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    #46
    Well pulled the original steering box out today, I have a high ratio original GT to put in ( Popeye arms here we come)

    Hardest bit was separating the centre link much blue air and bloody knuckles later and she popped!! And with no headers or cowl flew out.

    Now comes my next great discovery!!! Bent frame rail!! When the box bolts were loosened out fell a few washers/ packers obviously somethings a miss. When I tightened them back minus the packing the steering shaft was about an 1 1/2” closer to the drivers door!!

    Its just the gift that keeps on giving !

    I’ll post some pics of the bendyness later

    any advice opinions. I think I can straighten the inner and replace the outer



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      #47
      Shimming a long column box at the frame rail is the correct procedure to set the inner column in the centre of the outer column at the steering wheel. The centering cone is removed at the top of the column and shims added behind the box to position the inner column in the centre so that it is not under any sideways tension. A small shim at the box will make a large movement at the top. The up and down centering can be made by tilting the box on the frame rail.
      What you have is normal, don't panic.

      That is unless of course you have found a visible distortion in the rail due to accident damage.
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      You can never have enough black under the hood.

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        #48
        Top man thanks I must admit I took it out and found it was Gin o’clock never thought to check if they were supposed to be there!! There is a small distortion on the rail but it’s solid and doesn’t really warrant a replacement I’m not going concours else I would

        much appreciated knowledge thanks
        one less thing to get done

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          #49
          Thought I’d it this here as I’ve posted elsewhere about the dash.

          it’s out!! And I took the opportunity to de-pad it too, I love the look of the early falcons and the gt350r. I can always reattach later if I want too

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            #50
            Heavy crease on the passenger side going to take some gentle persuasion

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              #51
              So I knew the passenger A pillar had had a kiss with an immovable object (hence the dash dent) so it’s got to
              A: be removed and reworked
              B: replaced

              now I had a passenger A pillar coming ( they sell in pairs just needed one) but let’s just say it got lost in the post!!! So I think it’s a pair I’ll have to buy! This bad boy is turning into a proper job!! Still loving every second.

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                #52
                Anybody want to measure from kick board to kick board for me so I can see if it bent inward? As close to the windscreen as poss

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                  #53
                  Paint off and it’s a mess!! New panel only no way of repairing this one hey ho the saga continues

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                    #54
                    Hey all
                    My cars in a somewhat state of undress atm and whilst I’m on I thought, hey What more can I do to complicate my life? And I thought! Why not look at front torque boxes!!!

                    Anybody fitted them to 65/66? Is it worth the hassle? Any marked improvements to be gained. I am in a position where I think it wouldn’t really be much work ( though I’m sure I said that 18 months ago about something else)

                    interested you hear your thoughts

                    cheers

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                      #55
                      Well A pillar arrived today weather looks sufficiently drab to warrant some time in the garage yeah!!!

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                        #56
                        Well out with old in with the new!

                        bit of a fight but a good few hours cutting out the old A pillar and test fitting the new one. A cold beer calls now phew!!

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                          #57
                          Just a test fit

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                            #58
                            Picked up a few eBay finds whilst mustering some motivation to get back at it

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                              #59
                              Bit more test fitting I’m undecided on whether to replace the outer rocker?? It’s solid but a little beaten up, I do have the replacement panel mmmmmmmmm!

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                                #60
                                Look what I found should make fit an interesting weekend!

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