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Discussion in 'Members Rides' started by Michael.H100, Apr 26, 2020.

  1. Michael.H100

    Michael.H100 Member

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    Only looking to protect the body from rusting, so as long as it’s not too different I don’t care too much we’ll see how we go :D
     
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    My local Supercheap Auto mixes spray cans. I had a can made up to the SAAB paint code, for a mirror housing, after a roo tail smashed the original.

    Haven’t tried them for the T3 colour codes though..
     
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  3. Syncro27

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    I have used them too and they are a good match.

    But you need the colour code which will provide the non-faded factory colour. It is a base coat too so it needs a clear coat.

    Still it comes up great.
     
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  4. Michael.H100

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    Got a can of paint from autobarn today, was going to do some work on the body this weekend.

    Another problem has arisen, I heard a high pitch vibration sound coming from the fuel pump. The sound didn’t come on when I started the van, but I noticed as I was driving probs 20 minutes into drive. I investigated it when I arrived and found out it was the pump. I turned the van off, and on again to prime the pump and it made the same sound.. I left the van for a bit, then when I went to leave the sound was gone. But when I was driving home same thing happened. Van was driving fine the whole time, was just the sound that I could hear. Is the a list of things I can check before I go buying parts etc?
     
  5. Barry

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    Ahhh..... not really.

    I am having this problem at the moment. 3rd pump in 3.5 years.

    They don’t have a prefilter and it doesn’t take much to kill the pump.

    Put a new pump and post filter in and you can destroy it straight away if rubbish coming through.

    This time I am putting a prefilter on.

    I’m changing pump, post filter and adding prefilter.

    You need to drain some fuel to check if it is rust in the tank.
    I replaced my tank - been having the issues since then.

    I will txt you details of the prefilter
     
  6. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Also need to check breather pipes and grommets for cracks where dirt can get in the tank
     
  7. Michael.H100

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    I think mine already has a pre filter installed, is it just another fuel filter in front of the pump?

    I’m going to Jack the van up tomoz, and see if I can inspect where the filler nozzle and also the breather pipe connect to the tank, and see if there’s any obvious spot where dirt can be entering the tank.
     
  8. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    Rust in a tank actually looks like dirt as per in this photo from my previous van before I replaced the entire tank, seals and quite a few hoses....

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    If your van sat for a long while - there is a good chance it has a rusty tank - unless its a syncro of-course.
     
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    Not sure if the vans sat too long, gets used a decent amount. Where’s the best place to get these seals and hoses? Is there a kit I can buy? Cheers
     
  10. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    I got mine from Van Cafe
     
  11. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    I think I got that pre-filter from Repco. My mechanic sourced the hoses - not sure where from.

    However, these old steel tanks often rust - my previous van sat for about 8 years so no movement = rust!
     
  12. Michael.H100

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    I got a new fuel pump, and tank seal kit haven’t installed yet van is still running fine the pump just has a slight buzz to it, to be fitted soon. I’ve also attended to most of the rust on the van, just have the roof gutters to do. I also installed some truck mirrors on the van, I think they look awesome:

    I swapped my bull bar to a standard bar and I re painted it along with the rear, I fit new end caps and then test fitted some lights that I’ve had for a while.
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    I want to install the lights pretty soon, I’ve got an okay understanding of what I’ve got to do, but is there a forum post that has a very good in depth process of how it’s done, I want to have them connected onto the high beam switch? Also I’ve ordered a switch for them off eBay, but is there any out there that look oem, because not sure how likely it is that I’ll find an original one, if not I’ll use the eBay switch.
     
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    Have been keeping myself busy with the van since my last post. I bought myself a welder to start getting rid of some of the rust, I started at the rear lower quarters and behind the rear bumper to get some practice before I take the windscreen out. It’s not perfect but passable. I plan to respray the van eventually so it will all get a once over with some big to fill in all the little imperfections. 3B78105E-69E7-4506-9B6E-E15F891FC3D2.jpeg 62965F95-782B-411C-9057-6637BB296E08.jpeg 1D196A8A-84C5-497D-A63E-1BFB7A1469A9.jpeg BB2A6E81-F251-4DB8-A292-F65419A7DCA8.jpeg F4ED47C7-F97D-4B0F-9D5F-CFE082F47FC9.jpeg F48187D7-9663-48E8-B6EE-20E6E727AE61.jpeg D8B7C273-F942-4899-B996-4C50BFFD8B2F.jpeg
     
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    I also ended up putting the bull bar back on, and installed the lights with a relay and a switch so that they only come on when the switch and high beam switch is on. The globes are shite, and I want to upgrade to LED, but having trouble finding a correct fitting one, so I have just left the originals globes in there for now. I tried to get a switch that looked the most oem, I had to file it down to fit looks pretty good. 56DAC7CD-9D46-4367-986A-84B17B912F60.jpeg 16C0F3C6-A73E-4EF1-9B28-41524F1D8747.jpeg
     

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    Then in between all that, I’ve just replaced all the globes with LED. I’ve also acquired a healthy engine off someone who lives close by. My plans with the engine are to replace the heads as it is leaking a small amount of coolant. Replace all water hoses, fuel lines, water pump, oil cooler, give it a service and a clean up, i also purchased a full stainless vintage speed exhaust system for it, (which I still need a CAT for) so super excited to get it going.

    I stripped the engine down to the block on the weekend, everything came off easy enough bar a couple hoses, the heads was what I was worried about, one head came off no worries, the other was a bloody bastard to say the least. Ended up having to take the cylinder sleeves out with the head and smack the absolute hell out of them to remove them. My next step is to order a few more parts, clean up a few things and then hopefully I can start re assembly in a week or two. D4231E0E-8802-4E76-BF61-02B48D6D7634.jpeg C3C65674-EAE0-4A2C-82D2-F9F369F7B38A.jpeg 3E524CCF-DB6F-46DB-9991-A298DE6EBE2B.jpeg 218C4682-AC1B-4FC0-BFBC-028209BC6B2B.jpeg 350FE14D-24C3-4653-9767-6152D49793BE.jpeg D0F0648F-5067-4DA4-90E9-1467E55A14AB.jpeg E331A6F4-E028-4F88-BF41-0251CB6A4F1E.jpeg
     
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    Update on the CSA rims, I found out the actual offsets too, they are 16x7 ET+23 and 16x8 ET +11. I got some old tires fitted to test fit against front suspension components and the sliding door. The fronts have clearance while going full lock, and the sliding door does hit the rear so I will try and find a spare one and modify that. They stay inside the guards too. I’m going to get the stud holes machined to the correct countersink angle. I will also have to install longer studs on the rear. Still heaps to do before they go on, but I think they transform the look of the van. Full steam ahead
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    Just finished up a 1000km trip from Sydney to Bermagui, stopping at a few beachside spots to camp. Took it super easy, super happy I didn’t have any trouble except from the copious amount of oil I went through. Really need to get the new engine in, getting sick of topping up the oil every morning I drive it. Couple of snapshots from the trip. 01DBAE8E-5DE4-4C5B-9727-6FEBCB19E9E7.jpeg A028C620-B7F5-4CA0-B70D-0D1C080775E9.jpeg 684E8CE3-5E9D-4F55-8C2B-08644F6C7716.jpeg E45033AC-E0C5-4F60-BE5F-91FEC51B5E0A.jpeg
     
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    Have also been busy over the break working on the engine, got new barrels, pistons, rings and also new heads. Lord knows how many cans of brake cleaner I’ve gone through. Ive had to take everything super slow as I’ve never done something like this before.

    Originally when I got this engine I was only swapping the heads over to stop the coolant leak, but when the barrels came off with the heads I had to take the pistons out to re sleeve the barrels. There was some damage to the pistons, not sure if it was old damage or from removing them, so I replaced with a better used set, the barrels were a pitted where the o ring sat so got a pretty fresh set of them too. To remove the pistons I had to improvise as I didn’t have access to a slide hammer, I found out off someone on t3oau fb group that you can use a bit of all threads and a rounded nut to extract the gudgeon pins once the circlips had been removed.
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    This is when I found out I needed new pistons.
    I was super careful when re sleeving the pistons, because the orientation of the piston rings was putting me off, as I wanted to follow the Bentley manual exactly.
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    The oil scraper ring was the thing messing with me, as the new ones from Tooleys imports I got were a three piece ring and the gaps had to be at 120 degrees from each other, as opposed to the old style one piece ring.. so instead of having the middle and top ring as pictured I had to have them the middle ring at either 10 or 2 o clock and the top ring at 5 or 8 o clock “roughly”.. I was told the oil scraper ring orientation was the important one facing to the top of the engine so that when the engine is stopped the oil won’t leak into the head. B0ED6307-20D0-4474-978A-A64DE31F6FDC.jpeg E39EB383-7418-442F-9CA7-CB94A3FBF37D.jpeg
    I got them sleeved up and ready for assembly. 477D25B8-383B-4167-A7D2-14F98186814F.jpeg 5937E66B-9843-454B-AD81-1DC64B9115EC.jpeg I cleaned out the water jacket as much as I could, and prepped it for the installation of the pistons and barrels. Fiddled round with the gudgeon pins for a while, was very hard to do this while the engine is on a milk crate. We’ll deserved break after they were in. 4B43E7A9-5694-4605-9F10-9E67E0CEDD9D.jpeg I am now up to the point where I thought I would be in the beginning when I was just swapping the heads over. So I’m prepping for the install of them now, cleaning and getting everything laid out, quite satisfying. Hopefully will have them on in a matter of days. Thanks for reading, wish me luck. :D B5283317-138F-43C5-8B0A-C56AED816DCC.jpeg
     

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