How To Build A Rally Car

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ha! Unsurprisingly the tanks went for close to retail price when you factor in the compete lack of guarantee. Naturally Steve HAD to buy SOMETHING, and this became the victim!


I think he only bought it for the mudflaps..  genuine.. original...  worth the $250 he paid for it!


After trying to winch it on & finding the remote control batteries were flat, we swiped their mower petrol & Steve drove it up onto the truck. That was fine, except he was the only person who knew how to lower the Mothership's tray, and the Hiace slid back down if you took your foot off the brakes. In the end I climbed up into the cab & leaned over with a foot so he could get down and drop the tray, and much to everyone's relief we got it out of there after an hour of loading efforts.


The last day was pumping out a couple of "nearly empty" dams.. Every farmer is having their dams re-dug and tidied while they are empty with the drought, and seeing the earthmoving man was on the main farm Steve grabbed him for a quick couple of days.  Except it takes a couple of days just to pump the water out! The floating 20L is holding the hose, Steve's caravan water pump is by my feet and the Honda genset is by Kobar, running through several tanks of fuel to get it dry.


Then Steve had to lead the procession through the paddocks to where the farms join-


..and build a tyre bridge to get them over the main highway!


So, when I get back up in a week or so that should all be finished and we can concentrate on how to fit a large J160 6-speed into a small transmission tunnel without altering the body.

Meanwhile.. more gardening!




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Love it Mate !

Great pictures !


Some guys bought their Gfs along, although they tended to be a distraction..

I nearly split my cornflakes out whist reading that caption !

I'm a bit worried about those ramps you used to get the Hi-Ace on the back ?


In amongst it we had the local car club come around for a visit, an interesting collection of cars.

Lovely selection of cars there.  My late brother had  Hillman like that !

Good heavens !  Chrysler, Hillman, MG, BMW, Rolla, Foulcan, Volvo, Merc,  Landy,   I can't see two vehicles from the same stable.  Does your club have a rule, one of each, or something ?

I'd give you more than one (1)

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Cheers Banjo




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Ah, back home after a short trip up there-  We cut the engine mounts down and re-welded them, and started on the custom gearbox mounts made from KE70 sway bar mounts, urethane bushes and some 4mm plate. I'll get photos next time.

We pushed the Slowdeo 4WD ute with the blown head gasket down the driveway to the road and put on a sign saying $450!  If we can sell it for that we'll buy a Sam-Q remote for the 6-speed, otherwise we'll have to build one.  I've left the body un-touched so we can swap the cross-member, motor and gearbox with the mounts into another shell easily without chopping the floor up.

Kobar got stuck on the hoist for a few days with a collapsed front hub bearing, and they just got that going yesterday with a new diff locker too. Steve got the 4Ha of paddock disced up twice, lime & sulphur spread and a green manure crop planted all just in time to miss the rain!

He did find time to do the gravel khanacross in Mao!


...and it was christmas so we needed christmas lights on the hangar!


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OK, found one of the new sump height, this is the lowest I'd like the sump without cutting the crossmember. Lowering it tends to make the gearbox more level without hitting the floor.


The gearbox shifter ends up here, hard up under the floor for the same reasons as the low sump.  Options are to cut through the main crossmember of the floor, shown just above the bolt-holes in the shaft. or fit a really flat remote gear lever link, which is what we'll do. The mounts go on the angled faces where that 10mm bolt is, and we will hang the gearbox from up in the tunnel for more ground clearance.


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