BIG PICS WARNING.
So basically purchased a rebuilt L26 for $300, sat 10 years, guy just wanted it out of his shop.
Filled it with oil, got it free turning and comp tested, happy as a pig in mud.
Ripped out the old dunger L24 (Which has an N42 head.. hmm), cleaned up, painted and rewired the engine bay (rattle cans and lack of masking tape, WOOOOOO!), once the outside goes purple it'll all be done right, and a fair amount of rust was wheeled away and coated hard. Cleaned all the old brackets, binned the plastic canisters and have alloy replacements on the way for the washer bottle, etc.
The linkages were all gross and white/grey with corrosion, came up mint on the wire wheel and a clear coat.
Slowly been plumbing it all up, turns out my free radiator needed a VE V6 lower rad hose to work. haha (First hose I grabbed from repco, not kidding), rewired most of the engine bay. Finally got an exhaust manifold off Mark tonight that fits up mint, so have to clean it up, paint the manifold and clean up the shield on the wire wheel, also fitted up a trans cooler and modified the banjo fittings for new soft-lines (which will become an oil cooler for the motor once I go manual)
Radiator brackets need to be rubber insulated top and bottom, have rubber sheet for that and nylon washers for the bolts.
And I've been playing with wrinkles.... haha.
HOPEFULLY can run it in this weekend.
But we'll see.