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posted on February 17th, 2015 at 10:17 AM
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We have purchased this 72 Low light Single cab to restore and use as a daily driver around town.
My wife, Bronnie, wants to personalise it for her use with a canoe etc, so no alloy chequerplate allowed.
Currently hand painted with hammertone silver.
It appears to have been Niagra Blue so that will be the colour.
It has no motor or box.
I have a T2 auto that I would like to fit to it.
Do they bolt straight in?
Any thoughts or knowledge welcome.
Does anyone have a T2 Auto Shifter complete with cable for sale?
Thanks in advance.

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posted on February 17th, 2015 at 01:19 PM



As you probably know Graeme, the autos didnt come in till 73.

However, if you have all the parts I am sure they could be installed with some minor extra repairs.

Looks like a great base though as it appears to have already had the front panel replaced although the front indicators seem to have been lost in the process.




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posted on February 17th, 2015 at 01:34 PM



Yes, thank you, it is a good base with no rust that I can see yet.
I will pull out the windscreen and the dash to check though.
Hoping to hear from someone that has converted to auto.
Definitely need the auto shifter and cable from someone somewhere.
It has had a new front recently, hence no blinkers. Wondering whether to put originals or perhaps something in LED in same place.
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posted on February 17th, 2015 at 02:55 PM



Put some in the bumper.
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posted on February 17th, 2015 at 03:31 PM



Looks good Graeme, I bet the Tristar hardly noticed it on the back.
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posted on February 17th, 2015 at 08:00 PM
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Good pick up Graeme - I was interested in that myself so am saddened to hear its not some old rusty ute that I missed out on..

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posted on April 12th, 2015 at 10:28 AM
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Pressure cleaned the whole ute. Very tidy underneath with front and rear suspension looking great after 43 years of grease and dirt removed.

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posted on April 12th, 2015 at 10:31 AM
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Mostly stripped now and pleased to find no rust in the windscreen area

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posted on April 12th, 2015 at 10:35 AM
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Took the dash out just to make sure there were no rust surprises.
All good there.

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posted on April 12th, 2015 at 10:41 AM



About 50 hours of sanding, dozens of sanding papers and probable a case of rum, all the hammer tone paint has been removed.
Door gaps need attention, then will pull the doors off.

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posted on April 12th, 2015 at 10:50 AM
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The rear tray will now be sanded back. It looks sound but has the markings of 40+years as probably a builder's ute with spilt paint, concrete, glue etc all over it.
Also thinking about changing the rear tail lights to something a bit older looking as these were the first of the tall modern ones and not, in my opinion, in keeping with the older style rounded bumper bars.

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posted on April 12th, 2015 at 06:14 PM



Nice project! Keep us updated! :tu::smirk:
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posted on May 3rd, 2015 at 09:00 AM
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Decided to change the taillights to something different so first step was to cut out the old molded section.
this will be kept in case I have a guilt conscience in the future and change it back again.

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posted on May 3rd, 2015 at 09:01 AM
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New metal tacked in.

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posted on May 3rd, 2015 at 09:03 AM
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Both mig'ed in and ground back

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posted on May 3rd, 2015 at 09:07 AM
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Now looking for inspiration for what to put there.
i am thinking of smaller round LED lights, either 3 smaller ones on each side or 1x 3-in-one on each side.
Time to shop on Ebay.

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posted on May 7th, 2015 at 09:08 PM



Looking good Graeme. Can't wait to see the finished product.



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posted on May 8th, 2015 at 02:42 PM



That's a good score.I was thinking that if I ever got a ute like yours,I would also fit an auto - but would use a shifter from a Type 3 and mount it up between the seats.It's easy to run a cable down from there and go under the vehicle.Better looking and easier to use than the OG Bus shifter mounted on the floor.Food for thought.
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posted on May 8th, 2015 at 06:14 PM
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Yes, not a bad thought as I was having trouble finding a T2 auto shifter.
VVDS came up with one only yesterday so will go that way.
Also want to use original bucket/bench combination for old skool look.
Spent all day today on it but only one day per week so slow but steady progress.
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posted on May 10th, 2015 at 02:21 PM
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Rear end starting to take shape now.
Those phillip head screws on the engind lid hinge to the body are tough buggers to get out. Had to heat them with the oxy till they were glowing red hot, then they just came out easily.

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posted on May 10th, 2015 at 02:25 PM



Treasure chest screws were same deal, but all out now.
Straightened up the outside and welded a few of the spot welds inside the lid and the etch primed it both sides.
I need the inside and outside lock and handle for this treasure chest door.
Anyone got one?

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posted on May 10th, 2015 at 02:32 PM
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First proper inspection of the treasure chest, no rust just old paint.
Not looking forward to trying to sand it back.
It may get less attention and more covering perhaps with timber or similar.
Certainly glad not to be welding anything in there.

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posted on May 10th, 2015 at 02:39 PM



Is that your fuel tank looking a touch holey there :?:
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posted on May 26th, 2015 at 06:43 PM
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More progress today, doors off and final straightening of the front panel.

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posted on May 26th, 2015 at 06:45 PM
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Found rust under the drivers seat where water would sit so cut out the offending area.

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posted on May 26th, 2015 at 06:46 PM
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Folded and rolled a replacement

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posted on May 26th, 2015 at 06:47 PM
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Welded and ground, now like a bought one again, almost.

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posted on May 27th, 2015 at 07:09 PM
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Etch primer now going on

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posted on May 27th, 2015 at 07:13 PM
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I had bought a a complete engine on Ebay that was stated as 'running when it was pulled out'.
I hooked it up on the workshop floor and tried to start it only to find it wouldn't turn over.
This is what it looked like when I pulled the tin ware off.

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posted on May 27th, 2015 at 07:16 PM
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This is why it wouldn't turn over.
I reported it back through Ebay and to the seller's credit, a refund was made. Lucky me this time.

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