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 on: Today at 12:07:53 AM 
Started by Manky Monkey - Last post by stinkey
My mate was riding along with Baldy in his fordson (hot n bothered )  cruising about 80mph along the Westway heading for Chelsea..the wizard pulled up next to him..smiled,floored it..wheel spun (at 80 remember ?) and was gone..Baldy turned to my mate and said ..F@/ I've gotta get a bigger engine ? Cheesy

 on: September 24, 2017, 11:00:02 PM 
Started by Manky Monkey - Last post by Manky Monkey
It appeared in Custom Car magazine in 1974, when I was 12 & in it's 70s guise of metalflake yellow & orange, with mis matched American Racing & slot mag wheels, blacked out windows & deep buttoned red dralon interior, was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen.
Even then, it wasn't the most radical Pop around. It had a flip front & flip up body, but so did several others at the time. Maybe it was the paint. Maybe the name -any custom worth it's salt had a name back then, but The Who had recently launched their Tommy album & the film came out a year later, fixing the name Pinball Wizard in the popular conciousness. Maybe it was that it went everywhere -I remember seeing it drag racing at Blackbushe, cruising in Chelsea & showing at Ally Pally & Olympia. Maybe it was the classic collection of parts -big V8, Viva front suspension, Jaguar rear.
Whatever it was, it was the right car, at the right time, to become iconic. A legend. The 'flake paint's gone, replaced by straight Ford signal yellow, painted by our own Go Forest, the interior's now black & the wheels are 90s directionals. I owned one of it's old Mopar engines for a while & ex forummer Dave Two Lanes owned the original fibreglass flip front, still in the original paint -but it's still Pinball Wizard.
This car's responsible for an awful lot of long nights in the garage, wrestling with my own Pop! Smiley

 on: September 24, 2017, 10:41:09 PM 
Started by Manky Monkey - Last post by Manky Monkey
Bumped into the Wizard today at Popstalgia in Warwickshire, (unsuprisingly, a show for Pops, Prefects & Fordson vans).
This car was my first love. The one that sparked my interest in hotrods, or custom cars as they were called then, & Pops in particular.

 on: September 24, 2017, 10:37:49 PM 
Started by the coppersmith - Last post by Manky Monkey
 Cheesy Welcome home.

 on: September 24, 2017, 02:15:54 PM 
Started by the coppersmith - Last post by the coppersmith
I'm back !! took a 3 week break to the Algarve, have a mate out there, so not to expensive. No phone, no internet, no TV and I didn't even buy a paper. Wall to wall sunshine, lowest temp was 26, highest 33. Totally chilled. I swam, drank local wine, walked for miles, ate loads of shell fish and slept. Colour of an old sideboard now and thought I was ready to kick the world again. Came home to rain and doom and gloom, did I really just come back ??

 on: September 24, 2017, 08:36:11 AM 
Started by Manky Monkey - Last post by Manky Monkey
I've got 50mm of vertical clearance Dave. Thought about making an overlapping joint -a semi circular slug on one piece bolting to a matching one on the other, but welding to the car is awkward now in the lock-up, especially with glass & upholstery panels fitted. That's why I'm not using a grinder to cut away old bits of bulkhead.
I thought about slicing a length of tube in half along it's length to make a bolt on clamp, but decided a slug, bolted in with a couple of 8mm bolts, would be stronger.

 on: September 24, 2017, 07:53:54 AM 
Started by Manky Monkey - Last post by Olds
Will there be enough room vertically to drop the hoop over slugs ? Or would you be better off using locating stubs (short slugs) and bolt plates welded on ?

 on: September 23, 2017, 09:42:23 PM 
Started by Manky Monkey - Last post by Manky Monkey

 on: September 23, 2017, 09:40:36 PM 
Started by Manky Monkey - Last post by Manky Monkey
Hoop that holds the steering column & dashboard panels removed. I'll get some solid slugs made up so it can be bolted back in.
Spent the whole afternoon sat in the cab with a piece of broken hacksaw blade, cutting out sections of old bulkhead. There are 3 layers in places -the original 1953 panel, the previous owner's one & the sections Loon & I welded in. Also removing a couple of short bits of box section bracing that the previous guy added but aren't actually doing anything. No, no-one apart from the electrician will see it, but I want it tidy. I've bought another pack of Dynamat sound proofing material, so will do the bulkhead in it once I've tidied it up & rust treated it.

 on: September 22, 2017, 01:41:43 PM 
Started by spanners - Last post by terry t
i,m selling my ,,METAMACHEX, swing arm

as seen on the ,BLACK PIG   in bike tech section

it needs a clean up and polish  but i,m told these were the ,,bees, knees,, back in the day  and are a bit of a collectors part these days

i was planning on keeping it  but i,m  in a bad patch at the moment and really need the cash to help me survive ,,



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