Wrongside…

24 Jan

My steering installed on the ‘wrongside’

Probably one of the more difficult problems Ive had to solve on the truck is the steering linkage. First the Steering rack was touching the oil pan, so I had to put spacers on the engine mounts and grind a chunk out of the oil pan. Then finding a way to connect the steering column to the rack without going through my headers, required getting a specialised Universal joint from Unisteer that allowed for more than the standard 30 deg angle. I also needed to fabricate a small bracket to hold a rod end support. Some funky angles as you can see below.

But it operates smoothly and that’s the main thing.

The back end of the truck needs to be low (since the front will ride pretty low) but the chassis rails are in the way so we’ll cut them out, I’d like to do everything on this truck myself… but I left this part to a pro (Thanks Tony!)

The cut-off wheel wasn’t enough, I was struggling to watch as the gas axe came out and sliced though my frame:

With the chassis cut, Tony fabricated a couple of C-notches that would support a WW I tank and begun welding them in.

C-notches in and a lick of paint:

Change of topic. Here are a couple of shots from Amy’s camera, up the mountain in Colorado, we were really lucky with the weather and snow conditions.

This one was in Keystone village:

Advertisements

Los Angeles – January 2018

21 Jan

It was really sad to leave Georgia, it’s a great place and I got to meet lot of new friends, I’ll be back before long for certain.

I got a really cool Christmas present this year that I’m pretty sure most people won’t have ever tried. A good friend organised a jar of “Moonshine” for me. This is the genuine article brewed in secret, somewhere in Georgia. I had a bit of a cold so the first taste I had of it was mixed with hot water, lemon juice and honey. I think it really helped get rid of my cold. From what I understand its pretty illegal to transport it over state lines so it was transferred in to an old Gin bottle to get it up to California (lucky I did as my bag was searched at the airport, the Gin bottle was safe.)

The week just been was my first week at work, was difficult to get back in to it after such a good holiday but it helps that I’m working someplace exciting. My office is on the studio lot so there are lots of famous movie stars and musicians walking around. (Although I haven’t actually seen anyone I recognise yet!)

In typical fashion my friend Craig managed to show up within my first week of arriving in LA, was good to see him though! It always is bro.

I’m staying for the next month in a place called Westwood which is really nice and its under 30mins on the bus to get to work. I’ll have to find a more permanent (cheaper) place early Feb.

I’ll make sure I have a good couch so y’all can and visit me soon!

Cabin Fever car show – January 2017

21 Jan

Doug and I travelled back to Knoxville TN for the annual Cabin Fever car show. It was even colder in TN than it had been GA (-10 deg c)

Its a really impressive show held indoors with hundreds of cars and trucks, here are a few of the photos from the event (click to enlarge):

This little red truck was owned by a friend of Doug’s, it was actually his wife’s based on the “not his” sticker on the front window.

My Blower has a blower?!

This cab over truck was pretty cool, it along with a bunch of other stuff was for sale.

Christmas – December 2017

21 Jan

Leaving Georgia where the snow was just melting:

Amy joined me in Denver and we went to Keystone Colorado for a week of Snowboarding. The snow had been almost non existent until a week before we arrived. We were very lucky to get several dumps of snow during the week which kept the snow powdery. The place we stayed was at the base of the mountain (3-4min walk to the lifts.) This shot was off the balcony on Christmas morning:

We had bought “Epic” passes which allowed us to use all the lifts at Keystone and A-Basin, they were about $350 so it worked out pretty good.

We were able to board everyday (except for me one day, when I hurt my shoulder AKA getting old)

On the way back to Georgia we stayed in Mid-town Atlanta and spent a few days walking around and checking out the sights, the Atlanta Aquarium is pretty amazing (worth a visit if you get the chance.) They actually have Whale Sharks and huge Manta-rays in one of the tanks – its that big! Also the Human rights museum is right next door and is not to be missed. Not too many pictures of the fishes else you will get bored (I took a lot)

Walking home one night we stumbled upon a really neat restaurant called “Negril Village” which served Caribbean food. It’s built in an old fire station, the food was very good and seemed pretty authentic (not that I’d really know.) I think I was the only white guy there and I was definitely not cool enough to be there.

We ended up spending ages there and talking to a group at the bar, turned out one of them owned the place. Good food, good people, good times.

Next stop will be California, it’s really hard to leave the south… but I can’t stay on holiday forever. Going to really miss my friends down here.

I’ve made some good progress on the truck, the steering can actually be operated from the right (hand) side now! Will add some photos at some point.

Finally!

18 Dec

I was starting to think that I wouldn’t be able to find the engine I wanted for the C10 and have to look at other options like new crate engines, which would be too expensive, when we got a lead on a motor from a 2010 Camaro. It’s a Aluminium block 6.2 ltr V8 with a electronic 6 speed Auto gearbox.

Unfortunately it was a few hours away, but that ended up being a good thing in the end as Brad and I had an amusing road trip and got to hang out properly.

Once we got it back to the shop I got some Sulphuric acid from a local boat shop and washed it down to make it look new’ish.

I also needed to swap the oil pan out so that it would fit in my truck.

Is this gonna fit? The biggest concern was with the transmission being a 6 speed its much bigger than the 4 speed I had originally planned. I spent most of today trying to work out if it would.

Yep!

So its now mocked up in place, I still have a few minor details to work out, actually not that minor as my steering rack no longer fits… but I should hopefully be able to find solutions to most of the problems…

No updates for a bit as Im away for a week!

C10 Project build – Dec 2017

18 Dec

Just over 2 weeks ago I got cracking on the truck, if you are not in to cars/trucks then stop reading now.

This heavy old front end needs to come out…

I’m making way for some tubular Independent front suspension.

Which I had to d.a. and prep before “learning” how to paint.

 

Almost looks to good to paint

Building the coil over shocks and new disc brakes

Things are staring to come together, I was pleasantly surprised with my paint job:

Food break – How about a “Hail Mary” which is a burger but instead of burger buns they use 2 toasted cheese sandwiches

The photo doesn’t really do it justice, but I had random people stopping and asking what it was and looking slightly horrified.

Glad I didn’t ride the bike this day, we had several inches of snow

Back to truck stuff and time to get serious, I want to convert it to RHD and put a late model engine in it. a couple of problems with that, hopefully nothing a cutoff wheel and mig welder wont fix. First I cut out the transmission tunnel

Now I have a Flintstones car, who needs a motor.

Then got to work on the firewall since the steering needs to be swapped over.

Lucky Justin stepped in to help, as I found my welding skills from 20 years ago were a little (lot) rusty, with his help we were able to get my first patch panel tacked in place.

I though the Dashboard would be easy but although it looked like a simple cut and paste, unfortunately the glovebox and instrument panel had slightly different angles going on. So cutting them was easy, getting them back in will take a little while.

I think the project is off to a good start, I’m feeling so lucky to be doing this here in Georgia surrounded by awesome friends.

And as a mate from NZ pointed out the other day its a real experience, so much better than just working on it in a Garage back home…

New project time – November 2017

4 Dec

A while back in one of my unrealistic schemes I decided it would be a good idea to buy a 45 year old truck body on the other side of the planet. So I did.

An incredibly good and generous friend picked it up and stored it for me.

Its a 1972 Chevrolet C10, with a 1968 Front clip.

This was a very half baked idea considering I had no way to work on it and it was in another country. Fast forward to now and I’m in the same country so that is a good start.

Sometimes things have a way of working out. The person I originally bought the truck from owns and runs a local Hod rod custom shop “Hot Rod Syndicate” in Buford and happens to be one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. We are now friends (at least I think we are…) and he is letting me use space in his workshop and offering plenty of awesome advice.

This is probably the most difficult project Ive ever started so it should be interesting.

Am I one of those friends that is always asking for favours from other friends….? don’t answer that.

The whole team at the shop are really cool and helpful, we spend a lot of time talking about food and beer from each others countries, (one of the guys is busy researching how he can import Bluff Oysters and Crayfish from NZ) The other day we were talking about Southern BBQ, next minute we are chowing down on probably the best ribs Ive ever eaten.

Speaking of good food, check out this Bison/Buffalo Burger, I didn’t even know you could eat Bison:

Sorry for the crappy photos, Ive been lazy and using my phone camera which is rubbish.

I’ll upload some pictures of the truck on here, as I go.