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#31 OFFLINE   HillmanImp

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 08:26 PM

What was that thread on Retro Rides where some maniac was welding up an old motor (Fiat???) and he was going hell for leather wanging bizzarely shaped plates all over the place, then doing welding that a blind man riding past on a galloping horse would wince at.

I've tried searching but had no luck.

It really was terrifyingly bad and the guy was really getting stuck in, replaced about half of the chassis legs with washing machine sides just tacked on one of the corners and then leathered with a hammer til it touched most of the way round then snotted on, you could have pulled most of it off with your bare hands no problem. It was like that video where they gave spiders LSD and watched the shape of webs they made.

 

Wasn't it a Triumph Dolomite/Toledo?


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 08:26 PM

Might have been, it was something about that size

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 08:29 PM

Worst once I've seen on a car I've owned was the seatbelt 'fix' on my Nissan Bluebird.

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Just insane! The clip was held to the buckle by the flimsiest chain in the world, and insulation tape...

 

Needless to say, that was sorted before the car went anywhere near the road.


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 08:35 PM

Wasn’t that terrible welding one a simca ? The predecessor to the Rancho?

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 08:38 PM

One of the rear seat belts in the xm never reeled back in properly, and the catch was a bit sticky...

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 08:44 PM

While stripping a Datsun 240z for restoration I discovered the whole rear panel was fiberglass and held on with filler and pop rivets.

 

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 09:01 PM

Friend of a friends Capri mk2 had brake judder forever. Had discs and pads done at least twice. I took drums off to check and noticed that the o/s b pillar looked bent. Some gentle probing revealed a lot of Wob. Some removal of b post trim revealed a length of wood screwed in forming bottom of b post and sill joint. Lovely.
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 09:32 PM

Might have been, it was something about that size

 

http://retrorides.pr...0-pickup?page=4

 

I believe this is the thread. Some images have survived the photobucket genocide on page 4.  Philibusmo commented that some of the pictures appeared to have been taken with a toaster.


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 09:45 PM

Yeah that's the one! The remaining pictures don't look as bad as I recall, maybe I've done my nans trick of telling the same story to myself til it's mega exaggerated.

That said the welding is really really bad but the panel fit is a lot better than I recall, perhaps the pics of the real bad stuff have disappeared.

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 09:47 PM

Please refer the the DvSa matters of testing site under horror stories

 

Stupid Question possibly but what site?


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 09:51 PM

Thinks of all the projects and stuff that have been ruined by those photobucket cunts they should be burned off the internet.
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I estimate this car needs £3000 maybe £4000 spending on it to get it rite and when this is done it will be wotrth about £1500!!


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 09:57 PM

Most of the photos on that thread were working for me - it just seems like you have to refresh the page once or twice to get them to load properly. Here's a highlight;

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 10:02 PM

Perhaps it's stronger than it looks, because he towed another car to the NEC with that a couple of years ago!


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 10:09 PM

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 10:10 PM

Fuck I've done worse just need to hit it with a flap disk. Boom.
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I estimate this car needs £3000 maybe £4000 spending on it to get it rite and when this is done it will be wotrth about £1500!!


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 10:12 PM

In the 90's and after the back box fell off, I made a rear section of exhaust for my Orion out of 110mm drainage pipe which was painted metallic blue/silver... Sounded like a fucker but attracted plod who thought it was an actual real exhaust pipe.

 

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 10:14 PM

Had an E30 Touring which failed on headlight beam too low, the day before it was needed to drive to Le Mans.

Went to adjust the aim with the adjustment screws and found both of them rounded off and rusted in place.

 

Took the spare wheel out and chucked two bags of cement in. Pass :)


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 10:17 PM

You can be a shit welder but a good grinder.
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 10:19 PM

That looks like gassless mig welding , which is virtually impossible not to pigeon shit.
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I estimate this car needs £3000 maybe £4000 spending on it to get it rite and when this is done it will be wotrth about £1500!!


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 10:30 PM

I was quite pround of my sandwich packet and sweet wrapper indicator that was designed to last a week but was in place for nearly a year,  not even an advisory on the MOT.

 

I've posted photos before but can't find them.

 


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 10:39 PM

That looks like gassless mig welding , which is virtually impossible not to pigeon shit.

 

It is, welding without gas looks like that no matter how good you are.  It will be full of pinholes, impurities and lack penetration through to the other side of the panel.  It will be reasonably strong and it will last a few years at least.  Wont be as strong as original but far better than filler and fiberglass.  


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 10:43 PM

Reading the thread, it appears that he was using MIG gas but outside in windy conditions.
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 10:54 PM

Trowel mastic is also very good for automotive repairs*


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 10:57 PM

I may have made an oversize steel inner bush and hammered it in  to take up the slack in my pajero rear damper worn rubber bush the other day. Passed mot... :-D 

   Tap washers make good drop link rubbers if you drill them out a bit bigger too...


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 11:17 PM

I once had a 'sports car' made up out of chopped up Metros.

The front hubs still had the CV joints in but minus the driveshafts
 

 

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 11:17 PM

Are you talking about an MGF?

You beat me! :-)


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 11:24 PM

I once used a red crisp packet loosely taped over the bulb after someone drove into the back of my Imp.


Or be period perfect and use the yellow wrapper of an old school Lucozade bottle to mend a cracked indicator lens on your 70s banger.
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 11:26 PM

The top bearing on the steering column of a certain 'ahem' vehicle I owned was fragged. Rather than buy the correct bearing I spun up a hardwood one on the lathe. Bish bosh bash, a dollop of grease job done ;)
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 11:32 PM

Stupid Question possibly but what site?

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 11:41 PM

Or be period perfect and use the yellow wrapper of an old school Lucozade bottle to mend a cracked indicator lens on your 70s banger.

 

I did the same with the inner wrapper of a packet of Jaffa Cakes on The Volvo in 2012  :mrgreen:


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