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#21 Bruce

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 09:16 AM

Matt,
Well done on the purchase.
I have an engine crane that you are welcome to borrow for the engine removal if you are interested.
cheers
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Posted 30 August 2010 - 09:23 AM

Matt,
Well done on the purchase.
I have an engine crane that you are welcome to borrow for the engine removal if you are interested.
cheers
Bruce


Might just take you up on that Bruce.
I have a week of next week. So fingers crossed I can pull it out then..

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 09:27 AM

Well done Matt,
When you strip the Zed down (make sure you buy those ziplock bags and a black paint pen) and bag everything you can with good explanations written on it (paint pen because after about 12 months permanent marker even fades!), remember if it's 2 year between reassemble all the others parts of life get in the way of remembering where all those bits and pieces bolt on to.  Then write yourself a small project management plan where you can actually tick stuff off - this is how you actually finish projects and resist the urge to lose motivation and pass a project to someone else...who inturn passes it to someone else...

This is how I got 3 Zeds done in 4 years, planning, planning, planning!
If I can be of any help, you only have to yell!
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Posted 30 August 2010 - 09:38 AM

Thanks Rev.
I have been reading how to rebuild your z. He also stresses ziplock bags. So I will be buying them in bulk.. Thanks for the paint pen tip..

I'm very happy to be part of the in people now.. 8)



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Posted 04 September 2010 - 04:00 PM

A got just a little bit excited today. I managed to get the car running. My wife promptly came out and told me it this may be the last time the engine will run.. I don't think she has a lot of faith in my mechanical skills. I don't blame her. I have the week off so the engine will come out this week. "Thanks to Bruce for the lend of the crane".

I have pulled a couple of panels of and some carpet and no more so far no more surprises .
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Posted 04 September 2010 - 06:40 PM

I'm going to need this shell gone soon Matt - can you make it down here soon to remove the rear 1/4?

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Posted 04 September 2010 - 07:30 PM

I'm going to need this shell gone soon Matt - can you make it down here soon to remove the rear 1/4?


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Posted 18 September 2010 - 05:45 PM

It has been one of those days.

You know the ones, when the things you discover aren't to good. I did some serious stripping of the bus today. Only to find some not so nice rust.

I already knew there was rust in the rear quarter, but there is also a fair bit in the drivers floor pan. I already have a rear quarter teed up thanks to Lurch and Rev, but know I am looking to replace the drivers floor pan and door sill as well.

I need to do some serious assessing and work out whether I should just be looking out for another shell. What are the thoughts of my fellow Zedders.

Thanks Matt

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#29 Bigfella

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 05:46 PM

This nearly make me forget the bad times

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 06:15 PM

Hey Mate,
              I just wish you were a bit closer as you could have my parts car shell as by your pics is a lot better than what you have got. May be it would be better to get another car and use the one you have as a parts car. My shell will go to the dump if no one wants it on a pick up basis only but it will be $0 How cheap is that.

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 06:40 PM

Meh... I've fixed worse.
What's the passenger side like Matt?

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 06:51 PM

So fare the passengers look A ok. I will dig deeper tomorrow!

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Posted 25 September 2010 - 06:56 PM

Well I guess I own to Zeds now. well one and a half.
http://gallery.me.com/bigfellas/100147

I picked up half a car today to fix my roof and rear quarter.

Thanks to Lurch and his dad for all the help today.



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Posted 25 September 2010 - 08:20 PM

Thats how it is ... others have to die for the chosen few to live.

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Posted 25 September 2010 - 08:42 PM

Thats how it is ... others have to die for the chosen few to live.

I love that. Quote of the year!  ;D

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 12:37 AM

Welcome from fellow bus owner, our numbers continue to grow.
I've just done a rear quarter panel replacement, not the easiest job
but the finished result is so rewarding you've got  the confidence to have
a go at anything. Sunroof removal soon !
keep posting pics, we learn from each other,  Cheers  ;D

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 05:24 PM

GO Bigfella GO. I've got a bus and who knows what you gonna do with the other girl when two want to go for a drive in a 2 seater. ;D The front seat is always reserved for the cheese and kisses. Thank God for rear vision mirrors.

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 05:54 PM

Well today I had a crack at pulling the roof skin of the parts car. Man a lot of drilling. Came of not to bad bit hard around the corners where it joins. I will have to be much more careful on my car it is going to be harder to get it of without damaging the car underneath.

The donor car had a fair bit of rust under the skin but the skin survived ok my need a couple of repairs. I hope my car is OK under the skin.

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 06:06 PM

I was going to have a crack at removing the rear quarter of the parts car today. It appears that this panel may not be the original on the car. Where there should be spot weld the appears to be puddle welds. I'm not sure how to go about removing them.

I was thinking about removing the entire quarter including the hatch frame you know the bit that the panel is attached to. The one in my car is not so good. My only concern is that I am guessing that this is a major structural part of the car. I am not sure if it is a good idea to cut and remove it, not to mention there will be some interesting welds. What do you Zedafiles think?

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 06:25 PM

Make sure the corresponding bit with their folds and such are in the condition you require before you remove bits from your car ... Cut the bits from the parts car first and be generous with the donor so you can trim and adjust suit to your keeper.




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