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

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Good old Greg...
I put solar on his house for him... I hope it's still going good!
That VW polo of his, has some next level gloss happening... just amazing!
Yeah it's the lemon scented stuff, but still pretty rank.
I've been using it straight. LOL!

I've used it straight as well. I just dilute it as the water tends to help it spread as it's meant to be used prior to washing. It also saves me a bit of $$$ as it goes further with the same effectiveness.

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On 5/19/2017 at 10:44 AM, deankdx said:

Damn that's hot ^

i haven't measured the back of the gemini, but its short(the seat base folds forward so the back can be level with the floor) i will investigate removal of the seat base and flipping the front seats forward, it will definitely sleep one if so. i haven't slept in the back of a wagon for about 10yrs, in an XF wagon i'd take a 2 or 3hr nap on the way back from a mates place.(after nearly running off the road half asleep once prior)

i have been buying more parts, found the elusive left mirror and he had new service parts like dissy cap, brake pads, etc  and has a spare 5 speed i'll buy just in case(at a price i could get my money back on easy) he has a 2litre (not twin cam) engine also in bits.. issue with in bits is whether its 100% still all there?..

aparently the 2 litre allows then to go up hills due to more torque..  still not sure if the diesel sedan has more torque than the 1.6 petrol the wagon currently has..

 

Yeah Kirsten's a bit of a hottie in that... she does a nasty scene in one of her movies somewhere too, drunk again!

Gemini would have as much sleeping room as the XR6 anyway. Ute is 6-foot but tapers in. 1x diagonal would work anyway in gem. 2x would want to be friendly.:P

Petrol sounds better than diesel that's for sure.

 

Edit: I see the ute's over 3k now on ebay so I guess it's definitely going?!

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ute better go...i'm over budget on the gemini now... (thanks to picking up the 2litre and spare 5 speed etc today... and getting the parts i ordered from Qld)

well, today i did some more gemini work at Daves(while he did something on his F100..) had a "clean" day.. didn't feel like playing with spanners..

goal changed, from doing brakes.. to making it water proof.. i'd like to think i have succeeded

it came with 2 packs of door seals.. bonus was, it has 2 seals in each pack.. so i have either spares, or  for the sedan or to sell(recoup some of the costs?)

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@SPArKy_Dave loves this kind of shit.. found it under the passenger seat..

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feathered out the edge of the undercoat mask line the previous owner did.. sprayed my colour match Marenello red over 600 dry rub and  looks a good match around the petrol cap
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have to work out if the petrol lid can be saved.. not sure if the stupid plastic hinge is still available.. its different to the sedan one which i think is still available..
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i did some UN PAINTING of the window, seal and edge surrounding the seal.. thinners on a rag came in handy today.

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also DE STICKERED the rear window. and also thinners cleaned the rubber and glass of overspray and also did same on some areas of the paint.. that gave me some ideas for later..
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took a pic of the "better side" will look much better soon..
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the paint on the bonnet is Shithouse.. but i wiped it over with the thinners rag for a look.. it will be clear coated i think.. polish would be ok but i think clear coating will be better.. i may use penetrol which is what BGDAV has used on the F100 tailgate(brush on, self leveling )

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looking at the rain on the radar, i'm glad i spent today doing the door seals and the window and tailgate last week.
 

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Saw a real nice Gemini van for sale on Facebook the other day,,needed a little finishing but it was 95% done. Reminded me of the  old 'fast 4s and rotaries' days. 

I would have been tempted if it was closer, be a cool daily and a good mate for my pano.

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I have a feeling 90 days on a club permit will run out fast..

hoping it drives as well as the sedan, that's a fun car even though its slow to accelerate.

the 2 litre engine i bought it supposed to have a lumpy crow cam(will see if i can measure a lobe or find a number on it before believing it) i can use the 1600 head on the 2litre for more compression(like fitting 302 heads on a 351 clevo).

must remember.. "keep it stock"  it could be quicker than the XG XR6 with the above pretty much..

what to do with a low comp 1600? (2 litre head fitted) Boooooooost  lol (no..not going to happen)

 

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....must remember.. "keep it stock"  it could be quicker than the XG XR6 with the above pretty much..
what to do with a low comp 1600? (2 litre head fitted) Boooooooost  lol (no..not going to happen)...


Hmmmmmmmm sounds to me like the "voices" might be starting to win that argument

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On 15/05/2017 at 1:40 PM, deankdx said:

every second one here has gay arse 18s or "ceptors" .. those SLE wheels are hard to find here for sale.. still not worth much.. but finding stock 13s was just as hard due to everyone binning them for some kind of mag(i left mine in Tassie due to no space in the car for them.. wish i kept at least 2)

i think i might redo this trip in the gemini  wagon bucket list travels.. (took bald stockies off and fitted the camira wheels. soon to be rectified... bullbar is gone now too)

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the road Gordon Dam was quite an awesome drive
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When you decide to redo this trip (I'm assuming Tassie) id be keen to do it in the Escort. I've always said id take the wagon down, but i think the Esky would be more fun, but less comfortable haha 

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3 hours ago, deankdx said:

must resist..

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Tell me about it. im trying to be careful with what i do to the Escort. thats why when i fitted the weber carby, i was only going to do it with correct parts, hence the Capri rocker cover (still need to change the "1600GT" decal on it though) 
I'm now looking around for a set of Mk2 Cortina 13" steelies that have more dish than a MK1 Escort 12" steely, so i can fit my moon cap centres, just for an alternative set of wheels, that will give that "period correct", maybe modified look, but kinda original at the same time. after all its a survivor, maybe i should try to keep it looking that way :P 

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well.. i had a brief look through the box of engine parts. to see how complete "complete in pieces" means...

looked at the carby it had on it, usual full throttle check, was going to see if vacuum secondary had been rigged to open mechanically.. nope, but it doesn't open at all... there is a stop/lever possibly bent on purpose thinking that will make it mechanical.. but its actually stopping them from opening via vacuum or anything..
hmmm no wonder it ran "rich" ?? (also a 1600 carb, not a 2 littre one...not sure just how much that matters yet..)
see below crap photo..

i think this carby will now be a restriction... the XE XF webber can be fitted, but the 2 litre cortina one is usually the one fitted(maybe in the past they were more common? maybe its the smaller primary preferred? not sure.. more researching to do..

Tassie could be interesting, i do want to take the mountain bike back to Derby there... haven't thought about it that much.. but i'd want the car to be reliable for 500km days. tassie chews up the kms pretty quick if you plan to get around


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standard head appears in good shape, was looking to see if someone had fitted bigger valves.. looks stock here.
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crow cam.. i looked up the number.. it exists, which is good..
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price on it would have put me off.. but since its already there.. winning!!!  i did notice double valve springs too..
what i need to find out now, is can this be fitted to the 1600 head simply? the pistons aren't fly cut, so i'll have to do some checks to work out compression ratio etc anyway.. if its standard it could be 8.3:1 .. comes up a lot with the 1600 head.. no doubt when i ask the engine reco mob if they have a CNC map for a gemini head and they say Yes.......well, we know where this is going..can always do it later...aka bolt it back together as is.. :) (this would be my instinctive decision)
 

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continued on with some more paint work today..  remembering the ad.. "all rust removed"

the reason all the undercoat is all over the rear quarter and tailgate is due to crowsfeet in the paint, that chips off with the orbital sander..(i used one today on it and it hadn't been taken back to metal or solid paint... i didn't either.. ) a simple hand sand with a block and paper to feather it out would have been all the bodger needed to do to make it respectable..

i decided i am not taking it back to metal now..goal is to get it on the road as quick as possible.

there is rust i need to fix in the lower quarter corners. bugger all really.. will do it next time i lift it on the hoist(and make sure nothing will catch fire inside like tail light wiring...)

painted over the stripped back areas on the sill and under doors, also made more work for myself by filling and painting where the side mold had taken paint off the front guard(should have just left it, painted over the chips in correct colour)

i want to refit the alloy window trim asap(to prevent it getting damaged) so painted around that edge and some of the quarter, but the temperature at 4pm wasn't warm enough for the paint.. it went a bit chalky.. so packed it up for the day.

sanded and painted the boot seal channel also.. very time consuming, particularly trying to prevent overspray from going on everything.

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should be able to see the difference quite easily.

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managed to cross a few more things off the list today with the gemini project..

i modified a commodore boot trim to fit the lower rear window trim that was missing, its beat up and rough but its on and fits well..

i removed the ripped drivers seat and stuck in the pick a part one (slightly different style and colour) its got to come out again when the floor rust happens but wanted to check it was usable.. didn't get much else done but its set up for brakes next episode.

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i pulled the brake drums off to be machined and the brake lines off to be re made. and took the stockies off the front for use on my daily..(surprising how much smoother the 13s are compared to the 14s i took off)
fitted the front Bathurst globe for a look.. i should start looking for tyres for these also.. no idea why its so high in the front.. needs low..WqWEchV.jpg

i ran out of red colour match paint in the one can i bought, got all the boot seal done at least. one can should do for the rest i hope.

the bonnet got a full wipe down with thinners.. pretty sure its getting clear coated as is just to seal it.

 

photobucket is dumb.. 

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On 6/10/2017 at 9:14 PM, 2redrovers said:

From memory my wag sat higher front than back too. Those globes do look good on it.

I don't see a sideways pic.

will get pedders springs for the front(seem cheaper going by the online price guide)

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i have the king springs measurements now.. but forgot to measure the guard to wheel measurements i have currently to compare..

feeling like i would lower the front and leave the back where it is..

the tyres for the bathurst globes wouldn't be white writing ones(not paying a premium for that.) so not sure if they would look as good.. also only 205s all round (not the 225s on rear which are way over the suggested maximum.)

cant remember if it rained during the week, but the front floor had no water on it this time.. Door seal WIN! was a little water on the boot seal area but i hadn't got around to sealing the seal yet.


 

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Hey Dean, what state are you in? NSW has introduced classic conditional rego. Same H plates, but allowed a few more freedoms than having to be stock. Only downside is the conditional rego plate is the same one issued to tractors & forklifts. My XD has tractor plates. Lol

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1 hour ago, Stu5766 said:

Hey Dean, what state are you in? NSW has introduced classic conditional rego. Same H plates, but allowed a few more freedoms than having to be stock. Only downside is the conditional rego plate is the same one issued to tractors & forklifts. My XD has tractor plates. Lol

in victoria.
if it didn't qualify for H plates i'd consider getting an engineers report on whatever wasn't to regulation and get M plates(still club rego)
cant see it not qualifying.

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7 hours ago, deankdx said:

in victoria.
if it didn't qualify for H plates i'd consider getting an engineers report on whatever wasn't to regulation and get M plates(still club rego)
cant see it not qualifying.

Your M plates must be the same as our classic plates. For cars over 30 years old with modifications. There is going to be a big blitz up here soon. Too many people rorting the H plate deal. 4 points & $4400 fine if the vehicle isn't considered within the criteria. Club also gets investigated.

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3 hours ago, Stu5766 said:

Your M plates must be the same as our classic plates. For cars over 30 years old with modifications. There is going to be a big blitz up here soon. Too many people rorting the H plate deal. 4 points & $4400 fine if the vehicle isn't considered within the criteria. Club also gets investigated.

there's really not much in the club rego rules to My understanding for Victoria.
as long as its roadworthy and not being used for business and is over 25yrs it can be modified to some extent https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/registration/limited-use-permits/club-permit-scheme/car-club-permits

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bodge level.. expert?

the grille i got with this car was broken in the top sections..
they clip in with shitty little clips, but most people use Zip ties. i suspect the guy couldnt figure out how to either unclip it, or couldnt find the zip ties? and yanked it out breaking it.

i have a spare good condition TF grille, they look less awesome..(commodore fans might compare the TF grille to a VC commodore, and the TE grill is more like a VH commo(better)..

i glued it with araldyte, but it cracked still.. needed reinforcing.. so... here is the result.. concrete has wire reinforcing.. so.... bog with wire must be awesome?

if this holds up well and still fits everything(headlights etc) i'll leave it in.. otherwise i will have to fit the TF grille till i come across another TE one.

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grille differences..
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