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 Post subject: Re: Kotara Rocket
PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2012 8:33 pm 
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is the drivers door upper hinge welded on?
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 Post subject: Re: Kotara Rocket
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is the drivers door upper hinge welded on?
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Mate they're all welded on. To the doors and the pillars. :?
A couple of them have broken bolts still in the holes. :shock:

I destroyed my wire brush cleaning the BBQ so I went with a dustpan brush and morning fresh.
(I've ruined that brush as well now. good thing it was only $2)
Wire brush would have been better.

Here's todays effort;
No tree required. :mrgreen:

More painting tomorrow and Tuesday.


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 Post subject: Re: Kotara Rocket
PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:54 pm 
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gtpswift wrote:
is the drivers door upper hinge welded on?
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Mate they're all welded on. To the doors and the pillars. :?
A couple of them have broken bolts still in the holes. :shock:

I destroyed my wire brush cleaning the BBQ so I went with a dustpan brush and morning fresh.
(I've ruined that brush as well now. good thing it was only $2)
Wire brush would have been better.

Here's todays effort;
No tree required. :mrgreen:

More painting tomorrow and Tuesday.

Apart from the radiator support that almost looks factory straight.

And I've heard that GTi's are bad for lunching door hinges, aspecially mk3s because of the weight of the doors. I haven't personally seen this happen but my drivers ones are getting pretty sad..

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 Post subject: Re: Kotara Rocket
PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 6:47 pm 
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[album][/album]Thanks,
It's pretty good for a rough job.
It all lined up nice, even the headlight fitted in perfectly first go. \:D/

Here's where we're at after today.
[Lucky I'm on holiday...]


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 Post subject: Re: Kotara Rocket
PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 7:14 pm 
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Off topic but, what is that plate on the rad. Support? Looks like it has the Suzuki "S" on it. Just because mine doesn't have one lol.

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 Post subject: Re: Kotara Rocket
PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:22 pm 
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Did you heat it up or just bash it bash it back.

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 Post subject: Re: Kotara Rocket
PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 5:07 pm 
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Just bash it, bash it, I'm afraid.

I don't have the right equipment for heat just yet and you do have to make sure you keep it properly tempered so you don't weaken the metal. I'll replace that whole section in the near future anyway.
Either way was going to be a compromise but this worked with what I had on hand.

The plate on the radiator support is the Ateco branding and stock number.
In NSW Ateco had the 'distribution rights' (not correct but whatever) to Suzuki auto's. At some point that changed, (not sure if this is true of qld btw) and I don't know what Ateco's involvement is.

When I was trying to put the alto works motor into the mightyboy they were really helpful in getting me some engine parts that needed replacement. It had one of those plates on it too. I fell off the panet[planet :lol: ] for about 20 years after that so don't know what happened to them subsequently.

Back on topic though, Here's the result of just over eight hours.
With luck rego done tomorrow.
I may have little to add here for some time.
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 Post subject: Re: Kotara Rocket
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Good work mate, at least it's all back together. Looks mighty good for a home job too.

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 Post subject: Re: Kotara Rocket
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+1^^^ its really good. Maybe you can do a road trip up here and straiighten my radiator support out so my headlights sit flush with.. the rest of the car lol.

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 Post subject: Re: Kotara Rocket
PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 4:44 pm 
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Thanks Squirt. Appreciate the vote of confidence.

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+1^^^ its really good. Maybe you can do a road trip up here and straiighten my radiator support out so my headlights sit flush with.. the rest of the car lol.


Thank you.
I'll let you now when I'm in your area. :lol:

Got rego today, and insurance ( :lol: ).
Also some preliminary parts for the engine rebuild arrived today.
I'll take the little beast for a run to Byron tomorrow and blow some of the cobwebs out of it.
I'll give it a wash and polish after that.

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 Post subject: Re: Kotara Rocket
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Car gets a Christmas present.


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 Post subject: Re: Kotara Rocket
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Love that rocker cover will still send mine to you

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 Post subject: Re: Kotara Rocket
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Love that rocker cover will still send mine to you
Feel free to pm me whenever you're ready. :mrgreen:


I stumbled across these for $40.
Of course I had to buy them even with the slight damage. 8)
The Mk3 upper still needs the gap (which I wasn't expecting) fixed, but I already have some ideas.....

Small wiring issue though, it seems that the brake switch now operates the dimmer on the clock circuit :? .
Think I know why; but it works well enough for now so will address that later.


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 Post subject: Re: Kotara Rocket
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Maybe if you got some mk3 tail light wiring harnesses then you wouldn't have to cut up yours. Not sure if it will just plug in but something to think about.

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 Post subject: Re: Kotara Rocket
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Yeah,
I did consider that but it required money and wouldn't have been as difficult :lol:

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 11:31 am 
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I got some rims with tyres for $50 ( \:D/ ) and thought I'd share them.
Have to get to Sydney to pick them up yet so can't show them on the car.
(one of the tyres has a nasty puncture.)

I used this additive in my car in October, (and changed the oil for the first time in over 30,000k's a few weeks ago.) and thought I'd share my experiences with it to date.
I have no personal interest or assosciation with the product or company making it.
It is $100 for the bottle seen in the pic. This is enough to treat one petrol engine.

Basically it is a ceramic compound which uses a chemical reaction inside the engine (with old oil.) to create a silicone carbide layer on all the metal surfaces, or at least this is what they claim.
They also claim that it will reduce operating vibration by up to 90%, and horsepower by up to 70% and fuel consumption and emissions reduced by similar margins. It also claims to eliminate engine wear to very low levels due to the ceramic bonding process.

I'm often skeptical about these claims as we've all heard them before and found them to be bogus rip-offs. Since I couldn't find much info about it at the time I figured I'd use my car for an experiment platform and try it out.

Obviously, I didn't have the resources to measure these claims in any way, and so my experience is only anecdotal, not quantifiable. However, I did see a very marked decrease in vibration through the vehicle from the engine which is now almost zero.
I also found that I do use less fuel on freeway conditions of about 20% (I use a logbook so this is accurate in my case).
There is a marked difference in power uphill in fifth, certain hills I don't need to gear to 4th due to loss of rev's.

Certain aspects didn't seem to be noticable to me, there are still some engine noises which have actually increased (valve train) in frequency at cold start but it dissapears once the engine hits operating temp. In fairness, my engine is in desperate need of a rebuild so I wouldn't expect 100% of the claims to have been achieved anyway.

Overall I'd wouldn't nescisarily recommend it voluntarily, but if someone asked me about it I'd be happy to give it a good rap. I feel like I got a good result for the outlay.
All the improvements to the engine have remained constant since they were first evident in October, so it also does seem to live up to it's claim that it only needs to be done to the engine once ever.
There it is for what it's worth......


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Bargin on the wheels! Someone didnt know what they had...

70% horsepower increase they say :^o Not sure why some of these companies make such outlandish claims when other genuine aspects of the product can make them worthwhile. Interested to see how it performs in the long term.

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:mrgreen: Went for a trip to Sydney...


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Just after Christmas I picked up a 61.5mm bored Mk2 intake manifold for a low price. (Possibly partly because the bore had been hand done, and was elliptical rather than round.) I bought it because I wanted to have the EPI plate back on it and figured I didn't have to borrow or buy a tap and die set to do it like original. I cleaned it back up to round and ended up at 64mm. Then I decided to paint it because its been too wet to work and I was getting bored.

I managed to get a gasket from repco after two wrong ones, (Standard carby G13B and then an M15A) and started the swap yesterday.
This entailed making a custom fitting to connect up the pcv, hose without needing two valves, from some random bits I picked up from the wreckers yesterday.
I also found a larger TB to go with it while I was there. It isn't on the car yet, I have some modifications to make to it first. Not an SR20, but it is a Nissan unit and it looks like it should fit up very nicely.
(I also found out recently from another member that my car came to me with a set of cultus headers. :mrgreen: like everything else on the car they bear the evidence of an adventurous existence.)

Since I don't have the larger TB ready to go yet and may not for a little while I re-installed the original item.
It all went together just before this afternoons storm dumped some more rain on us.
And as always with these things there's just one small problem.
It won't idle now.
It starts (and sounds pretty throaty too) and then stops running almost immediately.
If you tweak the pedal it'll rev very high very quickly (and loudly) but as soon as you let it go it dies again.

Any thoughts are gratefully appreciated. :?
Two things that may be pertinent,
Due to an accidental short at the alternator early in ( #-o ) the main 60amp fuse blew.
I have re-adjusted the throttle cable because when everything went back together the cable was tighter and the throttle was open.

Anyway here's some pics while I go and check out what the manual has to say.


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 Post subject: Re: Kotara Rocket
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A couple of things to look at would be the TPS calibration, idle screw setting in the new TB and lastly if its getting enough fuel. Its been widely debated about the SR20 swap that you need an adjustable FPR to bring the fuel up to 40psi (min) to keep up with the new setup. I know that's what I ran and it went like a train!
So start there and see how you do. You might also find the SR20 instal guide in the FAQ helpful, but I haven't looked at that in a while :wink:

Looking goog :)

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