I required to get the Nomad over to Forrestville so that Mark and the group at Security Service Centre might pull the engine and transmission. After discovering a pallet that they might put it on when out of the automobile, I rang around for a hauling business to throw it on a flat bed and get it there. Now common sense must have dominated - I had actually used Bakker Towing from Mona Vale to get it from Mascot and had absolutely nothing however pleasing results but for some ridiculous factor that even I could not describe I chose to get a number of competitive quotes. Another regional mob came in slightly more affordable, saving me about the cost of a Corona beer down at the local so I opted for them.
You understand the story. Pick up at ten in the early morning. Call at ten thirty stating we are a little late, need to be there in fifteen minutes. At 10 to twelve I call them to be told the towie is stuck at Palm Beach. Another twenty minute passes and another truck finally shows up. We turn up at Forrestville 3 hours late and I've simply blown off the whole day for the price of a beer. I do not understand how many times I have actually chosen on rate and after that in hindsight ask myself what was I thinking. In future I'll just call Bakker Towing as I understand I won't get dicked around by them.
Anyhow, my stupidity aside, the group http://www.towchandler.com/ at Security Service Centre had the engine and gearbox out with no hassle and when I fronted the following day it was sitting on the pallet waiting for pickup by the successful eBay bidder. Mark was kind enough to let me keep the engine there over night as we required his engine lift to fill it into a trailer the following day. The Wanderer now looked a couple of inches higher in the front end as it sat there engine less and looking a little miserable.
With the engine out it was time to rip into deconstruction. Initially on the list were the mouldings and chrome and to make it much easier on me I chose to have two different piles - one for chrome pieces and the other for all the mouldings. Among the things I love about old cars and trucks is the shiny things. If you look at modern-day vehicles several have no intense work on them at all. A 57 Chevy Nomad has a lot however it wasn't until I was pulling them off that I started understand simply just how much there was. I might need to take a 2nd mortgage on the home just to get these trim pieces appearing like new once again and the particular piles kept growing as the pieces came off.
As typical, some fully cooperated and almost fell off in my hands as I touched them. Then there were the pieces that despite my best shots and all good manners of persuasion weren't going anywhere. You might be a little bit more aggressive with the chrome things, especially the bumpers as the robust nature of these pieces might be leaned on a little harder. The mouldings are extremely fine and made from alloy, dent genuine easy and it was definitely worth making the effort required to get them off without making a meal of them.
In the western suburbs of Sydney is a company called Moulding Repair works and Polishing who are artisans and will restore your mouldings, hubcaps and cut to as new condition. Once all the pieces are off I will take them out to Kingswood and have Allan McCoy and his team work their magic on them, my intention is. They don't do chroming, so the chrome things will be sent in other places. The piles grew bigger and covered the workbench, half the floor and the tops of a few boxes in the garage. After two days I had all the bits that I might get off cluttered around the garage. The only bits that were left were the tailgate button which I required intact to be able to drop the tailgate and all the chrome trim around the curved windows that I didn't understand how to eliminate and chose to leave for the professionals.
One interesting sidebar with doing all this yourself is you get a gratitude for what has transpired in the past. Plainly somebody had actually taken the bumpers off before and rather than getting a bumper bolt replacement set they had hunted up any bolt and nut that went together and fitted through the holes and tossed them in. Three bolts were the exact same, I suspect initial and the rest were a pets breakfast. Some had actually rusted solid, others were burred, two of them could not be fully done up as the threads vanished in a malaise of rust and mashed metal. It wasn't boding well for what else I may discover throughout deconstruction ... Next up are the panels, what is left of the interior and the supplementary bits in the engine compartment that won't be needed in the future. Enjoy this area.