Unfortunately the camera does not do justice to the colour the car is now - it does not capture the sparkle or the pop of this colour.
Bought this HZ ute in Scotland in 2014.
Finally imported it into Ireland in 2015 and brought it up to my paint guy to get a respray which we figured would take about 4 - 5 weeks.
Off with the vinyl and should I start to worry?
Hmmmmmm more of what lurks below the vinyl!
Digging deeper and its not looking good!
Will there be any vehicle left at this rate???????????
Mike from Rare Spares Perth to the rescue with new metal!
Starting to look a bit more factory - no holes or rust bubbles left.
Next in line for the paint booth - end of March 2017
Waiting for trim - April 2017
The tyres are the wrong size as these rims where bought for my Valiant S Series and the profile is smaller than the tyres that came off the ute. I was checking the look - and I like it!
As I am waiting for the missing bits to finish the drum to disk change on my 62 Valiant I used the time to do some modernising on the ute.
The finished projects to date are;
Fatmat the cabin and doors
New carpets and swapped out the bench seat for some all electric buckets
Fitted centre console - not sure now if I will go for the T-bar shifter. I have one but I do like the column shifter. May fabricate a cup holder for this console instead.
Refurbished all the gauges. Sourced and had fitted a replacement clock - these never work but now with new mechanics and electrics and the old style face and needles it looks nearly factory.
Refurbished and installed factory style intermittent wiper control
Install central locking - how it all came together. I am still using original Holden seat belts while I source new belts to suit the new seats buckles.
And still no sign of my missing Valiant parts: So a few more little jobs to be done on the Ute.
After humping a bunch of house stuff from Dublin to Kilkenny the ute started to puff and run a bit rough. I had a "new" carb and manifold on the shelf which I purchased last year for it so I fitted that. I fitted new gaskets and vacuum hoses where needed.
I also fitted a new HEI distributor and coil. It purrs away now and drives really nice.
Excuse the canary yellow - previous owner painted EVERYTHING in this colour, slowly getting it gone.
Does anyone know of a really good set of engine tins? The seller/provider must be willing to post to Ireland - my expensive of course.
It took me nearly 5 hours sandblasting the airfilter box so I could test out the candy red powder coat. I am thinking to leave the block black and do the rest colour matched "ish" to the body.
Base of silver metallic powder and once coat of candy red powder - I think the colour might look good
But I don't want to spend an eternity sandblasting the canary yellow from the old ones; the coating he used does not come off easily and as you can see sticks like sh** to a blanket in tight areas.
Once the Valiant is gone to panel and paint next next week, that will give me space in the garage to do more on the ute. I will do the brakes and re - ring and bearing the engine, and add a slightly mild cam and new lifters.
Hopefully by the time the engine goes back in the dreaded canary yellow will be all gone