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    Matty reacted to SiC in 1968 MG Midget - Bodywork repair and welding   
    Took the day off today to try getting this further along. Started off this morning going into town and picking up some bits. Also decided to sign up to the library. I actually really did that as I wanted to look inside this building. Unfortunately the library is moving out as this building apparently needs too much work and the council don't have the funds to repair it. I really hope it doesn't get flattened. Bet it will though. 😒

     
    I spent a good few hours trimming and fitting this side panel to make the fit (nearly) perfect. The key thing is the holes as they need to line up for the outer wing. As other panels go on top, they need to line up with everything. There is some wiggle room and they can be opened up some more but I wanted them close. Likewise those captive nuts need to line up to the a post for fitting in the brace piece.

     

     
    Once finally happy I tacked it into place.

     
    Then plug welded and ground them back. Forgot to take a picture between those two processes.


     
    Managed some impressive panel warpage on the inside 🤣
    I used the wood to push into place and tack. I'll run a bead along later. Another horrible job in that footwell. I also still need to patch that little piece at the end of the footwell.

     
    Chucked some zinc primer. Spot where an idiot leant against the wet paint.

    Also started cutting out some of the rear upright and diagonal bracing. I'll cut the last bits out once the a-post hinge panel is in. I'm trying to keep these box steel pieces as I'll need to brace the rear boot area when I cut that out.

     
    Next will be the a-post hinge plate. I grabbed the door and bolted the hinge panel on and put into place.

    Checked everything still lined up, including this outer finishing panel. It's a useful check with those holes again. Then marked up at the bottom so I can make sure it's straight.

     
    Also double checked the back panel mostly lines up when clamped.



     
    It's starting to look more like a car again now. The door a post hinge panel and a-post outer finisher is next to weld on. Then back to that rear arch. That will take a bit longer as I need to fabricate some pieces to reconstruct the inner rear arch.
     

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    Matty reacted to SiC in 1968 MG Midget - Bodywork repair and welding   
    Set to work welding a repair piece into the front floor pan tonight.

    Cut a clean edge out to weld against.



    I didn't plan to butt weld this but actually ended up easier to as nowhere really to get a clamp in. The two pieces of metal level made it easy to get a magnet in.

    This was an absolutely horrible job to do. Leant across the sharp metal inside with my head in the footwell. Wearing goggles, respirator, welding hood and helmet made it a tight uncomfortable fit.

    I also got blue light shining on the wrong side of the helmet too. Presumably reflecting off the top of the footwell. I really hope the Sand Man doesn't come to visit me tomorrow 😬
    Safety goggles are supposed to stop 99.99% of UV light, so that should offer some extra protection.

    Repair tacked in first on the floor


    Then onto the inner sill afterwards


    It's done now. I will need to weld up the front underneath a bit as I appear I went too far with the cutting disc. Also have a small patch to sort at the top of the footwell.


    Then a case of getting the side panel welded into place. Only the A-post hinge panel and cover to go after that, which allows me to cut the bracing back out. That will need to be reused on the boot/bumper panel. Before the bumper panel, I need to get back to finish what I started this side with and that rear quarter panel.

    Still a chunk to go but it does feel like I'm getting close. Now the sill is on and once the side panel/a-post is on, it'll feel much more complete and nearer to the end goal.
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    Matty got a reaction from chodweaver in End of shite?   
    I reckon I'm beginning to sound like rain  man I've said this so many times on here but, all this will soon be banned. Who cares if the car you want is a grand more than this time last year? Moneys money, you'll always make more. Bollocks to savings, spend it all on ridiculous insuitable vehicles now and die with happy memories!
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    Matty got a reaction from AnnoyingPentium in End of shite?   
    I reckon I'm beginning to sound like rain  man I've said this so many times on here but, all this will soon be banned. Who cares if the car you want is a grand more than this time last year? Moneys money, you'll always make more. Bollocks to savings, spend it all on ridiculous insuitable vehicles now and die with happy memories!
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    Matty reacted to Shedking in End of shite?   
    The thing about running shite is that it's an incredibly hard mentality to shift even if you want to, well it is for me anyway.  As a younger man and father for 38 years now I never had much money so running a shitter was all I could afford.  Now nearing retirement and all the kids having left home long ago, although they keep coming back (selfish b@stards) and being reasonably financially secure I've come to a point where I can afford much better but I can't bring myself to do it.
    Indeed well to do friends and work colleagues have questioned my sanity in my chosen motoring path with such winning quotes as "come on mate, you can do better than this" with the Peugeot,  or at work "for just £450 a month you could be driving one of these, you wouldn't miss the money " referring to some soulless box that they PCP but it's a way of life now because I've been doing it for so long.
    So it's all the more depressing to scour for sub 2 grand cars and not be able to find anything that you would want to own. I suppose that I dropped on lucky with the E Class, time will tell, it's all good so far and I've found that it's not as frightening as I first thought second hand parts wise or for self servicing so I think that I'll carry on with cheap sheds for as long as I can. 
     
     
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    Matty reacted to meggersdog in End of shite?   
    Well I missed it because I was out but Mathewsons lot 244, a Rover 600, just sold for £800. A 1999 with 40k on the clock and MoT until October. Not the best example with the drivers window not working and a grubby interior but proves shite is still about.
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    Matty reacted to egg in End of shite?   
    I'm sure someone will bet the right way on this question, but I have no idea. I like to think I keep vaguely up to date on social/political/economic trends, but I can't imagine what personal transport looks like in 17 years time in the UK. I'm not sure there is a plan really, beyond phase out the ICE and all will be good.
    We could all be shared driving Citroen Amis hired by the hour on every street corner, or we could be back to Edwardian England where personal mobility is an elite activity. Self driving may or may not ever work.
    I think running an ICE car in the 2030's will feel having an Austin 7 after the war!
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    Matty reacted to Schaefft in End of shite?   
    Not to derail the thread but Northstars are known to blow headgaskets due to cylinder head studs ripping out of the block. Seems like many blame the GM coolant for it (no clue how that would cause it). If you are happy to play the omghgf roulette these are otherwise great cars though. And no, with maybe a hundred sold in the UK you definitely won't find a rhd headlight (or anything else rhd-specific) easily. Everything else (aside from adjustable dampers) is absolutely no problem though.
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    Matty reacted to JJ0063 in JJ0063’s current steed - back to BMW   
    £135 a ticket?
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    Matty got a reaction from JJ0063 in JJ0063’s current steed - back to BMW   
    Funny looking camper that pal 🤣 lovely looking thing though with an actual nice coloured interior 👌 
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    Matty reacted to tooSavvy in Swift... eh? Nah!   
    Exhausting Update...... 😕
    The dreaded 'occasional klonk' (but not over the same pothole) 🙄
    ...... So, for two days, I've had her arse up my ramps and aggressive finessing of 'bungy rubber hangers' has got the pipe firmly suspended way, and I mean far&away from the trailing link.
    Silence now reigns 👍
    🚙💨
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    Matty got a reaction from HarmonicCheeseburger in Truck Shite   
    Sad update. Them photos were taken at 10 this morning. This dinner time I put 16t of drive shaft on the back of it and off he went. Back at their yard the grab driver picked the shaft off the back, started to traverse and dropped it. So the above wagon is now flatter than a flat thing. RIP brave soldier
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    Matty got a reaction from HarmonicCheeseburger in Truck Shite   
    Another from me. Ex cattle truck beefed up for scrap collection and still earning a living. Getting a new body soon then it'll be good for a few more years yet 👍

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    Matty got a reaction from worldofceri in Truck Shite   
    Another from me. Ex cattle truck beefed up for scrap collection and still earning a living. Getting a new body soon then it'll be good for a few more years yet 👍

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    Matty reacted to AlsoMike in Plenty of Peugeots - and then there was one   
    Bit of a thread resurection - last year I bought this 206:

    I needed a cheap runaround and this seemed to fit the bill, and took me one step closer on my Peugeot Bingo card. 206 box ticked!
    Its a 1.4 petrol in LX flavour and came filled with enough dog hair to build a whole new dog.
    Unfortunately no sooner had I cleaned it things went downhill. Upon receipt of the log book it turned out to be a cat D, which the cheeky sod seller had kept quiet about. No bother I thought, it was cheap and works ok*.
    Then the clutch developed a bad judder. Then a rear tyre had a blow out. Followed by the brakes seizing on while I was driving down the M1. This culminated with the clutch release bearing shitting itself and I'd had enough. A few of you may have seen the for sale post at this point.
    Moving on a few weeks, the price of second hand chod local to me spurred me on to pay someone to do the clutch, I sorted the brakes, slapped on 2 new tyres and it now seems to be behaving itself again (touches wood).
    So I might treat it to a bit of a tidy up. Theres a dent in the drivers door that I suspect will push out. I'll service it etc. Does anyone have a matching wheeltrim laying around they could sell me? Also need an aerial as some genius has nicked mine.
    Sparse updates and moans about how its not as good as a 205 to follow.
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    Matty reacted to JJ0063 in JJ0063’s current steed - back to BMW   
    Ok so after flogging the Transit I decided to just go and scratch an itch..
    2010 X5 3.0 D XDrive M Sport
    Lowest mileage car I’ve ever had with 96k on the clock!
    Loads of history including the expensive jobs done by BMW themselves (rear airbags, handbrake module etc)
    It’s a nice spec, 20” wheels, heated front and rear seats etc. It’s the 7 seat model and is in the lower £360 tax band rather than the £600 odd one. 
     
    Lucky as well being a 2010 as it’s the last of the Pre-LCI so has the better M57 engine but still newer. 
     
    Bought it by streetlight ant my phone torch at 7:30PM so even now due to work I’ve not seen it in daylight but the previous owner had it 4 years and is a proper enthusiast, Porsche Cayman on the drive as well as a brand new 330E. Had it MOT’d, serviced and even new mats to sell it. One of the cleanest interiors I’ve seen on a used car.  He’s even given me his hardwired Nextbase front and rear dashcams.
     
    Averaged 23mpg on the back roads home so hopefully that will improve.. max I imagine of 26-27MPG but thankfully I work from home now! 

    The scirocco is currently in for its MOT along with cambelt/pump then I can take my plate off and advertise it.
    Pics from the advert:










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    Matty reacted to wuvvum in Transit Jumbo Camper capers…SOLD M8   
    The T4 and T5 engines are both 2,461cc inline fives so I assume they're the same basic engine, albeit with different heads due to emissions shiz etc.  The version in the T4 was available in various different horsepower rating - the 88bhp "blue i" version was non-intercooled, then there was a 102bhp option in the vans and 140bhp in cars (which I think was also available to special order in the T4).
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    Matty reacted to wuvvum in Transit Jumbo Camper capers…SOLD M8   
    I would do, but I'm about £7,795 short of the asking at the moment.
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    Matty reacted to Metal Guru in Home made pick ups.   
    Just looks like a giant slipper.
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    Matty reacted to High Jetter in Home made pick ups.   
    Probably something she wasn't used to hearing.
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    Matty reacted to Low Horatio gearbox in 66 Mustang coupe   
    I gave the inner wing a lick of Vactan, it didnt really need it but it was  a matter of 30 secinds. The battery tray had borne the brunt of the leaked battery acid
    New battery tray finagled in- I had to zip a lumpy corner off where it  was contacting the inner wheel well and  the  support braket needed a twist and thump with  mallet to  get all 4 holes lined up with the corresponding holes on the car.  A quick rummage and some random but appropriate sized fastners and snuggled down , battery back in and a job I'd wanted  to tick off the list for ages done.  

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    Matty reacted to Rocket88 in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Martin the misery Howey… top bloke, sells rancid old shite at very reasonable prices. I think his T&C’s are spot on
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    Matty reacted to Cavcraft in eBay tat volume 3.   
    austin a40 farina countryman | eBay
    'The body is not as bad as it looks'


     
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    Matty reacted to egg in eBay tat volume 3.   
    1500 Spitfire fitted.
    https://www.carandclassic.com/car/C1528724

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    Matty got a reaction from Low Horatio gearbox in Truck Shite   
    Dockrah at a guess???
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