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Cars and coffee...

Leon Betts

I'm not really a morning person. But I made an effort this morning to attend the monthly Cars and Coffee car enthusiast meet. And it was a cracka turn out. On the first Saturday of each month, the entire length of Turbo Drive, Woollangabba is turned into a car park for all types of cars...super cars, muscle cars, rice burners, you name it. And as the name suggests, stacks of mobile coffee and food vans. This is an eclectic meeting. Truly something for everyone, irrespective of your taste. But get in early, we arrived this morning at 6:30 and struggled to find a park for the Fairlane. But we'll worth the effort.

Cheers Leon

Chevy panel truck...

Leon Betts

Pleased to see Tim has moved my '55 Chevy panel truck project out of storage and into the fab shop. Apparently Roland has a little time to kill while he waits for a couple of repair panels for our '67 Mustang project. He's going to make a start on the metal work on the panel truck. Very exciting!

Cheers Leon

Still not sure what I'm going to do with this one. I do know it will be low and tough. Maybe an LS1?

Still not sure what I'm going to do with this one. I do know it will be low and tough. Maybe an LS1?

Roland will start with the rear door hinge pockets...they're pretty well stuffed.

Roland will start with the rear door hinge pockets...they're pretty well stuffed.

The project came with two new doors. Henry gives the new doors a sand before they are given a coat of epoxy primer.

The project came with two new doors. Henry gives the new doors a sand before they are given a coat of epoxy primer.

'32 Roadster update...

Leon Betts

Well, it's been a long time coming, but the engine in our '32 Roadster has finally been fired-up. The 4-litre Lexus 1UZ goes great and sounds magnificent. The EFI system had been stripped off the engine and replaced with an old school carby set-up. Old meets new! I've included a couple of videos of Tim taking the Roadster for its first test drive.

Cheers Leon

Mustang accident repairs...

Leon Betts

While carrying out the rust repairs on our new '67 Mustang project, Roland discovered that one of the rear chassis rails had been buckled in a prang. Some of the sheet metal around the rail had been repaired, but not the rail itself. So not wanting to deliver our customer a car that drives like a crab, Roland replaced the damaged rail with a new one. As you can imagine, it was quite a big job to unpick all the factory spot welds to remove the old rail and then weld the new rail in place. Probably why the last owner didn't do it!

Cheers Leon

The new chassis rail in place.

The new chassis rail in place.

Roland straightens the floor after the damage rail was removed.

Roland straightens the floor after the damage rail was removed.

The old rail.

The old rail.

The new reproduction rail. Of course it didn't quite fit and Roland had to modify it a bit.

The new reproduction rail. Of course it didn't quite fit and Roland had to modify it a bit.

It's all happening...

Leon Betts

After a week long Northern Territory pub crawl, it's back to reality. A lot has happened in a week in the workshop. Here are a few pics I took this morning.

Cheers leon

Andrew is doing the last block on the HQ SS project. First colour isn't far away.

Andrew is doing the last block on the HQ SS project. First colour isn't far away.

Tim has finished the custom exhaust for my '55 Chev. It will get a satin black ceramic coat before it goes back on.

Tim has finished the custom exhaust for my '55 Chev. It will get a satin black ceramic coat before it goes back on.

Henry grinds the factory etch primer of the new floor in my '55 Chev ready for a protective coat of epoxy primer.

Henry grinds the factory etch primer of the new floor in my '55 Chev ready for a protective coat of epoxy primer.

Roland grinds the old brackets off the new diff to go in my '55 Chev. Decided the original diff wasn't going to hack it.

Roland grinds the old brackets off the new diff to go in my '55 Chev. Decided the original diff wasn't going to hack it.

Shane strips the factory sound deadener off the '67 Mustang. It needs to be removed before the car is sand blasted later this week.

Shane strips the factory sound deadener off the '67 Mustang. It needs to be removed before the car is sand blasted later this week.

Always on business...

Leon Betts

The subjects of my negotiations...maybe I've had too many beers.

The subjects of my negotiations...maybe I've had too many beers.

Devil's Marble Hotel...just in case that wasn't obvious.

Devil's Marble Hotel...just in case that wasn't obvious.

Daly Waters Pub

Daly Waters Pub

Humpty Doo Hotel

Humpty Doo Hotel

I'm in the Northern Territory this week on a pub crawl between Darwin and Alice Springs with a couple of old mates. But I'm always on Ol' School Garage business! Found these classics at the Devil's Marble Hotel. So far my negotiations have come to naught.

Cheers Leon