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Ollie's 4Age Ke70 Wagon

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It's been pretty slow going lately, but I finally got it down off the jack stands and sitting on all four wheels. Been a bloody long time coming, so it's a nice relief.

I resprayed the wheel wells with some more sound deadener to cover any overspray that came through from the bay.

 

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After messing around trying to find a new lca bush, I found that the Nolathane part was still even thinner than the Superpro one I stupidly trimmed to fit the crossmember. So I kept it as is, returned the Nolathane and swapped it for new castor arm bushes that I overlooked the first time round. I realised that the sway bar end links that I need went with the ke70 front suspension when I sold it all to a mate, so I'll need to grab some new ones. Tad annoying but new parts are always nice.

 

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The steering rack went onto the crossmember with new bushes, then that got all got bolted in the engine bay. Soda blasted all the bolts, steering arms and links, gave them a quick polish then then it was ready for the coilovers and steering to all get bolted into place. I'm pretty stoked with how its all looking so far, and the new rotors are yet to go on too.

I put the wheels on, gave it a super rough alignment so it was rollable, and lowered her down arse first, then the front. First time sitting on all fours in close to two years. No idea what has taken so long.. Now time for the motor to go in :y:

 

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Nice build man, that ass down first pic is definately where it should sit.

 

Front end gave me an idea of how I'm gonna do mine now. Coming along nicely indeed

 

Cheers mate, appreciate it.

 

Slowly been chipping away, I wasn't happy with the old fuel rail mounting bracket and how it used zipties, was fairly ugly and quite loose. As usual I wanted something nice and simple, and out of sight as much as possible.

I made up some little tabs out of aluminium that I just epoxied to the rail and it's all mounted to the manifold at either end using bolts for the ram tubes. So pretty simple but exactly what I was after, and it's now mounted nice and solid.

Would have preferred to have either welded, drilled and tapped, or used jb weld for the tabs, but I'm sure this will suffice for the time being at least.

 

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Nothing has really happened with the wagon lately, but I picked this up off a mate for a grand. It's a 1979 rn40 hilux. She's pretty rough, with a couple of average paint jobs and some decent rust, but the plan is to tidy it up a bit, make it safe and reliable, and use it as a daily go getter. I've always wanted an older long bed ute, so this may end up as a more serious project in the future.

At the moment it's running mikuni carbs off an r1, crane cams electronic ignition, relays for the starter, lights and fan, and a pretty full on sound system. The ignition barrel was shagged so its all run off switches now, thinking I'll return it to stock though. Needs door cards, interior pieces, new headlights and lenses, reverse lights fixing, timing/tune, shifter linkages rebushed, the list goes on. I'm waiting on new steering parts, sway bar bushes and front wheel bearings, so hoping that will make a decent difference to the general looseness. I might get around to a dedicated thread, but I'm just trying to get it reliable at the moment.

 

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So the weekend went well. Finally got around to cleaning and painting the firewall, just went with black acrylic as the dynamat etc will be covering it all up. Also cleaned and painted the pedal box and brake booster, so they're both ready to go in. I borrowed a crane off a mate who also owns a ke10, ke70 sedan w/ 5k, webers etc, and another good mate came over and helped me drop the 4age in. Only been waiting 2 years for it to happen.. All went smoothly for my first engine install, I'm pretty stoked how it turned out :y:

 

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quick time lapse of the motor going in. Still can't work out how to properly embed youtube vids..

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You need to cut and paste the 'share' link.

 

hmm that's what I thought I did, do I need to use the link button at all? And I take it it's not the actual embed link then?

 

engine bay looks awesome, love the red tubes and gears works really well in there.

 

Cheers mate! That's what I was going for, red tubes, gears and camber tops. Loving the attention to detail on your 30, the engine bay looks so neat and tidy, bloody nice job all over. Been keeping an eye out for inspiration

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Installed the dynamat onto the firewall, turns out it wasn't as bad as I thought. It's by no means pretty, but it should do the job.

 

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I cut a hole in the firewall to run the loom so that it's all tucked away and hidden behind the motor, almost looks like a factory hole, and with a grommet it should be all sweet.

 

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Pretty happy with how well the loom can be hidden, a few wires will need to be extended so that plugs can be hidden or the loom tucked away, but it can stay mostly as is. Some will also get re-sheathed.

I just need to buy some new connectors, clean up and run the fuel lines, hook up a battery, hook up the rad and it should be getting close to starting.

 

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If you're going this hard on the build maybe look into splicing a multi pin plug in the loom at the firewall so if you need to pull the engine all you have to do is unplug it at one point, undo fuel lines then done. Something I've always wanted to do.

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If you're going this hard on the build maybe look into splicing a multi pin plug in the loom at the firewall so if you need to pull the engine all you have to do is unplug it at one point, undo fuel lines then done. Something I've always wanted to do.

 

I did actually think of that, but I realised that although there's not that many plugs, there is still a fair few wires going through the firewall, and pinning them all into a connector would be a real pain, as well as the fact i reckon it'd be hard to find one that would actually fit through the hole.

Haven't completely dismissed the idea yet, as I've also wanted to do it, but thinking it might be more trouble than it's worth.

 

I'll run the wiring for the starter through this same hole, with the headlight and thermofan wiring tucked up under the guard and up under the top radiator panel to keep it all out of sight.

Not too sure where all the relays are going to go, probably inside the quarter panel, but I might end up doing a separate relay and fuse panel and have that in the cabin somewhere so its completely out of the way, keeping the external wiring as neat as possible.

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Not much of an update, but I cleaned up and painted the fuel lines. They were fairly rusty after I scrubbed them back and left them on top of the shed months ago, so out came the wire wheel on the grinder, sand paper and scotch brite to get most of the rust off. I used a paint brush and coated it all with rust converter, then sprayed it all with aluminium engine paint

 

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haha yeah I cheated a little bit, but I was certainly not keen to try and put it all back together, they all move about enough as it is with the clips still on!

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