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Classic Car Project Nomad #47

Classic Car Project Nomad #47 Classic Car Project Nomad #47 Classic Car Project Nomad #47 Classic Car Project Nomad #47 Time rolls on. Itís hard to believe I purchased the Nomad back in November 1997 with the expectation of a restoration taking twelve months. If I get it back in under three years I will be doing well. Thankfully time doesnít necessarily have to equate to money and while it takes time and sits for long periods it is not costing me anything. The sad thing is I want to pay for the work, jump in and drive it....

So what is happening? Well it is down to the wire and we have turned into the home straight and yet the winning post is still not in sight. A lot of the fiddly bits have been done and now it requires the loose ends to be wrapped up and finalised.

The front sway bar has been fitted and custom brackets have been fabricated and should be installed this week. This was a trick for new players Ė I wanted narrowed a-arms on the front to allow me to run wider rubber than stock. The disc brakes move the wheels out by three quarters of an inch and the narrowed arms give me an extra inch and half on each side. This should allow me to go from seven to eight inch rims on the front without altering the guards. Unfortunately with narrowed a-arms the standard length front sway bar wonít fit. This can be overcome by throwing money at some fabrication...

Graeme at Cromer Exhaust asked me what I was going to do to cool the power steering fluid. My blank expression relayed to him that I hadnít given it one iota of thought. Funnily enough, within a week Joe from Joscar was telling me how his power steering fluid boiled on the run up to the Kurri Kurri festival. Needless to say we sourced a small unit that has been fitted up under the front bumper that will keep the fluid cool and nip any potential dramas in the bud before they happen.

The engineer specified charcoal canister has been fitted on the rear chassis rail and is hung up out of the way and looks neat. Given a choice I wouldnít have one, but if I want to get it registered I donít have a choice.

The tank has been rewired and a new Edelbrock fuel pump installed that will keep the required PSI up to the LS2. All the brakes are back from the engineer, calipers painted and awaiting installation for the last time. The rack and pinion mounting bracket has been reinforced on either side as there were some concerns about its overall strength and it has been painted and reinstalled.

The exhaust needs to be done, handbrake cable installed, the battery tray fitted along with the water bottle for the washers, hoses run for the power steering fluid, all bolts need to be torqued to spec, diff oil filled, suspension tuned and calipers and wheels refitted and we are in business. Then itís off to the auto electrician (at last). The bright spot is it is looking fantastic and I will go right out on a limb and make the rash statement that it should be on the road, registered by November, 2010. Three years from the purchase date. Hopefully, Iím not dreaming.

Words by Mark, owner of Classic Car Gurus


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