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Dean's Gemini wagon. from barn find to club reg etc

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latest purchase "spare car"

pitty the globe wheels tyres are so old.. heaps of tread, but heaps of age cracks also.

i have only pretty much picked it up with the help of BGDAV, and dropped it off at Daves till Saturday when it can go up on the hoist and see all the issues i didn't see in the barn(barn was just a single garage, not ideal for seeing things.)

it runs, it moves.. that's the extent known so far.  quick clip of the exhaust note, sounds much better than the diesel..

currently a 1.6 and 5 speed as far as i know... probably will stay, its had a head gasket change, new alloy radiator and heater core and some other new parts and "rust bubble" repairs..

the paint is pretty crap, good excuse to paint something. has that "patina" everyone loves lately (haters gunna hate)

came with stockies and the globes, i suspect finding wide 13" tyres might be difficult.. (wide and Cheap i mean)

plans are to make it rwc.. club rego and drive it places, like Bathurst etc.

anyway.. i'll be trying to get this on the road before Dave's F100.. that will depend it it needs EVERYTHING..

has low kms.. doesn't mean much to me.. My diesel one has 370,000 and has nearly everything less than 50,000ks old.. this wagon has been sitting in a shed for 2yrs doing nothing much.

anyway..
that's where it's at currently..

 

 

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start up video.. bit of a glimpse inside.. needs a console surround.. etc

 

 

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Rod, did yours have personalised plates JP.432? 

that was probably where i first wanted one now i think about it..one of the best teachers(science teacher) at High school had a yellow TD wagon (JP432)

its definitely better rust wise than My diesel.. just not sure about the rest... the trim is beat up far worse, will resist wrecking one to fix the other if possible.

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1 hour ago, Valvebouncer said:

Looks like a good little project Dean!
You just don't see these on the roads anymore.

the guys missus was excited that i rocked up to view it in a gemini, and heard that it was going to be standard..(he had the usual P plater dream of crap race seats, sub woofers from front to rear, lowered till it scraped and "cepter rims" and some weird ass new paint colour that looks cool for 3 weeks and then gets a defect for life..

i said i'll send a photo of it with rego plates in 10 weeks.... see how that goes, hopefully it doesn't need everything..

 

 

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spending has started..

went to pick a part today, mainly for an ignition switch for the XG. but..
bought 4 x dunlop 175/65/13" tyres for the stock rims(i always regretted chucking them away from My sedan when i left Tassie due to no room in the car) cost $80 plus will need to spend upto $80 if i fit all 4 to the other rims(2 currently on the front are new looking yokohamas.. not sure if any good yet)

i know you can get cheap new 13" tyres for $50 each($200) Vs $160 for used dunlops etc.. but i bet the dunlops are better than chungleesing etc brand no one has heard of. these tyres came up as $89 each when i googled the price.. for not much extra i could get wide tyres for the bathurst globes..

going for club rego, i intend to have it stock and neat as possible. .. the bathurst globes and super low springs it came with are calling me though.

 

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why doesnt it have a LS in it yet ?? 

Wait..I know why...because it's getting a barra turbo instead........ Just have to work out how to steer from the back seat

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still gotta get the Escort up against the oil burner :P 
although the esky is out of action for a bit...or unless its dry. I have a major rear windscreen leak :( 

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7 hours ago, BGDAV said:

why doesnt it have a LS in it yet ?? 

i found a trans tunnel at pick a part ready to go.. didn't bring the sawsall with me..

 

 


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2 hours ago, Panko said:

still gotta get the Escort up against the oil burner :P 
although the esky is out of action for a bit...or unless its dry. I have a major rear windscreen leak :( 

10 weeks till the rego is due on my diesel.. fair chance it will come off the road being replaced with the wagon.. better fix the escort..(my gemini leaks into the boot.. has good drainage though.. rust is awesome for drainage

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well, had a look on the hoist today.. stupid cars, why do they rust? i know.. they leak.

pic of the ad, note the mention of rust all removed.. i'm sure the XP Rod is working on had all the rust "removed" also..
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has water on the front floor, found the cause, minor rust on the drivers plenum(behind the heater air intake.. (i expected this)

has rust on the front floor. its not where i'd thought it would be.. on the angled part not the floor base.

the rear passenger floor is soft. doesn't look rusty though. will have to replace it probably

and the boot floor back edge needs a good going over with the flap disk/wire wheel to see what the hell the bodger has done..(i did see this, pretty hard to find a solid cheap gemini wagon..)
also removed all the wheels, looked at the brakes, needs front pads, came with new rear shoes but will get new wheel cyls also. and also needs brake lines across the diff for some reason.(parked in long grass possibly)

the rear opening windows seals are shrunken, so there is another leak, same with the tailgate seal..

went to start it up.. 2 pumps, turned the key.. running.. MINT!

didn't spend much time there today..

it came with some 15" x5.5" interceptor style rims that i'll be selling(hub centerbore is too small anyway, would need spacers or boring out) no idea what they would sell for..but it will cover the cost of some other parts needed.

the performance globe mags i can't bring myself to sell yet.. although it looks good with the 225s squeezed on the 5.5" rims but wouldn't be legal(these tyres are rooted from age unfortunately)
 

i'll be trying to round up all the missing bits/replacement parts and probably be ripping the interior out next visit.. hopefully not find anymore surprises..
the suspension doesn't appear rooted. but i'll drop it in at pedders after i make a fan mount for the new alloy radiator.
all that stop putty on the rear door area(if it had one) is due to some knob pulling the side moulds off and the paint with it. i will probably have to take that back to metal now because the rest of the bog just chips off as if they didn't clean the area. (plus i'd like to see what is under there.)
 

 

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HOW ANYONE EXPECTED A RWC dude not to notice a spare wheel well blended into a beaver panel with bog has got me wondering what drugs were available at the time..

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Ha! That bog's a joke....but the rust and leaks are pretty standard for a gem. unfortunately. Mine had similar problems, also had fatigue cracks around the front seat mount.

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1 hour ago, CHESTNUTXE said:

i like the 340 eagers on the ass,are they 13''

yeah, all 4 of those globe wheels are 13x5.5"  the fronts also are matching eagers with 205/60/13 and the rear are 225s..

(225s could not be legal.. when i googled widest max on a 5.5 it came back with 195.. but the 205s seem ok, i'd probably risk it if they weren't stuffed from age also)

in My mind, i'm going to run them with 195s, but being that they wont bulge and look fat i may not like them anymore. its going stock first anyway with the SL/X hubcaps.

 

 

 

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This is awesome, I haven't seen a wagon since I was a kid. One of my primary school teachers had one.

Hopefully you don't find too much more rust, not sure what that bog on the back is all about. Looks and sounds like you saved it.

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