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Old 12-03-2019, 09:09 PM   #51
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Re: Upside down, back to front, long low 63 fleet

Thanks for looking guys.
Its kind of funny that Ive never found a discussion about engineering on these boards and I feel like Ive been through all the heavy modded build threads.
It will have to get a roadworthy certificate from a licensed tester.
I know a few guys who do this, they say they dont do favours on this, its not worth it, they take the responsibility seriously.
If they spot something that appears to be modified beyond regulations they will refer me to an engineer for certification.
Airbags are pretty obvious, z chassis, engine replacement with 30%+hp improvement, camaro front subframe grafted into original chassis.
They all say that they dont know these trucks, not common at all around here, so they are unlikely to pick up on any mods if they are done right, blend in to the surroundings etc.
Australian regs are pretty stringent, maybe less for commercial vehicles than passenger cars.
How will you go in Canada?
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Old 12-03-2019, 09:58 PM   #52
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Where I am in Canada, there are no mandatory inspections. A cop could order a Vehicle Inspection (VI), and assuming someone is willing to inspect it, it would undergo a safety inspection and (probably) a structural integrity inspection. The standards here are nothing like the standards you need to pass.

My Lotus 7 replica (clubbie to you?) had to pass safety and structural in order to get a serial number. Having a serial number first is gold.

My tube-frame rwd-conversion V8 Pontiac Firefly (MKI Suzuki Swift to you) was merely "Hi, I'd like to put plates on my '87 Firefly please" and it was on the road.
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Old 12-03-2019, 10:19 PM   #53
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I am always shocked about how lenient California is about classic cars. Especially compared to other countries
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Old 12-03-2019, 11:49 PM   #54
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Re: Upside down, back to front, long low 63 fleet

Is California typical of the rest of the US?
I see some threads on here and there and think, you gotta be kidding you can get that on the road.
It would not happen here due to the conservative nature of the engineers.
We dont have that many people, we cant afford to lose any.
So I'm hoping for a Firefly style inspection at this point.
I'm very confident of the safety, just dont want to have to deal with the bull**** of proving it.
Most of what Ive done has been done a gazillion times before so the testing has been done.
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Old 12-04-2019, 03:20 AM   #55
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Re: Upside down, back to front, long low 63 fleet

You guys would have fun over here in Germany... not!
Can´t get anything legal...
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Old 12-04-2019, 08:07 AM   #56
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No fun in Germany?
Porsche, Mercedes, BMW, Audi, autobahns, bratwurst, beer, schnitzel, more beer, German Shepherds?
Its not all bad.
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Old 12-04-2019, 08:19 AM   #57
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Well thats the good part of it.. but for US classics or any vehicle mods ist the hell.
Need paperwork for every single part I add to a vehicle (german testing paperwork). Even for a LED Bulb or something like that..
No US Based Company provides that paperwork.
If you start modding a Frame you won´t get a Registration, period!

All my chevy´s are technically illegal because I added US mods. Even if a german inspection engineer would approve it, the Police could impound the car to check if the engineer did his Job the right way...
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Old 12-04-2019, 08:29 AM   #58
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So I made a little jig and used it to make up some engine pipes from standard bends.
Once I had these on, the rest of the system was pretty straightforward.
Its all 2.5" aluminised steel and its pretty straight, with no crossover pipe, not enough ground clearance for that.
It goes up over the rear axle but I cant finish the tailpipes till I get the bed back on and up to level it up to the cab.
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Old 01-15-2020, 06:43 PM   #59
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Nice work! Just the kind of build i love to follow!
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Old 01-21-2020, 08:05 AM   #60
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Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Busy time of year for us, havent had much time to post lately.
Bush fires are nuts.
Lots of people losing everything.
We're not really affected being in the centre of Melbourne.
Fires are not in the big cities, but the smoke in the air here is toxic.
February is traditionally peak fire season, so fingers crossed on that.

So next the engine is out and getting some attention.
Block has been cleaned up and honed.
Original flat top pistons miced up ok.
New rings, bearings, cam, lifter, timing gear, oil pump.
Heads have been cleaned up and crack and leak tested and seats cut.
Original 4 barrel manifold blasted and painted, new hei dissy.

Also tore down the trans.
New everythng inside and a transgo shift kit.
New converter with a bit higher stall to hopefully deal with the bigger cam.
Not its first rodeo so also a lot of helicoils too.

Engine is sitting back in now, hopefully forever.
Mounts are in original position on chassis rails and redrilled position on the crossmember thats been relocated forward.
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Old 01-21-2020, 10:36 PM   #61
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Looks nice
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Old 01-22-2020, 07:50 AM   #62
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Thanks captain, we meet again.
Actually some of these next shots are right up your alley.
The old rusted out mounts on the radiator surround panel.
I see that you are making these now.
Yours look much nicer than mine and if it didnt cost a bomb to post them here I'd be onto it.
They should be as popular as rockers or cab corners or fender bottoms.
Anyway a few hours with the grinder and hammer and vice and welder and we're all good.
I was pretty lucky the centre section is pretty good, just the mount areas needed attention.
Then its off to the blasters.
Mocked up the radiator as well and measured up for hoses.
Also fitted a mini starter which fits nicely in with the tight exhaust.
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Old 02-10-2020, 10:42 PM   #63
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Good looking truck!
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