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  • Originally posted by Tonz View Post
    online and in the common shop out lets , i didnt find a suitable electronic antena that was a universal model wich would fit. super cheap had one also for about 60 odd dollas but the thread was just a little short ... i settled for now on a holden antenna as the 90 s have an out let at about 45% angle . and as well as a small area of space under means that it is almost compatible with the holden standard antenna . non electronic. .. it just fit with minor modifications and was only about 20 bucks..
    it will do for now . till i think of something better.
    I'm thinking of running 2 antennas..or is that "antennae"? One 3 dBi and one about 9 with a line splitter between them. In any event I want to change my antenna as its running on a snapped UHF cable that I've just twisted and taped together.

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    • the cheapo holden job i did is working fine but it sounds like twisting and taping also works! . its a tricky one. i did like the automatic one when it wasnt busted but thats how it goes . they are all getting old now so the 90 series are going to start having some make shift jobs to get them through.

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      • I changed the power steering fluid today (KZ) and fixed the wheel cap the tyre fitters broke, well bent the tabs on at least, so it was loose, when I got new tyres on Thursday. The fluid must have been the original. I replaced it with Penrite Power Steering Fluid very good stuff. The manuals never say to change it in the service schedule but I think it is a good thing to do every once in a while. I also got a 12V compressor from Repco 85 litre per minute unit 125 PSI I believe, also got some other goodies for the upcoming 5k service. The tyres are Kumho AT51's seem okay so far just road driving. Might need to take it for a wheel alignment as the tyre fitters who did the "alignment" just adjusted toe and not camber or castor. Now pulls to the right. No printout of course. Anyone know if a decent tyre place that is capable of toe, camber, castor alignments exists in Victoria? If so please let us know. I've yet to find one. The only one I have knew of was one I worked at twenty years ago one guy and myself would actually adjust these and get it right rather than pretend camber and castor adjustment don't exist.
        Oh yeah it was actually me who put the tyre shine on and claeaned up the tyre in the tyre pic. The fitters had left tyre lube stains splattered all over the tyres... I know that sounds wrong... but that's what they did when they were fitting the tyres onto the rims. Their greasy prints are still on this rim though. At least they weren't over the whole car like the time I took a different car to Jax Preston.

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        • Hey guys, long time no post! The Mighty Green Garbage Truck has been through some changes recently. After it got smacked in the front end with minimal damage and taking a cash payout on the insurance, Iíve got a brand new bullbar and had enough left over for some BFG M/Ts.

          Anyway, yesterday I put the car up on the hoist to change the oil and also diagnose some front squeaks and wobbles. After finding a multitude of bushes dried and cracked I noticed my front brake lines were looking a little shabby.

          So today Iíve replaced all five brake lines and flushed the brake fluid through.

          Next week though? All new lower control arm bushes and lower ball joints will be done, which Iím really not looking forward too and a handful of bushes down in the rear will be done as well.

          In a a month or two... another timing belt.

          412xxx kms on the clock and this motor is still pretty tight. Worth spending the money on the old girl.

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          • Hey guys, long time no post! The Mighty Green Garbage Truck has been through some changes recently. After it got smacked in the front end with minimal damage and taking a cash payout on the insurance, Iíve got a brand new bullbar and had enough left over for some BFG M/Ts.

            Anyway, yesterday I put the car up on the hoist to change the oil and also diagnose some front squeaks and wobbles. After finding a multitude of bushes dried and cracked I noticed my front brake lines were looking a little shabby.

            So today Iíve replaced all five brake lines and flushed the brake fluid through.

            Next week though? All new lower control arm bushes and lower ball joints will be done, which Iím really not looking forward too and a handful of bushes down in the rear will be done as well.

            In a a month or two... another timing belt.

            412xxx kms on the clock and this motor is still pretty tight. Worth spending the money on the old girl.

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            • Ball joints and LCA bushes are all done now. What a mammoth effort that was! Had access to a press but it wasnít suitable to press the old ones out. So that had to be done with a blow torch, grinder, hacksaw, drill, cold chisel and hammer. Six hours to remove all four!

              I ordered rubber replacements and received poly instead... wasnít happy but decided to give them a try since I donít think the old girl would outlast them. Rubber wouldíve last much longer though.

              Thankfully, the poly bushes went in without a press. Couple of decent whacks and they dropped in. Which was nice in one sense, but I question how long theyíll stay in place for.

              Ball joints were nice and easy. Undid the castle nut and a quick tap from underneath and they jumped straight out. The tie rod ends were in pretty good shape but their boots left a little to be desired so I popped on a new pair. At least the ball joint just bolts into place and isnít pressed.

              Found the upper control arm were fairly good but still showing some wear so Iím going to replace and maybe the upper ball joints. Next week. Although the upper BJs donít bolt in so Iím not too sure. But Iíll probably just do it... do a job once, do it right kind of thing.

              THEN... wheel alignment. Thankfully the alignment was fairly good to start with and I got everything back in the same place it was so it still drives, although the wheel is a little cock-eyed so hopefully thatís only and adjustment of the tie rods to sort that out.

              Im very grateful I can do all this work myself and get the parts at cost price. Otherwise I think the old girl wouldíve fallen apart completely by now.

              On a a side note, what oil and how long between changes are some of you guys using? Iíve been using the Nulon high mileage 20w50 semi synthetic for a number of years with great success and Iíve extended my intervals out to 12-15k but I couldnít get it this time and ended up using a Castrol or a Shell, canít remember which. But just wondering what others have found.

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              • Ball joints and LCA bushes are all done now. What a mammoth effort that was! Had access to a press but it wasnít suitable to press the old ones out. So that had to be done with a blow torch, grinder, hacksaw, drill, cold chisel and hammer. Six hours to remove all four!

                I ordered rubber replacements and received poly instead... wasnít happy but decided to give them a try since I donít think the old girl would outlast them. Rubber wouldíve last much longer though.

                Thankfully, the poly bushes went in without a press. Couple of decent whacks and they dropped in. Which was nice in one sense, but I question how long theyíll stay in place for.

                Ball joints were nice and easy. Undid the castle nut and a quick tap from underneath and they jumped straight out. The tie rod ends were in pretty good shape but their boots left a little to be desired so I popped on a new pair. At least the ball joint just bolts into place and isnít pressed.

                Found the upper control arm were fairly good but still showing some wear so Iím going to replace and maybe the upper ball joints. Next week. Although the upper BJs donít bolt in so Iím not too sure. But Iíll probably just do it... do a job once, do it right kind of thing.

                THEN... wheel alignment. Thankfully the alignment was fairly good to start with and I got everything back in the same place it was so it still drives, although the wheel is a little cock-eyed so hopefully thatís only and adjustment of the tie rods to sort that out.

                Im very grateful I can do all this work myself and get the parts at cost price. Otherwise I think the old girl wouldíve fallen apart completely by now.

                On a a side note, what oil and how long between changes are some of you guys using? Iíve been using the Nulon high mileage 20w50 semi synthetic for a number of years with great success and Iíve extended my intervals out to 12-15k but I couldnít get it this time and ended up using a Castrol or a Shell, canít remember which. But just wondering what others have found.

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                • Crap, another double post. Sorry guys.

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                  • sounds like youve really had your hands dirty lately , just before a trip to frazer i had done a fair bit as well. , but durring the trip the transfer gear shift got stuck , so did more than half the trip in standard drive , which was no problem btw. it really performs well in standard all wheel drive . . but the other day i had a crack at fixing the problem after consulting a few and searching on line for a few photos to understand what i was looking at to fix it. once it was clear it was an easy fix. going to nth stadie in a few weeks for a weekender , looking forward to get back to the beach and enjoy it all with my buggy

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                    • Oh yeah, very dirty hands! Haha

                      But I donít mind working on the old girl. Itís all relatively straightforward and because Iíve undone and removed just about every bolt and nut on her over the last decade or so, she comes apart fairly easily. No penetrating oil required. Worst case, a bit of extra leverage. Plus I have a hoist at work so that makes things a breeze as well.

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                      • Plus I have a hoist at work so that makes things a breeze as well.
                        Oh lucky man , the closest i get to a hoist is my imagination whilst sliding under on my red vinyl work trolley , .....Just returned from nth Stradie , for a long week end . Its an island with some very pretty spots but over all i didnt feel much there . not enough adventure , nor surprises .Very civilised indeed. Quaint is the best i can say .

                        Not too much for the little red rooster to do there ....But i must admit we saw wild life , some roo and an eagle take a snake from the beach that it dropped there , a lot of birds chattering to wake you very early in the morning , oh , we saw a dugong , never seen one before . it was bigger than i expected and of course lots of tourists taking selfies galore at/ on the best look out areas , i had to interrupt three girls from doing there look at me im so amazing selfies to tell them to turn around there are whales right in frount , maybe you wanna take a breather and look at something really amazing!!!....lol True story ! We saw a dead fully grown turtle washed up on the beach, always so sad to see also one koala ,hehe and there was no fish on the bite so that also didnt help.
                        for me it was a visit once only , where as morton i can repeat a lot of times , frazer too .

                        No problems with the buggy , which is great just a big clean is awaiting.

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