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    International 1973 D-Series 1210 4x4 Van

    Hello All,

    About a month ago V8 Ian and I rendezvoused at the Volvo Truck Service Centre in Goodna to complete the last leg of my new acquisition's journey home to Bundaberg.

    The vehicle "Bluey" had a previous road trip from just outside of Richmond in Sydney. Bluey was inspected by a local member - Simon, to make sure that I was buying a real vehicle and not a mocked up Matchbox toy. Also, to check that the vehicle did move under its own power and that there were no rusty chassis surprises.

    Bluey had to be taken to a weighbridge in St Mary's so he got a ride on a tilt tray truck there and back.

    Next after placing an advertisement on Loadshift Bluey hitched a lift on another International truck to Goodna.

    The truckie came early than the suggested time and Bluey was already unloaded by the time Ian and I got to Goodna. So no photos of Bluey touching Queensland soil for the first time.

    After some interesting events - like finding out the dual wheel rear axle did not fit on the back of the heavy duty 3500 kg rated car trailer - which meant unloading again... One wheel off and Bluey was secured to the trailer and hauled off by Ian's D2 TD5.

    After a mostly uneventful trip - Bluey arrived home and set its five wheels firmly on Bundaberg soil. Ian and I arrived in Bundaberg in the dark - so no photos were taken of Bluey being unloaded. Anyway, Bluey was re-united with the dual tyre the next morning so six wheels were firmly on Bundaberg soil.

    So a special thank you to Simon in NSW for inspecting Bluey. Also, a massive thank you to V8 Ian for your assistance in getting Bluey home.

    Well that is it for now folks!

    Kind regards
    Lionel
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    waddya mean thats it for now?

    the project is about to start isnt it?

    regular post and photos , yes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ramblingboy42 View Post
    waddya mean thats it for now?

    the project is about to start isnt it?

    regular post and photos , yes?

    Hello Rambling Boy,

    Do not get worried about any cessation of messages about Bluey. It was just the end of that message.

    Kind regards
    Lionel

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    A Couple of Days Progress?

    Hello All,

    Over the past two days I have been getting Bluey ready for conversion to a Perkins 6354 Diesel motor. In preparation for this I removed the nose cone panels.

    In the process of panel removal I took all the LPG fittings off the inner mudguard as they had been disconnected by the previous owner. There is a very much out-of-date and massive LPG tank taking up half the cargo space in Bluey's back. So the tank's removal is high on the to-do-list.

    I disconnected everything attached to the 302 Cleveland Ford V8 and the XA Falcon automatic transmission. My trailer with a crane was reversed up to Bluey and up and over the bumper-bar the engine went.

    I am glad I did this now and not waited until I had picked the Perkins motor up. I had a close look at the engine cross member and noticed that it was a custom job for the V8. I will make sure the Perkins comes with a cross member and so too with the International gearbox. I had already worked out to find a clutch pedal box and associated parts. The possible need for a cross-member did not .... cross ... my mind. Yes that was a pretty slack example of a pun!

    The removal of the nose cone has allowed me to have a closer inspection of the firewall rust. I knew there were some rust there. Now with the panels removed I can work out the full extent of the rust. This also included some hidden sections of the nose cone panels themselves were rusted too. Tomorrow will involve buying a spot weld removal drill bit. The horizontal panel the runs below the windscreen and then extends to the bonnet is double skinned. Once-upon-a-time - when the front windscreen did not leak the double skin might have stayed nice and dry. Now the bottom skin - which forms the lip of the firewall is extensively rusted. At this stage a 200 mm section along the whole width and top profile of the fire wall is slated for removal in order to cut the rust out.

    With no engine or gearbox there is now plenty of room to start working on the rust sections.

    Well that is all for today's session of working on Bluey.

    Kind regards
    Lionel
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    Well that was Fun!

    Hello All,

    I had not planned on removing the Ford V8 engine and gearbox until the Perkins diesel motor was ready to swap over. However, something happened that expedited the V8's removal.

    After I found TDC on Number 1 cylinder I loosened off the distributor. I lifted the distributor out so I could reposition the rotor button to align with Number 1 spark plug lead. While lifting out the distributor I noticed a very quick silver flash and something dropped down. It was the oil pump shaft.

    No it did not land in a place where it could easily be retrieved. Instead it disappeared from sight where not even the light of a very bright torch could find it. All fishing with a magnetic telescoping lance retrieved was a loose steel flat washer. However, the shaft did not travel all the way down to the bottom of the sump. I removed the sump and the oil pump shaft was not there. Instead it had lodged itself somewhere else in the bowels of the V8!

    Luckily, because the motor is now mounted on an engine stand it allowed me to turn the motor upside down. Somewhere during the process of rotation, the oil pump shaft was dislodged and it fell to the floor.

    Well - that was such fun! NOT!

    Kind regards
    Lionel

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lionelgee View Post
    I removed the nose cone panels.
    I wish I could do that on my L322!
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