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My Torana Rebuild

Discussion in 'Projects' started by 383 hatch, Jul 16, 2011.

  1. Dirbatua

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    i can't decide if i like the painted bumper bars or not.
     
  2. Reaper

    Reaper Tells it like it is.

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    Yeah it looks great. No 2 ways about it
     
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    Yeh, I'm with you. They're just a temporary measure to get it to the wedding as I don't have $1000 to spend on new chrome bars. So painted bars was the cheapest and easiest way to get it looking like a complete car. They're actually growing on me, but I still think it needs chrome bars. I wouldn't put painted steel bars on any other car but an LH-X Torana, that's the only car they can work on IMO.

    Thanks reaper. It's been a long road, but I can see the end now.
     
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    Good job tim personally i like the painted bumpers there's not many cars that can pull it off well
     
  5. Dirbatua

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    wonder how he went getting it finished since he got married today wonder if it made it.
     
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    Love it, one of the few i've liked with painted bumpers
     
  7. Dirbatua

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    Well the Torana made it to the wedding at least.

    Dunno if it was running yet though.

    Better hope he is enjoying his wedding rather then giving us an update anyway.

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  8. 383 hatch

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    So, as dirbatua has posted, it made the wedding. However, what you guys don't know is that it actually ran and drove, brakes and all. We fired it up for the first time on Wednesday arvo. It fired up first turn of the key. Everything went really well except for a problem with the head studs leaking coolant. I think we have that sorted though.

    The motor is running really nicely, it sounds pretty damn angry if I do say so myself. Don't get me wrong, there is still a lot to do to call it finished but it got to the point where I was happy to take it to the wedding. To actually be able to drive it into my wedding (trailered to venue then driven in, bit short on reg) was the icing on the cake.

    I got bugger all pics of it at the wedding as I was too busy, but here are a couple. I'll get it out and take some more on the weekend. All in all, I'm absolutely stoked.

    My son and I with the car.
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    Awesome to hear it made the wedding; running even better, congrats too by the way.

    Would love to come down and take some photos of this once its finished, the green just pops.
     
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    383 hatch Well-Known Member

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    Thanks mate. I'm happy for anyone to take pics of it anytime. Although, it's had that many pics taken of it in the last few days it's not funny.

    One more I found.
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    Great stuff, mate.

    Congratulations
     
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    Congratulations !!

    And well done on the car too.
     
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    Just some photos I took tonight to send off to my insurance company.

    You'll have to excuse the interior as it's not quiet finished yet and it really doesn't suit the car anymore but I'll sort that out soon enough.

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    Wow just wow. No matter how many times you post photos I'm still amazed at how nice this car is.
     
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    I can excuse the interior....but can your new wife excuse you playing with the car rather than participating in honeymoon activities ????
     
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    i'd guess she'd want it insured more then he does :p

    That way he doesnt start all over again and spend forever in the shed and all the money to do it again.
     
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    Damn that's tidy mate, full credit to you :thumbsup:
     
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    Thanks mate. Sometimes when I walk out into the shed and see it sat there, I have to remind myself that it's actually mine. Sat next to the ute makes me realise how lucky I am to have 2 nice cars.

    No honeymoon, I was back at work on Monday. We are saving the money we got from the wedding to have a family holiday instead. We're going to go when our daughter is a bit older and able to enjoy it.

    Trust me, now it's at this stage I don't want to do it again. Time to finish it off and enjoy it.

    Thanks mate, much appreciated.
     
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    yZoH //There Ain't No Rest For The Wicked...

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    Now all she needs is a heater seeing as the cooler months are coming up.
     
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    Haha, you remember the cold nights cruising in this...I was planning on putting a heater in this time, but I just don't think I can bring myself to drill holes in the firewall for heater hoses. I could put a couple of 12 volt hair dryers under the dash though. I'll see how I go.
     

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