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  1. FIFY Back in the day when Moses had just crossed the Tay and before gods dog was even a pup I bought my first road bike (a CG125) from a bloke on Cleghorn St (just off the Lochee road). It too suffered from a swing arm full of holes. I had a local car garage weld some patches over them and despite throwing it down the road and putting it through a hedge several times it was never a problem again. FFS, I can remember the street where I bought my first bike in 1990 but can't remember what I had for dinner last night. Old age is a cruel mistress!
  2. Once the bike I just sold on ebay gets collected by a courier the two bikes currently in the lockup will need moving back to the house as I'll then have room at the inn to squeeze them in. One is my mates bike and will be trailered and the other is mine and needs it's 1980's fuel injection to be re-awoken after an 18 month slumber in order to move under its own steam as it's too big for my trailer. That will leave the lockup empty and then after a short pause for breath a collection mission will commence 😊 F**k all will be happening until it stops raining though. It's like the end of the world here today the amount of the stuff that's fallen out the sky. If it doesn't stop soon then I'm buying more wood and building an arc!
  3. Bit of autoshite construction this week. Built a four foot high three foot deep "shelf" across the back of the lockup. It's part of the current "fleet transition" plan. I'd like to have a car in there instead of paying to store bikes I don't use and shite I don't need. The idea of the monster shelf come mezzanine come hay loft is that I'll still have storage if a car is parked with it's bumper right up against the back wall. It's plenty high enough to clear any car boot/bonnet and being made of 4" fence posts is strong enough to support spare wheels, engine parts or anything else you can imagine. Currently home to a wheelbarrow just to give perspective to the pic.
  4. A rare wee bike, I can't find an online fiche for it anywhere. That said I'm willing to bet the existing swing arm is steel and would weld up just fine. Normally such swing arms are made of three bits of pipe and a pressed steel gusset. It's normally the gusset that rots out but the pipes are fine so cutting out the rot plating up should be ok. Just be careful welding around the bearings & seals as they may well be plastic bushes and not roller bearings. If you did want to go down the replacement route then try Breaking Point in Aberdeen. They might not have broken an EN but if they had a GS or similar swing arm in stock then you could compare the two side by side. http://www.breakingpoint.co.uk/
  5. Most of the time impulse buying can be avoided by telling yourself there'll always be another. This is one of those rare times when you just know that there'll never be another one like this that you get the chance to buy. Well done for having the courage to follow your automotive dreams. Fine old vehicles like this don't have owners merely custodians and I look forward immensely to seeing this fine old thing blossom during your stewardship.
  6. I'm quite shocked, that's the first really new car I've seen in a very long time that I really really like the look of. I certainly didn't expect to be casting a covetous eye over a modern vee dub in appliance white but that's a really smart looking car.
  7. Panning for gold autoshite style with a dolly sump full of petrol! Amazing progress on this wee car, can't wait to see it in the flesh again.
  8. This ^^^ Nothing sticks properly onto freshly galvanised steel. Fresh galv has a waxy surface so it doesn't matter what kind of primer you use it's like painting steel that's been smeared with lard. The recommendation from paint manufacturers is that hot dip galv should be weathered for 2 years prior to painting or prepped with t-wash. T-wash is a phosphoric acid based solution much like rust converters that will leave the material with a black phosphated coating that paint can adhere to. Assuming this is the problem here then all repair panels made of zintec will have this issue but the paint on anything made out of mild steel will probably be fine. https://www.rust.co.uk/product/galvanised-metal-primer-t-wash-mordant-solution-30
  9. Patience young grasshopper, all will be revealed in the fullness of time. All I shall say is that you will approve 😊
  10. Minor fleet updates from the last week or two. Mainly been focusing on selling more bikeshite, but will update that thread when the buyers courier eventually collects. F'kin shipley.... Astra towbar wiring was finished off when the indicator buzzer arrived. All in the whole thing only cost £30 so well happy with that. One final advisory from last year was rusty rear springs. I'd normally not bother but for £16 delivered I deemed it worth while for the positive "just give me an advisory and I'll take care of It" vibes it gives off to the tester next time around 😂. The old ones had sagged a fair bit right enough. Test drive with ABS light now on had me cursing myself for doing unneccessary work but investigation only revealed a plug had been knocked out and not the mangled wiring my sense of doom was expecting. In toolbox news I've had to eventually concede that after 27 years faithful service my 10mm combination spanner is fucked and needs replacing, open end splayed wide apart and beyond use. New one is now on order. Goodnite brave solja, I shall remember you fondly........ The Saab appears to be sensing it's future and knows I have been gazing lustfully at other motors. Pulled out of some services today and there was a pop followed by a BIG whooshing noise that sounded like an hgv realeasing its brakes right at my drivers window. Car still drove ok but there was a funny smell (not me). Turned around and headed back into the services and when slowing down smoke started to come from under the bonnet just to add a litle sense of drama to the occasion! Took me an age to figure out what had happened but I eventually sussed that the AC condenser had burst and the violent depressurisation of the system had puked compressor oil all over the gearbox, turbo and downpipe causing the unusual smells and smoke signals. Electric windows can still be deployed for cabin cooling so I'm content to leave it as is. Some fleet movements are planned in the coming weeks/months but I'll leave you all in suspense for now so as not to spoil a future kerlection fred.
  11. If you are brave enough (and have compressed air) then a needle scaler is a very effective way of quickly knocking off surface rust. I've had 2 land rovers over the years and still have traumatic flashbacks any time I see one for sale. One of those things that you're glad you did and even more glad you no longer do!
  12. Astonishing the lack of rot given the amount of surface rust. Thumbs up to Toyota for that level of quality. Ten years ago I welded the arse back into a disco of a similar vintage and it had holes you could stick your head through!
  13. Great to see the wee car back in one piece again. That's an excellent repair for the money to be honest. It may be a bit agricultural in that it's strong, functional but not the prettiest but it's certainly not pigeon shit. There's been a lot of work gone into that and it's nice to see that everything has been seam welded and nothing ground back. That way you know nothing's being hidden. In this day and age I'm honestly surprised that you can find a garage to do that much work for such a fair price.
  14. Back in the day when I rode a bit of motocross I always though that 200 was about the perfect sized bike even though it was only really KTM that were producing a mainstream bike in that capacity. 125's were light and great fun to thrash but were sometimes left wanting for a bit of low down torque. 250's had bags of power everywhere but could be terrifying when given the beans and could spit you into next week if you landed a jump badly and grabbed a handful of throttle by accident. I did once get a ride on a CR500 and it was just as scary as you'd imagine!
  15. That's some impressive tin bashing going on, that panel's got compound curves going in every direction and you've absolutely nailed it. Must have been quite an experience for both of you to be back welding that car together again, thankfully just a wee corner this time.
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