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EYY's HJ Ute

Discussion in 'Projects' started by EYY, Apr 13, 2014.

  1. EYY

    EYY Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys, over the past two years I've been slowly working away on a HJ ute I purchased in January of 2012 and thought I might as well post a few pics of her journey.

    Firstly I have to say, this forum along with other closely related forums had helped me tremendously in areas of especially paint and body, engine and interior work. So I'm very grateful.

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    It came with 2 original gts guards, the bottoms of both were rusted out. The LHS guard was so badly damaged at the top and bottom, only the flutes were salvageable.
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    Looking good, love seeing backyard jobs. Throw up a few more details about her.
     
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    Sandman Challenge Accepted

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    Think I was reading about this on another forum recently, ute looks fantastic though even better that you painted and did all the work yourself. Tops to you mate.
     
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    EYY Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys. Well it's a '75 HJ ute which originally came out with a 202 and trimatic column shift, obviously with a bench seat. When i got it, the previous owner had installed a red 253 with a trimatic and floor shift, and full statesman interior (all just chucked in for the sale, everything bolted in with a bolt here and there) with bucket seats. The bloke was apparently going to fix it up for his son to drive, and so had done a fair bit of work to it. The chassis had been painted in 2 pack along with the firewall and interior.

    I continued with the colour that they had painted the interior for the exterior, and although it wouldnt have been my choice of colour originally its kinda grown on me.

    Unfortunately I needed to take out the 253 since I'm on my P's... but I replaced that with a mildly worked injected 202 (cam, cleaned up ports, compression etc) running on straight gas with a 3 speed manual, and it seems to go pretty well and I don't have any trouble overtaking at all (much to my surprise).



    I got all of my info and advice regarding building the engine from the blokes on the other forum and they were extremely helpful in that regard. I think that they're more about originality and concourse restorations rather than just backyard jobs though
     
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    Nice mate i built a hq one toner up to show quality, so i understand the amount of work in it, as the panels are huge compared to a new car althought they much like a big lego set to put together. Very simple.
    Did you think about smoothing over the tub liner cober hooks?
    Also a nice set of wheels would really make the car. Had a set of new five spoke dragways on my one, the new chrome makes the paint look that much better
     
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    Haven't seen a set of those Aussie 'mouse house' mags for ages. They're classics!
     
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    We'll done man! I love seeing people give it a go. And judging by the pic it's good quality. If you posted only the last pic I would not have picked it as a back yarder!
     
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    top result, good on ya shazz....
     
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    Looks killer mate, awesome job.

    I love how hours upon hours - weeks and weeks worth of work can be summed up in a matter of half a dozen photos.. Doesn't clarify the amount of work that really goes into them.
     
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    Looks amazing mate. Well done.
     
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    Thanks for the kind words.

    I did think about filling in the tonneau cover holes, but the previous owner had already purchased the reproduction clips along with a few other parts including lower dash panel, indicators, combination switches, door rubbers etc. since the ute will be used regularly I thought it might be a good idea to get a tonneau cover for it at some stage when I have the spare cash.

    I actually bought it so that I could fix it on the cheap so I could take my dirtbikes places on my red p's (can't tow a trailer). But that turned into a bit more of a project than originally planned, but I'm happy that I didn't rush it. Been on my green p's for a little while now so I'm able to tow a trailer anyway.

    I've done a fair bit of work since that last photo, and I've added a centre console, polished the rims to a mirror finish (took ages!), polished the paint to make it even shinier and painted that side mirror black haha. At some stage I would really like to put some original gts wheels on it and maybe a frot spoiler.

    I've got an air con system at home for it too which I'll put in when I get motivated enough to pull the dash apart again too :) (as if the 202 wasn't slow enough already) :p

    I'm sure you remember the thread where I was having a bit of trouble with the paint... Thanks to you guys I got it all sorted in the end
     
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    Couldn't you have asked for an exception for the 253? Since they are a slug..
    Add more pics!
     
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    The colour - is it "vixen" of the Ford BA/BF/FG range?

    Looks a lot like it
     
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    I thought about doing that, but I've heard of others not having any luck with getting the exemption with their 253's and decided it wasn't worth the hassle.. Should have tried though. It is on club reg after all, so that might be a swaying factor. I could always put the 253 back in considering it only takes 6 bolts in total to have the engine out if the bonnet is off. I'll put a 304 in it later on when i'm off my p's though, so i'll stick with the 6 unless it throws a rod or something catastrophic.

    ill add some more pics very soon :)

    As for the colour, I think it's valencia orange. The old owner told me that it was a sandman colour (cant remember which one) and from a google search it looks to be valencia orange. I looked at the vixen colour and it's a fair bit darker than the ute.

    On a side note, does anybody have any opinions on blackouts for the gts flutes? If i do it, should i black out the whole of each flute, or just the bits in the middle (hard to explain what i mean). Would satin or gloss be the go here?
     
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    Definitely matte black. Gloss black would look gay. Do it with some line tape too otherwise the edges will be messy.

    I do think they look ok as they are though.
     
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    hmmm lets see now:

    4 on the trans inspection/dust cover
    6 on the bellhousing
    4 on the torque converter
    2 on the engine mounts
    4 on the exhaust if you have OEM flanges
    1 on the fuel line
    4 on the fan/waterpump
    4 on the radiator
    2 hoseclamps on radiator
    2 trans fluid lines on radiator
    1 on the + to the coil
    1 on the earth strap
    2 on the starter (battery + and start sol)
    1 on the throttle cable

    i count 38 unless i have forgotten something?
     
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    EYY Well-Known Member

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    Haha okay, that was a bit of an exaggeration, but I was just trying to make a point of how easy these things are to work on. I'll be a little more specific.

    2 trans mount bolts
    2 engine mount bolts
    2 starter nuts
    Earth strap and alt nut
    2 power steering pump nuts
    2 exhaust flange bolts.
    4 hose clamps for radiator/heater hoses.
    2 shifter linkage nuts
    Undo slave cylinder line

    Taking the tailshaft off might make it easier to put the other motor back in too :p

    I think that's about it.
     
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    ari is trolling again....
     
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