From: Noddy on

"PhilD" <replytonewsgrouponly(a)> wrote in message

> Been there. Had a house build that went 15 months behind. Didn't really
> care at they agreed to a clause to pay us lost rent and at the end they
> didn't even have the smarts to realize that they forgot some retaining
> wall work that should have been an extra. By far the majority of it was
> finished when they had other emergency Govt work so even if they had gone
> broke we could have managed the finishing off reasonably well. It was
> rather frustrating anyway so can understand how you feel.

It can be hard to plan around. Especially when you're trying to arrange the
selling of another house and leave enough time to move without having to do
it twice.

At the moment I don't really have much to complain about as the house
builders have been great. It's all going together well and short of any
major disruptions the house should be finished in about 2 months. It's the
bloody shed builder who is the problem.

Spoke to them this morning and the building crew is about a week further
behind due to the weather.


From: Noddy on

"hippo" <am9obmhAc2hvYWwubmV0LmF1(a)> wrote in
message news:huhn4d$b8m$1(a)

> Fond a thread with pics of an 1800 Van under construction. Looks pretty
> good as far it'd got then. Anyone seen it?

Unfortunately that link doesn't work for me.


From: st3ph3nm on
On Jun 6, 8:05 pm, "Noddy" <m...(a)> wrote:

> > One of the guys at work just bought a mid-90's Daimler, and I have to
> > say, it's one of the greatest sources of humour each day.  I think
> > staff morale would have dropped significantly if we didn't have so
> > many oil leak and electrical jokes tossed around. :)
> It must suck to be him :)

Nah, he's alright. Actually, a very savvy bloke with a strong
engineering background, who also used to be GM of one of the major
suspension component companies a couple of years back. Semi-retired
now, he runs my spare parts section, and he's a great bloke that I've
learnt more from than just about any other work colleague I've ever
known. Good thing he's got a good sense of humour to go with his
penchant for Brit cruisers. :) Not enough guys around like him,

From: st3ph3nm on
On Jun 6, 10:06 am, D Walford <dwalf...(a)> wrote:
> On 6/06/2010 9:01 AM, st3ph3nm wrote:
> > I can't stress strongly enough how important a car club is as a source
> > of information&  parts.  IMHO, you'd be mad not to join the relevant
> > marque car club if you intend to purchase an old classic.  Yes, there
> > will be politics.  Yes, you'll get people annoying you.  You don't
> > have to talk to people you don't like, but in any group of people
> > you'll find like minded mad bastards who will bend over backwards to
> > help you.  I've had a number of unobtainium parts just given to me
> > over the years by friendly club members who had something "lying
> > around, and you need it more than I do".
> Very true, when I finally got the 4AGZE in my sons AE86 running I found
> that the supercharger had an internal oil leak so it needed new seals.
> I knew a few blokes who had Elfin Clubmans fitted with ZE's so I asked
> them if they how to replace the seals, in the end one of them just said
> he had a couple of spare superchargers and as he had converted his
> engine to turbo so he just gave me one which has worked perfectly.
> He could have easily sold it to me for $300 but he didn't care about the
> money:-)
> Daryl

Out of interest, how much does the blower on the 4AGZE make a
difference? I've been wondering about this for some time. Does the
extra power and torque make enough that it compensates for the bigger
engine multiplier in competition? (Most competition regs. make a
forced induction wear a 1.7x multiplier in engine capacity for
classing, now). I always guessed a big cam 4AGE would do the trick
better, but I've never driven the supercharged motor.

From: D Walford on
On 7/06/2010 12:56 PM, hippo wrote:
> Noddy wrote:
>> "D Walford"<dwalford(a)> wrote in message
>> news:4c0b02c6$0$28656$c3e8da3(a)
>>> I wonder how difficult it would be to fit an engine and trans from a later
>>> fwd car into one?
>> If people can do V8 conversions on Mini's then anything's possible. I'd
>> imagine the 1800 would lend itself well to a late model Japanese
>> engine/trans swap, but finding a car worth doing it to these days would be
>> difficult I'd imagine.
>> A ute would make for an interesting project.
>> --
>> Regards,
>> Noddy.
> A basket case ute now costs nearly as much as a pristine sedan.One I saw
> had a rather optimistic 4K tag. I think the chooks would have probably
> turned up their noses at it!
> With a still registered sedan, you're typically looking at repairing or
> replacing four doors for rust in the bottoms and probably some work above
> the headlights. Rust anywhere else is usually be from neglect or old
> accident damage, unless the screen or heater's been leaking long term into
> the front floor. Floorpan rust is relatively uncommon otherwise, because
> there's nearly always at least a thin coating of oil from the transmission
> housing and the gear selector cable tunnel.
> Do whatever is necessary on the engine, replace the clutch if you had to
> drop the block anyway (taking a couple of hours instead of 14 later on),
> then go through the electricals or upgrade them and theat's about it aprat
> from whatever trim and paint you feel like replacing. $10-12K go to whoa
> and you could pay that for a ute that still needs some serious work. I'd
> still like one though!
> Fond a thread with pics of an 1800 Van under construction. Looks pretty
> good as far it'd got then. Anyone seen it?

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