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My Torana Rebuild

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

  1. CONROD

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    Aaahhh, Memories. I remember when those things were in car yards for under $4000.
    Better than money in the bank now, All I can say is BLOODY BEAUTIFUL mate, its a credit to ya.
    Even the ashtray with SLR on it is worth more now than some people earn in a week, although they are making Fascia,s and repo.
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  2. 383 hatch

    383 hatch Well-Known Member

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    Thanks mate. My parents bought this car off my brother for me as my first car for a couple of grand (no driveline). I just got it insured tonight for 40K. It's come a long way from those days.
     
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    immortality Home of the smoky breakfast Bacon! Staff Member

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    383 hatch Well-Known Member

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    I'll just leave this here.

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    This is from when I first got it running so excuse all the loose end that needed to be tied up. The video doesn't really do it any justice, but you get the idea.
     
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    I saw your update on the ute thread.

    Based on that there MUST be updates for this one !!!!
     
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    holy **** its been six months, yea i want an update now too :p
     
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    383 hatch Well-Known Member

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    Yeh, it has been a while. I don't really come on here anymore, last night was the first time in months.

    Anyway, as has been already said, I sold my ute. Some of the proceeds have gone towards finishing this car off to the standard I want it. First on the agenda was to finish my 9" diff, then do the interior.

    The diff is almost finished. The centre is built, 3.55:1 gears, Detroit locker, new 1350 series yoke, new bearings, seals and crush tube. The housing is all done aswell. I have shortened, a few diff housings over the years but this is the first I've built from scratch. I started with a brand new pumpkin and second hand banjo tubes from a HQ ute. Jiggled it all up, welded it together and welded the torana brackets on. All that's left is to smooth the welds out, paint it, fit the axles and throw it at the car.

    Now, to the interior. Most of the parts are here apart from the new seat skins and door trims as they're being made. I've got all the vinyls, (roof liner, cargo trims, kick panels and door tops) all new black plush pile carpet, dynamat, underlay and all new door handles. Once the seat skins and door trims turn up I'll make a start on it.

    It's been a bit on and off with this car as I've got another torana I'm doing some working on for a friend that's a paying job (paying jobs come first. Then to throw a spanner in the works, I hit a kangaroo in our statesman a few weeks ago, so I've been busy repairing that. As per usual, it's snowballed, it's getting a repaint at the same time. It got painted today, so hopefully I can put it back together this weekend so I can start working on the toranas again.

    I have driven a the car a couple of times on a trade plate. It's pretty good to drive, motor feels strong and everything appears to work as it should. It's pretty noisy with not much exhaust on it, but that'll get fixed in due coarse. Once the interior and diff are done, that's about it. Use it and enjoy it.

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    It's taken me a while, but reading through this thread....... wow just wow!

    The amount of time and effort poured into this is just astounding! You have created a truly magnificent machine and should be extremely happy with it :)

    Your skills are certainly top notch, amazing to see the build progress and see the attention to detail you've put into it.

    It's shame this thread has kind of died a bit.... any updates from the last 5 months? Interior finished? Exhaust?

    It would be a shame not to see it 100% done.

    Once again top effort mate, absolutely awe-inspiring, well done!! :)
     
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  10. markalan1two

    markalan1two Smile and wave boys !!!!

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    Looks great "greeeen is nice" but personally i liked the yellow
     
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    almost been 12 months :p wonder if this is done yet :)
     

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