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Restoration of Victory Six sports roadster.


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I got my new speedo housing of Glen and Rosemary smith from vintage restorations last week. I pulled the one out of my sedan to see how it all went back together. To my surprise it was in perfect condition and an original. It’s funny how some pot metal lasted and some didn’t, I guess the sedan got a good mix of metal that day. Both Speedo’s have been on the dining table for 4 days with me playing with them trying to get them both to work perfectly. I’ve had them both completely apart trying to get the odometer to turn over freely. I’ve got one working well and now just getting the other speedo to turn and return freely. They are extremely fiddlely to get right. But I will persevere with it until it works. The old one is in the plastic container in a thousand bits. I set the odometer to 00000 for the completed restoration and did 95 miles with a drill to check it was working well. The new housing from Glen was made absolutely beautifully. 

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10 hours ago, Ron Lawson said:

Trying to put the gas gauge together is very fiddly as well mate 

I don’t have an original for the tank Ron so I bought an electric one and will just have to use that. I mounted a modern gauge in place of the original with a bit of cutting and shutting. The only way to tell is the needle is just straight but I can live with that. I will keep looking for an original to fit it. 

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The fuel grade was a  very difficult job, not helped by the original and new casting not  quit matching, I had someone restore the sender and all was fine for about six mouths but it has stopped working.

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On 8/19/2020 at 2:32 AM, gundog99 said:

The fuel grade was a  very difficult job, not helped by the original and new casting not  quit matching, I had someone restore the sender and all was fine for about six mouths but it has stopped working.

I would like to get an original one just to have the rear tank gauge there working. The original electric ones are very hard to rebuild. 

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Thought I would also see how much work I am in for with preparing the bumpers. They are very badly pitted with rust. I started the sanding with a Prerd flexible grinding disc on a sander polisher. Then worked my way down in grits from 80 down to 320 on a soft 6” pad. 
I think to do the whole 4 bumpers will take about 2 days. It’s very tedious but very rewarding to see the finished product. 

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Made a start on preparing my engine to be sent away and machined. 
Now I have it all pulled apart I’ll measure it up to see what size I need to get it bored out to. I’m going to get new valve seats put into it and just deck the top to the minimum I can. 
Have to wait until we are out of lockdown before I can do it but hopefully it won’t be long. The bearings are all in good condition so I’ll just put a new set of lungs in it. Balance it all up and hopefully she should be good for years to come. 
 

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3 hours ago, stakeside said:

Have you seen the engine run before your rebuild. If not the block should be checked for cracks.

Yes thanks for that , The place that I’m sending it to will check all that for me.

I actually picked this engine up from a clearing sale. The bearings are in great condition but the crank has a few water mark imperfections but I’m hoping they will not affect it to much.  

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2 hours ago, aunty norm said:

Matt,  Talk to Peter J, he has his motors running really sweet! He does a few mods so as to get the best out of them.  Also Clive cams and ignition development  can also help!   Terry

Pete called in yesterday Terry and had a look at it, and thinks it’s a better block to use than the original one. He also had a look at the crank and bearing and said they are ok. Not perfect but ok. We are going to get JP pistons to make a few sets of pistons as he needs a couple of sets himself. 
He actually went through a few of his tricks with me yesterday on getting them to run and perform a bit better. Pete is an absolute wealth of knowledge when it comes to the Victory six. I couldn’t of got this project to where it is without his help. 

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9 hours ago, aunty norm said:

Yes, you are correct about Peter! What he doesn't know about victory six, it not worth knowing!

Plus, he is a hell of a nice guy and always willing to help!

I think I have got almost all the parts I have needed Bar a few for all 3 of my dodges of Pete. It’s normally an all day visit to Pete’s when you go to his place, so much to see and learn. I feel pretty lucky with the knowledge and information he has shared with me about the victory six roadster. What he has gathered in 15 years of working on his, he has passed that on to me so he can see another old dodge brought back to life correctly. Very hard to repay such help. Great fella 👍

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I made a copy of my tool box this afternoon from what was left of the old one. The bulk of it was there for me to copy. 
I made it out of gal sheet because I don’t want to paint it on the inside. That way when the jack and tools slide around they won’t scratch the paint off and let it rust. I’ll sit a bit of rubber in there anyway which will help. 
still need to cut out all my mounting holes. 
I’ll make my battery box next also, so I can fit them into the chassis before painting. 

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