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    danthecapriman reacted to stuboy in The new news 24 thread   
    Who loves tools... well I don't own any stubby ratchets... do I need them probably not but I like tools so I bought theses... wernt too expensive..

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    danthecapriman reacted to Wibble in Wibble’s Wittering - Cortina & Senator ramblings   
    The screen was replaced on the Senny today and thankfully, the fitter was an experienced guy with a good sense of humour and we had a good chat. Took about an hour and a half all in and I’ve left a 5 star review:

     Not having the chrome trim isn’t that noticeable now so I’m very happy with the result.
    Bonus vid with wipers and headlamp wipers in action for those like @dollywobbler :

    IMG_2950.MOV Did some arch fillering afterwards, more flatting and a bit of stopper next I think:

    Not a bad day off!
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    danthecapriman reacted to adw1977 in Al's spotting thread   
    507. 1970 Volvo Amazon 2 door

    Seen in Birkenhead, Wirral on 1st July.
    HNU 20H
    ✓ Taxed - Tax due: 1 July 2023
    MOT Exempt
    Vehicle make VOLVO
    Date of first registration 6 April 1970
    Year of manufacture 1970
    Cylinder capacity 1986 cc
    Fuel type PETROL
    Export marker No
    Vehicle status Taxed
    Vehicle colour BLUE
    Number of previous owners: 1
    Current owner since Oct 2012
    Mileage at last MOT (2017): 35,811
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    danthecapriman reacted to Dyslexic Viking in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    After a very long day of back breaking work and tons of earth and stone moved with shovel and wheelbarrow, the new septic tank is in place. And i am enjoying chocolate now.

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    danthecapriman reacted to andrew e in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    This makes me grin every time I still see it in service - 626 from WestLeigh motors (now a sainsburys).

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    danthecapriman reacted to Popsicle in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    I'm proud as punch today, daughter number 2 passed her driving test at the first attempt. Felt so sorry for her when the world went to shit during the lockdowns, but she kept plodding along with it. Currently around a 6 month wait for tests round our way.
    If you see an 09 plate bronze Suzuki Swift round Derby with a teenage girl grinning from ear to ear, that will probably be her!
    Only another 13 months to go till son number 1 turns 17 so I can go through it all again. I must know every inch of Asda and B&M's carpark by now 😂.
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    danthecapriman reacted to wuvvum in The new news 24 thread   
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    danthecapriman reacted to Dyslexic Viking in 1963 Mercedes Benz 190DC Fintail.   
    Got the seats back in it today and parked it in the garage again. It started today also instantly so that's great.

    But it still leaks oil from where that hole was in the timing cover so a bolt with a copper washer didn't fix it. I also noticed that under this and closer to the water pump there is also such a hole but it is not leaking oil, it is marked in the picture. This is just weird.

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    danthecapriman reacted to juular in 1964 Volvo 122S - Amazonian rustforest. Chopathon - Weldathon. Knocking lumps out of it.   
    More poking and prodding. On the left here is the plate that has been welded over the inner sill. It's randomly tacked in place at the top and bottom and isn't really providing much in the way of structure.  In most places I tore it away by hand or a quick knock with a chisel.

    Onto rebuilding the front section of inner sill. Here, I just made a flat piece, laid it over the inner sill and cut through both, discarded the rotten lower section then welded the new panel on.

    Saves messing around trying to get them to fit together.

    I cut out the floor where it joined the inner sill and replaced it, as none of it was particularly nice.

    The floor was welded straight to the inner.


    Moving to the back, it looks like someone didn't even bother opening the door while welding a repair section in place.

    No point hanging about with this part.

    Braced and chopped.

    Back seats out.

    A bit of poking some painted floor in the rear corner quickly produced a large hole.

    Rear inner sill replaced and welded to the rear crossmember.

    Only gap left is under the B pillar.

    That's the inner sill complete on this side.

    Here is a bit I cut off the inner sill - floor join.  Quality.

    I'd hoped to be able to rescue the mid-sill panel and weld this on, but it was much worse than expected. 
    Here, I'd cut off the lower half of the panel and started chipping away the remnants of the outer sill, which again had been loosely tacked in place and wasn't providing any structure.

    At this point, I gave up.  The whole panel has been coated in some kind of horrible sticky bitumen style paint which has then been topcoated.  The belt sander, flap disk, wire wheel and blowtorch failed to shift it. I am just going to buy a complete panel.

    That brings the sill job to a stop, and since the weather was turning anyway, I decided to have a tidy up and clear out.
    Rust mountain.

    Jigsaw puzzle. Here's all the bits I've cut off the car and replaced so far.

    Took time to box all the engine components since they were lying scattered around the back of the car.

    And then something I should have done from the start: box and label the screws, nuts and bolts lying around.

    Finally, I had an hour or so left of daylight, so I went over the chassis welds again with a new roll of wire and on a higher setting.  Looks significantly stronger I hope you'll agree.

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    danthecapriman reacted to Joey spud in Boris the '59 Minor.   
    This side is a bit better (honest) but it still all needs chopping out and replacing.
    The leaf springs front mount isn't too bad but has been welded on (many years ago) at very jaunty angle so can't stay either.
    The majority of the welded repairs to the floor and sill area have been done very well but it has just rotted out again.I think a lot of the rot has been caused by poor corrosion protection of the fresh metal and water ingress via leaky door and window seals.

    I have in stock a rear spring hanger,sill/floor panels,lower quarter panel,centre cross member repair section and a hinge pillar panel (dubious quality) but i still need another £80 worth of pressed tin to complete the jig-saw.

    As I went front to back last time I thought I would go back to front this time and start by replacing the spring hanger box section.
    An old Toyota Hiace scissor jack is a great tool for pushing the leaf spring out of the way and helping to align it when the shackle needed to be fitted again.
    This was more involved than the offside one as the boot floor which is sandwiched between the spring hanger and the inner wings box section had turned to horrible brown rust flakes so had to be cut out and replaced before I could fit the new hanger.

    It all went in ok,i had drilled 8mm holes into the hanger so i could plug weld it to the floor/inner wing and then seam/tack weld everywhere else.
    It's going to need a few high welds dressing back as I had the welder turned up to 11 when it really didn't need to be.
    Also on this side the boot floor above the axle bump stop plate will need to remade too and obviously the boxing in of the inner wing to back panel will need completing.
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    danthecapriman reacted to bicycle repairman in needed something keep me busy so got pile off s%%te   
    why did i dont know but haggled on price he wanted kings ramson but he needed space it was his late fathers car,but its got its good points it runs stops and starts really nice interior nice as your going get them still got its orignal lw,mw radio lol,rock solid underneath innerwings inside the boot,and parts i need are very reasonable used to over price ford panels be tax exempt next year,stood in lock up for 15 years and front window was smashed so damp air got to front wings but only bolted on, its had 90s repair on end off sills,its in my lock up be slow rebuld ,its not been botched so i think got a good starting point lol,wanted something get my teeth stuck into,am so bored so it should keep me busy

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    danthecapriman reacted to Wibble in Wibble’s Wittering - Cortina & Senator ramblings   
    Actually, things got worse with further digging and I can’t find those wheel arch repair sections now:


    Looks like duct tape for the MOT then🤷🏻‍♂️
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    danthecapriman reacted to PhilA in 1951 Pontiac Chieftain   
    Car was looking a bit sad.

    Started to polish it up.

    It's come up okay.

    Got this far, needs some more detail work and the chrome polishing. Too hot to continue now, the polish dries before I can buff it off.
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    danthecapriman reacted to goosey in Lazy spotters thread   
    On my way home this afternoon as I was in the area, I thought I would pop in on an old friend 
    looks like someone put the windows up and locked the doors 

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    danthecapriman reacted to 500tops in Lazy spotters thread   
    A few from this morning's autojumble at Duchy Agricultural College 

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    danthecapriman reacted to Zelandeth in Lazy spotters thread   
    Images from CarBrocureAddict over on Twitter.
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    danthecapriman reacted to dave j in Lazy spotters thread   
    I saw this one while driving a couple weeks ago, but today I saw the Lada Samara parked up!

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    danthecapriman reacted to 500tops in Lazy spotters thread   
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    danthecapriman reacted to quicksilver in Lazy spotters thread   
    I've been such a lazy spotter I haven't even uploaded any pics for ages but I've got to share this one. I thought this guy had balls of steel venturing onto the M40 in an A35.

    I looked it up and DVLA says 4948cc. Surely that's a typo and it should be 948?
    No, there's a 5-litre Mustang V8 on a cut-down Lotus Elite chassis, gearbox and suspension crammed under there! It looks so standard yet has 10 times as much power as it did originally. Brilliant and I'd love to have seen the looks on the faces of the modern drivers he overtook.
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    danthecapriman reacted to Wibble in Wibble’s Wittering - Cortina & Senator ramblings   
    Decided I’d make a start tidying up the rear wheel arches on the Senny

    This ain’t gonna be pretty…

    I know repair sections are available but I haven’t the time, skill or money to go down that route, so it will be rust converter and filler for now, followed by some really badly applied paint I expect!
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    danthecapriman reacted to Joey spud in Boris the '59 Minor.   
    Back on the floor after nearly two years I really need to get my finger out.

    I needed Boris to move under his own power to turn him around but the extra bracing I had added was in the way of the pedals so had to go for the moment 
    The clutch and brake pedals share the same semi seized pivot shaft which currently makes forward momentum a bit erratic.

    With the car back on its wheels I was pleased to find the driver's door still opens and closes without catching.

    I really like these 13" eight spokes and can see me swapping between the wide 14's and these as my mood takes me.

    Despite the scary rot the nearside is slightly better as the door fits ok and so the hinge panel can be patched rather than replaced.
    And an added bonus after fiddling with the carb and distributor settings I have now got the engine to Idle smoothly and rev cleanly without bogging down.
    And the clutch operation is a bit too fierce for my liking (it's either in or out) but all the linkage is very worn and dry so I think it can be improved later on.

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    danthecapriman got a reaction from Shite Ron in Project Capri. Runner! & Driver! pg.46.   
    I think it’s just silver originally. I don’t know how they applied it at the factory but it’s not very hard wearing and just rubs off in time/weather. 
    The trim on the windscreen rubbers and door cards is chrome effect, and that’s got that silvery coating under the plastic, but, again that falls apart and peels with age. 
    Some of the dashboard trim and facia edges should have a silver lining though too, I think.
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    danthecapriman got a reaction from LightBulbFun in Project Capri. Runner! & Driver! pg.46.   
    Boring work has been continuing on this, mostly adding yet more cavity wax and clear wax where it’s visible. Didn’t take pics, cos, it’s boring! Also got the two footwell kick panels fitted back in… then had to remove them because I forgot to connect the earth wires for the interior lights first!🤬 refitted them again now though. 
    Took the grill off and stole @captain_70s idea of using a silver permanent marker to restore the faded ‘FORD’ logo in the middle. Looks much better now so thanks for that one! 
    Then while that was off spent a ridiculously long time trying to get the stupid bonnet release catch spring thing back into place under/through the slam panel. One of those jobs that was incredibly frustrating trying to get it to fit right. Then refitted the release hook and cable. Everything works perfectly which is good. 
    I then decided the original bonnet spring and latch mechanism were not in keeping with the current state of the car! So I bought a new old stock replacement which is like new in that anodised gold-ish colour. Hermes decided to take 13 days to get it to me so it needs fitting and adjusting yet. Then that’s the front end finished and also means the car can be driven without the bonnet flying up. 
    Pics to follow as I forgot to take any.
    I also decided to spend a few days cleaning out the garage and laying a new floor since winters on the way. 
    I’ve put down some rubber/foam type tiles on the floor just to tidy it up and keep it cleaner in there. They’ve got grip mouldings on too so shouldn’t be slippery. 
    Loads of old rubbish and empty boxes of parts binned too, and there’s very very little left to actually fit on the car now which is a relief.

    Its not the best garage ever but it’s all I’ve got for now. It’s dry and safe for the car though which is all I need.
    How was that for a spooky prediction!
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    danthecapriman got a reaction from LightBulbFun in Project Capri. Runner! & Driver! pg.46.   
    More done today.
    Mostly cleaning the interior this time. The seats are fine, being new material, but the dash and most other bits of trim were filthy and looking dull from years of storage so I’ve cleaned it all down with some trim cleaner and a cloth. Incredible how much crap came off on the cloth! It looked grubby but it was far dustier than I thought. Then did a few coats of black cockpit shine and buffed up with a microfibre cloth. Looks absolutely fantastic now!

    It’ll most probably need a few more goes over with the shine as some of the plastic had gone very dull. But it’s not been cleaned or polished in years.
    Spent ages over the last few days sorting the door and tailgate seals too. They’re all new and are making shutting the doors/tailgate extremely difficult. The rubber is so stiff and thick it’s stopping things closing properly. Managed with the doors, although I think it’ll improve with time once the new seals soften and take the shape of the closed doors. But the tailgate is not having it! I think I need to loosen the hinge bolts and slide the tailgate up a touch as I think the seal is hitting in the wrong place on the underside of the tailgate.
    Also finished cleaning and shining up the replacement footwell kick panels. They’re looking great now and just need fitting. I’ve also wax injected the A pillars and inside of the door hinge areas so now just need to fit the kick panels over them.
    And, I had a great find recently! 
    I’ve been thinking about the steering wheel recently. Been keeping an eye out for a better one - couldn’t find anything much of an improvement over mine so thought about getting the leather wrap on mine retrimmed. 
    Then a really nice one turned up on eBay so I bagged it!
    Heres my original. These are different to normal mk2 steering wheels. Mine being an early car they carried on using up stocks of mk1 wheels. Which look way nicer too imho.

    And here’s the one I got off eBay.

    It’s in absolutely lovely condition. The soft trim is all perfect and the plastic is all really good. I think it’s actually off a higher trim car than mine as it’s got a soft padded centre section whereas on my old one it’s hard plastic. All it needed was a quick wash and some cockpit shine buffing on and it looks a million times better than my old one.

    Its got a really pleasant smell too! That old musty car smell with a slight hint of old tobacco! Or rather it did, until I cleaned it.
    Anyway, almost there now. Just a few bits to finish then time to hit the queens highway. (It’ll probably be kings highway by the time I get it done!!) Main thing stopping me driving it now is the tailgate not latching down.
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    danthecapriman reacted to Low Horatio gearbox in The new news 24 thread   
    XJ6 back after too long. On  the upside it's as smooth as silk engine wise and the electrics and stereo all work so it's an functional car  now. 

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