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does this meet criteria for performance

Discussion in 'Performance' started by roverbay, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    Nice engineering there Ernie.

    Amazing how many bits you need to fabricate/ source to do such a conversion.

    Its a real bitza of a bus now - you could call it a Mut! :p
     
  2. roverbay

    roverbay Active Member

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    Good evening Scott I have named it ECLETIC. If it turns into a dog to drive I might use your name.
     
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  3. SunnyJim

    SunnyJim Well-Known Member

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    gday ernie
    i have enjoyed this thread. Eclectic just may be the wolverine type mutant of the kombi world. can't wait to see how it will use is superpowers. i do hope for x good not evil.

    any way please remind me what are you doing for a gearbox?
     
  4. Blunderbus

    Blunderbus Active Member

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    You'll have it running in no time.
     
  5. roverbay

    roverbay Active Member

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    G'day Blunderbus. I have been working in a very confined area. So next week will be expansion of floor space as I need to put ECLECTIC on the tilter to make it easier to set up the Rack & pinion & all other under floor stuff. The tailshaft protector frame under floor panels similar to standard vw this will add strength to the floor & rails. Then the blaster can do underneath. I plan on painting underneath with ute liner along with the inside the outer panels instead of using Dynamat type stuff. comparing prices the ute spray will work out cheaper' & should take away the drum.
     
  6. Blunderbus

    Blunderbus Active Member

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    Whats going on Ernie ? must be on the road by now :rolleyes:.
     
  7. roverbay

    roverbay Active Member

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    I wish. between moving elderly Aunt from hunter valley to Brisbane & lack of finance I have been a bit off coarse but hope to restart next week. I have started to design the rear inner arm addition for strengthening the drop plates I have made to lift the rear. But I defiantly want it driveable for Valla 18. at least onto a trailer.
     
  8. roverbay

    roverbay Active Member

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    did a bit today this is the RH side. The process was to cut the tube off level with the forged fitting. then I had to make to cuts inside the tube either side of the retaining weld. Once I had this done I put a socket inside the housing & pressed out the tube. Then I cut 7cm's off the rest of the tube to bring the overall length down then linished the tube & hammered it into the housing & then I had to cut 1 set of bolt holes off & trim the other housing to let them locate over the holes in the lift plate. I think this will be strong enough when I look at some methods used on other lifted Bay

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    this is the way most people seem to be doing the reinforcing around the bottom of the plate

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  9. roverbay

    roverbay Active Member

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    evening all. I cut the drop plates down to size with drop cut off wheel. Ground & linished to final shape these will fit between the spring arms & the hub carrier do I have to make up spacers to fill the gap at the bottom to make up the difference

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  10. roverbay

    roverbay Active Member

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    Good evening blunderbus . good to see your still following what has turned into a marathon. I have just been doing the engine harness. start to solder all the joins from having to cut it to get it out with out pulling the discovery dash assembly
     
  11. gazman

    gazman Well-Known Member

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    I like your suspension & drop plate mods there Ernie, looks solid.
     
  12. Blunderbus

    Blunderbus Active Member

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    I'm a rover man (Land Rover ) and love a bit of modification and engineering , i have this P76 V8 sitting in my shed awaiting a new home and you are giving me some inspiration.
     
  13. roverbay

    roverbay Active Member

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    good to hear go for it just decide mid engine or rear at least with ECLECTIC IF THE 4wd doesn't work with bit of work I can convert back to 2 wheel drive & lower it a bit & build a race kombi
     
  14. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Hi Roverbay,
    Stunned with your thread. Next word is 'mad' & I'm not sure that's all in a good way. But keep going I'm impressed/amused/very interested. No wife/ no kids/ no girlfriend? Too much spare time & money to spend?
    Where did you get the idea for this? Please? I want to know?
    A bit 'sic' & again I'm not sure that's in a good way.
    Tell me of your motivation (what to achieve) & why you wanted to do this.
    I'd love to hear more about your projects reasoning.
    But sometimes it has no reason other than the doing! Sounds like marriage!;)
    Cheers,
    David H
     
  15. roverbay

    roverbay Active Member

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    Good evening all. David H. I have had an unexplainable urge since the age of 15 for engine swaps the 1st one was a ford prefect I fitted a 6cly Vauxhall motor gearbox & diff into it but when I went into the Nave at 15 1/2 dad took it to the tip unfinished project the next was Bellet with a Lynx crate engine then a eh with a 289 c4 ford in it unfinished due to lack of funds next was a
    203c Peugeot with a red hot triple carbed grey holden motor mg gearbox holden diff . bought this off a friend

    next was 70 model crown deluxe with a LC 186 triple carbs & steel case celica 5speed

    next was the 56 kombi with 1600 twin port I had an oil cooler adaptor made to fit under original cooler then connected to a remote cooler mounted on the left side vents with a 1600ts Renault electric fan.

    then in 1980 a 67 split with a twin side draught weber carbed 180b motor single plate beetle box kombi IRS
    Toyota crown ms 65 discs with bay calipers onto link pin stubs.

    then 60 beetle I fitted a 68 floor pan under it.

    next was XY GT look alike with 4v head 4ma crank & Phase 3 cam specs etc that was my wife's drive car

    next a triumph 2500 with 186 & trimatic

    then a triumph 2500 PI with a 327 chev turbo700 trans

    then 2 XJ6 jags both 350 chev's with turbo 400.

    then a drive car baja with the adaptor out of the split with a180b motor

    current family car is a VE SS sportswagon 6litre 6speed & an ordinary rodeo turbo diesel ute.

    Now to answer your question 45 years ago I looked at how to convert a split to 4wd but there was nothing to read & no google so that went by the board until about years ago when I started looking under the IFS 4wd's for close fitting short spindles the shortest I could find at the time were Rodeo so over time I started to collect stuff for the swap engine gearbox steel diffs then to find a engineer to do my machine work as I needed it the bloke I found has been terrific. I only had to show him the bits I wanted joined sorted or take him a drawing or pattern & his prices have been very cheap. Then My daughter found & bought the bay for me as a thankyou for babysitting my granddaughters. It was owned by Noel Dore from the QLDVWRDC that's about the gist of where the idea came fro how my mind works. I love the kombi's as far vehicle goes just not an aircooled fan no pun intended. My daughter has a 74 1600 bay that I will be fitting an EJ22 & Subarugears box into once she has sorted out a proposed purchase of management rights on a block of units on the gold coast & has some income again. Tomorrow in setting up a hot bath tank to boil the grease out of the beams so I can take it have the bearings for the control arms changed to bushes> hope to have 1 side of the rear set up tomorrow to show the lift proper. So watch this space
     
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  16. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Wow & f'n Wow.
    Thanks so much for your reply & help in understanding the 'motivation'. I'm a bit 'over awed'. I thought I gave life a 'red hot go'. You've shown me to be a bunch of simmering embers on the side.
    Whilst I may not agree that's the best for a kombi...(bit of a maybe purist) can I come up your way to view it (& maybe get a drive when it's done? I'll be gentle!). I'm over keen on riding dirt bikes (Yamaha WR 450) just a bit 'nutty' but I cede to what you're doing.:rolleyes:
    You've obviously got lots of experience in doing this.
    Could you help me to understand the "unexplainable urge" & also where you got your knowledge to be able to do this?
    Your 'university of life' gave a very good education!:)
    It's amazing!
    My family gave me a T shirt that read "It's a physics thing"! That's my interest.
    Cheers,
    David H
     
  17. Blunderbus

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    Ernie your list reads like a lot of my older brother and i's friends back in the 80's, BMW's with 350 SBC, ford Capri's with 250 2V triple webers and 327 SBC, Mk1 escort with 302W C4, Rx3/4's, Chargers etc.
    My urge is similar but time and coin with young family stops most of that, my other vehicle is a 58 FC sedan with Buick V6 (pre dunnydoor) steel case 5spd and VN commy discs alround, LH R&P steering.
     
  18. roverbay

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    my Urges came from the American hot rod mags I bought my 1st 1 with money saved from dragging from bush cutting selling trailer loads of firewood. I was 12 years old I 1st year at high. school never lost the engine swap feelings. this along with the V8 trike will be my last builds I will be 70 when I finish these 2
     
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  19. kombi-man

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    I hear you Ernie,
    All the best intentions and then "stuff just gets in the way"

    Very cool build and great thread..
     
  20. roverbay

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    A little bit more done yesterday. digital gauges looking for a speedo now to suit. they are on EBay but chasing prices. It will be painted in crinkle finish & recessed into dash with a Perspex cover. it has a piece of 25mm strip to be welded onto space it back into the dash. Note the silver bezel didn't see it until I opened the box yesterday. Texta will fix it.


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