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Old 05-04-2015, 05:25 AM   #1
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Hey all just to start off. I brought a 65 couple the last time I was in california. I got it shipped to New Zealand it landed here mid January I have spent the last few months sorting out all we require for compliance here and I think I'm just about done. These photos show the rust I needed to get sorted


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Here are the latest photos I think I'm just about ready for compliance. Just adjust the handbrake and we are go.


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Nice! What changes needed to be made? I know some places require a yellow turn signal, while others don't allow any modification.

Here, they allow any falling apart piece go down the highway at 75 mph.
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By my guess, classic muscle cars wouldn't be too common in New Zealand. Prepare for some pleasantly surprised on-lookers when you're cruising that beauty!


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I don't see fender badges, is it a 6 cylinder? Or has it already been swapped out? Personally, I enjoy my little 6 cylinder

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Nice! What changes needed to be made? I know some places require a yellow turn signal, while others don't allow any modification.

Here, they allow any falling apart piece go down the highway at 75 mph.

Not much to change just a high stop light and new brake shoes the suspension was pretty good already so did have to do that which is good.


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I don't see fender badges, is it a 6 cylinder? Or has it already been swapped out? Personally, I enjoy my little 6 cylinder

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Yeah still a six banger. At the moment just trying to get legal then start going through the car but by bit.


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By my guess, classic muscle cars wouldn't be too common in New Zealand. Prepare for some pleasantly surprised on-lookers when you're cruising that beauty!


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Yeah it's cool just taking it between garage an the workshop people stop stare and ask heaps of questions.


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You'd be surprised...I follow the trans am series that they run with the Australians! Great cars and awesome racing!!


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Here's a link. I'm so impressed with these guys. http://youtu.be/ezwn1bZLSoE

Good luck with your coupe!


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This is New Zealand VS Australia!
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I wish Trans Am was as popular as NASCAR. This is racing


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That would be my dream, to race in a trans am series! Do you have any long term plans with your coupe kiwi?


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Yeah racing would be awesome. Need to win the lottery😂
Quick update took car in for compliance all passed except rear brakes out of balance so just getting drums skimmed should sort it out then we are smiling.

As for long term plans I have had the entire undercarriage sand blasted and recoated so I want to paint it but that's in a few years I want to drive for now.
Add a chin spoiler I think that looks tough and scary coming down the road.
I have most of the interior I brought while we were over last year so going to start putting that in.
Sitting on fence about sticking a 302 or 351 in it everyone has different ideas but I hope in about a year or so of driving it I'll have a better idea if I need to change it.
That's just to start off I want it nice and tidy but I don't want a trailer queen.



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I agree on the trailer queen, I drive mine and I've raced her also. No point in just washing her and bringing her to car shows...

Here's a pic of my new chin spoiler. I plan in trying to integrate a disc brake cooling kit in front.Click image for larger version

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Quick update took car in for compliance all passed except rear brakes out of balance so just getting drums skimmed should sort it out then we are smiling.
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Nice! Did they actually measure the brake lining / drum diameter, or test the braking power? If it's just pulling slightly more on one side, it could just be that one of the adjusters stuck. New springs and adjusters should be cheaper than going to a shop, and probably something you can do with a few basic tools.

Let us know how it goes.
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Nice! Did they actually measure the brake lining / drum diameter, or test the braking power? If it's just pulling slightly more on one side, it could just be that one of the adjusters stuck. New springs and adjusters should be cheaper than going to a shop, and probably something you can do with a few basic tools.

Let us know how it goes.

They tested the braking power stupid test but we passed today. Just adjusted both sides and adjusted the handbrake underneath which was really a basic fix. So she is all legal now. Time to hit the streets and clock some miles up on her.


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They tested the braking power stupid test but we passed today. Just adjusted both sides and adjusted the handbrake underneath which was really a basic fix. So she is all legal now. Time to hit the streets and clock some miles up on her.


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It's actually a legit test - that makes sure your brakes don't pull to one side or the other. Glad it was an easy fix, and now you can drive without worrying about stopping . Enjoy the ride, I'm jealous!
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Very nice. Driving a classic on the most beautiful place on the planet, can't beat it. Now that's something I'd like to do. Not a fortune to have it shipped over I hope.
It's actually on my bucket list to visit New Zealand. Haven't been yet but I'm dying to go to the most beautiful place on earth.
I've got some friends in New Zealand, and there's a New Zealander where I live. Her accent is awesome.


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Yes it will be good to take her for a good run.

Quick question. Fuses are there any more fuses hidden anywhere I can only find the ones by the steering column but they are the interior globes and cig lighter etc. I was wondering if there are any for the indicators.


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I'm sure one of the 65 guys will chime in, but I know in the 67, that's it. If your indicators aren't working, I'd start with bulbs, then look at grounds, loose wires, then if nothing else, turn signal switch.

I replaced the turn signal switch, when I only had a loose wire under the dash.
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Awesome cheers I'll start there.


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The power to the turn signal switch comes from the headlight switch so you can also check for pushed out terminals at the headlight switch. I think that's a common problem if the switch had ever been replaced. Congratulations on your new car.

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No hidden fuses anywhere else. Here's a diagram. Check for some relays that someone else might have put in there...like in my car. ATTACH]182311[/ATTACH]Click image for larger version

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I was chasing down wiring with my interior appart, I had the same issue in my 68. Turns out the signals ground through the steering wheel. Make sure the hub is groun d well to the shaft, small stuff like that will drive you nuts[COLOR="Silver"]

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'65 is different. Grounds are at each housing. Click image for larger version

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Thanks I have started to look at the wiring just as it comes out of steering column I have noticed a few exposed wires so will start there this weekend an follow them back. Cheers for the diagram will com in handy.
I have found the flasher solenoid it was heating up which I think was due to the exposed wires but I'll have to see how far through the loom they are exposed.


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Yeah I'm just stoked to finally have it road legal. Now just want to enjoy for a while before I make big plans for it.


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ID:	182919i have found the reason for my blinkers not working. These were fused together and touching which in turn blew the flasher solenoid. Cut the damaged wires out and change the flasher solenoid and boom we have blinkers again lovely. Will have to follow the wire further to see if any more are damaged but at least they work again.


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I took my 65 out this weekend to a rat rod swap meet it was awesome. But in my haste I didn't snap any photos of my lovely machine in the car park but I did see this beauty which I really want my colour to look like.
Being a 37 year old male I have been involved in the how do we put it (youthful boy racer stage) and let me tell you the old dogs are so much more helpful towards you with and old car they just about can't help you enough to help it's pretty awesome...... Might have to buy me a galaxie soon lmao


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Attachment 182919i have found the reason for my blinkers not working. These were fused together and touching which in turn blew the flasher solenoid. Cut the damaged wires out and change the flasher solenoid and boom we have blinkers again lovely. Will have to follow the wire further to see if any more are damaged but at least they work again.


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Nice! Good idea following the wire to make sure it's not an issue elsewhere. I'm sure this is what you did, but if not, be sure to use solder and heat shrink tube so you've got a strong repair.
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