Return of the Iron Lion, Holden Kingswood 304 V8 Engine Swap [EP3]

  • Published: 06 November 2019
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    Today on The Skid Factory, Al & Woody head down to see their​ mates at Noosa Radiators to assemble a new Harrop Engineering Torsen Centre into the BTR78 Differential and also rebuild a set of AU Falcon Brake calipers.

    Thanks to Old Cock, Clive and Ray at Noosa Radiators for the help to correctly assemble and install the Harrop Torsen Diff centre.

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Comments • 379

  • The Skid Factory
    The Skid Factory   2 weeks back

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    • russel finch
      russel finch  1 weeks back

      12 inches sounds better too me than 300mm ! What do you think ? Lol

    • Glenn 9K
      Glenn 9K  2 weeks back

      Kinda hard when you're not on Twitter though.

    • Nathan Burton
      Nathan Burton  2 weeks back

      @hemichump Seems to have gone toolpro everything

    • transdimensionalist
      transdimensionalist  2 weeks back

      @hemichump send it to ave if so

    • hemichump
      hemichump  2 weeks back

      Did the milwaukee cordless ratchet kick the bucket?

  • Andy Helfrich
    Andy Helfrich  4 hours back

    I had no idea a rear end had to be set up. This is a great episode.

    • Veritas Originale
      Veritas Originale  11 hours back

      GARY!!!! U thrash ‘em we’ll trash 🗑 ‘em!!!!

      • Veritas Originale
        Veritas Originale  11 hours back


        • WASDxMerceless
          WASDxMerceless  4 days back

          I put a Eaton Trutrac in my XR6T. Really good feel compared to the stock centre. Reused the ring and pinion. I gotta say, I am so glad it had the adjuster caps for the backlash instead of those shims. Made it so easy I actually went back and reset it 3 times to make sure I wasn't missing something. Been flogging it for 18 months now and it's been awesome. That stubby method is something I wish I heard before now, but I think it's was fairly close.

          • Nate Hughes
            Nate Hughes  6 days back

            Gary sounds exactly the same as "Turbo" from outback truckers! Must be brothers..

            • Mitchell Ballantine
              Mitchell Ballantine  1 weeks back

              Best after credits gag yet. Love it 😂👌

              • Brad Salmon
                Brad Salmon  1 weeks back

                Bloody confident in front of the camera these days Alan.. Seen the cheeky ls highrise. Keep up the hard work boys love it!

                • Graham Green
                  Graham Green  1 weeks back

                  Those calls to the wreckers are gold.

                  • Kim Shearer
                    Kim Shearer  1 weeks back

                    What brake booster is that?

                    • Austin Green
                      Austin Green  1 weeks back

                      Love to see a visit to rim wreckers ;D

                      • BFE 08 WRXSTI
                        BFE 08 WRXSTI  1 weeks back

                        The torsen diffs are great... Until you lift a wheel

                        • J C
                          J C  1 weeks back

                          no mention of arb air lockers? :D

                          • Scott Patterson
                            Scott Patterson  1 weeks back

                            Seriously... Film at a time when the dudes in the background ARE NOT working with rattle guns.... There are dudes out there with disorders!!!!! I want to smash my computer screen!!! Cant watch video to finish!!!!

                            • Dave A
                              Dave A  1 weeks back

                              ummm. those rear caliper sliders wont last long...

                              • Andrew Quinton
                                Andrew Quinton  2 weeks back

                                Lots of great info in this, cheers guys. Top work by Marty on the phone call, bloody hilarious.

                                • Ben Batty
                                  Ben Batty  2 weeks back

                                  there is a town called Cardiff in Newcastle and in Pom land.

                                  • chickenfishhybrid44
                                    chickenfishhybrid44  2 weeks back

                                    Silicone grease is much better in caliper slides then anti-sieze IMO

                                    • Dave A
                                      Dave A  1 weeks back

                                      only if you want them to last, and not seize.. copper antisieze about the worst product you can put in there...

                                  • chickenfishhybrid44
                                    chickenfishhybrid44  2 weeks back

                                    Damn, plenty of Gookum used for that diff cover eh? Lol

                                    • Andre Rodrigues
                                      Andre Rodrigues  2 weeks back

                                      That doesn't matter much but I just watched that phone call 10 times in a row 23:53

                                      • Richard Pieper
                                        Richard Pieper  2 weeks back

                                        Loved the Rim Wreckers call! LMAO!

                                        • unicorn7337
                                          unicorn7337  2 weeks back

                                          Woody, we definitely need to see more shots of that good boi who potters around the shed from time to time! 🐶

                                          • frederic rike
                                            frederic rike  2 weeks back

                                            There was a moment in America, when you couldn't build a car using a credit card as your primary tool- I got my first driver's license back then and the gasoline fever I'd had since about age 7-8 did the rest- little money, so improvisation was the game; at 24, I won best semi custom truck in a local show- and it was all "stuff that fit" or I made to fit- the paint was done by a friend, even the silver pin stripe. It would be another decade and a half before I even had a credit card. Al, you and Woody, and Benny too, take me there, even though the cars have "strange names" and come from factories in Japan- you build with what you've got, speed parts are often a tip about some "found" part that will do something awesome, and the engineer is the guy behind the ten fingers doing the work. As you would have it- Good on ya, mate!FR

                                            • quinn henry
                                              quinn henry  2 weeks back

                                              Im in fits thats just to good 🤣

                                              • chris s
                                                chris s  2 weeks back


                                                • zeerotx
                                                  zeerotx  2 weeks back

                                                  "Welcome back to the SKEET factory"

                                                  • Phillip Lopez
                                                    Phillip Lopez  2 weeks back

                                                    Torsen is simple . It simply will not let one wheel turn faster than the other , it will however allow one wheel to turn slower than the other .

                                                    • Jason Bourke
                                                      Jason Bourke  2 weeks back

                                                      That wreckers phone call tho 👌😂

                                                      • Jason Moyle
                                                        Jason Moyle  2 weeks back

                                                        What a dickhead that gary from rim wreckers is. What an absolute flog.

                                                        • charin77270
                                                          charin77270  2 weeks back


                                                          • Himo Läski Homer
                                                            Himo Läski Homer  2 weeks back

                                                            Ihan ok juttu

                                                            • Glen
                                                              Glen  2 weeks back

                                                              Gee never had an old cock so early before 🐓

                                                              • Brad Griffin
                                                                Brad Griffin  2 weeks back

                                                                I better check the merch shop and see if you have a Rim Wreckers sticker.

                                                                • Brad Griffin
                                                                  Brad Griffin  2 weeks back

                                                                  Really loving this build. Thanks for edjamacating me some more. EDIT: no you bloody haven't! Bad form, bad form.

                                                                  • WeldinMike27
                                                                    WeldinMike27  2 weeks back

                                                                    Marty has been wrecking rim since Cheryl

                                                                    • MrButtonpresser
                                                                      MrButtonpresser  2 weeks back

                                                                      Woody does a fine job with the video editing. You guys are a good team.

                                                                      • Daniel Ibrahim
                                                                        Daniel Ibrahim  2 weeks back

                                                                        Rim wreckers are the worst rated wreckers in Australia. But all the reviews from people say they ‘left satisfied’. So confused.

                                                                        • darren cranshaw
                                                                          darren cranshaw  2 weeks back

                                                                          Memories triggered. Haven’t had to do a diff for 30 years.
                                                                          Face and flank, move the crank.
                                                                          Toe and heel, move the wheel.
                                                                          Love your stuff, don’t watch tv no more.

                                                                          • Dru’s local Lawn care

                                                                            GOOD 1 GARY lol

                                                                            • Al T
                                                                              Al T  2 weeks back

                                                                              you need to paint those calipers wrinkle red ....for the extra 23 killer wasps

                                                                              • Brett Shaffer
                                                                                Brett Shaffer  2 weeks back

                                                                                Love the new music. Fits so well

                                                                                • Jósef Heilman
                                                                                  Jósef Heilman  2 weeks back

                                                                                  That axle looks like an 8.8" out of a foxbody mustang... but it's borg warner?

                                                                                  • Maxwelhse
                                                                                    Maxwelhse  2 weeks back

                                                                                    "Just don't show up with cash!"

                                                                                    LOL... I remember when that happened at a few of the junkyards are here too... Same time they got an actual cash register and not just the owner pulling out enormous wads of cash and rolling yours up in it. I can't even tell you how many small trinkets I bought over the years that I know damn well were never reported to the tax man... haha...

                                                                                    Junkyard guys are definitely a strange breed...

                                                                                    • Aunt Givafok
                                                                                      Aunt Givafok  2 weeks back

                                                                                      I think a part of why I like this show so much is just hearing some of the Auzzie terms for auto parts!! How many Auzzies wore Ring Gears on their head before they decided to call them Crown Wheels haha

                                                                                      • PhunkBustA
                                                                                        PhunkBustA  2 weeks back

                                                                                        1r23=au2 for who's curious

                                                                                      • rorzzza
                                                                                        rorzzza  2 weeks back

                                                                                        Loving the little extra bits at the end of the videos.

                                                                                        • Eric Lock
                                                                                          Eric Lock  2 weeks back

                                                                                          I’ve setup gears a few times. All it takes is a few specialized tools, a little knowledge, and a LOT of PATIENCE.

                                                                                          The way I looked at it was I could pay someone $500 to swap everything in or I could spend $300, get some new tools to play with, and gain some knowledge along the way.

                                                                                          I put 4.88s, an Eaton E-Locker and a Trutrac in my Jeeps diffs.

                                                                                          Ended up swapping an 8.8 into the rear and added an ARB air locker too.

                                                                                          With 40k miles on it I musta done something

                                                                                          • Martin Hocking
                                                                                            Martin Hocking  2 weeks back

                                                                                            A Torsen diff allows the wheels to move at different speeds, but under load will attempt to make both wheels move at the same speed by feeding torque away from the faster moving axle to the slower moving axle.
                                                                                            Truly excellent piece of engineering.