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#1981 OFFLINE   dollywobbler

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Posted 05 March 2018 - 08:15 PM

Gorilla glue the wood in place and it wont ever move.

 

Would probably add some strength to the rear apron too!


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#1982 OFFLINE   wuvvum

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Posted 05 March 2018 - 08:16 PM

Swap the bungee for a ratchet strap and it’ll pass an MOT as long as it doesn’t rock around....

This.  I've been using Poundland ratchet straps to retain batteries for years, never had one fail a test.  Although the one on the Rover of Doom needs changing every year as its battery leaks slightly, and cheap ratchet straps and battery acid don't really mix.


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Posted 05 March 2018 - 08:18 PM

Would probably add some strength to the rear apron too!

  Gorilla glue is your friend, It has hell my shed roof together for years.


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#1984 OFFLINE   dollywobbler

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Posted 05 March 2018 - 08:19 PM

Only slight concern with wood is that I've just remembered it's directly above the exhaust...


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#1985 OFFLINE   madrat

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Posted 05 March 2018 - 08:21 PM

Paint it with aluminium pain.


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Posted 05 March 2018 - 08:27 PM

Or, glue a bit of aluminium there instead of the wood and use self tappers.


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Posted 05 March 2018 - 08:51 PM

But just don't use plated screws. Simply the very act of tightening is usually enough to locally remove the plating, followed by swift rusting. Stainless, no question!


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Posted 05 March 2018 - 08:58 PM

Problem is, the holes in the light fitting are exactly the same size as the ones in the body. Original solution was machine thread screws with tiny nuts.

 

Is there enough room around the holes in the fitting to drill them out to clearance size for suitable self tappers? Probably only need to be a millimetre or so bigger to clear the thread.


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#1989 OFFLINE   dollywobbler

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Posted 05 March 2018 - 09:03 PM

Is there enough room around the holes in the fitting to drill them out to clearance size for suitable self tappers? Probably only need to be a millimetre or so bigger to clear the thread.

 

Nope. They're right next to the lamp, so can't be enlarged. 


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Posted 05 March 2018 - 10:00 PM

All this chat about what kind of screws to use is RIVETING stuff.
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Posted 05 March 2018 - 10:04 PM

Only slight concern with wood is that I've just remembered it's directly above the exhaust...

 

Carry a fire extinguisher, it would make for a hilarious YT video ;) (a simple metal heatshield though?)


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Posted 05 March 2018 - 10:34 PM

Carry a fire extinguisher, it would make for a hilarious YT video ;) (a simple metal heatshield though?)

 

It does have a fire extinguisher holder! In fact, it even came with a fire extinguisher.


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Posted 05 March 2018 - 10:35 PM

DHSS regs,all fitted with one as standard

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Posted 05 March 2018 - 10:53 PM

It does have a fire extinguisher holder! In fact, it even came with a fire extinguisher.


Meant to ask - where does that live in the car actually?

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Posted 05 March 2018 - 11:21 PM

DHSS regs,all fitted with one as standard


Often the distinctive green BCF Halon variety and whilst it was the most efficient extinguishant ever made, it would kill you if inhaled, hence it was outlawed years ago, due also to it destroying the ozone apparently.
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#1996 OFFLINE   dollywobbler

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Posted 06 March 2018 - 07:00 AM

Meant to ask - where does that live in the car actually?


On my driveway in deepest Wales. Hence offering delivery options...

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Posted 06 March 2018 - 07:30 AM

A delivery service I reckon I will take you up on too.

...my question of where in the car the extinguisher should live remains valid though. I've got one in a box here, but not the foggiest idea where it should be in the car.

At least my former former manager won't be anywhere near it. He managed to snag his tie on the extinguisher in one of the works vans while digging in the back (it was on the bulkhead between the seats) and set it off. Powder extinguishers make a heck of a mess. All I heard was a hell of surprise followed by frantic swearing, then he emerged from the van (rapidly) looking like a snowman.

When that can moved on a couple of years later we were still finding extinguisher powder.
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Posted 06 March 2018 - 07:39 AM

Sorry. Too early. Misread your post. On mine, there's a clamp rivetted to the body side, just behind the offside door.

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Posted 06 March 2018 - 11:11 AM

A pleasant day in paradise, so out she comes. I'm flat out with work, but hope to crack on with some bits later.

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Posted 06 March 2018 - 11:12 AM

I did wonder about just leaving the doors off. Not sure it's actually any more dangerous than it already is (very).


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Posted 06 March 2018 - 11:27 AM

Sorry. Too early. Misread your post. On mine, there's a clamp rivetted to the body side, just behind the offside door.

 

Been there many times!  Learned never to respond to anything at work until I'd had at least a couple of coffees!


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Posted 06 March 2018 - 11:41 AM

I did wonder about just leaving the doors off. Not sure it's actually any more dangerous than it already is (very).

 

Hey, if it's good enough for Renault...

 

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Posted 06 March 2018 - 11:44 AM

Lucky you, no snow.



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Posted 06 March 2018 - 12:37 PM

Here's where the extinguisher should live. Obviously, I definitely don't have an illegal extinguisher to fit in it.

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That bracket is a pain in the arse to be honest. I'm forever catching myself on it.


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Posted 06 March 2018 - 01:02 PM

Here's where the extinguisher should live. Obviously, I definitely don't have an illegal extinguisher to fit in it.

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That bracket is a pain in the arse to be honest. I'm forever catching myself on it.

Perfect for a beer/coffee!


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Posted 06 March 2018 - 01:08 PM

Perfect for a beer/coffee!

 

I have nothing to do with either foul liquid!


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Posted 06 March 2018 - 01:56 PM

Interesting.  *adds that bracket to the "missing stuff" list*

 

Wonder if it might have been somewhere else in my vehicle as I reckon you'd smack your elbow on it every time you went for the choke/heater controls where they are in mine...

 

Also, I reckon if it had been there it would probably have fallen off by now as the panel is so thin there that I'm surprised the ID plate hasn't fallen off!

 

Likewise, I of course do not have a suitably period extinguisher to put in it...


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Posted 06 March 2018 - 02:14 PM

I've got a bracket in the spares car. That's just a more modern, generic holder that's just screwed to the side...


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Posted 06 March 2018 - 03:15 PM

This is the most stable an Invacar will ever be. Support on all four corners!

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About time I got the original front tyre replaced I reckon. Sadly, while getting the wheel off, I noticed that the balljoint rubber is torn to bits. An MOT failure now I think? Plasticvandan, are they the same as Reliant?

 

I've also remembered that I haven't fitted the lower engine shrouds yet. Plenty to be getting on with then.


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Posted 06 March 2018 - 03:21 PM

I just had to replace one on my Rialto for the mot. £45 from Brook Road Garage. Do you have a photo of yours?







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