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  1. Hi Dean, I can see you are a perfectionist ! It will look great in the end. Your's looks a bloody sight better than this guys one 1 Cheers Banjo
  2. Hi Dean, I've never had the patience to take on something as radical, as you suggest, but admire your enthusiasm & commitment to your car. The way you don't just rush into something, but think about it, & even mock it up, is a great attribute. I love the idea you had of taping the body work, so as not to damage the paintwork, then gluing the prototype spoiler to the tape. Is the dummy spoiler cut out of plastic, thick cardboard, or plywood ? Looks great ! Would the final product be "bolt on", or made to be a permanent part of the boot lid ? Cheers Banjo
  3. Further to this little episode early last year, the strangest thing happened last week. Another Rollaclub member, Jamie, came around last week, to pick up a wiper motor for her KE25, that I'd fixed up some time ago. We headed over to my messy garage to find it, & she was interested in the 5K on the test bed, with the "trigger wheel" & "COP" conversion. I hadn't played it for a while, as other things had taken up my time, so when I went to start it, the battery was pretty flat. After she had gone, I put the battery on charge, & later on in the afternoon, I took the charger off, as it was 100% full, & I decided to make sure it started. It did not have the COP conversion on at the time, as I had been testing a new type of trigger "disk" with small rare earth magnets, acting as the teeth, being picked up, by a Hall Effect sensor. I'd put the dizzy back temporarily. The engine started & was sitting there idling OK, I gave it a few quick revs, & out of the corner of my eye, something on the other side of the engine, was moving abnormally. It was the distributor cap. I rev'd it again, & again the cap moved. I then noticed, that I had removed the cap previously; probably to check where the rotor was pointing, & had just placed the cap back on loosely, & had not clipped the dissy cap down. I could not believe what I was seeing; the cap had a gap of probably 10mm, between it & the dissy body, & it was bobbing around with no clips holding it in place at all; but the engine was running OK. All that was basically locating it was the ignition/spark plug leads. I rev'd it a couple more times, watched the cap jumping all over the place, & could not believe my eyes. The gaps between the center of the rotor, & the carbon bush in the top of the cap, plus the gap between the end of the rotor, & the four spark plug lead contact points; must have been all over the place, but the engine ran perfectly, with just the slightest miss, every now & again. Stopped the engine, & fitted the cap properly, & put that down as a first: and a true indication, of how a spark can jump in free air, without causing the engine any issues. Now I will admit, that the tower ignition coil that was in use, was a high energy type, with a possible HV output capacity of around 40 kVolts. I might fit the little adjustable HV gap device pictured in the previous post, to the centre point on the dissy cap, & see what sort of gap, I can achieve, before it won't run. Cheers Banjo
  4. Hey Killar, You mean, something like this ? Cheers Banjo
  5. Hi Pete, Me either, but I've done it to most small cars I've owned. 1. Generally larger tyres have a wider tread, & therefore more contact/grip/traction with the road ? 2. Generally larger tyres are greater in diameter, so slightly less revs required to cruise at the same speed ? 3. Generally larger tyres produce a greater track width, with better & safer handling ? 4. Generally larger tyres on small cars, results in lower weight on the tread, & less wear/longer life ? 5. Generally larger tyres create a more pleasant looking vehicle ? Take this late 1950s early 1960s Ford Anglia 105E Piddly little 510 x 13 inch wheels. I've seen wheels bigger than that, on a wheel barrow. I know, because I used to own one once. I put 640 x 14 Holden wheels on it, & the 640 x 14 Holden tyres were cheaper than I could buy the 510 x 13 tyres. Lower it a bit, & then the car became a different animal. Green one looks scared . . . . . . The Red one looks like it could take on anything. Mind you, if that's not to your liking, you could make the wheels & tyres just a little bit bigger. Cheers Banjo
  6. Yes R.I.P. ! (Rust In Peace) dear olde KE55 Coupe. Not as shiny as yours ! When I stripped it for parts, I then cut the body up, & the rear end floor & wheel arches, went to someone up on the Sunny Coast, who was wanted to "Tubb" his rear end for enormously wide rear tyres. It was when I cut through those quarter rear panels, I realised how much the pillarless design, relied on that area for strength & rigidity. Toyota, in their wisdom, added maybe 3-4 extra layers of steel sheet between inner & outer areas, for increased strength, for the pillarless design. Trouble was, they were raw mild steel, with no paint or prep. on them at all; & when moisture got in, around that large rear glass rubber, it got into that raw steel, & the result was a disaster. I never even took a photo of the rust, it was so appalling, but totally hidden & lurking. The other thing a lot of people don't realise about modern car body resign; is how much the rigidity of the body, relies on those two big sheets of glass in the windscreen & rear window. I once saw a car, (a Toyota Crown) literally break in half, because the owner, drove around on dirt roads, for a month, whilst awaiting a new rear glass, to arrive from overseas. Cheers Banjo
  7. That looks beautiful ! Great job. Makes me very nostalgic for my olde KE55 Coupe, that went to Corolla Heaven, with Cancer, in the rear window quarters. Actually, mine was red also, & I put two guages just behind the gearstick, as you have. Best Rolla I ever had ! Cheers Banjo
  8. Hi Joe, Welcome aboard ! Check this thread on this forum out. https://www.rollaclub.com/board/topic/37596-ke2-steering-box-removal/ Cheers Banjo
  9. Hi Dean, Lovely pics ! Nothing like an olde Rolla; nose down, in full flight. Had a 79 2 door KE55 coupe, once, & was such a good car, with a 5K in it. Nostalgia setting in, just looking at your pics. Cheers Keith
  10. Banjo

    Project Binky

    Well, Well, Well ! Episode 34 of Project Binky is here, & now it is getting interesting. You have to be amazed at the "attention to detail", in this build. Can't wait until Episode 35, when believe it or not; the Celica engine is going in, & they are going to START IT. Project Binky - Episode 34 Enjoy ! Cheers Banjo
  11. You are "having a ball", me thinks ! Best you put a little warning sign up in the IGA carpark, before Josh's Mum heads that way ! I'll bet the mornings are getting a bit coolish down in Blayney, at this time of the year. ( I note you've got your "flanny" shirt on). Have Fun ! Banjo
  12. Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't realise you only had two (2) little ones, "Flow & Frank". It appears you are so involved with your mechanical beast, that you have forgotten how to spell your children's names. Fuel & Tank; well I never . . . You really must give them some of your time, & take them on a picnic this weekend. P.S. May I suggest Langley Park, might be very suitable.
  13. Good morning ! Although your car looks great, I must draw to your attention, to something I believe you have completely overlooked in "the build". The rear wheel arches have been "tubbed" so far, that the rear seat will not fit in at all, & you will be not able to take your little children with you; when you & your wife go on weekend picnics, to a local or distant park, or playground !
  14. Banjo

    Project Binky

    Well, apparently the three got together 3 years ago, & the inevitable question arose, of "when will the Binky project be finished ?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YETxfPytXfc And if you like this chat show, then there is always this . . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZr7plOW6UI then, of course, if that is not "your cup of tea" (no pun intended), you could simply switch to this . . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgBQSn9A4yk
  15. Hi Kurt, Thanks for taking the time to recall the history. I always love the "back story". Every older car has one. By chance, your new project wouldn't be this one, would it ? http://www.collectorcarads.com/Datsun-280Z/51361 Cheers Banjo
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