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    Re: Slight Vauxhall up-date - and a question

    Progress! Wish I could say the same on my projects, any of them.
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    Vauxhall Updates - getting back on track!

    Well, not a ton to report - the cold hampers everything. The burst pipes have been repaired but, the garage is still a mess partly from the damage and mostly from having to move everything in a big hurry. Had been working on the engine, got the cam housing on but couldn't set the valve clearances - the valve job I had done means the clearances are wrong, A thicker gasket has been made (during the academy awards ) but too cold to intall.

    One other issue I have had was the exhaust manifold. No problems really except it had bolts rusted in, got that sorted, and, had the suggestion made that powder coating might be a very good idea.


    So, before:





    after:





    and the best part, I approached three different companies.


    Last reply = 2X $150
    second quote = $150
    accepted quote = $50 - Conservative Mennonite. I am very happy!
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    Re: Slight Vauxhall up-date - and a question

    JP, They look great! Didn't know the Vauxhall had black manifolds. Kinda unique really. PJ

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    Re: Slight Vauxhall up-date - and a question

    Quote Originally Posted by PAUL161 View Post
    JP, They look great! Didn't know the Vauxhall had black manifolds. Kinda unique really. PJ
    they didn't - but one does now!
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    Re: Slight Vauxhall up-date - and a question

    Almost there! Not quite finished but I just had to share.








    I am very very pleased!
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    Re: Slight Vauxhall up-date - and a question

    Purty.
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    Re: Slight Vauxhall up-date - and a question

    Now that is kewl.
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    Re: Slight Vauxhall up-date - and a question

    You put your fuel pump on upside down.
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    Re: Slight Vauxhall up-date - and a question

    Quote Originally Posted by waltesefalcon View Post
    You put your fuel pump on upside down.
    thanks for catching that! (really) the tops on the carbs also need to be rotated 90 deg - this is all new to me!
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    Re: Slight Vauxhall up-date - and a question

    Quote Originally Posted by waltesefalcon View Post
    You put your fuel pump on upside down.
    Double checked, and no, it is on correctly -
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    Re: Slight Vauxhall up-date - and a question

    I had an email from the guy I bought the Viva from - asking about when he had sold it to me - realized I am now four years into a two year project! Realized I need to get on this on a regular basis - for the car's sake but for my own as well (see Basil's article on goofing off elsewhere) Just the act of puttering on these cars is a major stress reliever, but, I digress.

    This week I have been trying to sort out the wire harness - I had purchased part of a derelict car and pulled the harness - about 90% intact and spent the last coupld of nights labelling and organizing.

    The car did come with a wire harness - three actually - so, last night I went to take a look at them (mostly as reference points and possible to scavenge connectors) - The previous harnesses are in 17 pieces! 17! and all just cut and hacked. I know it wasn't the previous PO - but, who does that? There wasn't even enough information to have a new harness patterned from the old.

    sheesh.
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    Re: Slight Vauxhall up-date - and a question

    I'd imagine someone got *really* frustrated trying to remove the old harness - and cut it up to make it easier to pull.

    Do you have a wiring diagram for the car?

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    Re: Slight Vauxhall up-date - and a question

    Isn't there someplace that will make up a new one for you?

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    Re: Slight Vauxhall up-date - and a question

    Quote Originally Posted by AngliaGT View Post
    Isn't there someplace that will make up a new one for you?

    - Doug
    There is an outfit in England that will Doug, though when I tried a few years ago with what I had then (the 17 pieces!) they said they couldn't with what was there. The harness I have now will work fine - I peeled all the cover off it last night and it is 95% in perfect condition - and the last 5% can come from the pieces I have. I can also do a few things the original didn't like put relays in and (likely) add a couple of plugs so that the thing will be easier to fit and maintain.
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    Re: Slight Vauxhall up-date - and a question

    After building the harness for my Prefect I sent it to Rhode Island Wiring to be braided. Not cheap but I thought well worth the investment. This is how it came back to me with the various sections in plastic bags.
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    Re: Slight Vauxhall up-date - and a question

    Looks lovely! Certainly seems worth considering
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    Re: Slight Vauxhall up-date - and a question

    well tonight there was progress - not much but some!

    Before....

    viva start.jpg

    Back on tires - first time in maybe five years?

    viva start 2.jpg

    Briefly in the driveway

    viva drive.jpg

    And into the other half of the garage

    Viva mid.JPG

    One one level not a big deal, except, this is the very first time ever that the car has rolled on its own wheels on the proper GT suspension - ever - as a replacement shell, the GT gear has never been on the car till now. And, it is on the better lighted side of the garage so, hopefully, progress through the winter!

    One ponderable though - my house was built in 1940 - hardly the pinnacle of compact cars in North America - yet the GT fills its spot - I have no clue how you could ever have fitted a Buick! Makes me realize that the garage as much as anything else determines the focus of my hobby.
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    Re: Slight Vauxhall up-date - and a question

    . I remember in the 60s, my parents' bought a single garage ranch. The previous owner had a 55 Ford that fit well. Dad had a 63 Mercury Monterey and Mom said that won't fit in the garage. So, the first day we were in, Dad showed her the Mercury would fit. He put the bumper thru the drywall and closed the door. Boy, did that **** her off. Later we put a Jag 140 in the garage as if fit better and needed work.
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