MNTL.XD

MENTAL XD - The build.

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Hey legends!! This thread is a little bit photo heavy, but i'm sure you won't mind!!   :)  The building of MNTL.XD came about in the usual way, it was supposed to be off the road for a week or so for a quick backyard re-spray, once stripped, it was decided the shell was in too poor condition to bother repairing, but fortunately all panels were excellent, so we started looking for a better shell to spray, $400 was handed over for a perfect XD Fairmont Ghia shell from the local wrecker, it had no wiring, no glass, no panels..... nothing.... but more importantly, no rust and was dead straight. All panels were swapped onto the new shell, and a little under 200 dimples removed from the engine bay, all panels on the top side of the engine bay were joined for a smoother look, twin bonnet struts were added for a more even look, the antenna hole welded, the exhaust exit on the rear stone tray deleted, and an XE Fairmont bumper bolted up for a neater look as i never liked the large gap the XD bumpers had at the top. (The XE bumpers have an extra plastic strip that fills the gap.) Then it was sent in for a respray in a Hyundai colour - Lobelia Indigo Mica pearl.

 

The way things were.

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We finally got it home and started putting it together, but everything we tried to put in looked like shit against the new paint, and this is where we started having to paint polish or replace every little bit that went in, we bought a cheap XF so we could still get around while we put it back together, now that it was going to take a little longer than anticipated.

 

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Unfortunately, we really didn't take any pics while it was going together, which is a bit of a shame.   :(  

When it was first put back together it was wearing a new set of pro-stars and orange indicators.

 

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This is when we fitted the billits, the prostars didn't do it for me.

 

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Took it out the silos for a few photos, only a week later a worker fell to his death in these silos.   :(

 

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I love tyre smoke, look at the size of my smile!!   :D

 

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Taking it for it's first run after rego, loving life!! The idea behind the MNTL.XD number plates: The original idea came from a local lad i went to school with who had MNTL.LH on his Torana, my best mate got MNTL.XY on his neat XY Fairmont, and i got MNTL.XD for mine, simple really.

 

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We then fitted clear indicators front and rear for a more modern look, i like them much more than the standard orange.

 

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Engine bay shot, probably should've washed it first.

 

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Underneath, will be getting re-done in the near future for obvious reasons.

 

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Here's a couple of shots i took about 30 minutes before killing the motor...... oops!!   :rolleyes:

 

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These were taken very recently, notice the height of the engine-less front end.

 

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 A few things have been happening with MNTL.XD lately, the missus and i have finally decided to get married this year after 17 years of being together, and wanting to have the XD in our wedding, i have been told to get it finished by October. The first thing to be done is get a new engine built, so after finding a decent block, i sent it in to get built including 351 crank, 302 rods, fully balanced, Crow cam installed and setup, the 2V heads have new 2V inlet valves and new 4V exhaust valves fitted, as well as new springs, retainers, collets etc. I got the standard Bosch dizzy graphed to suit the cam, a new module and vac advance fitted, threw the 40 amp alternator in favour of a new 85amp Bosch unit, new water pump, new 750 D/P Holley, new balancer and a heap of other smaller stuff. While the engine is out i will also be fitting a new manual steering box as the one in it is old and sloppy, and a new master cylinder and booster will also be fitted, i'll try to upload photos as i go... Cheers, Paul.

 

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A pic of carby and manifold to go on it.

 

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Well things are progressing slowly, a bit difficult with the old man stealing half my shed while he moves house, crap everywhere at the moment, can barely move, looks like North Korea went ahead and fired a missile toward the U.S.A, and stuffed up like usual and hit my shed instead!! Here's a photo of it with the manifold and carby just sitting on for shits and giggles, while i'm waiting on the bolts i've ordered. Anyhoo, enough shit spinnin', just look at the bloody photo.

 

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Still got the other extractor to do, was just getting too damn sore!! This crook shoulder is really getting to me, can still sorta do bits and pieces, but stuffs me for hours afterwards, seems to be 1 hour work needs 2 hours of rest!! Might just need a cup of cement.  :(

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With the engine pretty much done, it was time to clean up the wiring a bit, i sorta half arsed it last time just to get everything working, so just needed to be sorted out a bit. 

Looked a bit average:

 

**** Edit: ^^ Famous last words, this is where the build started to get a bit out of hand!! ^^ ****

 

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Mmmm yum, spaghetti.

 

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Sorting with zip-ties.

 

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Covering with electrical tape once sorted.

 

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Most of the convulated tubing done along with a couple of little brackets to hold it in place.

 

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But i couldn't look at that suspension and steering looking like that any longer, it was done about 8 years ago and is really starting to show it's age. With the engine still out i thought it'd be a good time to fit a new master cylinder and steering box, so i may as well get into it a bit and give the rest a tickle.

 

Edit: **** ^^ Understatement of the year!! ^^ "give the rest a tickle".... Yeah right!! ****

 

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More pics soon as i go.

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Pulled it apart a bit more, still lots more to do yet.

 

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... and cleaning a few bits up for when they go back in.

 

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Problem is, i never wanted to go to the trouble of having polished bolts n' stuff under the car, but it's much quicker to clean them up with the polisher than to paint them... i just don't want this to get out of hand!!  :huh:

 

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"Problem is, i never wanted to go to the trouble of having polished bolts n' stuff under the car, but it's much quicker to clean them up with the polisher than to paint them... i just don't want this to get out of hand!!   :huh:"

 

 

Yeah good luck with that one Paul. Once the bug bites your screwed!

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the trick with painting anything plastic is to use a propper brand of plastic primer and not to flood it on and one good coat is plenty ,then to your colour add elastic to the colour and it will hold fast,

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Huh? There's no plastic under the car champ, all steel, alloy and Nolathane. Unless you're relating to the fuel tank? That has to be re-done, i don't remember if i used a proper plastic primer on that as the underneath of the car was done 8 years ago, definitely doesn't look like i did, since then i have learnt exactly what you said, which will be implemented in the next few weeks/months, the tank looks horrible!!! 

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Steering and suspension removed completely now.

 

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It's been far too cold for prep and paint of parts, and the sand pit will need to dry back out, so i've just been polishing nuts, bolts, washers etc. Here's a pic of them so far.

 

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