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    captain_70s got a reaction from Talbot in Daily DeLorean project (with Ford LTD to prevent progress)   
    I also missed this thread somehow.
    I was aware of the LTD's existence but not the DMC.
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    captain_70s got a reaction from Austat in The new news 24 thread   
    Only functional car took me up to Pitlochry to see the parent's in their new house for Christmas.
    bit less of a trek than going to Strathdon...
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    captain_70s got a reaction from mercedade in The new news 24 thread   
    Only functional car took me up to Pitlochry to see the parent's in their new house for Christmas.
    bit less of a trek than going to Strathdon...
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    captain_70s got a reaction from somewhatfoolish in The new news 24 thread   
    Only functional car took me up to Pitlochry to see the parent's in their new house for Christmas.
    bit less of a trek than going to Strathdon...
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    captain_70s got a reaction from uk_senator in The new news 24 thread   
    Only functional car took me up to Pitlochry to see the parent's in their new house for Christmas.
    bit less of a trek than going to Strathdon...
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    captain_70s got a reaction from RobT in The new news 24 thread   
    Only functional car took me up to Pitlochry to see the parent's in their new house for Christmas.
    bit less of a trek than going to Strathdon...
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    captain_70s got a reaction from Coprolalia in The new news 24 thread   
    Only functional car took me up to Pitlochry to see the parent's in their new house for Christmas.
    bit less of a trek than going to Strathdon...
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    captain_70s got a reaction from GrumpiusMaximus in The new news 24 thread   
    Only functional car took me up to Pitlochry to see the parent's in their new house for Christmas.
    bit less of a trek than going to Strathdon...
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    captain_70s got a reaction from aldo135 in The new news 24 thread   
    Only functional car took me up to Pitlochry to see the parent's in their new house for Christmas.
    bit less of a trek than going to Strathdon...
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    captain_70s got a reaction from wuvvum in The new news 24 thread   
    Only functional car took me up to Pitlochry to see the parent's in their new house for Christmas.
    bit less of a trek than going to Strathdon...
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    captain_70s got a reaction from vulgalour in The new news 24 thread   
    Only functional car took me up to Pitlochry to see the parent's in their new house for Christmas.
    bit less of a trek than going to Strathdon...
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    captain_70s reacted to JimH in It is just so Super (Sentinel).   
    It has been cold lately which makes it very difficult to get motivated to freeze your knackers off in the workshop. However, there has been some progress on the body. After a lot of work the rear doors are pretty much finished. I made a massive mistake going for three hinges because since everything is very stout nothing bends so the three hinges have to be absolutely bang in line which the nearside door was but the offside one wasn't and it took a great deal of blood, sweat and rage to get it right again. We seem to be somewhere now. 
    The offside door is going to be held shut semi-permanently with brackets just so there is only one door to cause injury and there is no reason to ever have both doors open at the same time. The nearside door glides around with fingertip pressure so I'm quite please with that. 
     
    The nearside door opens...
     
    As does the offside one. They both close onto little steel on steel wedges to take the load off the hinges when the doors are shut. 
     
    And when you close them they line up just dandy
     
    And the shutlines stay just so too. I've never fitted up something as crude and as heavy as this so I'm a bit chuffed that I don't need to make too many excuses about my workmanship. What you can't make out in the pictures is that the countersunk set screws holding the hinges in are socket head which is no good at all. It either needs the sockets welded up or I need to find some suitable slotted set screws. This isn't so easy when they start to get bigger. 
     
    And when both are open you get to see the now fully lined interior. This isn't fully screwed into place and there needs to be trims fitted to hide the joins in the boards but that is is somewhere close. The two coffins are the extra water tanks. which are piped to the original tank under the floor. The job over crimble is to make the two boxes to cover these up and make everything look pretty. The light baton isn't staying, it's just so I can see what I am doing. Everything will be painted the same colour as the inside of the cab. We also need to sort out some proper lights in there. 
     
    I can't quite remember the calculation but I think we have about 380 gallons of water in total. This gives us a fairly easy 70 miles between stops. They also give somewhere to sit when it is raining. 
     
    This is one of the frames for the storage boxes that are slung under the floor aft of the rear wings and give somewhere handy to keep oil, grease and other nasty things you don't want to put in the back. These weren't standard fitment but many waggons were fitted with them because they were always tight for storage space. They will be clad with steel faced plywood and trimmed to match the body. I haven't decided how they will be accessed. 
     
    The other job that has taken a while is getting the headboard fitted properly. This was made in four sections because it is pretty big thing to wrestle with. All joints are just bolted butts to keep things simple but they do need to be fitted well to look OK. 
     
    What took the time was getting the curve right to match the curve of the ash bend. There is a 12 foot radius on this bit so while it looks flat it is only when you hold a straight edge up to it you see the bend properly. Getting this curve right took a while. The last thing to do will be to decide what gets painted on it.
     
    And the finishedish item from the front. It seems to divide opinion - we think it looks pretty good but disapproval among the apprentices is pretty much universal. Apprentice No6 is very outspoken while Apprentice No4 just makes retching noises when she sees it. No pleasing some folk. 
     
    If there is one job that is good to do is something that involves a lot of welding and grinding because it generates a bit of heat and keeps you warm. This is one part of the retaining screw assembly for the spare wheel mounting. This is the bracket that fixes to the underside of the chassis rail.
     
    And this is the retaining screw under construction. The nut needs finished with some lugs to wind it on and it obviously needs a lot of fettling before it looks like a casting. 
     
    Some of you might recognise the threaded part. The thing is that the thread needs to be square so it looks right but it also needs to be a bit on the "loose" side so the nut doesn't bind up on the thread even if it is a bit on the dry side (read "painted"). While discussing how to get this right someone looked down at the scaffold next to us and said, "we'll just get a new screw leg". The lugged nut had the lugs cut off and then machined so it could be pressed into the bigger body you see in the photo above. 
     
    And that is pretty much that. Hopefully the oil fired heater will be operational in the next week or so then things might get a bit warmer in the big shed. 
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    captain_70s reacted to Sunny Jim in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    Well I've now been awake 32 hours but finally made it to Faro, Portugal. (see Grumpy Thread for tales of delayed trains and travel embuggerance). It's 20 degrees, the sun's come out and the streets are lined with shite - let the good times begin!

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    captain_70s got a reaction from Lacquer Peel in The new news 24 thread   
    They aren't. They're concerned about making fat stacks.
    I once accidentally took the slip road to Glasgow airport and had to pay to be able to turn around and get back out...
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    captain_70s reacted to HMC in The new news 24 thread   
    The dash at twilight by the union @grogee

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    captain_70s reacted to Dyslexic Viking in 1963 Mercedes Benz 190DC Fintail.   
    I have to check if the Drosje signs are legal but I'm pretty sure they are. And I haven't quite decided yet, but I'm leaning towards the Drosje signs that would make it stand out more and also pay tribute to its history. And those registration plates were on the car from new and throughout the 60s.
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    captain_70s reacted to Sunny Jim in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    I've worked every day this month but have now finished for the year and don't go back until March - 10 weeks leave = joy!

    I'll be in Portugal by Tuesday to join a mate on his yacht and we plan to sail to Madeira, The Canaries and the Azores.
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    captain_70s reacted to Dyslexic Viking in 1963 Mercedes Benz 190DC Fintail.   
    The family of the first owner has found photos of this one and I have been allowed to share them. And Drosje is the old Norwegian name for taxi and all taxis in Norway had these registration plates back then, in case anyone is wondering.
    So this is this car in the 1960s.


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    captain_70s got a reaction from mercedade in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Into the FUTURISTIC world of FUEL INJECTION - 05/12/22   
    -5C, in the dark.

    Reassembled fuel system, wouldn't start, pissing fuel everywhere. Went to snug up the banjo bolts.

    Fuck off.
    Also.
     
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    captain_70s got a reaction from juular in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Into the FUTURISTIC world of FUEL INJECTION - 05/12/22   
    -5C, in the dark.

    Reassembled fuel system, wouldn't start, pissing fuel everywhere. Went to snug up the banjo bolts.

    Fuck off.
    Also.
     
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    captain_70s got a reaction from adw1977 in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Into the FUTURISTIC world of FUEL INJECTION - 05/12/22   
    Aye. House is easily identified by driveway covered in scrap.
    The girlfriend got spooked the other week as somebody knocked on the door asking if the Acclaim was for sale. I don't think he was a "dag enthusiast" as he left a name and number and was seemingly asking questions about previous owners and stuff. One imagines the cars were spotted and the potential of buying a tidy car off a clueless old duffer for a quick flip was spied and immediately thwarted by the owner being 30.
    Jokes on them, everything on fleet is fuuuuuuuuuuuuucked*.
    Dolomite:
    Situation unchanged, garage ornament, drips oil on the garage floor. #BLlyfe
    Acclaim:
    Was driving around with the heater maxed out due to tired rad. Many plans were formulated for swapping in a rad from another car through various means. Realised I'd never actually get around to doing it because I'm a knob so found a place called ScotRad in Edinburgh who would recore it.



    Slightly past it's best. Money's worth was had at least...
    A week or so later...

    Back in the car and the Acclaim is now the go-to car for going anywhere again.

    I still need to do some work to the rear brakes, timing belt and various other bits and bobs but it is now functional considering the low miles I do. It did briefly block a carb jet after being sat for a few weeks and lost it's idle, but a some foot-to-the-floor accelerations along the M9 saw it cleared. 
    Volvo:

    The novelty of having to jump start it whenever I needed to move it got tiresome.

    Goodbye old battery.

    Hello new battery.
    The rear wiper motor was also refitted (removed back when a lose earth connection was causing electrical senility), new wiper blades all round and replacement of some dead bulbs.


    I also washed it, as it was quite green.


    While the new battery freed it up for use while the Acclaim's (the jump starter of choice) rad was away it didn't cure the hot start issue which required me to faff about under the bonnet while Girlfriend_70's turned the key, making use of the car a 2 person operation...

    Discussion was had with @juular, the K Jet wizard, about potential causes.
    First was the potential of the metering plate sticking.

    As can be seen it was immaculate, but I made marginal improvements.

    The plate was also off centre and catching on the surround causing it to stick.
    So, that's the problem. Engine gets hot, plate expands a little, when it drops back down when the car is shut off it gets stuck. Sorted.
    Nope. Made fuck all difference.
    @juularthen attached his pressure measuring stuff to make sure the system was actually coming up to pressure.

    This showed when running the pressure was fine but on shutoff it immediately dropped instead of holding, suggesting the either the non-return valve or accumulator has failed. However this would suggest if you ran the pump manually it'd eventually bring fuel up to start the car, even if it had to pump it all the way from the tank, but even with fuel up the lines it wouldn't fire. As a bonus the banjo bolt for the fuel return snapped when resembled. Thankfully the remains of the thread were spun out using a hex key, and a quick run to @juular's place in the 205 meant a spare* could be used to regain functionality.
    *Deffo not stolen from his 240...
    So the next potential culprit was the plunger in the metering head.

    This meant it had to come apart.

    Obviously all the fixings were utterly fucked. So I ended up pulling the whole system out.

    Which at least let me clean 30 years worth of crap off the engine.

    So now it's been doused in carb cleaner, everything is moving freely and the O-rings for the primary pressure regulator are to be replaced once they arrive. The warm up regulator will also get a dousing in cleaning fluid.
    The benefit of this system playing up is that I am at least learning how this new-fangled mechanical continuous fuel injection works, hopefully cars never get more complex...

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    captain_70s got a reaction from somewhatfoolish in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Into the FUTURISTIC world of FUEL INJECTION - 05/12/22   
    Aye. House is easily identified by driveway covered in scrap.
    The girlfriend got spooked the other week as somebody knocked on the door asking if the Acclaim was for sale. I don't think he was a "dag enthusiast" as he left a name and number and was seemingly asking questions about previous owners and stuff. One imagines the cars were spotted and the potential of buying a tidy car off a clueless old duffer for a quick flip was spied and immediately thwarted by the owner being 30.
    Jokes on them, everything on fleet is fuuuuuuuuuuuuucked*.
    Dolomite:
    Situation unchanged, garage ornament, drips oil on the garage floor. #BLlyfe
    Acclaim:
    Was driving around with the heater maxed out due to tired rad. Many plans were formulated for swapping in a rad from another car through various means. Realised I'd never actually get around to doing it because I'm a knob so found a place called ScotRad in Edinburgh who would recore it.



    Slightly past it's best. Money's worth was had at least...
    A week or so later...

    Back in the car and the Acclaim is now the go-to car for going anywhere again.

    I still need to do some work to the rear brakes, timing belt and various other bits and bobs but it is now functional considering the low miles I do. It did briefly block a carb jet after being sat for a few weeks and lost it's idle, but a some foot-to-the-floor accelerations along the M9 saw it cleared. 
    Volvo:

    The novelty of having to jump start it whenever I needed to move it got tiresome.

    Goodbye old battery.

    Hello new battery.
    The rear wiper motor was also refitted (removed back when a lose earth connection was causing electrical senility), new wiper blades all round and replacement of some dead bulbs.


    I also washed it, as it was quite green.


    While the new battery freed it up for use while the Acclaim's (the jump starter of choice) rad was away it didn't cure the hot start issue which required me to faff about under the bonnet while Girlfriend_70's turned the key, making use of the car a 2 person operation...

    Discussion was had with @juular, the K Jet wizard, about potential causes.
    First was the potential of the metering plate sticking.

    As can be seen it was immaculate, but I made marginal improvements.

    The plate was also off centre and catching on the surround causing it to stick.
    So, that's the problem. Engine gets hot, plate expands a little, when it drops back down when the car is shut off it gets stuck. Sorted.
    Nope. Made fuck all difference.
    @juularthen attached his pressure measuring stuff to make sure the system was actually coming up to pressure.

    This showed when running the pressure was fine but on shutoff it immediately dropped instead of holding, suggesting the either the non-return valve or accumulator has failed. However this would suggest if you ran the pump manually it'd eventually bring fuel up to start the car, even if it had to pump it all the way from the tank, but even with fuel up the lines it wouldn't fire. As a bonus the banjo bolt for the fuel return snapped when resembled. Thankfully the remains of the thread were spun out using a hex key, and a quick run to @juular's place in the 205 meant a spare* could be used to regain functionality.
    *Deffo not stolen from his 240...
    So the next potential culprit was the plunger in the metering head.

    This meant it had to come apart.

    Obviously all the fixings were utterly fucked. So I ended up pulling the whole system out.

    Which at least let me clean 30 years worth of crap off the engine.

    So now it's been doused in carb cleaner, everything is moving freely and the O-rings for the primary pressure regulator are to be replaced once they arrive. The warm up regulator will also get a dousing in cleaning fluid.
    The benefit of this system playing up is that I am at least learning how this new-fangled mechanical continuous fuel injection works, hopefully cars never get more complex...

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    captain_70s got a reaction from Six-cylinder in Rusty Triumphs in Scotland - Into the FUTURISTIC world of FUEL INJECTION - 05/12/22   
    -5C, in the dark.

    Reassembled fuel system, wouldn't start, pissing fuel everywhere. Went to snug up the banjo bolts.

    Fuck off.
    Also.
     
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    captain_70s got a reaction from Coprolalia in The new news 24 thread   
    Regular use helps, stops the points fuzzing up and plug getting clogged from running on choke all the time.
    Left the Dolly sitting a month or two and it took an hour of fucking about to get it to fire, filling dashpots and sanding points and waiting 20 years for the fuel pump to bring petrol up from the tank. Now it goes on the first turn of the key again. Doesn't help the choke isn't rigged up and is actuated by jamming a screwdriver in the linkage...
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    captain_70s got a reaction from wuvvum in The new news 24 thread   
    Regular use helps, stops the points fuzzing up and plug getting clogged from running on choke all the time.
    Left the Dolly sitting a month or two and it took an hour of fucking about to get it to fire, filling dashpots and sanding points and waiting 20 years for the fuel pump to bring petrol up from the tank. Now it goes on the first turn of the key again. Doesn't help the choke isn't rigged up and is actuated by jamming a screwdriver in the linkage...
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