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    Hi Graham, as I am slowly in the process of restoring my wifes Caravelle I was interested in your under car shots. 1. the heating tube, did you source that locally or was sourced from a specilty supplier and 2. do you have a photo that show the gear lever mounting hole a little clearer as I fear that the one on our car has been badly butcherd. Unfortunatley I showed my wife your handy work and I have now been given the hurry up.
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    Hi Peter,

    The heater ducting was found on ebay..see below.


    The pic of the gear lever below is the best I can do...hope it helps. Good luck with your Caravelle and let me know if you need me to email a parts manual for the R1133.







    Heater ducting.
    I recently purchased some heater ducting for my Floride, I couldn't find any locally so I resorted to ebay and there it was and cheap as chips, a 3 meter length cost me $60.18 landed at my front door and took two weeks to arrive.

    Visit store:Diesel Heaters&Spares






    Please wait
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    Default The hardtop part 3..the hood lining.

    So I asked myself.."how hard could it be to do my own hood lining?"...Answer: "Tricky".


    I had the wire bows and some thermal insulation and sourced some hood lining material from the United States which was a very close match.

    Out came the sewing machine and some rod pockets sewn up for the bows









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    Default Continued...

    The rear windscreen was marked before removal to aid re-installation.

    The new hood lining was laid out and secured right around with contact adhesive and bulldog clips after stretching into place.

    The lining was wrapped over the fin that holds the rear windscreen and glued up before re-installing the glass.

    Getting the last few creases out is a challenge and requires patience and persistance..apparently.

    Cost all up $56.00

    To be continued...













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    Quote Originally Posted by 59 Floride View Post
    So I asked myself.."how hard could it be to do my own hood lining?"...Answer: "Tricky".
    You nailed it, that looks like a bought one.

    Now with your new found skills how would you like to tackle the folding sunroof lining on my project?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenBlood View Post
    You nailed it, that looks like a bought one.

    Now with your new found skills how would you like to tackle the folding sunroof lining on my project?

    Cheers
    Chris
    Ah that would be no...But I can hem your new jeans if you like.

    I'm thinking seriously about making a new soft top for the Floride though. Just for the practice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 59 Floride View Post
    Ah that would be no...But I can hem your new jeans if you like.

    I'm thinking seriously about making a new soft top for the Floride though. Just for the practice.
    Let's try again, that was the wrong answer, don't worry about the jeans I like that fuzzy worn I don't care look. I have the vinyl and the old lining as a template you know you want to do this. For the record the correct answer is "yes Chris, I'd be delighted".

    OT/ I do know of a DS that is unofficially on the market PM if you have any interest.

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    Default Hardtop final...

    Finished...

    I can understand why motor trimmers don't like doing hood linings...and I had the advantage of turning the roof upside down.

    I managed to get most of the creases out and it looks fabulous, like a bought one as Greenblood would say. Maybe the remaining creases will shrink out over time or the Pixies might come and take them away.









    This is a new lifting apparatus I have been working on because the hardtop is too heavy for a solo lift and damage to the paintwork is certain...so is shaggers back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 59 Floride View Post
    Finished...

    I can understand why motor trimmers don't like doing hood linings...and I had the advantage of turning the roof upside down.

    I managed to get most of the creases out and it looks fabulous, like a bought one as Greenblood would say. Maybe the remaining creases will shrink out over time or the Pixies might come and take them away.



    This is a new lifting apparatus I have been working on because the hardtop is too heavy for a solo lift and damage to the paintwork is certain...so is shaggers back.
    You possibly will get a little shrinkage over time to tighten things up, but I'd be happy to pay money for that as it is. Nicely done.

    The lifting gizmo is a smart move too, if you add a slippery slide that launches you into the drivers seat you'd be set.

    Cheers
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    Hopefully those creases will disappear after it gets parked in the sun a few times. I have heard people recommend leaving the material in the sun before fitting a bit like windscreen rubbers.

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    Haven't been slacking off just doing other things, here are some updates of recent work done on the Floride.

    New extractors. http://www.aussiefrogs.com/forum/sho...sign&highlight

    Whitewall tyre experiment. http://www.aussiefrogs.com/forum/sho...ious&highlight

    Generator to alternator conversion. http://www.aussiefrogs.com/forum/sho...sion&highlight
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    Dontya just hate folk who make a first class job of everything??



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    Graham,
    I've just gone back though this thread, it's just brilliant, and now the first sticky in the 'Restoration Forum'

    A perfect demonstration of what can be achieved in a home workshop. So much information both specific to the Floride and general restoration techniques. A real credit to you and a real asset to the forum. Bravo!!

    Cheers
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    (Umberto Eco [Ed], The History of Beauty, Rizzoli, NY, 2004)

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    Well done and put Chris, I second all the above.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catshamlet View Post
    Dontya just hate folk who make a first class job of everything??



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    Graham,
    I've just gone back though this thread, it's just brilliant, and now the first sticky in the 'Restoration Forum'

    A perfect demonstration of what can be achieved in a home workshop. So much information both specific to the Floride and general restoration techniques. A real credit to you and a real asset to the forum. Bravo!!

    Cheers
    Chris
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    Well done and put Chris, I second all the above.

    Thanks for the kind words gentlemen I am glad others enjoy what I am doing as well, and since I've learned so much from the Aussiefrog fraternity it is only right that I document and share in my progress.

    I still have other things to add to this thread though and as some would know, restoring an old car is always a work in progress .....always something to do.

    I am also glad my thread has been elevated to the lofty heights of stickiness, what an accolade.

    Thankyou Chris

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    Default Some soft furnishings..

    I haven't added anything in a while so here's the new trunk interior, it's some carpet from bunnings and an old suitcase from an op-shop to house my tools, jack and spares...I just added the stickers.


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    Hey 59 Floride, or should I say 10/60 Floride.
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    Shhhhh! it's our secret..

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    .... I'm all ears

    Good work

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    Quote Originally Posted by 59 Floride View Post
    Shhhhh! it's our secret..
    You may be older but all three of my Floride's are older.
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    Why don't you sort Chris's sunroof, he's a good bloke!

    and Citroens are better than Renaults, or they used to be...

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    You're right, he is a good bloke and we've had dialog behind the scenes re said sunroof...I figure I have a bit of time up my sleeve before his car's finished tho.

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    Good stuff!

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    Default Headlight booster kits..

    For those with old cars who are interested, I have installed one of these headlight booster kits from ebay and found it to be of good quality and easy to fit. The kit cost AUD$27.65 delivered which is less than the individual cost of the components to make it up myself.

    The lights are definitely crisper and more reliable as the old headlight sockets in my car were original and quite rusted, the bonus of course is the existing lighting circuit is carrying much less current as it is now only used to trigger the new relays which do all the work.

    The only thing missing from the kit is an inline fuse...in my opinion it is unwise to have a cable running directly from the battery unfused, it is a potential fire hazard if something shorted out. In line fuse holders are easy to obtain and install too.


    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/180768073...84.m1497.l2649

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    on a couple of my cars, I installed New Era relays using existing wires. They have a two circuit all-in-one relay that has a fuse on each circuit inbuilt. You can buy them for around $30 from autoshops. On the R10 I have two - one for main beam, high beam headlights; and another for the two sets of driving lights. I'll try to dig up a photo.
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