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Classic Car Project Nomad #44
Here I was thinking we had turned into the final straight and the winning post was in site but nobody told me the old nag had broken its leg and had to be put down. This analogy covers the frustrations of the last month as an inspection revealed a large number of items on the chassis had to be reworked.
Joscar has done an outstanding job of the paint and panel and I wish all the other suppliers showed the same level of professionalism and competency. Sadly this is not the case. When I saw the Nomad fully fitted with all the glass, panels, chrome and exterior mouldings it was clear to all and sundry that a few things weren’t quite right.
Firstly, the exhaust hung down really low under the car and the first decent speed bump (possibly the one half way down my street) would have ripped the exhaust clean off the car. The exhaust tips I bought for a two and half inch system didn’t fit and a two and quarter inch system, minus the crossover I wanted was fitted which was about as useful as an ashtray on a motorbike. With alarm bells ringing in the dulled recesses of my head it seemed like a good time to get it up on a hoist and have a good look at what was what.
There were numerous dramas that blind Freddy could have seen and a number of people came to have a look and highlighted a range of other potential life threatening problems that a competent workshop would not have done. The initial dramas concerned weeping brakes, leaking brake master cylinder, loss of pedal, exhaust and serpentine belt fitment. The steering rack on one side was held on by half a nuts worth of thread as a massive spacer had been fitted on one side of the chassis. Custom fabricated brackets did not align with the other pulleys and when a belt was run over the alternator, crankshaft, power steering and air conditioning pulley there was no way it was going to work as the belt met itself in a number of places.
Paul from Procar highlighted an inherent weakness in the power steering rack and on closer inspection picked that the four link rear end had been setup incorrectly and had dented the floor of the Nomad and taken the paint off. And that was from loading and unloading off a flatbed – imagine what would have happened on the roads of Sydney.... On top of that the axle ends had two irregular holes in them that had loose studs and one of the studs had disappeared completely. The retaining nut on the gearbox for the clutch fluid had never been tightened so the gearbox had to be removed to rectify this. The list went on, and on...... needless to say I was livid.
The rectification is in full swing and Graeme at Cromer Exhaust Center has sorted out a number of the issues, with quite a few still to go. Filthy is the first word that comes to mind should someone ask me how I feel about what has transpired but with the Nomad now safely in the hands of competent tradesmen there is a glimmer of light at the far end of the tunnel. Watch this space....
Words by Mark, proprietor of Classic Car Gurus