Sunday, 12 February 2017

Jag tailpipes! Why the heck not?

Been sitting around the garage for the past couple of years waiting for me to fit 'em up. Well, this weekend, being 38 degrees out there, Celsius, that is,  I decided it was a good time to break out the hacksaw and get stuck in. Because the State was in the middle of its hottest spell on record, I thought it best not to burn down the neighbourhood by breaking out the angle grinder, so I used the old hacksaw instead. These exhaust tips are from a series III XJ6 Jaguar. It makes sense, as the same front end from that car is under Dorothy. So why the hell not? The fun thing about these tips is they have this very nice finished lip on the tip of the pipe (see left). Just gives the old tart a bit of British elegance, old chap. The right end of these pipes has a grub screw or allan key head screw setup for screwing onto your new pipe.
So, last week I whipped down to the Muffler Men  and got them to knock up an adapter to fit my larger exhaust pipes. Which they did. Picked up a few days later. Looked great! So, the first thing I had to do was measure up the old pipes and cut them off. In hindsight, I should have just got the Muffler Men to fit them, but where would the challenge of sawing off old pipe from underneath the truck on the hot concrete be? I made a small cut first off using the dremel as it was easier than trying to make a start with a hacksaw especially lying on your back.

This was how they used to look. Deadset ugly.

Not badly hacked at all from a big guy on his back on this, the hottest day of the year. Well, it was either that or swelter inside with the piddling fan on doing sweet FA.

Bunnings specials. $6.95 for 15 hacksaw blades. They got the job done on one pipe, in the end. A pity I went through 12 out of 15 blades to get there. Hmmm. You DO get what you pay for sometimes. So off we go up to good old Bunnings to buy some bloody more...
Stone the crows, mate! $20 for a set of  foreign blades from the US? They'd wanna be good. And guess what? They bloody well were. Sawed the second pipe off without losing a blade.

New and the old. That curly Jag pipe sure is gonna make the tail end of Dorothy look a bit, ah, funky, man, ya dig? 

This was how I first imagined the pipes. Complimenting to curves of the rear valance. However, it became apparent that they were going to stick out far too much, and I am sure they would not be deemed legal. Something about not having pipes extend beyond the body of the vehicle et cetera.

So, I decided to set the on an angle, bit like the way Jaguars have them. Sideways.

What do you reckon, guys an' gals?
I might have to cut and bring them in a bit more, even though they don't go past the bodyline, From side on they look a bit odd still. Anyway, gotta be better than before?

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Choking Chickens! The most fun you can have for 25 bucks!

After a solid day in the salt mines (aka the office), there is nothing more pleasurable than getting your fingers around that chook and give its neck a good wringing. This could eliminate the need for stress therapy sessions with your friendly counselor.   Jaycar sell them for 25 bucks. Go here to get yourself one now. Here's our chook in full voice! 
I am sure to reach for my chook whenever I have to work on those steenking electric windows.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

2017 Autorama Illawarra Post Mortem

As the temperature crept upwards of 30 plus at 9am this morning, I decided to venture out with baseball cap, aerogard and sunnies and a good dab of 30+ on the back of the neck and check out the anuual Autorama display. Had to get to my brothers' 70th birthday party at 1pm the same day, so, once again, had to make a quick whirlwind flick around, snapping this and that and trying not to get in everyone's way. What I saw, that is, the quality of what I saw, just keeps getting better and better.
Not sure if there were more entrants, but I skittled outta there around an hour later. Anyway, here is a small snapshot of what I saw. Hope you like.
Click on them to make them bigger.

A beautiful old Coupe. Deserves another angle.

Perfect everything! 

Oak Flats Electronics showing what they can do with a hatchback and about seventy speakers. The sound was earth shattering! But where do ya stick the milk and the bread?

This year was the unofficial year for dak daks. Wayne Penrose (local vw guru) delievered no less than ten vw creations for the display. I am not sure this one above was one of his collection, but there are a few in this photo shoot that were.

Very neat Corolla (correct me if I am wrong) with a beautiful paint job and an immaculate engine. And a very classy looking lady helping out with a polishing cloth. Sorry, I didn't take any picutres of her! What? Do you think I am a pervert or something? 

Hey, don't answer that question, just check out the cars.

And the men's butts.

Classy lines on these Austins. More I see of them the more I love 'em.

Nice display of trophies on offer. And a nice yellow chair in the foreground.

I love old Corvettes to death and this was a stunner.

Late model motorvation.

I am a bit of a fan of the Supra. Bit of an arch rival in my old RX7 days. This one was in good hands 

A mountain of metal! 

Plenty of support from people like Pedders, Shannons, and so on.

Gorgeous Holden ute! The interior was just luxurious!

It didn't look like rain, but somebody brought their yacht just in case. 
Aka 1971/2 Buick boat tail.

Is Boat Tail two words or one word? Never mind. I can't really tell you much about this one, only that it was very different. 

Late model Falcons. F6 and a GT in background. Quite a few of these on show. They were all beautifully presented.

Holy snapping duck turds, Batman, is that an LS engine in a Datsun?

Frytnd? Not really. Amazed? Definitely! 

Some Fords

Some Holdens

And even a Sigma.  Stunning detail in the engine bay. In fact all of the cars I saw were just so goddamned clean! 

A Charger in orange with silver stripes! I think that almost works!  Pro Street style making a comeback? (If it ever went away?)

Didn't matter if your dog got sick out there because there was a 'vette on every corner.

Rare XU1 in a gorgeous mandarin colour. (the sandwich board says one of only 150 Bathurst Specials)

See, I told you! 'vettes everwhere!

Not enough trucks! This was the only one I saw all morning! Hmmm. 

This was the stage for some live music. Beautifully clean Murrell's truck. Equally photogenic red wheely bin.

Plenty of stalls selling merchandise of various kinds.