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Okay, pre war car buffs… I need your help! I got these at a car boot sale yesterday, purely because they are nice looking and if nothing else, they’d look good hanging on my garage wall! But I’d be interested to know what they are from. They are made by C. M, Hall Lamp Company of Detroit and some preliminary online investigations suggest they date from around 1929. The lenses are flat and are marked 8 3/4 x 7 63/64 with a part number 12941. These kind of lenses were used in quite a number of cars… Ford Model A, Packards and even Rolls Royce but what I can’t figure is what are these particular ones are from as the ornate chrome surrounds don’t seem to match anything I’ve looked at online. More pics after the jump…

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As I drove home from a recent trip into town, I spied this Nissan Vanette parked up by the roadside with a for sale sign in it. I figured it might come in handy so it followed me home. It’s a pretty sedate 2.0L diesel but drives great. Amazingly the seats aren’t ripped to shreds which seems to be the norm for these old vans. Bit of rust here and there but solid where it counts. It won’t take much to get this thing into decent shape but for now I just want it as a parts hauler. However, before it could be used, one important change was needed…

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I picked this nice exhaust manifold at a recent autojumble. It was cheap enough to take a chance on it being close enough to adapt to fit something else… but what is it from? It’s clearly from a non-crossflow six cylinder of some sort and sits to the left side of the engine. The square end ports and round centre ports are quite distinctive but so far I’ve not been able to figure what it’s for. Any ideas? Click through for more pictures…

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I’ve had some screaming deals off of Ebay over the years but these days, with it being so much busier and popular with the masses, it’s now more amazing to snatch a good deal than ever before. So I was pretty stoked to grab this set of tidy Superior Wire Mags in tasty 14×8j flavour for a meagre £72! Okay, so 14’s are kinda small, but in 4×114.3 PCD, there’s still a ton of cars they’d fit. Who cares?! All that matters, is they are now in my shed and destined to go on my Nissan Cedric! A pretty appropriate rim for the Cedric I think, as these were also sold in Japan by Enkei.

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IMGP0792Unfortunately I could only make it to one day of this excellent new two day historic motorsport event but it was still well worth the trip. There really was spectacular variety on show,  from pre-war vintage racers, historic F2 and Group C through to the legendary group B rally cars as well as a ton of rare, exotic and in many cases, extremely expensive cars.  Definitely, the highlight on the track were the historic group C cars. GT40’s, Lolas and Chrevrons etc making sweet V8 music in a 250km race finished the day perfectly. I might have some pictures of this later as I shot a couple of rolls the old school way, with a Pentax SLR and I’ve yet to get them developed. They might be hopeless though as I’m no photographer! In the meantime check out the mega gallery after the jump!

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Van Update

So, what’s the progress on the van since the last installment. Well, it might not look much different but a whole bunch of work has been done since the roof got painted. The next step was to get the rest of the body into primer which meant finishing the filler and prep work both inside and out…

 

With the body repairs done, I looked at getting the front end back together which meant rebuilding the heater and aircon unit. The heater in this thing is massive and requires a lot of dismantling to get it out so I figured I’d best strip it and replace all the foam seals then clean it out as once it’s back in, it’s ain’t coming out again! Stripping the lower section of the heater revealed the fresh air/recirc flap was actually completely missing so a fabricated a new one from some galvanised sheet steel. Ebay provided the self adhesive foam strips. The casing had a couple of big cracks in it from previous accident damage but some careful work with a soldering iron saw them welded back together pretty neatly. With the unit back in place all the front end sheet metal could go back in, along with the radiator and a/c condenser etc.

All the unbolt-able panels got bead blasted then painted with satin black two pack epoxy. The rest of the front end got stripped back by hand then primed and also painted with sating black. There was a bit of accident damage on the front crossmember but I elected to leave it as is and it won’t be visible once the front end is done completely and besides which, that section is made from incredibly thick metal! Finally, I stripped, blasted and painted the headlight mountings and replaced the adjusters and springs. Some new ones intended for a 60’s Dodge Coronet did the job. Next job, fixing the doors…

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