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  • Managed to have a marginally productive day today. Also made a decision about the cooling for the new motor (well the next incarnation of the current motor). After chatting with rustyovali I've decided to remove the doghouse cooler and just run my fan assisted remote. Nick runs this setup with his big Type 4 motor and a Cali cooling setup in both his bug and bus with no cooling issues at all so I figure that it will work fine for my little blown 1600. I've been pondering this change for some...
    Managed to have a marginally productive day today. Also made a decision about the cooling for the new motor (well the next incarnation of the current motor). After chatting with rustyovali I've decided to remove the doghouse cooler and just run my fan assisted remote. Nick runs this setup with his big Type 4 motor and a Cali cooling setup in both his bug and bus with no cooling issues at all so I figure that it will work fine for my little blown 1600. I've been pondering this change for some time as it will help get a little more cooling air to the heads, which is a good thing in a blown motor.

    So today I got a 36hp shroud down from the pile and started offering it up. The wider late cooling fan fits with no issues but does require that the alternator is spaced out by about 5mm. I've got a spacer plate here somewhere but will have to find it. Another part of the conversation I had with Nick was about the 'venturi' he runs on the inlet to his fan shroud. Just like a velocity stack these help smooth the air flow into the fan helping the cooling by improving the fans efficiency. Reading thesamba people reported mixed results but Nick said that the noted a definite difference. So with some Aussie road-testing proof I decided to make one myself. I initially thought I might try to knock one up from scratch but when I was looking through the cooling tin pile I noted that a fan has pretty much the exact shape I needed. So I disassembled an old fan and then metal shaped it a bit to create a nice rounded entrance like a velocity stack. I also cut about 10mm off of the lip to bring it in closer to the shroud. I'll weld it in place once I've finished cleaning up the fan shroud.

    I also dug out a later style kombi engine bar from the scrap pile. Offering it up to the 'mounstache' bar it has a good 15mm more clearance in the centre and maybe 20-25mm at the ends. There is still that same amount of clearance over the top so the vintage speed exhaust that I have will still clear. All I need to do is make up some ends to marry up with the engine mounts.

    Whilst digging around under the bus I noticed that the rear nearside shock top bolt has come out resulting in a little unwanted panel beating at the top of the wheel well. Was a bit surprised to find this as I had not noted any knocking or handling issues. The guide that the bolt goes through is cracked where it mounts into the frame so I'm guessing that the bolt may have been loose for a while. I'm wondering if this might have happened the same time that I fractured the oil supply line when I hit a massive pot hole on North Terrace. There's not too much damage so it cannot have been like this for too long. Good job I noticed it.

    Got a few other small jobs done, like porting the EFI manifold that I made up. Just need to make another for the other side and get some 3mm stainless so that I can make some injector hold downs. Still so much to do.
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  • Slamfest Part 1

    Hey Mick,sideplates look good.How many degrees caster did you build in? Or is it adjustable on the bay beams? I'm not too familiar with the new fangled modern stuff.Did you get any distortion in the needle bearing races when you welded the plates on? Looking good,you've been cruising in the nose...

    Hey Mick,sideplates look good.How many degrees caster did you build in? Or is it adjustable on the bay beams? I'm not too familiar with the new fangled modern stuff.Did you get any distortion in the needle bearing races when you welded the plates on? Looking good,you've been cruising in the nose bleed section for too long

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  • Well its been a while since I added to this so here goes-After getting the panel back from the blasters we continued  the work,now on the rotisserie..All pre 59 or so buses use an open long shift rod that is only supported at the front by a metal spring open to the elements so I decided to change the set up to the later style enclosed shift tube so the rod is supported by 2 plastic bushes.This was a hell of a lot of work as the hole in each I beam and the front and rear tophats had to be enlarged and the rigid tube bashed in.Before the shift rod was installed for the last time I filled the rod itself with grease,this acts as a vibration dampener and gives the gear shift a more solid feel.  
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  • rustyovali created a new blog post, Nicks 57 bottomless money pit
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    Nicks 57 bottomless money pit Hi all,as some of you know, I've been flat out doing a 57 panel patina monster for the last 18 months so I figure its time to share the highs and lows.So here goes..The bus is a 1957 Dove Blue panel that was advertised on DSK in July 2011.It looked good,the usual rust,but for me it ticked the major box,ORIGINAL PAINT!! Turns out that the guy who was selling it had bought it from the first owner,he'd done nothing with it except drag it home so I like to think I'm the second owner or at least the second driver.These photos were taken by the first owner when the bus was new.Too cool!!!!!After seeing the ad on DSK and talking to the seller,the panel seemed like a good prospect but I wasn't about to dump a shit load of coin without seeing it first.Andrew E agreed to come with me to check it out as he was getting the job of doing the body work.Flights,accommodation,meals,hire car etc for 2 of us came to $1000.A drop in the bucket as I planed on doing this one properly.We got into the Gold Coast about 11pm on the Friday night and drove down to Mullumbimby on Saturday morning which just happened to be my birthday,as it turned out a very good omen. 
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