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Sanctum Zone 21 Jun 2018 00:26 #1441

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sketts wrote:
Might end up sharing a ward someday :spliff:

Doubt theyd put me in the female ward.

But ur mate pfiz on the other hand....

:cool2:
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Sanctum Zone 22 Jun 2018 01:16 #1442

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novum wrote:
sketts wrote:
Might end up sharing a ward someday :spliff:

Doubt theyd put me in the female ward.


Mixed wards these days wot with everyone being the same an all that :coffee:


But ur mate pfiz on the other hand....


I'll be putting whatever happens down to diminished responsibility :D
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Sanctum Zone 22 Jun 2018 10:45 #1443

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Well nothing wrong with reverting to your usual get out clause when it keeps working for ya :P
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Sanctum Zone 01 Jul 2018 04:53 #1444

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Ace, that 434 was fired up & broken in this week. At last, 500+ horse/500 ft pounds o' torque. 2500-7500 power band. Fortified 350 turbo transmission. 4:11 posi waiting in the wings. The cam is a custom grind from Clay Smith. .624.594 solid roller.
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Sanctum Zone 01 Jul 2018 06:34 #1445

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Sounds awesome :thumbup: big cubes in a relatively light combo, 'big' smallblocks really make some steam ey.

The oz dollar keeps sliding here and gas prices going up, really sucks .... now we are being taxed on stuff coming in thats under 1k too, it was never like that before, it was a way for me to bring bits in one at a time and 'get away with it' ... now the taxman takes his cut even there, i guess the 'Australian Government' shareholders are hungry. :hahano: :facepalm:

Not sure T350s gain much over 400's accelleration wise? Sure theyre lighter some but the 400s are so solid they shift like lightning, some say theres little to gain going to a 350? i dunno. Shits so expensive here i just use T400's .. i found another one recently out of a jag with the 34 element sprag, it was GM bellhousing but nobody else wanted it because it had the 9" tail, which i think is better (shorter driveshaft for any given combo vs 4" tail).. seems to be rebuilt and like new.

Anyway your 350 should hold if fortified and it will be lighter than a T400 of course. :coolio:
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Sanctum Zone 01 Jul 2018 18:49 #1446

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This 350 was given a HD sprag & the clutches were also aftermarket HD'd. The main reason for the smaller trans was space/fitment for this X framed Impala. I will not go hardcore like this again w/an X frame (1958-'64 GM cars). Headers are a royal BEACH to buy & mount. The rear end will have to be upgraded eventually to a 9 inch Ford custom unit ($2200) but will be narrower 2" per side for a 8 inch rim/10" tire. Money was saved for the angled plug heads were from a guy stepping up to AFR ($!$) heads & these only needed freshened. Same w/the intake & oil pan. They too were used, clean drag race only items, Saved around $5-6 hundred over new. Yes, the g'mints of AU/UK & Kanada are raping the $$ from the commoners even more today. The EU white brothers are also taking the tax shaft, and have get creative to save a dime anywhere they can w/importing the goodies from abroad.
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Sanctum Zone 02 Jul 2018 02:22 #1447

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Ah i know the x frame yea, had a 59 bel air in the family growing up and we pulled it into pieces for a resto when i was a teen.. it ended up being mine but it was a 4 door so i got wise and gave up on that, if it was an impala coupe id have gone thru with it, but sold it off, the guy who bought it all used the frame for an impala, as the stuff i had was factory RHD from canada, he had a LHD impala coupe that he wanted to make RHD, and used the RHD frame because some brackets were mirrored and it saved him cutting and welding them.

The 4 door body was sold to someone else though and fully restored anyway, it looks like new now... they were keen for a 4 door lol.

GM sold chevies here new, only 4 door pillared bel airs, from the 50s through to 1968, so there are factory RHD chevies here, sourced from canada in pieces (called Chevrolet Knock Down or CKD package) and assembled in Australia by Holdens .... after 1968 Holden began to build long wheelbase cars (Holden Premier and Brougham) and stopped importing the 'canadian' bel airs.

I think my favourite of that era now would be a 58' impala coupe... the caddies of that era are awesome pieces of art too.

The govt here pretends that its helping local manufacturing, but thats ridiculous because a) that is pretty much fubar anyway and b) they are taxing us on stuff we cannot source here, because manufacturers for it dont fkn exist. So its just a tax that hurts everyone but the govt and it does nothing to help anyone locally.
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Sanctum Zone 02 Jul 2018 04:07 #1448

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Growing up we had 2 '63 Impala 4 door HT's & a '63 Impala wagon. All three were 283/Power glides,
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Sanctum Zone 03 Jul 2018 01:40 #1449

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Mine was a blue flame six with an iron powerglide, only dodge sold bigger engines here, the 383 in an imported phoenix, but they too stopped around 1968 and began selling local long wheel base cars based on the american A body, biggest they had was the 360. Holden went up to 350 and Fords 351s. Fords had bigger only in the trucks here, 460s. So most big block engines here are imported after.

Now theres no more car manufacturing here, as of 2017 theyve all closed down. They probably shouldve never bothered in the first place, just made the country LHD and import cars, as it was always propped up with govt assistance and 'local content laws'. Registering US cars - anything newer than 30 years old here can be a real pain here, they need the dash and steering mirrored and end up being terrible investments with all that money spent to bastardize an original car and comply to a bunch of unnecessary BS.

Ford did start selling the Mustang though, i guess because they made it RHD for the UK, and camaros will be sold here apparently - the holden logos at the dealerships will fade away i reckon and be replaced with Chevrolet. Not sure what dodge is going to do here but theyve gone nuts with the horsepower lately in the Hellcats and Demons, aint cheap though.
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Sanctum Zone 04 Jul 2018 00:35 #1450

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With ALL the rural roads & wide open spaces, the US 4x4's should have been king. What just the Land Rover (BEnd Over) and that was it? Same question as to allowing USA everything built & sold there. L&R hand drive. Duties should be slashed. Mexico should be allowed to fill those mega shipping containers w/old iron (cars/trucks parts) and flood y'all. Guys that know the country are finding and bringing back to good rare stuff, but is still a gamble at the border. A pair of '61 Impala ft fenders will cost me $575.00 each + shipping.
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Sanctum Zone 04 Jul 2018 01:11 #1451

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The steering swap has always been an issue, not allowed to drive LHD unless its over 30 years old, so anything US gets very expensive, add import duties and a 47% tax ontop of that for any car over 48K australian (35k usd) (tax thanks to champagne socialist and multi millionaire Paul Keating) and as i said terrible investment as you end up paying 2x what same vehicle would be in US, then they just depreciate to fk. So you can easily pay 100k USD for a 50K USD truck, usually its more than double though, then drive out the door with your butchered dashboard and steering, and what you essentially have is a bastardized 50K USD vehicle that nobody will pay shit for a few years down the road. Same goes for buying butchered late model stangs/challengers/camaros. Theyre available but they cost 2x what same vehicle does in US (im talking US dollars vs US dollars) and buying one of those its just like burning 50K in a bonfire.

Plus many of the steering conversions arent as good as a factory car, so much stuff needs to get moved (steering, brakes, HVAC, wiring) and its beyond the scope of most small time shops to do it to OEM standards. Sometimes have to move the whole motor to do it right as they can be offset one way to clear steering shafts, then its offset the wrong way for RHD making the space even tighter.

So yes, Land Rovers, and japanese shite. Japanese build good chassis but their autism typically still cant make engines for shit, most jap 4wd and commercials here struggle to get up a hill vs american stuff and dont use any less fuel when loaded or at highway speeds because they have no torque and struggle. Some people swap in Duramax or LS stuff into jap stuff but that becomes obscene cost wise too if people dont have the skills to do it themselves. (most dont), plus the police here hassle modified cars, its nothing like the USA on that score either.

Toyota commercials are the biggest selling here, i dont care for them, and they dont sell the same ones they sell in the US either we dont get the bigger trucks with the bigger motors even the jap stuff.

I have a 10 wheeler straight truck jap turd that takes a 30,000 lb payload on the tray when i want to haul heavy stuff, its ok until you get to a hill (despite being 7L turbo diesel) so when I dont haul I just use cars, have a LWB Ford sedan with a 5000lb rated hitch anyway for lighter stuff, its a bit iike a locally built Lincoln Town Car, late model, roomy inside.. thats my 'truck' :larf:
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Sanctum Zone 05 Jul 2018 02:19 #1452

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Strange. The Jap's have built super bikes since the '70's. But must be told not to build powerful truck engines. REally, it is not an accident or naive approaches. And the same goes for not allowing a GM mega factory in to build everything on the menu here state side. Same goes for Ford. And for the sake of God, allow BOTH R&L drive as option. Yes, I have seen the crap the rodders have to go through to have the goodies & sheet metal from US. Again, it is an excuse to squeeze the common man of every last dime.
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Sanctum Zone 06 Jul 2018 09:07 #1453

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The nanny state here wont allow LHD, plus its a tight knit club at the top and the vehicle importers want to keep their monopoly. By that i mean the factory RHD cars imported by the respective companies 'legitimately' for sale through dealerships.. well. they mark stuff up nicely and line their pockets vs what people pay in other parts of the world... the people involved in selling new mercs for example dont want to compete with imported slightly used mercs that are LHD , and this big biz has the politicians as their puppets, so the rules wont change anytime soon.
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Sanctum Zone 19 May 2019 04:52 #1454

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Just checked, SZ is still there.

Ghost town tho.

But working still

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