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Re: Conrod's new Sundowner #3

Postby bambi mk 1 » Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:20 pm

Altransit wrote:
conrod wrote:
conrod wrote:(3 speed manual!)


Yep the 3 speed was a Borg Warner box, also used in the 1970's and 1980's Falcons. Both of my other Aussie vans have been converted to T5 5 speed. Much better!.....

Interesting, I thought Midnight Blue was an Australian Ford colour! Only time I have seen it on a Transit, and only Sundowner I have ever seen with blue stripes :)

OK you confused me with the 3 speed manual part :? Of course an autobox of that era would be a (BW35?) 3 speed :roll: :oops:

I was fairly certain that the colour was Midnight Blue, I used many aerosol cans with (I thought) that name on the lid, for running rust repairs, but it was 50 years ago, so possibly it was something similar :P

Yep Al midnight was a colour on Ford back in the day :) We used have a lot of mk 2 Escorts roaming about at midnight with blue jampots on the roof ,never could keep up with me though :mrgreen:
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Re: Conrod's new Sundowner #3

Postby andz327 » Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:56 pm

Wheres the engine bay pictures???

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Re: Conrod's new Sundowner #3

Postby conrod » Tue Jul 06, 2021 6:13 am

All loaded up and ready to go. Taking the Sundowner to my panelbeater tomorrow to start the restoration on the bodywork - exciting! :)

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A few NOS panels to go with us on the trip too.

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Re: Conrod's new Sundowner #3

Postby Altransit » Tue Jul 06, 2021 11:42 am

Bored? You?


Never :!: :P :mrgreen: :lol:
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Re: Conrod's new Sundowner #3

Postby conrod » Wed Jul 07, 2021 10:41 am

Altransit wrote:Bored? You?


Never :!: :P :mrgreen: :lol:


Just getting ready for the next lockdown, line a few projects up, you know! ;)
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Re: Conrod's new Sundowner #3

Postby conrod » Fri Jul 16, 2021 2:32 am

My panelbeater has already made a start on the repairs. Rear valance removed, and new part sitting in place. Lower rear quarters removed, which will be replaced too. Some rust repairs to lower body sections will be required before these can be welded in, and a repair to the LH chassis rail behind the rear spring hanger, where it looks like the spring has made contact and punched it upwards! Quite excited to see it progressing already :)

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Re: Conrod's new Sundowner #3

Postby blue74 » Fri Jul 16, 2021 1:19 pm

Where did you purchase your rear valance from please?
Have you used Motomobil?
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Re: Conrod's new Sundowner #3

Postby conrod » Fri Jul 16, 2021 10:01 pm

blue74 wrote:Where did you purchase your rear valance from please?
Have you used Motomobil?


I have not used Motomobil yet. The rear valance came from Robin Walsh in Ireland from memory, (Clomoco) I have had that hanging on the wall for several years now, I bought it for another van but did not use it. They seem to be quite hard to find.
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Re: Conrod's new Sundowner #3

Postby Ralph.9 » Sat Jul 17, 2021 6:16 am

I have a genuine rear valance in stock?
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Re: Conrod's new Sundowner #3

Postby blue74 » Tue Jul 20, 2021 10:29 am

Thanks Ralph, not sure if my van is worthy of a NOS rear panel! :?
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Re: Conrod's new Sundowner #3

Postby Indianboy » Wed Jul 21, 2021 11:50 am

Very nice Van you have there Conrod
i must admit i'm a little jalous, i would dream to have a 4.1 liters in my MK2 RV ;)
do you plan to swap the gearbox for a 5 speed ?
keep us update on the build
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Re: Conrod's new Sundowner #3

Postby conrod » Wed Jul 21, 2021 9:21 pm

Indianboy wrote:Very nice Van you have there Conrod
i must admit i'm a little jalous, i would dream to have a 4.1 liters in my MK2 RV ;)
do you plan to swap the gearbox for a 5 speed ?
keep us update on the build
Cheers


yes the 4.1 is a nice torquey engine, makes for a much more relaxed quiet cruise than a 2.0 Pinto or 2.5 Di.

I have a T5 5 speed and bellhousing which I will swap in at some point.
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