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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Classic Ford Mustang RHD Power Steering and LHD Rack and Pinion Conversion

We recently completed two full installations of power steering pipes and hoses for Gold Coast Classic Mustangs in Helensvale. 
The first project was completed on a right hand drive conversion and involed the extensive used of Aeroflow fittings. The brief was very concise, "all hoses had to be "Braided Black " and all pipes, fittings and clamps be silver zinc plated or polished aluminium. Thankfully Aeroflow has an extensive range of hose and fittings and we ended up using their 250 series 3000 PSI 250 degree celcius 8.13mm ID Black Braided Teflon hose and polished aluminium 200 series Teflon Hose ends and Billet "P" clamps. 

The second project required fabricating and bending new pipes to match the factory pipes already installed on the new power assited Rack and Pinion steering assembly. 
"Gates" 3/8" ID GPS-188 1500 PSI 150 degree Celsius power steering hose and maching crimp fittings were used in this installation. 

On both projects, the hard piping comprised of 9.53mm OD x 1.63 mm wall Zinc plated cold drawn steel seamless tube manufactured by Stauff Germany. 

For all on site welding of hose adaptors to steel tubes we use MAP gas burners and 45% silver solder, this ensures high strength and smooth finishes.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Ebay store up and running and monoblock valve installation.

After a slow start our ebay store (named "HoseMart" ) is gaining momentum. 
Our current listings include high pressure hydraulic hose in various sizes and lengths, water blasting hoses, dry break quick connect couplers, fine micron oil filters and the very popular Australian made Field Fit Reusable fittings. These fittings can be assembled onto a high pressure hose in the field with only a couple of spanners a bit of muscle and some oil for lubrication.  We currently ship items all over rural Australia and have even shipped to remote islands surrounding the Australian mainland including Tasmania.
We are adding new items to our ebay store regularly, coming soon, more quick connect / release couplers, oil tank level sight glass with built in temperature indicator and a very competitively priced hydraulic pump Flow and Pressure test kit which comes complete with hoses and adaptors for most applications. 

Below is a picture of a recent installation we completed on a very old skip bin truck. 
We replaced the old and very leaky directional control valve with a new monoblock control valve. 
We manufactured new hoses,  replaced the hydraulic oil, installed a good quality used pump and installed a 10 micron hydraulic oil return filter. the driver /operator of the bin truck is really happy with the results.
His comments "before I was loosing 5 liters of oil a day and could just lift a 1.5 ton skip I now have no leaks can lift a 4 ton skip with ease and i don't need a screw driver to operate the valve anymore"