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Saabnut last won the day on May 7 2019

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  1. I was expecting a few days off but the welder I ordered late Monday afternoon was delivered at 15:00 today! Top service from ebay seller tools4trade! Put together and briefly tested this evening, so maybe back on the enima tomorrow.
  2. More pictures and details! You can't leave it at that! Very nice!
  3. Today has been frustrating and zero progress made! First, this morning I ordered 8 new tyres from two suppliers. A set of Uniroyal Rainexperts for the 900 convertible as the ones on it date to 2006 and two keep going down, as a result the sidewalls have suffered. No problem with those. I also ordered a set of Toyo Proxes for the Sonett for the same reasons (though these date to 2004) and as the car is going on the market soon, it was time to change them. I then received an email saying their carrier will not deliver to me despite their advert saying they would (understandable, I am in a backwater* 10 miles from Aberdeen, the oil capital of europe) so did I have another address, not in the area, they could deliver to. They were sorry about the inconvenience though! Order cancelled, refund received and another order placed. After wasting half the day on tyres, it was time to get the welder out. Last time I went to use it, a few months ago, the feed would not trigger. A friend came over, stripped and cleaned the rheostats so it worked but the feed itself needed setting. Another friend called in today and being a good welder offered to set it up for me. Out to the shed we went, plugged it in and......... nothing Same non feed problem. After much fiddling we both came to the conclusion that the rheostats need replacing. Unfortunately this is an old and obsolete model so spares are not readily available, and it would require the old ones stripping out to see if we could find part numbers and then see if we could source replacements. Over a cup of tea, I decided that perhaps now would be a good time to buy a new welder which would give me time to source bits for the old one. A look on evilbay found a good deal for a 150amp Sealy unit from a supplier I have used before so it should be here on Friday! Looks like another week with no welding though my friend offered to loan me his but I don't like borrowing tools so we shall see.
  4. Now. I have no intention of restoring this, rather I would like to get another year or two's use out of it. To that end, I have decided now might be a good time to get back into welding. I used to be fairly proficient with oxy/acetelene but that was 40 years ago. In the late 90s I borrowed a MIG welder and taught myself how to stick a couple of bits of metal together, but good I was not. In 1998 I started my classic car business and employed a guy who was a brilliant welder, so I stopped gobbing bits together and let him do that. I sold the business in 2011 and since then on the occasions I needed welding done I got a friend to do it. A couple of years ago, I bought a decent MIG welder with good intentions, but have never used it. Now would be a good time...... First, get the Enima on the ramp and remove the front wheel Quick look around to see what is what. Behind the wheel I spotted another bit that will need a repair, but should be a simple* patch A closer look Back to the task in hand, at least access is good A tap with the hammer, and it gets bigger Remove the uderseal to see what we have got then out with the grinder to get back to solid metal At this point I remembered I had not bought any sheet steel, despite planning on doing do. Now, where to get some steel...... Always new that Iveco would come in useful! Next it was to the crunchy nut cornflake box to make a template which was then transferred to the removed section of Iveco. I dug out my guillotine last used in 2011, oiled it up and cut out the first patch As it was getting late and I have not yet upgraded my shed lighting, I decided to call it a day. I don't like welding/grinding late on as I like to remain near for an hour or so after completing work in case of smouldering leading to fire. Also, I have not swiched the welder on for 2 years so I am sure I will need to fiddle with it for a while before I can see how much of a mess I make.
  5. A distinct lack of decent internet connection means no updates on the grass cutting! Suffice to say that a lawn that reached my chin gave the Kubota 2850 c/w 1.75m flail mower a decent work out. Many cuts later plus cutting up the large tree that was victim of winter 2019/20 winter storms kept me busy, along with drinking red wine whilst sat in the shade of my linden tree! The old Disco performed perfectly apart from one wheel having the nuts slacken off a bit (common problem on LR alloys) and developing a small oil leak. Not bad for 3000 miles at an average of 28mpg, half towing. Now back home, and first cure the oil leak. This was easy, the newly fitted oil filter had worked itself loose. This is the second time I have had a filter back off this year, after 40 years of never having a problem. IMy thory is the sealing gaskets are now made of a different material meaning they require more than hand tight, so from here I will tweak them up with the strap tool. Next job was to get the Toyota Emina ready for an MOT as it had expired whilst I was away. I made the fateful comment "should be easy enough" and it has all gone down hill since then. First was to change the headlamp bulb that failed last time I was out. An easy job, but whilst I was under the bonnet I noticed something that looked suspiciously like rust. Oh dear. The other side in the same area looks to be not far behind
  6. I would like the ignition bits please and happy to collect when suits
  7. To and from a pre-booked MOT is the only exception, and then direct journey only, otherwise it is illegal full stop. I got away with it for a few months on Swedish plates, but that was a few years ago and I would not risk it now.
  8. Guys, just a heads up. It is illegal for a UK resident to drive a foreign registered vehicle in the UK. Insurance can also be dodgy. Post Brexit, you will be a magnet for plod. Not saying don't do it, but be careful. Punishments can be severe.
  9. Try a new rotor arm from a reputable supplier if it has been changed in the last few years, there are so many shite ones about these days it is a regular problem.
  10. @Andyrewbefore you buy a calliper for the sake of a bleed nipple, you need one of these Nipple Therapy Kit (fraserbrowneng.co.uk) I borrowed one for the Holden and it saved my skin as new callipers are NLA for that.
  11. Whilst I have many, many boxes of 9000 bits, the only large mechanical bits I have left is an aero 3.61 gearbox and the last 9000 headed for the bridge a few months ago. When I get home I will check the boxes but don't think I have one.
  12. I had a couple when I had the workshop. What do you need?
  13. T'was me that had the Saab! It is currently awaiting its turn for some work before (hopefully) returning to the road
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