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  1. If I had the pennies? Sure. Wouldn't go more than a grand, as it would take at least that to recommission her at a basic but mechanically sound level. All the original glass and intact and it looks like one of the early ones. I did laugh at the description "might make a good go kart" 🤣 "worth a bit more than that mate" I thought! Be an idea to get the reg plate for the E8000 database!
  2. No, she hasn't developed a new roof but a lot of windy weather over the past few days, which has forced both buying a new car cover (the tarpaulin struggled greatly and is slightly torn now) and I had to finally buy some ratchet straps because the car cover is slightly on the bigger side. Everything is otherwise intact, underneath is still solid despite the wet weather as well. The annoying thing about all this windy weather is of course not being able to work on the car, such as being able to tidy up the panels and metal etc so I can place the windows back in. Right now, a big headache when I get up in the morning and see that one of the ratchet straps decided to remove itself...a lot of swearing as I sorted that one out! I should also point out that originally both of the straps were over the roof... So looking forward to when the weather calms enough so I can work on the old girl again!
  3. I doubt anyone will stop for me or any other pedestrian that's looking to cross the road because there'll be instances of "is that person wanting to cross the road?" that will lead to confusion as a person could be waiting for a lift, waiting for the bus at a not so clearly marked bus stop (oh so many!) or you never know your luck...you might be propositioned! 🤣 In any event, I doubt anyone will stop for a pedestrian to cross (unless at an appropriate road crossing and, well, sometimes not even then because prats) and if someone did decide to be a good Samaritan? A lot of bad behaviour from car drivers behind as well. Especially if the guess - which is all it will be - is wrong. Who needs that level of stress on top of all the usual stress? All I require as a pedestrian, is for myself to be clearly visible along with being careful and predictable in my behaviour to car drivers (and other road users) and likewise in return. Whilst mistakes of varying severity will be made, so long as first and foremost the strive is made to be as safe, careful, and predictable whilst using the roads then we'll all get along just fine.
  4. Thanks! I was just coming here to post the link because I'm a vain so-and-so like that and I should admit that I stole the covert shoutout from @dollywobbler(one of my main inspirations for getting into all of this) as it just tickles me! For all of you following this that might not know of Jonny Smith's Projects Of The People videos (and if not why not? ) here it is below. The intro to my part is at the 16 minutes mark and I was going to be even more vain and just use the timecode...but no, I'll be good. *looks from side to side* Skip to the 16 minute mark! In other news, now Christmas is long gone (hurray!) for another year (hmm!) and I'm slowly recovering monetarily, I have two orbital sanders because one was sent as a replacement for the one that was delcared lost in the post (Hermes) as well as the Deox-Gel that Hermes had also misplaced. Things are progressing, slower than I'd like given the weather...but progressing. More soon!
  5. Yesterday I decided to try out my rotary tool with the newly bought cutting discs to get rid of some rivets. That and I was getting antsy just waiting around for ye oldé weather to subside. Over an hour or so later and not being able to feel the tips of my toes, I'd had enough for the day. Here's the 10 minute rundown:- The other day I tested my wire brushes for the drill on the boot lid to make a start getting rid of the paint. Combined with hot soapy water with a dash of acetic acid (yuk!), hand sanding, as well as lots of blue roll, it made a good start all things considered. But I'll get a proper orbital sander as they're certainly cheap enough. Essentially there's going to be a great deal of savagery over the next few weeks...except perhaps with the A-pillars where the rotary with the sanding attachment may yet come good. I will keep you all apprised!
  6. A bit more about the paint whilst it is on my mind... We all know originally Julie the Enfield 8000 here was painted red. However, at some point a previous owner removed that and had her resprayed blue and updated the V5 to reflect that, I even have some of that blue as overspray on the front bonnet hinge. Perhaps the 7th or 8th owner (I'm the 10th) decided to restore her back to red again...and the reason I say that is because there otherwise isn't any trace of blue on the panels and there were two splotches of red paint toward the top of the windscreen when I was cleaning it the other day. This in addition to the state of the paintwork, tells me that the correct primer wasn't used and that both primer and paint deteriorated quickly. I wouldn't be surprised if that's why she was left to rot, when the 9th owner came along with the thought to save her. So that's the state of the paintwork, now as for the future...the plan is to go back to the original red, however I can either go the polished aluminium route - which I had the idea when looking at a DeLorean at Jonny Smith's Late Brake Show tour (an idea Jonny himself arrived at when I talked with him about all things Enfield) or I use the paints I found in my DIY stash. I can certainly see the interior steel being painted in pine green metal paint (with rust protection) that states no primer required (hurray!) and the framework in light grey. But I think I will at least prime the panels when I can and I will test the green paint. The bonnet and boot door/lid (I'm having a moment trying to remember the correct term 😕 ) will be what I will test when I refurbish them in the coming weeks. The photos/videos of which will of course be posted/linked here first before anywhere else. =]
  7. I hope so! As we head into December, the work is going to slow down to a crawl but I do have my fingers (wingtips? ) crossed that I'll be able to tackle the steel work on whatever dryish days that come by...
  8. After the windscreen I gave the roof a clean. Very little point going too far with that though as the paint is so shoddy and flaking off, but at least its cleaner prior to being sanded down. Yup, I've been a member for a while now. I should mention as well that the nerdy details will appear on the club website as well as overall progress, but I realised I said this in my Drivetribe post and privately either here with Will/elsewhere. My brain is getting a bit scattered with updates... 😅
  9. As I go through the videos and photos of the tinkering that I've been up to, here's a little video where I tested Bio-D Home and Garden Sanitiser versus Demon Clean. In my bathroom no less! Yes, you're all getting the royal tour here! XD In other news, I bought a new brush set that I've been delighted with (new toy!) and I have continued preparing the old girl for the day when the panels come off and I tackle both sides of the steel. I did find in my stockpile of assorted DIY bits from Aldi and Lidl three spray cans of Pine Green and one can of light grey metal paint with rust protection. That's her colour sorted then for the time being After I finished for the day with cleaning the inside steel that I could get to, I decided to give the old girl's windscreen a good clean. And whilst I cleaned the inside of the windscreen for the sake of completeness, I also gave the speedometer cover a quick clean (having a senior moment, can't remember if its glass or plastic!) More to come!
  10. As promised From the other night: that was a clean cloth, and the top of the dash is now also clean after a further wipe down with a clean cloth. The cleaning revealed a tiny bit of a damage that a bit of glue will easily fix. But now on to Wednesday morning. The wiring loom. The screws in the clips had rusted and with the slightest of messing around the clips came off with without any persuasion. I've sprayed some of that multi-purpose spray where the plugs are as they were difficult to pull out otherwise. The curly wiring is for the light bulbs behind the dash, the wiring in the background is for the instrumentation such as the charge meter, and the fibreglass hinged lid IIRC contains the accelerator microswitches. I have the wiring diagrams as all good E8000 owners should have downloaded, it occurs to print them off so I can translate it to the real world and memorise it properly. I've just noticed that the cracking can clearly be seen in the brake fluid reservoir. An additional image Speaking of the heater, the black with white cross wire goes to the heating element in the windscreen and the metal pipe running through the middle of the photo is connected to the windscreen wash pump and spray jets. The piping as far as I can tell should run underneath the bottom rubber lip of the windscreen, the pump and piping will be removed and replaced outright (just moving about the wiring and the piping was flaking off from its holding position). It occurs that whilst removing the dashboard etc is required, I may be better off approaching this with the panels removed and the front battery compartment also potentially being removed just to gain access. I'd go from underneath but that requires the passenger side to be strong enough to support being jacked up and that won't happen for a little while yet. There is a mild panic and worry, however I realise that if worse comes to worse then I'll just have to rebuild with new metal and replace the old in sections. Ways and means and all that. So yes, this could be just as it was or it has degraded even further. Having just this moment checked my video footage it seems to be just as it was or with minimal degradation given the circumstances. That toolbox is plenty heavy too, not exactly the weight of an adult admittedly but it the car didn't just deteriorate instantly. The car does take my weight when I'm sat in the middle in between where the seats would be...understandably I still worry. Here's the safety close-up of the Curtis controller whilst it was attached:- All the screws are rusted as can be, yet they came out willingly with the exception of the last two that had rusted beyond help. As the wiring will only be replaced anyway, I pulled off the last two with pliers. It didn't take much either as the copper essentially turned to dust. My logic for keeping the wiring intact is to be able to copy it like-for-like with new wiring without having to just rely on the wiring diagrams. On the right is a strong and daunting reminder of the wiring work ahead. Yuk! Above left: Behind the steering wheel, the cobwebs have been since removed. Above right: clearer view of where the lights behind the dashboard go. Detritus since removed. More as it happens.
  11. More updates! I have started a Drivetribe hindsight/retrospective blog that won't contain anything you didn't see here first. So far my first post has had over 13k in views, been featured on the Drivetribe homepage, and selected as one of the six best articles of the week. Well, last week anyway! On that last point, that could just be because of a lack of articles on there...but I'll take it anyway! The other good news is that I'll get a few pennies of ad revenue. I doubt it'll be much of anything, but even £5 is better than nothing at all right? Right! Work has continued despite the weather, my sleep pattern, and my lack of interest in working in said weather. It hasn't been bad today with just a bit of spitty rain, so I went out with the view to removing the dashboard. This didn't go to plan and the only thing that broke was the brake fluid container. Not much in it and all very brown and gunky, however the container is so brittle with age that just brushing against it was enough to shatter it. I cleaned up what I could out of it with paper towels, picked up all the plastic that had fell, and decided that the best thing to do is to remove the container completely...when I can get to it. For now, I've wrapped it up in tin foil and duct tape...which should keep curious kitty cats from getting to it. I've had to come back in because of the frustration I was having. Very close to chopping the whole thing up, so I knew I had to just take a break and rethink my approach. Having done so, cutting the rusty nuts and bolts isn't such a bad idea. I have successfully removed the Curtis 933 controller and the DC-DC converter that I seriously doubt is standard. Another detail is what I thought was the watt hours meter is actually a kilowatt hours used meter- I didn't see the full display until this morning. The last total then was 5,562kwh consumed and the odometer tells me the car has done 32,026 miles. Little details that matter. As do the many photos I taken of the wiring which I'm all for completely replacing wholesale. Grumpy Pigeon is grumpy! The upholstery has been cleaned, although it will need another pass later down the line as well as restitching. However my main concern is the metalwork and a seemingly increased amount of rust/cornflakes which, if I'm right, means time is of the essence to at least put a stop to the rot, get the panels off, and rebuild despite the weather as leaving it over winter will only allow things to get worse. Definitely a damned if I do and damned if I don't situation, especially as I don't have a dry and warm area to work in. I briefly considered one of those portable garage/shed things that are more akin to a gazebo only with heavier material, but the winds in my area would probably just blow it away. Photos/videos to follow.
  12. At this point, I'm more into the idea of outright rebuilding. There would have been more, but the weather has changed yet again for the worse. I can see myself removing all the bodywork, getting more bungee cords, and a heavier more weather resistant tarpaulin (although I'm still grateful that my neighbour gave me a tarpaulin at all). Bonus: Two of my neighbour's cats taking shelter from the rain (the second is behind the first, she's mostly black and likes to hide...only comes out for Lick-e-lix):-
  13. With the wind and rain having largely subsided yesterday, I got to make a start with the rust treatment when it was fairly dry and not blowing a gale. I found an old bottle of Baufix oil spray stuff that allegedly is a rust remover and to be fair, it done well for just a few moments of soaking in and the plastic straw having long since disappeared. Right now, I only have mini brushes and bigger brushes for my drill (which I'll try out later on today - that being Tuesday the 9th) and my home prepared citric acid solution (which will be 1 part citric acid, 5 parts hot water in a spray bottle). I did record a video and that will be forthcoming when I've recorded more footage later. The Bilt Hamber Deox-gel is the product I want and that will be bought but not right now, as money had to be redirected elsewhere as per usual. Also, the more I work on the car? The more I think of cutting the bad metal out and completely building anew piece by piece. *breathes* Less speed, more haste! I did get to chat with Jonny Smith at The Late Brake Show tour in Manchester on Saturday, which was extremely helpful and informative. I even got a fist bump for my endeavours and that kind of real world validation goes a long way! Anyway, I noticed that the tea shelf (as Furious Driving calls it) is held in place only by friction. I was able to safely remove it and I'll be able to clean the vinyl (could be leather, doesn't feel like leather right now though) in the warmth. It did allow me to take a couple of photos of the electronics...firstly, behind the steering wheel:- And the Curtis 933 battery controller, the manual of which was chuffing easy to find and despite typos is very straightforward and informative. As for the metal work, it may be a better idea to use rust restorer on both sides and give it a coating of primer. Especially as by the end of the session, it had started to rain again. Anyway, just a quick update there'll be another update later on today.
  14. One quick thing before I go any further: I will be at Jonny Smith's ManchesTOUR just milling around. I see that there's a modified Volvo 850 estate, so I will probably be around that and maybe even cooing affectionately... I was saving these photos for a bigger post, but this is supposed to be a moment to moment thread so here goes:- Before any cleaning of the bench seat:- Demon upholstery cleaner sprayed on, then rubbed in. First pass complete and that was a brand new clean sponge microfibre cloth:- . Second pass complete and comparison:- Upper section with foam applied, rubbed in, and being washed off:- First stage of cleaning completed:- This really signifies what this restoration is going to be. Mostly general DIY, cleaning, and elbow grease with some real engineering later on. All of the interior is in a poor state (dare I say shocking? ) and all will need a further clean and pieces of new leather that are easily obtainable and cheap. There's an independent fabric shop in the town I live, a specialist leatherworker, and plenty of farms that sell leather to the public. The foam will no doubt need a deep clean/replacement, however I'm looking to save as much material as possible both for originality and keeping down the costs. I also noted that the leather went from feeling like it would crack and fall to pieces at the slightest touch to being flexible again. I have some leather upholstery wipes somewhere in my flat, so once I've gone over this again with the detailing brushes that arrived this afternoon, it should look even better! Also, the Demon cleaner only cost £5 at Halfords in July. B&M now have it for £1.50, but I'd think that would only be in bigger stores and whilst stocks lasted. For a cheap potion it does quite nicely and the linen smell isn't powerful once it's washed off with a damp cloth.
  15. These were factory built, only the two exist though. When I seen the photos of both this and PWR 570P (which is restored and working if I remember rightly), this was ahead of its time. This is really one of the first 4-seater hatchbacks and you look at the side profile of this and say the side profile of Renault 5 of 1975, there is a striking similarity. Similarly so with the Ford Fiesta a couple of years or so later and other completely new hatchbacks that started entering the market in the late 70s. No one who's alive now that worked for Enfield Automotive will know why, but perhaps it was a result of feedback from the Electricity Council testing of not having enough room in the back for children or shopping. Thank you. I've had a few people in real life who have had the same reaction. One of the binmen (sorry, refuse collection operative ) thought for a moment it was a DAF and another person, a delivery driver, had never seen anything like it before and was very interested in learning the history. My next door neighbour who used to have and repair the various models of original Mini cars thinks its going to be very cool (and she's right ). I really want to get her looking far better and working so I can demonstrate (read: show off ) the car, of whom I've officially named her Julie. Which I now realise as I'm typing this could also be a play on "joules"...not intentional but it works. I just didn't want to name her anything that would be pretentious.
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