Project Posca October Update #2

Some more new window seals went in today.  These were to replace the two fixed side window ones and the front windscreen one.  I got in a professional to do it, but I helped.

So, windows came out;

And the new seals went in.

Here are before and after shots for a side window and then the front window;

I know chrome is pretty, but I actually think I prefer the look without based on my future plans for Posca.  What does everyone else think?  Still, installing the new seals without chrome (aluminium) inserts is a lot less fiddly.

Oh, and there should be some more updates again soon.  Things are happening a bit faster now.  I even ordered some more bits, including a new carpet kit for inside.  That should arrive next week.  Exciting huh?

Stay tuned…..


Project Posca October Update

I have done a little mock up of what I (at this stage) envisage Posca to look like a year or so down the track. I am pretty pleased with the look;

The two tone is to avoid a full respray, and as the orange would be nearly impossible to match, I decided to tone it up some.  The only variations on the mock up are that the whaletail may or may not stay and the bumpers might still be thicker.  I would love to hear peoples thoughts on the look.

The work on Posca continues, though most of it has been invisible to the Blogging eye.  Posca is now running again.  Yes, that is right, starting and running…yay!!  We have the timing and tuning pretty close to right, but need to take Posca for a good run to blow the cobwebs out before we fine tune things.

Most of the work to get Posca going involved the carburettor, distributor, timing, etc. Posca has received new points and condenser, new plug leads and a new Idle Air Bypass Cut off Valve.  They are meant to look like this;

But mine looked like this;

Notice the difference? I wonder how much that will impact the running and performance?

About the only easily seen change in the last month has been in the fitting of the new sun visors. When I got Posca he had none.  Now..

Anyway, that is about it for now.  Another part order has been placed, including a new carpet kit for inside.  Also, more window seals will be replaced soon, so stay tuned…



Project Posca September Update #3

I thought one last catchup update might be in order before I move onto new things.

I mentioned a few updates back that the rear seat repair was under way.  The spring had broken under the rear seat and someone had tried to repair it, burning a hole in the seat covering in the process.



(They got rid of or covered the hold horrible padding in the process, which I am pleased with.)

(The colour match is not perfect on the seat covering, but I think it will fade to match in time.)

Other than all the changes I have shown in the last few updates, there is still lots to be done, or so I can only assume from the parts still sitting in boxes.

(I have used a few parts from those boxes, but a lot of them are still waiting for use.)

The full summary list of tasks looks something like this (those in blue italics are done.);

  • Rust holes cut out, repaired and painted.
  • Surface rust cleaned up and painted.
  • Replace the back window rubber (as this is where the water got in to cause most of the rust).
  • Replace the heater boxes in the exhaust system.
  • Replace missing parts to get the heater system working.
  • Fix/repair High Beam, Driving Lights and Reversing Lights.
  • Replace the fuse cradle as it looks a little dodgy.
  • Replace the L/H lower ball joint.
  • Replace R/H inner tie rod end.
  • Replace rear brake cylinders. (Pads were not needed at this time.).
  • Replace pop out window seals, rubbers and latches.
  • Re-key left passenger door lock.
  • Install new sun visors.
  • Repair roof lining.
  • Repair back seat.
  • Clean/renovate the carburettor.
  • Clean/renovate the distributor.
  • Replace air vents in dash.
  • Repair/replace ducting for front air vents.
  • Replace hand brake rubber shoe.
  • Give the interior a good clean.
  • Replace front and side window rubbers.
  • Repaint the wheels.
  • Repair some small rust issues around luggage lid.
  • Repair/replace bumpers.
  • Repair/replace engine lid.
  • Put a new (none standard) carby and dizzy on Posca?
  • Repaint parts/all of the body.
  • And a million more as yet unknown ones……..

And the Project Posca adventure continues…..


Project Posca September Update #2

So, as promised, here is another update on the progress on Posca.

As mentioned previously, finding the luggage shelf covered in surface rust was a definite indicator that the rear window rubber needed replacing, so this actually happened while Posca was still at the smash repairs.

  • Replace the rear window rubber.



(The window seal still needs a bit of a clean up, but that will come later when I clean the whole car.)

As you can see, I went for the none chrome (aluminium strip) rubber seals.  It just seemed more practical and less fiddly to do.  In the near future I will replace the side window and front window seals too, and these will also be the none chrome type.

Next came the new starter motor. I could have possible had the old one reconditioned, but a new one was not that expensive and it was quicker to get too.

  • Replace collapsed starter motor.

(It is shiny, and black, and new.)

In the last month or two we (a mate and I) have been working on a few other major mechanical repairs/replacements.  In addition, I have completed a few cosmetic changes.

  • New rear brake cylinders.

  • Lower left ball joint.

  • Inner right tie rod end.

  • New assist straps.


(Yes, the old ones were not black.  I have no idea why someone did that.)


(Yeah, black ones.)

  • New door lock knobs.



  • Repairs to the ceiling lining.

(It is not perfect, but it is cheaper than a few hundred dollars for a new lining.)

(Oh, and with this stitching I am thinking of calling him FrankenPosca.)

Progress has been slow the last couple of months, but there is at least some progress.  Now with spring here and some holidays around the corner things should speed up a little more, so stay tuned.



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