Hi, My name is Dan Mance and I live in a sleepy seaside community known as Dalyellup located in southern Western Australia.
I’ve created this blog to keep a chronicle of the restoration/refurbishment of my “rusty yet trusty” 1966 VC Valiant Slant 6 sedan. I found the old girl on Gumtree in June 2013, a genuine one owner from new original that had sat idle for 28 years, firstly in a farm shed in the wheatbelt town of Northampton, and later in a suburban garage in Mandurah once the original owner sold the farm.
The story will probably be a journey as epic as anything Homer could envision, given I do not profess in any way to be a restoration expert and the car is in pretty poor shape both mechanically and bodywise. Added to the fact this is basically my first attempt I will no doubt fail many times, but at least you can witness first hand what it is like to tackle what seems like a daunting project for an absolute greenhorn.
I hope what I write at the least entertains, and at best maybe inspires the reader to get in over their head, and try to tackle a task that would normally be considered beyond their abilities. Be that restoring a very neglected car, or whatever else takes your fancy.
Have a go, the worst thing that can happen is you have to try again.
Thanks for reading.