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Well my Rock Auto order finally turned up today.  I got spanked for £55 in duty/VAT.  That was for the compressor, seal kit and expansion valve.

Unfortunately the electrical plug on the compressor was smashed to pieces.  Luckily I was able to swap the connector over from my old pump.  Not ideal but certainly easier than trying to return and exchange it!

I've also swapped over the upper plate with the old pump and it all fits perfectly.  I still need to clean these parts up, but it's good to know it is a straight swap.

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Well my Rock Auto order finally turned up today.  I got spanked for £55 in duty/VAT.  That was for the compressor, seal kit and expansion valve. Unfortunately the electrical plug on the compresso

I have now stripped down my hvac and replaced all the foam on the flap doors.  It was very dirty inside and the foam on the flaps was in a state of disintegration. As you can se

Well the front ABS sensors brackets await powder coating. I have finally got round to removing the gearbox, engine, placing the body on a dolly and removing the front suspension / drive train.

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An update of sorts.

I've been up to Paul Cheshire's today to have the following items overhauled and restored.

1. V160 gearbox.

2. Diff

3. Wiper motor assembly.

4. Alternator.

5. Starter motor.

6. 2 x aircon fans.

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Gearbox is virtually finished.  Everything was in very good order internally. Whilst apart I did have Paul replace synchros 1 to 4 with new OEM parts.

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Wiper motor assembly is also starting to look good.

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The auxiliary fans.

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One day Barry.  I do miss being able to drive the car, but working on it is equally pleasing to me.

I suspect I've got another 2 years to go before it's back on the road.

This year I'd still like to get the Alcon brakes and the gixxer drew modified B6 Bilsteins refurbished.

Next year will be the bodywork and starting to rebuild the car with the various completed sub assemblies.

The final year will be the engine rebuild and getting it back up and running.

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1 hour ago, mwilkinson said:

One day Barry.  I do miss being able to drive the car, but working on it is equally pleasing to me.

I suspect I've got another 2 years to go before it's back on the road.

This year I'd still like to get the Alcon brakes and the gixxer drew modified B6 Bilsteins refurbished.

Next year will be the bodywork and starting to rebuild the car with the various completed sub assemblies.

The final year will be the engine rebuild and getting it back up and running.

What was the reason for taking it off the road ? Did the engine fail or something similar ? 

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1 hour ago, mattdavies said:

What was the reason for taking it off the road ? Did the engine fail or something similar ? 

No. The car was running perfectly, but the body needed some attention.  This then spiraled into a desire to restore the whole car and get it up to a standard that I could maintain for the rest of my ownership of it.

I was also aware that parts were rapidly disappearing and didn't want to have to contemplate trying to do a restoration years down the line when parts and prices were a significant hurdle.

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I lost 100 of my own hours to my underside refurb with new OE parts, I hate to think how many hours you have put into your car. You have to treat it as a hobby, a labour of love, otherwise you'd lose it along the way and probably most of your savings.

It takes a certain kind of character, I'd say almost obsessive in a complimentary way to see a multi-year project through. I just don't possess that degree of patience and was starting to lose the will to go further after just 12 weeks of looking at the underside of my car sat up on the ramp, it was only the thought of the finishing line that kept me focussed and motivated for that long. My ongoing restorative work now only goes as far as preventative maintenance replacing clips, electrical bits and ancillary mechanical parts with new OE as the moment moves me. 

Mind you, for those who embarked upon the mission only a few years ago now It is/was all done in the knowledge no one will be able to undertake the same project today with many of the parts needed now fallen off the Toyota bin list over the last 3 to 4 years. That is always going to make these cars a bit different and worth the effort, not to sure about the expense though. 

 

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