Anyone like buliding cars/ hotrods/ ratrods?

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It has a lot to do with the weather, it's winter here at the moment high humidity and cold, in the shed things just rust up in no time, the crankshaft which was cleaned and polished and oiled, stored on a shelf wrapped in oily rags started rusting. In the summer here it would not be a problem.
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May i ask what you define as "cold and humid"?
Because cold air doesnt really hold water... Below 10°C the water-content is marginal... So i wonder what if called "cold and humid" in down under :)
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This morning when I got up It was thick with fog and about 3 degrees C, Water was dripping off the underside of the iron roof in the shed. We get a warm day and then at night all the moister drops out of the air, and anything metal gets wet. It doesn't happen every year but we had a lot of rain in the last few weeks which also doesn't help.
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Ah... Yes. OK.
Warm days with cold nights (clear sky-nights get cold) can lead to a lot of condensation.
The water drops out of the air as cold air cant hold a lot of water...
Looks like your temperature-swings day/night are much bigger than we have here in central europe.
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I had to adjust to this AU weather and how you can and can't store things.
Things can get really cold at night and in the early morning condensation kicks in when the air warms up.
Especially a problem if what they call sheds and a garages here are not really weather or draught proof.
During my first years I still though using carboard boxes was a good idea....
The sticky tape is no longer sticky after just one hot summer and one winter means the cardboard is not longer stable LOL
Things made from hardened steel usually require protection from oisture and oxgen for long term storage.
In AU long terms is anything over about one week LOL

I found that the traditional way often does the trick.....
I now reverted back to "bread boxes" ;)
Like in the old days, wooden boxes kept our bread fresh for days.
The same works reasonable well for tools and other things as long as the garage or shed is not leaking too badly.
For some reason even cheap playwood is able to regulate the humidity inside a closed box rather well.
Condesation is minimised even during the winter times.
When it comes to things that require a slight oil cover by default things get hairy though.
Dust is another major problem I encountered too many times during our summer storms.
Unless you have things in sealed bags or boxes this fine dust reaches everything.
Even the best oild and lubes attract the stuff and bind it rather good.
No such problems in Europe during a nice winter....
I am just glad I am not up far north with umidity levels over 80% being common for most of the year....
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My engine is all back together and I started it on the ground and it's alive! Now come the hard part converting it to rear-wheel drive, first up is the intake manifold, I'll take some photos tomorrow and post them
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Sweet! :)
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just cut up the intake manifold so the throttle body can be switched to the front of the engine. I use some scrap aluminum to make the new end
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I see that you put a lot of dedication and thought into this project.
Can't wait to see all things come together.
Reminds me of my good old days of bringing old beetles back to glory.
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Still waiting for the guy to weld the manifold :-( I started on the bell housing today. Went to take some photos and of course, the camera was flat and the charge cord run away with the spoon.... So the 4age engine came out in a number of vehicles but most were front-wheel drive or transverse mid-mount RWD like in the MR2, The only RWD car was the AE86 sprinter, quite rare in Australia and the bell housing and gearbox are rarer still and expensive. So sticking with my budget build I've made a plate that converts the 4age engine rear bolt pattern to the Hilux bell housing pattern. I've had to swap the starter motor to the opposite side and use a starter from a fwd corolla. I've still got to countersink some bolts holes and sort out fastens, but it looks way better than I expected.
Here is a video of a number of AE86s if you have no idea what I'm talking about.
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