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Re: Project Ernie

Post by HighlyJetted on Sun Apr 29, 2012 6:53 pm

Why thank you! It's the easiest thing ever to convert a mountney boss to fit a Hijet, no fabrication required, just a grinder and welder.

I'm itching to get it all together, can't wait to roll it outside looking pimp.

These are 185/70/13 and I think the rims are 6J and I guess with a ruler at about ET25. Plus the steering wheel is only about 28cm Neutral

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Plus hopefully I'll win the auction for the new engine next week Twisted Evil

Next job is to cut off the fuel tank mounts, and move them 5 inches to the passenger side so the fuel filler neck doesn't stick out so much.
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Post by 8bit-ash on Sun Apr 29, 2012 9:52 pm

Steering wheel looks a treat...I'll be keeping an eye out for one of them, plus a spare to butcher. I've gone for 165/65/13's on mine won't 185/70's be 4+cm bigger diameter. Whats the centre bore of your rims? Are you having to make it bigger?
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Post by HighlyJetted on Sun Apr 29, 2012 10:36 pm

I don't actually know ash.... (runs into conservatory with ruler.....) they have a 60mm bore! Not having put one on the front yet I hadn't hit that hurdle. Your going to tell me I need 65mm or something.... Looks like I'll be drawing a very nice circle on two of them, then I'll die grinder it out to fit on the fronts. I haven't calculated the tyre size, but when I put them next to the original hijet wheels there is quite some difference Laughing

It might help me though as the first build is going to be about 100-110 bhp using a charade engine. I need all the rubber I can get with so little weight on the back end. I can literally lift it up myself and move it about it the garage.
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Post by rich the mechanic on Sun Apr 29, 2012 10:59 pm

What ruler do you use to get such acurate measurements the Queen or some one more strict like Castro?

Personally I find a nice steel rule works well and fits in the leg pocket of my overalls but I supose Castro might give you a hand lifting stuff if asked nicely.
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Re: Project Ernie

Post by HighlyJetted on Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:27 pm

Excuse me..... Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad

But good correction, I'm a little wiser Wink

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Post by 8bit-ash on Mon Apr 30, 2012 8:33 am

Ah same as mine, think they're 59/60mm, was trying to decide whether to get the hubs made smaller or the wheels bigger. Figured a hub would fit a lathe easier. I had 185/70/13s on mine too when I got them but managed to get the cost of the wheels back by selling the just the tyres. Got some 165's for about £25 for a set off ebay.

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Re: Project Ernie

Post by HighlyJetted on Mon Apr 30, 2012 3:10 pm

so have you cut your hubs then?
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Post by 8bit-ash on Mon Apr 30, 2012 5:18 pm

nah not decided which to go with yet.
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Re: Project Ernie

Post by HighlyJetted on Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:52 pm

You could just cut the whole lip off the front with an angle grinder?!
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Re: Project Ernie

Post by HighlyJetted on Tue May 01, 2012 2:35 pm

This will take a loooonnnnnngggggg time Laughing

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Post by 8bit-ash on Tue May 01, 2012 3:01 pm

I've started polishing a few sets of alloys...never finished a set Laughing

Had a quote for boring the centre of the wheels out today...£30 a wheel Shocked think i'll pikey it somehow.
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Post by HighlyJetted on Tue May 01, 2012 3:11 pm

It'll keep me busy for a bit, better than watching tv. I need to buy some better buffing wheels in different sizes and some various abrasive wheels.

£30 a rim to cut out that few mill is pretty damn pricey... I'd take my time with the die grinder Wink
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Post by 8bit-ash on Tue May 01, 2012 3:14 pm

Silverline bevel discs from toolbox are decent to use before the polishey bit but i've had a few recently that seemed faulty(didn't last very long).
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Re: Project Ernie

Post by Logi on Tue May 01, 2012 3:25 pm

HighlyJetted wrote:This will take a loooonnnnnngggggg time Laughing

Have you got access to a proper car buffer(not the Halfrauds £20 shite, a real one), with those wheels a heavy compounding sponge and some Farecla paste or similar it'd not take long Smile
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Re: Project Ernie

Post by HighlyJetted on Thu May 03, 2012 4:37 pm

1 Done (only 1st coat of black though) - 4 to go Smile



Before I do any more I am going to invest in some good abrasive flap wheels and mops - and get the tyres taken off Laughing
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Post by 8bit-ash on Thu May 03, 2012 4:50 pm

nice job on that one.
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Re: Project Ernie

Post by Logi on Thu May 03, 2012 5:54 pm

Wow!!! Lookin good Smile
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Re: Project Ernie

Post by HighlyJetted on Sat May 05, 2012 11:10 am

See you in a week, I'm off to lanzarote.

Hopefully when I get pack a nice package of sanding/abrasive tips will await me! Oh the sad pleasures in life Crying or Very sad
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Re: Project Ernie

Post by Logi on Sat May 05, 2012 8:12 pm

Aye, its a hard life alright..... In among all the sun sea sangria n shaggin, look out for some Canaries Hijets Smile
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Post by Logi on Sat May 05, 2012 8:56 pm

And here's some inspiration for when you get back. Very Happy

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Post by HighlyJetted on Fri May 11, 2012 1:30 pm

I wonder where those cabs come from? I'm thinking of turning mine into something similar using the rear of an mpv.

Look what postie has brought me Very Happy

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Post by HighlyJetted on Sat May 12, 2012 10:07 pm

2/5 done.... I'll do another tomorrow as I'm quite enjoying it

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Post by HighlyJetted on Sat May 12, 2012 10:09 pm

Oh yeah.. I proposed to my girlfriend while on holiday so she is now my fiancée Wink
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Post by Logi on Sat May 12, 2012 10:27 pm

Woo hoo, project Hijet Limo next then Very Happy
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Post by rich the mechanic on Mon May 14, 2012 9:07 pm

Congratulations just remember lots of stuff stops when the ring hits the finger.
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Re: Project Ernie

Post by HighlyJetted on Tue May 15, 2012 11:34 am

Sure stops shit flowing Neutral

Just done a deal over my new engine, going to pick it up on Thursday evening Very Happy
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Re: Project Ernie

Post by HighlyJetted on Tue May 15, 2012 1:19 pm

And then there were three Smile

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Re: Project Ernie

Post by 8bit-ash on Tue May 15, 2012 3:24 pm

Congrats and good speed on them wheels. Got my hubs back today a few mm smaller.
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Post by HighlyJetted on Tue May 15, 2012 3:31 pm

Thanks Ash

When are you getting them rims on, have you finished painting them? They will look really good on

Wheel number 4 is about 50% complete now too Sad Mad pale Rolling Eyes Laughing I'm getting really polished out now, but I saved the easiest one till last with the least corrosion Wink

On my new engine, I'm going to polish all the fuel rail, rocker cover, cam position sensor and anything else you'll be able to see. JOY
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Re: Project Ernie

Post by 8bit-ash on Tue May 15, 2012 5:16 pm

2 painted, two ready to paint. Got to take some progress pics soon. Few new bits done.

Is the engine a secret or are you telling us what it is???
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