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 Post subject: Re: Sooty72's EL Wagon - about to get some Fairlane goodness!
Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2016 12:08 pm 
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Hi all,

Long overdue update.

Ok, so the 125k engine went in a while back, and was a good strong engine and gave no problems for ages. Right up until last weekend when it popped the head gasket. :evil: I was on the highway, coming back from the Gold Coast, and it just started detonating under load. The temp gauge started creeping up, but only got to about half way. I backed off and coasted down to around 80 KPH, and the temp dropped, but when I went to pull off the exit (up hill) it was rattling it's head off. Then it died, and when I cranked it over, it had a lungful of water. So, 1 dead engine. I had another AU engine, with approx. 150k on it, so it was easier to swap motors than to bugger around fixing this one. I took the opportunity to fit all new welsh plugs - a couple looked iffy - new rear seal, new water pump, etc. A mate helped and we had it all swapped over and driving in approx. 11 hours, start to finish.

Other than that, nothing else has really changed with it. I fitted the 'lane front seats and lower rear seat, and have to organize to paint the 'lane doors, and will fit them up complete once that's done. I have also sourced another front bar - this one is damaged - so will have to paint that as well. So, still plenty to do, as time and money allows. But it has been a good old bus, so far (touch wood) and I cant really see myself getting rid of it for a while yet. I have been thinking about upgrading to a BF wagon, but haven't seen any low klm ones up here for less then $10k, and I cant afford to spend that much right now. But who knows what will happen in the future.

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 Post subject: Re: Sooty72's EL Wagon - about to get put out to pasture!
Posted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 4:55 pm 
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OK, so I'm over the old EL. I have a S3 AU Futura wagon, and an XR8, and will soon be combining the two, and should end up with a nice, V8 Futura wagon. I'll probably start a build thread on it one day, but for now I have to decide if I want to bother fixing up the EL and trying to sell it, or part it out and probably end up with a similar amount of cash. Thoughts anyone?
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 Post subject: Re: Sooty72's EL Wagon - about to get put out to pasture!
Posted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 8:32 pm 
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sooty72 wrote:
OK, so I'm over the old EL.


well she got 'old' quick lol



sooty72 wrote:
I have a S3 AU Futura wagon, and an XR8, and will soon be combining the two, and should end up with a nice, V8 Futura wagon. I'll probably start a build thread on it one day,


awesome :mrgreen:


sooty72 wrote:
but for now I have to decide if I want to bother fixing up the EL and trying to sell it, or part it out and probably end up with a similar amount of cash. Thoughts anyone?
8-)


can ya be bothered?
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 Post subject: Re: Sooty72's EL Wagon - about to get put out to pasture!
Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 12:25 pm 
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Yep, it's old, (like me) and while it has been a good car, it needs a few too many things fixed. The rego runs out late next month, so I have until then to have the AU V8 conversion done and sorted. Then I reckon I will wreck out the EL and the leftovers can go in the back paddock for "Natural Resources" for the rest of the fleet.

So, anyone looking for a set of 16" factory alloys? Or a full interior (seats, carpet, console and 4 complete doors) for an NF Fairlane? Or a good AU 4.0 and Auto? I'll have lots of goodies to move on soon...

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 Post subject: Re: Sooty72's EL Wagon - about to get put out to pasture!
Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 8:34 pm 
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i'd put up me hand for some of it .... but ya tooo far away :lol: :roll: .. good luck on the 8 tho
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 Post subject: Re: Sooty72's EL Wagon - about to get put out to pasture!
Posted: Fri Jun 10, 2016 3:58 pm 
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So the AU is done and dusted. Took a bit longer than I hoped, but it's done now, and is awesome to drive. So I started with this.

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Then I bought this.

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And it became this.

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And after a couple of busy weekends, I had this.

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It's all finished and on the road now, still needs a good detail and polish, and a few little interior bits finishing off, but I am very happy with the result.

More pics to follow.
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