Choco's Stories

28 August 2012

6 years ago

Panel and Paint

With the chassis and drivetrain all in place, I return to the biggest job, the body repairs and paint. All cars over 50 years old will have rust in them. The Vicki, when we found it, was a good examp...

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28 August 2012

6 years ago

Engine Management

Now that I have decided to go back to petrol, I can take a whole new look at the Engine Management System. The transmission controller is a done deal, I’ll use the factory BTR controller. Here...

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27 August 2012

6 years ago

The Engine

The engine came back and I fitted it into the rails. It looked quite spectacular with the candy-apple red powder coating. I needed a phenolic spacer to get the plenum to clear the polished aluminium,...

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27 August 2012

6 years ago

Building a 56 Vicki

Gradually, the Vicki came together; we took the body off and put it back on several times over the ensuing months. I had intended using the Thunderbird 6 way electric bucket seats that came with the ...

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27 August 2012

6 years ago

Where to Start?

It would take about a year between seeing the car at Fred’s place to having it in our garage. We knew we would need to find more space, not only for the Vicki. I was building the 36 Plymouth Co...

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27 August 2012

6 years ago

The Beginning

Vicki's Vicki In the early 80s, I took my family to live in the USA for a few years as part of a deployment to be the crew of the HMAS Darwin. At the time, the ship was simply called FFG 04 and the h...

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