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Just a short vid to share my good luck yesterday at our local trash and treasure, who says that you have to spend a fortune when your hobby is old cars?
- Luck: Coincidence, or preordained outcomes? (williamkiddjr.wordpress.com)
My businessman brother was chiding me this morning for not posting about the stunning victory of the Tony Abbott led LNP this morning but I have been just stepping back and enjoying the way that others have been reacting to the game changing result. From Ray focusing on the real possibility that Sophie Mirrabella may lose her seat of Indi to the despair of the far left zombies like the Taylors at a certain dishevelled electronic Cafe and the pretentious and wilfully obscure pseudo intellectualism of Lavatus Prodeo its all been a bit of a hoot to be honest. I am also very well aware that with the change of government to one that I broadly endorse a political blog like this one faces new challenges. Many readers may now be expecting me to defend the government and the way that it prosecutes its policies. I certainly will defend the policies that I believe in but you won’t find me defending anything that I disagree with just because its something done by “my team” I don’t roll that way. To be entirely Francis I think that we are in for a rather politically boring couple of years and as such there will be far less political stories for me to write about.
As some readers may have noticed I do have interests other than Australian politics so I expect to write a bit more about those topics when the mood takes me I am also hoping that I can make some good progress on my Morris Eight project (depending on my heath issues 😦 ) popular culture topics will feature a bit more and I want to look at some more domestic life issues too. That said I think that you never know just how the issues will present themselves but if you want to keep up with the Sandpit then please subscribe to the blog for email updates.
Anyway I offer this vid for your viewing pleasure:
That all said I am not the only one who writes for this blog and I very much look forward to the other authors here contributing to the debate about the future of our country even when I disagree with their arguments. You see political discussion is not so much about the destination, which is always a moving feast, as much as it is about the journey and the conversations that we have along the way.
- ‘Tony Time’ euphoria for Abbott backers (bbc.co.uk)
- Tony Abbott’s key policies face rough ride in the Senate (theguardian.com)
- Tony Abbott opposed eco-taxes, hate crime laws and gay marriage – and won a landslide (blogs.telegraph.co.uk)
- Conservative Christian Tony Abbott wins majority in Australia (winteryknight.wordpress.com)
I’m going to the Nambour swap meet today which should be a bit of fun, I may even find some parts I need for my project which would be very nice I may find nothing at all that is useful. that is the pleasure of such events they are all essentially a big lucky dip and who doesn’t like that?
Anyway after committing a major neatness in my workshop over the last couple of days ,made a new stand for my drill press , a new top for my workbench and fitted the diff to the car I’m rather keen to seek out an A series engine and gearbox for the car although if I find one I very much doubt that I can get it home in my sports car!
This is my current project and although I can’t work very fast on it I can and do try to do a little bit for it as often as I can . When completed I will be able to register it on “club ” plates which are relatively in expensive even though they do have limitations in how often I can drive on the public roads.
Man does not live by seven’s alone so I have been working on a new project whcih is sort of a seven circa say 1950 essentially its a 1946 Morris Z chassis (common to the Morris eight) with a light weight body of my own design the only body panel that it has from the original Morris is its grill piece the rest is based upon a square tube frame (sound familiar?) that is bolted around the perimeter of the chassis. At the front I have the standard suspension which is a beam axle on semi elliptic leaf springs that have had three of the six leaves removed at the back I had to improvise because I have been unable to find a set of Morris springs instead I have some modified Suzuki Sierra
rear springs, like the front I have removed leaves to soften the ride and to lower…
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It actually feels like winter here this morning its cold and rather damp with a real (pardon me while I get a bit hippy-trippy) cold weather vibe. Today I am rather tired, a little sore but reasonably cheerful. I like this time of the year and I have rediscovered a bit of enthusiasm for the project in my shed. You see I went to visit one of my brother’s yesterday in my sports car, it was really an excuse to go for a decent test drive in the car after fitting the extractors. On the way there I filled it with a tank of regular unleaded and on the way back I filled with premium and I am now certain that the extra couple of bucks for a tank of premium is worth it for a much smoother running engine. I could really hear the difference in the exhaust note between the different fuels.
When I got there, my bro was working on his latest restoration, a 1960 triumph herald hard top coupe. While I was there I helped him get the engine running. my input into the process was rather minimal. I just screwed in a set of plugs and after we drove into the nearest town in my car for petrol she fired up like a little ripper even though the exhaust pipe is currently truncated just under the gearbox I was in awe of just how sweet she sounded. Its rather amazing when you consider that the engine has been sitting idle since 1994! My bro was rather keen to have the exhaust remade with the same puny 1″ diameter pipe but I think that I have convinced him that he should got to at least 1¼” or even 1½ to make the 948cc engine breathe a bit better. I am offering him a nice “Staintune” stainless steel motorcycle muffler that I found by the side of the road for the car which should give it a nice note and last many years .
Its nice to see my car loving bro finally getting himself a really cute and fun “sports” model instead of the more pedestrian models that he has previously restored and you really could not get anything much nicer than the Herald which is the epitome of the swinging sixties with just a dash of fifties finny fun. It was good for me in another way because I found laying on a shelf in his workshop just what I have been looking for to add a heater to my car.
Its an oil cooler that will become the new heater matrix and it will be small enough to fit between the dash under panel and the top of the transmission tunnel. To make it work as a car heater my plan it to fit two computer fans on top and a fascia panel in front that will help direct the warmed air into the foot wells. This certainly won’t fully warm the very open car but it will keep driver and passenger feet warm enough in a Queensland winter. Now all I have to do is get a couple of tail-pieces instead of the banjo bolts a couple of meters of heater hose and Robert is your mothers brother!
Such are the joys of DIY car building where ingenuity is more important than very deep pockets.
You can’t fault my brother for his work ethic so find below some pictures of his efforts today