Cheezey reacted to Mrs6C in Peugeot 309 rescue thread.
Things I have found useful when welding, especially outside:
1. Pure wool blankets make good protectors against sparks landing where they shouldn't and starting fires. Wool doesn't catch fire. You should be able to find them secondhand in charity shops still or online. Just check them first with a smouldering match, to make sure they haven't been coated in something flammable!!! Otherwise buy yourself a fire blanket and use that. You can get them at Screwfix, on the internet etc.
2. Wear ear muffs. Weld spatter down the ears isn't fun.
3. A long sleeved, biker-style leather jacket and welding gauntlets are good protection for your upper body. Another wool blanket draped over your lower body will protect your legs. Wear jeans and leather workboots and make sure your jeans go over the tops of your boots... wear pure wool socks as well.
4. Keep a squeezy bottle of water around to squirt on any small flames that appear anywhere, a bucket of water to throw over anything medium and a fire extinguisher for anything worse. A mobile 'phone to hand for a 999 call if it all goes horribly wrong is a good idea too.
5. Old commercial carpet tiles, like the kind that go into computer server rooms, are fire-resistent. Carpet-side in, they are great for forming enclosures around things (use duct tape to join them together on their outside edges) to stop air draughts blowing the gas shield away from the weld and catch weld spatter. You can bend or fold them and wedge them into spaces to stop stray sparks getting past and of course they can be used again and again.
6. Get the metal as clean and shiny as possible. The cleaner the metal, the easier and better the weld.
7. If you are joining one panel directly on top of another, clamp the two bits together as tight as you can. Leave no gap or your weld will blow through and not fuse teh metal.
8. Rest your trigger hand on a block of wood of the right thickness to keep the torch tip at the right distance from the metal and slide the block along the work piece as you go. You can focus on operating the torch instead of trying to keep the distance constant. You could use a dowel or broom handle too, like a painter's mahl stick and slide your hand along it.
9. Get the earth clamp as close to the metal you are welding as possible and make sure it is atttached firmly to good metal.
10. Welding in short bursts with time in between helps to keep things cool and minimise distortion. Tack metal together with even spacing and fill up the spaces, going round each one a bit at a time in turn, until all are done. It is possible to work with really thin metal this way.
11. Clean off your welds with a wire brush afterwards to get them clean and free of soot. Dress them with an angle grinder and/or file as needed.
12. Paint the welds on both sides (if you can get at both sides!) with a rust-inhibiting primer such as Finnegan's No. 1 as soon as the welds are clean and dressed to the point you are happy. They will start to rust very quickly otherwise, especially as we are getting into the cooler weather.
Good luck! The car is lovely, so well done for taking it on. I hope the above tips will be useful for you.
Cheezey reacted to Tepper in I have done something silly. C6 content.
I've just bought this. Came up on FB marketplace just down the road from my unit, couldn't say no! Do I need it? No. Will it cause me grief? Almost certainly yes. Is it a big majestic bastard? Absolutely. It needs a few bits and pieces doing, including spheres all round and some warning lights supposedly caused by an ABS sensor. My Lexia won't talk to it, so that's the first order of business. Wish me luck!
Cheezey reacted to Gerrymcd in Barrheid Fleeto
Week away in Spain on my hols so not done much for a while.
Fiancée sold her wee UP! to sharks as she had a good offer from them. Service/MoT and 2x front tyres due soon so took the money and ran. £250 per year in depreciation over 4 years will do nicely thank you!
Whilst any new car we want to buy will be more expensive, we have no need for anything bigger for a while. Maybe the bubble will burst in 2022/2023 and we'll be quids in or maybe not. Brilliant car but it's been an ornament for the last 18 months.
The Bini has been commandeered and will be used for the station carpark run. Perfect tool for the job.
I've tidied up the floor pans in the 1100. They are patchwork quilts at the front, but they are solid.
Vactan on surface rust, oxide primer and hammerite. Excuse the blurred photos.
Will cavity wax the sills and box sections here whilst I'm at it. Will enjoy it for another month or so then I'll take it off the road for winter and tidy up the underneath/ front subframe. Scraping underseal will keep me warm.
As the Bini is no longer mine....I wonder if that green lights me to get something else🤔....
Cheezey reacted to TripleRich in 1975 Ford Granada Coupe - First 1k miles achieved
375 miles covered since the last post. I put the daily driver in the garage and used the Granada instead. Its been very enjoyable and I've been keeping a close eye on how its doing.
Since FOTU I've noticed a very slight hesitation just as you get on the throttle. It only existed in 3rd gear going from a 30 to a 60 and was barely noticeable so I didn't think too much of it. Last week on the way to work it turned into a more severe splutter/ hesitation at various speeds. Only when slightly on the throttle and you could just power through it.
Knew it wasn't right so decided to take a look.
First thing I found was a slight vacuum leak from the line running between the carb and the airbox. The airbox is very old so I wasn't surprised, blocked it off and adjusted the tune.
Went for a drive and it wasn't that so I set to looking at the ignition as its running points and a host of ancient NOS components.
The points were starting to pit a fair bit. I'd expect them to be better than that given the mileage. Usually means a bad condenser so I replaced both.
I gapped the points and set the dwell. Handy to have this book as a cologne engine with points wasn't available on UK Granada's. It should be 38 degrees according to this.
Went for a drive and it wasn't that so I decided the swap the coil. A weak one can cause issues with acceleration and while I had my doubts it only takes a minute to test. Went for a drive and sure enough it wasn't that so I changed the spark plugs just to be sure and it wasn't those either.
I'd been thinking fuel for a while but didn't investigate as the fuel system is spotless and has been filtered since day one. The filter is before the pump for max protection and the pump is a new item.
With the ignition system out of the picture it must be fuel related so I took the carb top off and removed the float to check the jets.
Wedged in one of the main jets was what looked like some blue gasket sealer.
No idea where that came from as I didn't use any on the restoration but there it is.
The rest of the carb was squeaky clean so I put everything back together and went for a drive. It was indeed that starving the engine for fuel. I reckon I've picked up 15HP!
It's always something stupid and I'm glad to have found it relatively quickly. I'll use the car again next week.
Cheezey reacted to DodgyBastard in FOAD's fleet
Now need to take the Camry for its retest after it failed on some rot on the inner sill and exhaust leak. The manifold to downpipe was hanging on by one bolt and one of the studs was snapped so had a bit of a nightmare drilling the stud out.
After I split the exhaust I realized the gaskets were knackered so fitted new gaskets and plastered fuck out of every surface with exhaust paste and started bolting it back together only to find the only remaining stud stripped the nut when I was tightening it together. I had to resort to using a stainless steel nut with a different thread pitch and using a breaker bar to tighten it on.
I hope I never have to remove it.
Cheezey reacted to SmokinWaffle in 1987 Volvo 340 GLE - a bit of fun
Thankfully having recovered from COVID - and starting to feel better for the first time in a while - a few days later of some good rest and checking we didn't have symptoms - we travelled down South to safely visit some family at a distance.
Oddly enough - there was a chap about 2 hours from me selling some wheels I've always wanted that look awesome on Volvo 340's - Starmags. I've always wanted some but never really had a car that suited - until now.
Even oddlier(?) - he was at Brands Hatch that same weekend 20 minutes from where I was staying - so we arranged to meet up and a deal was made - and I'm now the very happy owner of these:
13", 7" wide and nice and dishy. Shiny too - and with tyres at a very good price.
They look very nice on 340's as you can see here - and fit very nicely:
The plan of action for the car is to drive it to a pre-booked MOT at a centre close to a newly met fellow car botherer and all round great guy - @Jikovron - and see what it fails on. I don't think it'll really need much apart from the passenger sill cutting out and re-doing that's a bit crisp - potentially the brakes in some way as the pedal has a bit of a hiss on - other than that it's really quite okay for it's age. After that's all done - get an MOT on it - service, do the thermostat and enjoy it. I'll get some pictures of the rusty bits when I get a chance.
Pre-warning for the purists - this will not stay original. This is a car I intend to have fun with - and it will be modified. You might not agree with some of it - and that's okay - but please do not comment hateful or unkind things. There is more than one way to enjoy a car - and keep in mind that this was destined for the scrapyard. I like to share my progress on here for my own and others enjoyment. There is plenty on here for all types of interest, I also have a thread on a very stock and original Citroen BX (my daily) and a mouldy smart car which needs a lot of love - so I cover all bases!
Looking forward to sorting some time off work to book and MOT and get started - at the moment it's on my drive with a flat battery which is a bit annoying.