What did you do to your Finnie today?

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Re: What did you do to your Finnie today?

Post by Bartman4800 » Sat 03 Oct, 2015 4:14 pm

Hey Konrad,

I spot a bit of rot around the rear wheel arch.
If you want you can come and cut a good piece out of my donor.

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Post by konrad » Sat 03 Oct, 2015 6:07 pm

Thanks Bart,

Will pass it on to Mercmad (he's doing the resto)
What ever happened to those Sills that you had? Did you use them?
Are you on the road yet?

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Post by Mercmad » Sat 03 Oct, 2015 7:52 pm

The whole corner needs replacing because the drain was blocked i the past and has rusted out, letting water dribble into the gap between the arch and wheel house.

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Post by Bartman4800 » Sat 03 Oct, 2015 10:45 pm

Yeah, you can have the whole corner. But I think the bit behind the wheel might have been welded before.

Anyway Konrad, just discuss with Ron what you need off the donor car. I am happy to slash the grinder into it and then we can still see what it's worth. Free.

I still have the sills yes, but they are not for free :) They are yours for what I paid (but I will have to look back, from memory 140 euro each)
You know they are for a W111 right? So they are a bit too short...

I also have an original spare wheel bottom and the other side too.

Kermit was on the road, but I took all seats and carpets out. Am building in concealed seatbelts, and there is a bit of cutting and welding involved. But the result is quite rewarding :dance: Will install a new carpet set, which I just ordered from my stomping country.


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Post by Mercmad » Sun 04 Oct, 2015 9:23 pm

Konrad, grab those sill!. They are 100 mm shorter but that is easily fixed.
In stead of gettingKonrads blue machine into the shop to get a better look , I Spent two days buggering about with a 220SE coupe which hasn't run for years. Did all the ususal checks but it refused to fire ...right on 5.00 PM it fired straight up from cold but was spraying fuel everywhere ...More to come!.

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Post by Bartman4800 » Mon 05 Oct, 2015 12:03 pm

I went to an upholsterer to see what he could do to repair my seats. Some of the stitches have come loose and there are a few nicks.
But he was quite positive and the price was right!

Then I spent the whole Saturday arvo till 7 to clean the front and rear seats.
I used domestos, straight out of the bottle, and a nylon dish-washing brush. The brush was great to get between the pleats.

I can't believe what a difference it made. Especially the rear back rest went from brownish to nice grey! Besides the stitches, the look like new - after 52 years.... :dance:

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Re: What did you do to your Finnie today?

Post by Mercmad » Mon 05 Oct, 2015 9:32 pm

Konrad, grab those sill!. They are 100 mm shorter but that is easily fixed.
In stead of gettingKonrads blue machine into the shop to get a better look , I Spent two days buggering about with a 220SE coupe which hasn't run for years. Did all the ususal checks but it refused to fire ...right on 5.00 PM it fired straight up from cold but was spraying fuel everywhere ...More to come!.[/quote]
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I couldn't get the engine to fire ,and had narrowed it down to the lack of fuel pressure,but the gauge said I had plenty at the cold start valve,and enough fuel volume to keep it supplied. Cranking it just made it puff a bit ,until I hot wired the cold start valve. These engines will almost run on the cold start valve and once I had italmostrunning I spotted fuel spraying everywhere.. a bracket had been left loose years ago. This loose bracket ( the red arrow) managed to wear a hole right through the stainless steel injector pipe (black arrow ) . This dropped the fuel pressure so far down that the injectors on the front three didn't have enough pressure to pop the injectors open. The rear ones were merely dripping. Fitting a pair of new injector feed lines saw it start instantly. you live and learn. :occasion5: :laughing6:
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Post by Bartman4800 » Tue 27 Oct, 2015 11:22 am

Remember when I said a while ago about rubber on old cars? "It's either rotten or has been replaced"
Well I did not replace the hoses to the heater (the ones going thru the firewall)

I spent all Sunday and Monday cleaning up and painting the floors in Kermit. I used red oxide primer, just as was done 50 years ago when the car was assembled south of Melbourne.

Luckily the paint had dried, because I decided to fire up the engine after it had been sitting for a month. Filled the carby bowls with the hand lever on the pump, and she fired right up.

I was going to let her warm up before I shut the engine down, when all of a sudden I saw coolant puddle on my freshly painted floor.

#%*@& SH*T :angry4:

I thought the heater had sprung a leak. :sad10: :sad1:
But then when I undid the top hoses, one of them fell apart just after the heater top pipe and the cause of the leak was obvious.
Anyway, I could have not picked a better moment now the whole interior bar dashboard has been removed. The heater box has to come out to replace the hoses.

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Post by otr002 » Tue 27 Oct, 2015 3:09 pm

I just love you guys working on your Finnies….makes me want one even more.

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Post by Bartman4800 » Wed 28 Oct, 2015 11:02 am

YES OTR (what's your real name?), Finnie owners are gluttons for punishment :Doh: :drunken:


The missus is still on holiday in Sydney with our baby, so I forged the iron when it is still hot:

Took the heater out, which was not that hard. I figured that the bottom firewall grommet had to be removed before the water pipe can pass thru.
I guess it makes a difference that I don't have any interior bits, but my back is still hurting though...

The heater looked fine, although it was full of leaves.

Cut some new hoses, used new hose clamps, blew out the crap, cleaned the cores, lubricated the motor which tested fine!

Should go back in tonight...


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1960 220 Sb Sedan "Zum Schlachten" (Early German Assembly, with a torsion bar spring for the bonnet) - Stored in Country WA
1981 Subaru Brumby 1.8 with Weber and 5-speed box "little utie" - Sold to another enthusiast!
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Post by otr002 » Wed 28 Oct, 2015 6:54 pm

Bartman4800 wrote:YES OTR (what's your real name?), Finnie owners are gluttons for punishment :Doh: :drunken:


The missus is still on holiday in Sydney with our baby, so I forged the iron when it is still hot:

Took the heater out, which was not that hard. I figured that the bottom firewall grommet had to be removed before the water pipe can pass thru.
I guess it makes a difference that I don't have any interior bits, but my back is still hurting though...

The heater looked fine, although it was full of leaves.

Cut some new hoses, used new hose clamps, blew out the crap, cleaned the cores, lubricated the motor which tested fine!

Should go back in tonight...


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Post by Bartman4800 » Fri 30 Oct, 2015 4:26 pm

Well the heater is back in the car....finally. I struggled for about an hour before I finally managed to get it in position.
Feeding the lower pipe through the firewall is the hardest part.
In the end I had to push it right as far as possible. I heard a dull crack and it went into position.

Turned out I cracked the end of the ducting, a crack I just repaired...
The reason for the crack was probably a previous owner or mechanic who did the same thing as myself.

So do not ask to come and install your heater :naughty: although I am happy to stand next to the car and give instruction while enjoying a coldie from your fridge :laughing6:

Now I only need to repair the water pipe a bit, the ends are a bit corroded so I will braze on a few new bits.

Enjoy the weekend spannering!


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Post by Mercmad » Sun 01 Nov, 2015 3:23 pm

I think those ducts were broken when the cars were built .

Just got back from an extended test drive in the 220SE coupe. What a lovely car! . Runs like a new one now and the only sound is the rasp from the exhaust under full throttle. :notworthy:

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Post by konrad » Sun 01 Nov, 2015 3:44 pm

Good.
Now Ron, back to work on Konrad

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Post by Mercmad » Sun 01 Nov, 2015 6:49 pm

Pulled the tank on konrad...what stinking rotten mess :pale: probably the 2nd worst finny tank I have ever seen . :coffee: i don't know what goes into petrol these days but it forms lumps of dark brown flakes and the remnants of the petrol was bright red .

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Post by Mercmad » Thu 12 Nov, 2015 8:18 am

Had konrads dad here for a couple of days showing what is involved in ressurecting a rusty finny. repaired most of the corrosion on the worst side,the passenger side using parts supplied by Phil and bartman.
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Had Dr Love here taking pics of Konrad so he can finish his 300SE lang. Like me,He is very impressed with the original state of the car,tired but all of a one .
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Post by drew56cus » Fri 13 Nov, 2015 12:24 am

Yee ha that looks like fun Ron. Making progress.
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Post by konrad » Fri 13 Nov, 2015 1:39 am

Quite confronting to see ones "child" laying in pieces on the factory floor, with all of the flaws (rust) exposed and the sparks from cut off wheels and welders showering the shop while the sounds of hammer blows and grinders fill the air. Certainly NOT for the faint hearted.
But.............Brisbane is great! Southbank is one of the wonders of the World and the Qld Art Gallery can hold it's head up with the very best in Australia.

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Post by Bartman4800 » Fri 13 Nov, 2015 11:31 am

Good the see pieces of my donor car get resurrected into another one!

Way to go Ron, making great progress. You have bog on the rear quarter already :laughing6: :bom:
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Post by Mercmad » Fri 13 Nov, 2015 12:41 pm

it had the faint odour of oliebollen :coffee2: :laughing6:

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Post by Bartman4800 » Fri 13 Nov, 2015 1:07 pm

I had a few spare hours yesterday. I took a day off to accompany my wife and baby daughter for a skydive in Pinjarra.
Once safely returned i decided to do some cutting.

I knew that someone botched up a repair to Kermit at one stage. There was a crack in the wheel arch, about 10mm deep. It had to be bog...

So I removed the bog and saw this:

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Luckily I had a spare piece laying around from the maroon donor car. So I set upon cutting the bungled piece out (not accidentally):

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Cleaner cut:

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It is quite amazing how clean the steel looks, being untreated and exposed for 50+ years....

Old vs new.
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Post by konrad » Fri 13 Nov, 2015 2:19 pm

WHOAAAA................You took your wife and baby daughter for a SKYDIVE ????
Who was diving? Your wife or your wife and daughter?
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Post by Bartman4800 » Fri 13 Nov, 2015 2:37 pm

Just her, it was her birthday present 2 years ago. It took her all that time to build up the courage :whistle:

Bub and I were quite happy to see her safe on terra firma...

On the video they took you can clearly see the fear in her eyes before they jumped out of the plane.
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Post by Mercmad » Sat 14 Nov, 2015 10:50 am

After watching your wife jump from a plane, i guess you needed a bit stress relief in the form of cutting and welding.. :laughing6: :laughing6:

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Post by Bartman4800 » Sat 14 Nov, 2015 11:36 am

Any excuse will do to work on Kermit; hard to get spare time with a baby daughter and an overtired mother. :blackeye:
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2 years is a long time to wonder if that 'chute is going to open or not... :laughing6: :laughing6: :laughing6:
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Post by Bartman4800 » Sun 15 Nov, 2015 12:46 am

Made a bit of progress today on the wheel arch:

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fitted quite well, so I guess ozzie finnies are quite like german finnies :laughing6:

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Post by harryskater_220 » Sun 15 Nov, 2015 4:21 pm

Looking good man, have you got much more work to do on her before shes back in action?

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Post by Bartman4800 » Sun 15 Nov, 2015 6:21 pm

a few things to do:

-smooth out the welding, straighten some bog.
-Install the bootlid brackets you sent me with the springs
-Primer and paint the patches, a full respray will be later
-Put Mike Sander's schutzfett in the sills and other areas to stop the rustbug in hollow sections ( I bought a kit with the pressurized gun, hose etc, now I have to convert my 30 dollar deep fryer to a grease heating unit with a tap)
-Install carpet kit
-Install refurbed interior
-Put all safety belts in place
-Install speakers underneath parcel shelf (hidden)
-Small bits and pieces

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Post by Mercmad » Sun 15 Nov, 2015 6:56 pm

where did you get the mike sanders fat from ? in OZ ?

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Mercmad wrote:where did you get the mike sanders fat from ? in OZ ?
He put buckets under imported cars with Mike Sanders when they stood in the Aussie sun :laughing6: :laughing6:
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Post by harryskater_220 » Sun 15 Nov, 2015 8:30 pm

never heard of that stuff before, is this similar to fisholene i keep hearing about? i was put onto a dinitrol cavity wax by some aviation company here and had a loan of a cavity wax applicator or long flexible tube with a fitting in the end of it which sprays the wax in 5 directions. seemed to go on pretty good but i did find it gets everywhere. Im told that stuff is a painters nightmare and could be a better option to wax up after paint work is finished?

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Post by starman61 » Mon 16 Nov, 2015 7:30 am

Looking Good Bart !!!!

Ive been doing some work on mine over the past few weeks also:

Changed engine mounts
Replaced water pump & thermostat
Reconnditioned radiator
Replaced all fuel and radiator hoses
Replaced all rubbers in front end
Installed new shocks
Installed new wheel bearing, disk calipers and brake hoses
Replaced brake master cylinder
General tidy up of engine bay

Starting on rear end and drum brakes next weekend.

What fun.

What fun !!!
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Re: What did you do to your Finnie today?

Post by Mercmad » Mon 16 Nov, 2015 8:01 am

harryskater_220 wrote:never heard of that stuff before, is this similar to fisholene i keep hearing about? i was put onto a dinitrol cavity wax by some aviation company here and had a loan of a cavity wax applicator or long flexible tube with a fitting in the end of it which sprays the wax in 5 directions. seemed to go on pretty good but i did find it gets everywhere. Im told that stuff is a painters nightmare and could be a better option to wax up after paint work is finished?
dinitrol is the very best , yes, do not apply it until all painting is finished!! Mike sanders is a german product .http://www.keep-your-car.com/epages/629 ... nders_Fett

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Re: What did you do to your Finnie today?

Post by Bartman4800 » Mon 16 Nov, 2015 11:22 am

Yes I ordered it from Germany, including the application gear. It is grease, not oil. You apply it hot, because there are no solvents in the grease.
Most other product have solvents that will disappear over time and make the stuff crack. Or either it is a thin fluid that washes away with condensation.

The reason I chose it, is because of a 3 -5 year study by the German magazine: "Markt fur Oldtimers und klassische automobile"

Here is a british article:

http://www.classicsmonthly.com/2012/11/ ... s-on-test/

I ordered the stuff here:

https://www.korrosionsschutz-depot.de/

Mike's grease is by far the best rust preventer on the market. And he did not invent it, just improved it:
my dad told me last night thick grease has been used in commercial steel vessels over the last few centuries in internal areas affected by salt water.

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Re: What did you do to your Finnie today?

Post by Mercmad » Mon 16 Nov, 2015 4:21 pm

And to some of you who might wonder where you heard that name before this is he..https://youtu.be/jr4dZ2BEyI8 :laughing6:

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Re: What did you do to your Finnie today?

Post by Bartman4800 » Mon 16 Nov, 2015 7:11 pm

Mercmad wrote:And to some of you who might wonder where you heard that name before this is he..https://youtu.be/jr4dZ2BEyI8 :laughing6:
Unbelievable, Ron.

You are just.....unbelievable :thefinger:
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Re: What did you do to your Finnie today?

Post by AMG » Mon 16 Nov, 2015 7:58 pm

WHat the fuh ...
Current:
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Re: What did you do to your Finnie today?

Post by Bartman4800 » Mon 16 Nov, 2015 8:04 pm

AMG wrote:WHat the fuh ...
Yes it is true. Before Mike Sander started his grease empire, he travelled as a busker through the UK. Somehow they got on the telly with his skiffle band.

He returned to Zjermanie with a MG TA for 60 pounds...

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1981 Subaru Brumby 1.8 with Weber and 5-speed box "little utie" - Sold to another enthusiast!
2006 Ford Focus "daily driver"
2002 VW Passat V6 30V Station Wagon (SOLD - This car into a money pit)
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Re: What did you do to your Finnie today?

Post by Mercmad » Wed 18 Nov, 2015 8:15 am

Drove Konrad around in the shop.no brakes and revving a touch high makes for exciting driving.... :bounce:

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Re: What did you do to your Finnie today?

Post by konrad » Wed 18 Nov, 2015 10:49 am

Be brave Ron. Be brave.

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Re: What did you do to your Finnie today?

Post by Bartman4800 » Wed 18 Nov, 2015 11:46 am

Mercmad wrote:Drove Konrad around in the shop.no brakes and revving a touch high makes for exciting driving.... :bounce:
Phil and I proof tested the strength of a fintailed rear fender by running it into the front loader of a tractor.

Minimal deformation :dance:
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2006 Ford Focus "daily driver"
2002 VW Passat V6 30V Station Wagon (SOLD - This car into a money pit)
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Re: What did you do to your Finnie today?

Post by Bartman4800 » Mon 23 Nov, 2015 6:26 pm

Finnies have a carpet underlay that is somewhere between horse hair, jute and asbestos.
I disliked the stuff from the second I pulled it out of the car. Especially the bits around the tunnel which do not stay in place unless the carpet is installed.

Dust and other fibers just kept falling out, and it gave me the itches as well. YUK!!! :puke:

So I replaced it with closed cell foam mat. Bought it at Bunnings in those square tiles with intermeshing fingers. It is the same stuff yoga mats are made of, except colour grey.
It is easy to stick in position with contact glue.

It does not absorb water, is easy to cut to size, cheap, quite durable and fireproof (as I use them to sit on when I weld, grind or do general spannering) and very tear proof.

Here are some pictures:

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Quite pleased with it!
1963 220 Sb Sedan "Kermit" (Australian Assembly)
1960 220 Sb Sedan "Zum Schlachten" (Early German Assembly, with a torsion bar spring for the bonnet) - Stored in Country WA
1981 Subaru Brumby 1.8 with Weber and 5-speed box "little utie" - Sold to another enthusiast!
2006 Ford Focus "daily driver"
2002 VW Passat V6 30V Station Wagon (SOLD - This car into a money pit)
2011 Kia Sportage "Missus commuter Bus"
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Re: What did you do to your Finnie today?

Post by harryskater_220 » Mon 30 Nov, 2015 5:21 am

Nice one Bart! Whats that sheet metal cover for in the passenger side?

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Re: What did you do to your Finnie today?

Post by Mercmad » Mon 30 Nov, 2015 8:10 am

on the later cars it is to hold the insulation in place under the floor covering . W108's and so on have it too. If yours is missing ,just check the floor for odd screw holes which don't seem to have a reason to be there.

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Re: What did you do to your Finnie today?

Post by Bartman4800 » Mon 30 Nov, 2015 11:25 am

Thanks Ron,

I thought its purpose was to make the floor flatter, so the floor mat would sit nicely.

Over that metal plate, I have another board (L+R) with foam backing. The board holds the clips for the underdash panel.
Those boards are made of the same shitty material that all other boards are made of.

I am remaking those boards in thin MDF, but it is not easy to curve it into the right shape...


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1963 220 Sb Sedan "Kermit" (Australian Assembly)
1960 220 Sb Sedan "Zum Schlachten" (Early German Assembly, with a torsion bar spring for the bonnet) - Stored in Country WA
1981 Subaru Brumby 1.8 with Weber and 5-speed box "little utie" - Sold to another enthusiast!
2006 Ford Focus "daily driver"
2002 VW Passat V6 30V Station Wagon (SOLD - This car into a money pit)
2011 Kia Sportage "Missus commuter Bus"
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Re: What did you do to your Finnie today?

Post by harryskater_220 » Mon 30 Nov, 2015 8:02 pm

Think i welded those holes up early on. wasnt sure what they were for! Theres another metal plate or was on the right side of mine more of a boxing which covers in the feont right corner from memory- is that for a similar purpose? Theres an inspection hatch too on the right side of the tunnel but cant see what its giving me access too...
Thanks for the brake light switch Bart! i now have working brake lights :D

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Re: What did you do to your Finnie today?

Post by Bartman4800 » Tue 01 Dec, 2015 10:46 am

Harry,

I have that box too on the right hand side of the loud pedal.
It is not present on my '60 donor.
I think it is to close the gap so your foot cannot slip to the right side of the pedal, but that is just a hunch.
Mine looks very shiny and sticks out like a sore thumb. Maybe Ron knows whether it needs to be covered with something? It sits over the normal board on the RH side.

That hatch is in my car too, closed with a very big rubber bung. Maybe it's for gearbox access? :dontknow:

Good to know the switch works !

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1963 220 Sb Sedan "Kermit" (Australian Assembly)
1960 220 Sb Sedan "Zum Schlachten" (Early German Assembly, with a torsion bar spring for the bonnet) - Stored in Country WA
1981 Subaru Brumby 1.8 with Weber and 5-speed box "little utie" - Sold to another enthusiast!
2006 Ford Focus "daily driver"
2002 VW Passat V6 30V Station Wagon (SOLD - This car into a money pit)
2011 Kia Sportage "Missus commuter Bus"
2002 Mitsubishi Rosa Bus (converting it to a motor home)

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Re: What did you do to your Finnie today?

Post by Mercmad » Tue 01 Dec, 2015 12:38 pm

the little alloy one is used as cover for the wiring to the pedal and stopping your foot from going onto th chassis section.Normally they are anodised grey ish colour. The tunnel inspection cover was both hydrak models(to check the clutch oil level ) and to access the solenoid on top of the automatic .

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Re: What did you do to your Finnie today?

Post by Bartman4800 » Tue 01 Dec, 2015 8:07 pm

Thanks Ron, that makes sense. Still looks a bit like an afterthought...
I might spray it black

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1963 220 Sb Sedan "Kermit" (Australian Assembly)
1960 220 Sb Sedan "Zum Schlachten" (Early German Assembly, with a torsion bar spring for the bonnet) - Stored in Country WA
1981 Subaru Brumby 1.8 with Weber and 5-speed box "little utie" - Sold to another enthusiast!
2006 Ford Focus "daily driver"
2002 VW Passat V6 30V Station Wagon (SOLD - This car into a money pit)
2011 Kia Sportage "Missus commuter Bus"
2002 Mitsubishi Rosa Bus (converting it to a motor home)

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