Mally reacted to Joey spud in Boris the '59 Minor.
While it's too wet outside to do any Minor work i have decided to look at making good the drivers door.
For a sixty year old bit of tin its not in bad shape the rot in the base is most likely been caused by rain water passing down inside the door due to worn out window seals and blocked drain holes.
I cut out the worst of the grottiness and tacked in a new piece on the doors base.
Then fannyed about letting in bits of fresh metal which took an utter age and looked a bit pants too but once a bit of filler is added i thought it would turn out ok.
While i was troweling on the filler i thought it might be a good idea to make sure the base of the door is still straight.
Er not a chance.
It wasn't any where near how it should be,my slap dash/fuck it that'll do approach to body repair has bitten me hard on my backside as the door is now distorted way out of true along it lower edge and no amount of pudding is going to make it look right so i have now done what i should have done in the first place.
I have purchased a lower repair panel for a reasonable £26.
So this weekend i will mostly be up the shed trying to right my cock up.
Mally reacted to Mr_Bo11ox in Has anyone had a lorry transported? Is it hi - NOW BODGE 50 HORSEBO11OX THREAD (Now with added turtles)
Quick update on this, not a lot is happening TBH mainly due to abysmal weather and also all my spare time is being used up renovating the bathroom in my house. Thats nearly finished though thankfully.
One bit of actual news is that the truck is now back on its wheels, sitting on springs that give more or less the right ride height.
I took the 'new' springs to Midland Motor springs in Notts and asked them to increase the camber from 3.5" to 5.5". They did that, charging me £150 for the job. I then brought the springs home and waited till @cobblers was really desperate for his axle stands back, before I fitted em in the pissing rain, almost squashing my leg to f*** under the axle while i was on. To my huge relief they look much more like it, a decent few inches of clearance between the tyre and the arch, and some decent curvature remaining in the springs under static load. I've still got quite a lot of bongo car mags in the back as well although I have got rid of about half of the full stash so far.
Then in the best news of the whole friggin story, my credit card dispute was concluded in my favour and I got the full £400 refunded onto my credit card last night! So fucking chew on that Owen Springs!!!!
Anyway I'm gonna spend some of that on a few new door seals & other bits from Rock Auto, plus a couple of new rear axle bump stops and valve extensions & whatnot. Still have to change the screen too, I am gonna call in an offer of help from @Ian_Fearn on that if we ever get out of friggin lockdown. Cheers!
Mally got a reaction from spartacus in Has anyone had a lorry transported? Is it hi - NOW BODGE 50 HORSEBO11OX THREAD (Now with added turtles)
What I used to do in the days when leaf springs were plentiful.
Obtain 2 extra main leafs. cut the eyes off longer than half way down the end eyes. just as it starts to curl up
Leaving main leaf on van, remove centre bolt, fit extra main leaf under main leaf, adding remaining leafs, possibly leave short bottom leaf out.
Thus you have a double main leaf. All you need is a couple of half decent main leafs.
Mally reacted to Andyrew in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread
With my new powers to shrink and stretch metal and my good ladys birthday coming up soon. I wondered, should i use my powers for good or evil?
My better halfs favourite sweet treat is the humble gingerbread man,
This cutter looks cool on etsy,
A bit small tho . .
Mally reacted to Crispian_J_Hotson in Jaguar S Type X200 - PlAsTiC fAnTaStIc...
I've bought the car into 2021! Hazzah!
It's not moved much since it's deployment into commuting service some months back. The odd run here and there perhaps, just to keep the battery alive and interior dry but that was until a couple of days ago when I decided to take it for a shot down the M11 and clear some frozen cobwebs out of those pipes. Wow, the smell of catalyst only usually emitted from paper shop run giffer mobiles was well and truly present at full steam speeds.
Having collected my human cargo which formed a third of my allowed childcare bubble, we set back on the old two five, headed for M11 north and destined for a slightly less infected area. It was at this change of main artery that I think I saw, and in my mind's eye, and possibly a reflection from somewhere, an orange warning light appear. I looked at this great British built vehicles 1999 information technology screen (a green dot matrix about 1" by 2") but there was just the range showing 109 odd miles left in the tank... Hmmm.
The journey continued and up by Harlow, a message did pop up accompanied by its orange warning light friend: Failsafe engine mode. This was a new one and probably quite serious, but it was still moving forward at motorway speeds and no one wants to be stranded at Harlow, I lived there once, you'll come back to your broken car after searching for hot food and half of it is missing, or broken, or both, or it has just completely vanished. I digress.
A little way further, the message and light go out. You'd be led to thinking that ' it was just a blip', I had just chucked a load of super in it from normal fuel, maybe, just maybe it got a bit upset? As soon as that thinking was over, the message returned! Godamm.... Oh, it's gone again...
This little show continued for the entire journey and I noted a couple of things:
1) it only happened at around 2000 rpm sort of.
B ) I could no longer smell the cats, was that good or bad?
Obviously smelling cats is bad, any type of cats, exhaust or feline but it wasn't that horrible sulphur egg, make you not want any chicken by-product for a week smell, it was that lovely sweet smelling 'I'm protecting the environment with my fully functional cats that haven't been used a lot' smell. Something wasn't right... Or was it? Who knows?
At home, the first thought was to correctly diagnose the fault. So i looked for 6cylinders phone number to see if a refund or any compensation was viable. I didn't. What I actually did was ignore it and get drunk, ready to see the new year in.
Today, I took half the household out to a muddy field and walked a few miles. On the way there, jag boy wasn't playing nice. The warning message was on and off like an old sex shop neon, and just as distracting.
It seemed that every time I slightly pressed the power pedal the engine so very slightly changed it's tune and the message would Pop up. Releasing the pedal saw normal service resume. Totally different characteristics from my M11 experience. It would seem that my years working for Citroen had taught me something: there may well be a Gremlin going to work on the electronics.
I thought backwards... When I initially got in the car to collect my human, I was surprised at how damp it was inside, despite my carefree efforts to keep it dry. I stared at a drip of water on the windscreen in my line of sight for most of the journey, seeing how long it would take the de-mister to see it off (these M11 runs can be quite boring).
After our mud plugging session, I got on the googleator. 99Jag stype- damp electrics- failsafe engine...
You have to put the year in, be specific with it because everyone has forgotten about the X200 and the entire interweb rolls in X202's nowadays. There is a good reason for that though.
I got a nice result back on Google. This in fact:
That link just smelled of success. So I went out to the car, unplugged the pedal, blew in the connector a few times and of course, with one blow for luck, reconnected it. Drove down the M11, dropped human off and drove back up the M11 and not once, not once did the message appear. And that is how you do a really long post about taking a plug out and putting it back in. Thanks.
Probably nothing for another 6 months.
Mally reacted to eddyramrod in My 1973 Cadillac, Huggy Bear
Well, the sparky couldn't make it do the same again, and it started fine when I went to collect. I don't know, and neither does he. Maybe I just need to use it more.
Actually, there's no maybe about it. I know I need to use it more! But, where can I go, and what can I do when I get there? Bloody virus. It's letting my car develop laid-up niggles much faster than I can deal with them, not forgetting the big issues that await the next owner. Unless he's a banger racer...
Mally reacted to Mike D in The new news 24 thread
The ongoing mini fettling continues, the inner cavities and all the upper surfaces of the subframe have been drenched in Dynax S50 and UB, i made the rear end of the front to back brake pipe up as it runs behind the subframe, and it's now bolted back in place 😀 theres a bit more stuff to reconnect and the bottom of the subframe to coat before it drops back on its wheels so I can turn it round and undergo the same wallet draining from the front end when I yank the mill out 🤦♂️🤣
Mally reacted to SiC in 1974 Dolomite Sprint
Finished the base of the A-Pillar. A lot of welding and even more grinding. Actually quite pleased how it's turned out, given my limited tools, experience and skills.
Not many words apart from that, so I'll do a complete picture history of the job to see the transition.
Next up is to finish a small section in the front wheel arch and bottom of the front wing. After that it's the B-Pillar and continue going backwards!
Mally reacted to Jalopyant in Auction of a fleet of old Shite! Evesham 7th March
Mally reacted to Jalopyant in Auction of a fleet of old Shite! Evesham 7th March