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Everything posted by DoctorRetro

  1. That's the problem, I've never had it perfect. Feed is fine, it's just the the settings are 1 or 2 on one switch, and Min and Max on the other. 1/Min and 2/Min don't penetrate. 2/Max blows holes and/or spatters. 1/Max is ok but it's hit and miss if it penetrates. There's no happy medium. Plus I've run out of gas again and I'm not paying out another 15 quid for a gas bottle that lasts only a few minutes.
  2. Definitely this. I'm still using the ancient one on long term loan from @outlaw118, it's ok but very inconsistent. When I was doing the 309 I probably had to remove/redo over half the welds, it was just sheer determination that got me through that. I'm spending a lot more time away from home lately with my new job, so I'm just not getting the time I used to, in order to mess around with cars.
  3. Southend, Essex. Thing is, I can't tell if it really is the welder, or I'm just that shit. It might be worth me trying back on the 0.8mm wire, but I've just lost faith in myself tbh.
  4. Well, I'm done. Replaced the welding torch, and using co2/argon gas (which ran out really quickly!), 0.6mm wire - I just can't get the welder to behave. Spitting everywhere no matter what setting. Put gaffer tape over the hole for now and will offer it up as an unfinished project, if anyone wants to take it on. Will be 500 quid. Or will offer someone 300 quid to come and do the welding for me!
  5. Don't worry, it is what it is. I didn't know the blue one was wrong, or I'd not have tried to get them to match. I'll keep working at it.
  6. Got the headlight adjuster switch through. TLDR = It didn't work. One pin is in a different place. Didn't think it would make a difference, as all 4 of the bottom pins seem to go to the same place. It apparently did make a difference, as couldn't get a live current to show on the new (green) one. I swapped the wires in the car over to compensate, but still nothing There's some subtle differences in the circuit board, and one is labelled LP107A and the old one LP107 There's definitely power getting to the necessary wires, so now I'm wondering whether it's worth trying to make a hybrid of the two switches. Mind you, I need to check the motor itself isn't burnt out or seized first 🤔
  7. Same tbf, I'm still no better at it than when I started. 😂
  8. How's it going? Well, this welder is turning out to be a bit of a Trigger's broom, I'm replacing the whole torch assembly now, as some parts are so old they're fused together. Once that's done, coupled with 0.6mm wire, 0.6mm nozzle, co2/argon gas and loads more practice, should have me a bit better at it For now though, it can rest unassembled in the boot until the parts arrive.
  9. Would theoretically have been soft 5 spokes, although I can't find any pics of a 323C on factory alloys.
  10. Yeah, it's an odd shape. I've tried to keep my cut on the flattest bit, so hopefully won't need 3kg of filler to get it looking right 😬
  11. Quick lunch break panel creation. Shape of the arch needs a little work with the hammer, and will definitely need filler in places, but at least it's fresh metal.
  12. That's exactly what they are, or rather were, as now sold to another MX3 enthusiast.
  13. I've tried a couple of different sets of alloys on it, the 3 spokes seemed a bit too chavvy for this car. I think the MX5 16s looked best. But it'll stay on the steels for now, at least until I've finished messing about with grinding and welding.
  14. Littlun is loving his 1:24 stuff at the moment. This Volvo is nice
  15. Cut back to fresh metal Started fabricating inner arch. Bear in mind, I'm still just making this up as I go along. Grinder battery died, so play will resume another day.
  16. Resprayed the front bumper, as there were millions of tiny stone chips. Also fitted correct shape plate for the front recess. Sill will need some attention. Arch definitely needed help. A tickle with a hammer showed the scope of the issue.
  17. It has been brought to my attention that some may be interested how the AS Mazda 323C is going, so this is a thread to document its progress. Yes, you did spot it up for sale recently, no I didn't put any effort in to the advert as a) I didn't really want to sell and b) I didn't want it to go to any idiot who would just run it into the ground. As you'd expect, I had hardly any interest, and the odd few who inquired I managed to scare away anyway. I will probably have to move it on at some point, as now I have a company car, it is hardly getting used. But I thought I'd be better off at least doing the odd jobs that need doing namely: Rusty arch N/S Rusty sill O/S Exhaust hanger centre section loose Alternator pulley squeaky Some trim squeaks. Pics to follow.
  18. Always argue with insurance companies! Sterling tried to put my insurance up to £320 because it's 'not a classic' I whinged as the Suzuki policy is barely over 200! Got put through to sales. New policy £140 including admin fee 🤦
  19. Eventually. 🤣 Note to anyone who may need to know - 70mph in the back of a convertible BMW is cold, windy and scary 😂 Appreciated the lift from the station though. Falling asleep on the way back wasn't an issue either, as a spider dropping onto my face in the dark partway through the journey woke me up, and kept me vigilant and on edge the rest of the journey. Think I killed it, but no idea where it went! Car is brilliant though, over the moon with it. Looking forward to warmer weather when I'll attack the sills/arches with the grinder, welder and paint. Then get the pink paint on order? 😜 Seriously though, a cracking car and deserves some TLC.
  20. Peugeot has numbers too. 😁 But it's not a Peugeot.
  21. On a northern bound train. Clue 1. Its got numbers in its name
  22. Got his autograph and had a chat 😁 Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred were lovely too.
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