Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Eureka currently on ebay.

Unfinished project due to lack of funds moving it on f4 eureka Mazda 13b rotary motor ( was running four weeks ago) 4 wheel disc breaks was rego in Victoria in the past on the Victoria achieved list has old rego plates. I started to work on this but my father who was my expert help is no longer able to help and I cant afford to pay a mechanic to rebuild this so someone with more money or the ability gets a chance at a car that is one of only 683
. This car is complete but does need a fair bit of work don't bid if you are interstate I don't want to go though the hassle of transports. No you can't drive this car away bring a trailor.... Geelong pick up.... Does the tone of this add read like iv been messed around already? Sorry about that . Please don't waste my time if you arnt in the same ball park as me. Thanks for reading

Remember Dave Cordy?

Dave was an active member of the Victorian club in the 70s and 80s. He originally had a Mark 7 that was relatively distinctive with its NASA ducts in the tops of the guards, installed to direct air into the cabin to make life inside the car almost bearable. After an accident, this car was sold to make way for another Mark 7 and was recently identified as the red one advertised for sale by Barry Campbell in Queensland, now minus its NASA ducts.
Anyway, be that as it may, it is the second Mark 7 that we want to talk about. You can take the man out of the Bolwell but you can't take the Bolwell out of the man and Dave is keen to track down this car which he hasn't seen or heard of since it was sold in the 80s. We've had some false starts but he's keen to "chase down every rabbit down every burrow" and if found and the car can't be bought then at least he can be reacquainted with it.
This car had a number of distinctive features apart from the hard to notice work done to deal with the asymmetric nature of the original bodies. These features include the flared wheel arches, the filled in side gills (vents) and the removal of the rear number plate surround.
The car had a Holden HR block allegedly bored to 192, XU1 head, twin 2" SUs, a Datsun 4 speed, HR disc brake front end with revised (i.e. by hammer, hacksaw & drill!) geometry, and unusually, HT Holden steering box (not rack and pinion) and MGA pedal box and master cylinder. Location of the rear axle was by triangulated upper trailing arms and conventional lower ones with with adjustable coil over units. According to Dave it went like a sharp stick and handled remarkably well which , he claims, was a fluke. You're being modest, Dave.
He sold the car in 1982 to a guy called Grant Hill who later sold it to John Suhr. Neither of these guys joined the club as far as we know. John was in the movie industry and moved to the Gold Coast some time in the 1980s where he was subsequently killed in a motorcycle accident. Nothing is known of the car since John's purchase.
Just for interest's sake here's a couple of early photos of the car at the old Lakeland hill climb .
Any clues would be appreciated.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Grey stuff - 53.

Land Rover diffs front and rear.
Currently being restored by the original builder.

60. Strewth that's old!

Wishing for a Mark 10.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

More Peel.

Bob Hampton reminded me of this.......

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The weekend after Easter.

That's when we have our big historic meeting at Mallala but most importantly it's the time for Historic Sports Sedans. What I'm hanging out for is the appearance of this piece of nostalgia.


Landing deck.

USS Fairlane.

B8/102

B8/102 was bought in 1973 by Ross Graham as an incomplete roller and built by him using a 289 Windsor with auto. By 1983 the paintwork had failed and the body was sanded back to bare fibreglass. You can see the remains of the light blue original colour here.
The car remained in that state from 1983 until late last year when Ross saw the need to downsize and move into a smaller place and a new home had to be found for the Nagari. Ross's son Kevin has taken over the project and last October the car was stripped down ready to go to the paint shop. It's now back at Kevin's and as you can see from Ken Williams' photo it is sporting a very nice shade of blue.
Both father and son are working together to complete the project. There's something about fathers and sons working together on projects such as this I reckon and the ability to have a joint effort is often the catalyst to get started.

Peel - The World's Smallest Car.

Part of the Isle of Man's manufacturing industry from 1962 to 1965. Now I see that Peel Engineering are alive and well and churning out this identical car.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Auckland.

Have you ever seen a photo of Udo without a beer in front of him? Looks a bit flat. (The beer that is.)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017