheets. Off to SCA then, as I had some credits, which were just about to run out. Grabbed some metal polish. Last night, for 40 minutes, I rubbed one end of the cover, & then polished it, & the difference was amazing. Unfortunately, every time I've used my mobile phone this morning, I had to revert to my pin number for entry, as my finger print is no longer recognised ! "It's a slippery slope" indeed. I've just instructed myself, to not even look at the "timing chain cover". πŸ₯΅ Cheers Banjo
  9. Queenland Stuart ! . . . . . . . . But you better be quick. we are locking our borders on Saturday 8th August. Cheers Banjo
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  11. He is stoked and hanging out to get it in the bush and here I am contemplating on which state or country I'll move to once borders and jobs are going.
  12. Then around a million hours polishing with Autosol......
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  14. Haha nice work. The real shine come out with some 2000 wet until your finger tips bleed 🀣
  15. Hi Csongor, What a lovely story, & a very original KE30, in what appears to be, in remarkable condition. I'm just loving the roof rack.. They were in vogue 30-50 years ago. I remember, they also used to produce them with 4 or 6 great big suction caps, that took the weight on the roof corners. (that's in the days, when car bodies were much heavier, & used thicker steel sheet) My KE30 manual states that the front disk rotors were 218mm in diameter, & had a new thickness of 13mm. Machining limit was 12mm, & run out limit was 0.15mm. Your picture of the brake rotor, certainly appears to show it as being fairly thin. In Australia, we can still buy on line solid rotors for around AUD 140 per pair, & aftermarket vented & grooved/dimpled ones for around AUD 240 per pair. It would appear, that the car spent all those "deep sleep dream 14 years" in a shed or barn somewhere. I can't imagine the body would be in such good condition, if it was exposed to the elements. My guess is, that when you provide us with a picture under the bonnet, that the engine, is stock standard, & totally untouched. Have you tried to start it, or had it running ? I love those utube videos, of people starting old trucks, tractors, & cars, that have laid idle for 40 odd years. Good luck, & keep us updated, on your progress, & ask us any questions at all. There are lots of members on here, that know every inch of your car, & will chip in with advice. Cheers Banjo
  16. Thank you for your answers! I'm from Hungary, but half of the year I live in Romania (like now). It was last driven by my Dad in 1995 after that by my grandfather in 2006. She slept in a deep dream for 14 years. Here's a picture of her when she wasn't on her own two feet yet. (Now it's clean and fine/I will upload a new picture/ but definitely needs some parts.) Last week I found her old parts catalogue and with some OEN numbers I had identified many parts that I can order from Europe too (rear brake cylinders, rear shock bumpers, brake pads and so on..) /I hope these OEN numbers are reliable./ The brake disc is an exception, I only found the "original" one on amayama com. I didn't even think about that! Maybe I will contact the sellers and ask them for more information. (Anyway, here is a picture about the front brake disc. It's very thin... like on motorcycles.)
  17. Hi Si, Light brush with some aluminium cleaning acid. 30 minute rub, with one of those wet & dry thin sponge blocks from Bunnings. Finally, 20 minutes, with some good olde Brasso, & a polishing rag. That will do me ! My engine was never intended for Concourse d'Elegance. Cheers Banjo
  18. Thanks parrot, likely I have the bonnet trimm in the boot, it was one of the first things I looked for
  19. You are very unlikely to find a better bonnet unfortunately. Best bet is to get it repaired. It's also missing the trim across the front of the bonnet which will be difficult to find. Be very careful if you are removing any of the plastic trim, it will be pretty fragile.
  20. Thanks for welcome guys So this was a absolutely bargain of a buy and is mostly complete all the outside trims are their and in tack just a few cracked side lenses. Has a few easy rust repairs. It is really the interior that is missing has front seats only. Have found new carpet and new headliner but struggling to find rear seats The bonnet is probably going to be the biggest struggle I don't think their is enough integrity in the front lip of the bonnet to repair. Will upload some pics when I fiqure out how 🀣
  21. Well the last of the external sensors got fitted to the 5K engine today, before the Speeduino, gets attached, & fired up. It's been working on the bench very well. The last sensor to fit was the TPS (throttle Position sensor) On the 7KEFI throttle body, that is easy, as there is one built in, as standard. However, I intend to do the Speeduino testing in two stages. First will be ignition only, & then I'll add the injectors & EFI manifold. Was wondering how I could attach a TPS sensor to a 5K carby throttle shaft, considering, it has no provisions for whatsoever. This is only temporary, but it did work quite well. A simple steel bar attached to the inlet manifold. An old TPS, with broken mounting lugs glued to a separate bar, so I could line up the centre of the carby throttle shaft perfectly, with the TPS centre point. A little home-made adaptor spigot, that screws onto the end of the throttle shaft, which already has a thread & nut. The TPS movement, is very light, so there is very little force transmitted through the adaptor. Hooked the Speeduino up, & with the laptop,, running TunerStudio, & calibrated the TPS so that it's travel from idle to full throttle, reads 0-100% exactly. Oh, engines are so easy to work on, when out of the car ! So roll it back into the garage, & hopefully, by this time next week, I'll have my little engine test stand bench there, hosting the Speeduino in it's enclosure. Cheers Banjo
  22. Stuart & I received a text from Andrew, late yesterday, advising he has got his Suzuki with 5K engine with EFI conversion back home, & going fine. I'd call that a Win ! Cheers Banjo
  23. Hi Rob, Unfortunately, that is the way the world has gone. The reason many of us on this forum, are here; is because we like to keep older things going. One of the specific problems, with "ewaste" is that electronic components & PCBs in particular, cannot be repaired, even if you haven't retired, or have the ability to do so. 1. Many of the silicon chips become obsolete, so quickly these days, that new replacement, upgraded/enhanced chips are not pin for pin compatible. 2. Most high volume PCBs are assembled & soldered by automatic machines these days. The miniaturized parts are very difficult to replace by hand. On top of that, the mark up on spare parts, is just astronomical. Several 100% is not uncommon, in most industries. I've had a habit of "salvaging" any good parts from something that has eventually, "had it day". It's amazing how many times you get to use them. Unfortunately, you have to build another shed eventually, to store all the stuff, so the whole exercise, isn't really a cost saving ! The really annoying thing is; When you finally decide to "turf" something, you've stored for years . . . . . . . the week after you turfed it, you come across a situation, where you need that particular item, you "turfed". Such is Life ! Cheers Banjo
  24. You can buy a new Mig welder for that money, so everyone does. Makes it difficult to compare..
  25. Hi guys Just a follow up on this welder.so it turned out to be a small circuit board that controls the wire feed motor. The guy that repairs them use to send them away to have them repaired ,but that person has since retired. So i had to get a new one !!$270 later it works fine. Its a shame these people retire ,and seemingly don't pass there skills on to the younger ones,seems to happen in a lot of industries these days. Its turf it buy a new one. cheers rob
  26. Looking to bump this thread from 10 years ago to see if I can get neyland here to tell me more about this corolla as I'm looking to buy it but the current owner doesn't seem to know what has been done to it and so I'm here looking for a needle in a ten year old haystack
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