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On 12/13/2020 at 11:22 AM, Tickman said:

I've just been through the 8 months of your thread and there are far too few replies to such excellent content which must be why I hadn't seen all the progress this year had brought.

Hopefully the weather won't deter you too much.

Agreed. Great reading all in. Not sure how I missed so much of this to be honest.

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So just before becoming seriously ill with Covid I spent a wad on a hopeless case car which turned up the day before I went rapidly downhill.

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I used the proton  as a winch anchor and it wasn't as grounded as the skoda untill the hedge started getting involved.

So its a 1982 skoda 120LSE 'top of the range!' It came with  4 siezed wheels, engine,loads of rust and a smashed windscreen which I suspect was a garage roof coming down on it. 

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Easy job to take the screen out and clean up the glass.

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Loads of vacuuming later improved matters a tad.

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Not the original 120 high compression engine, ti's a s110r engine which is a 1.1 but 60bhp instead of 58

It turned after some judicious force.

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30years sat still, straight in the scrap pile.

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I had to strip the shoes and brake pads out to free off the wheels, amazingly the calipers aren't siezed.20210205_135559.thumb.jpg.f4def625d49d155c1eec533cc6539b0e.jpg20210205_175720.thumb.jpg.83b8b2dd8db0b7d742d5fbfe1deb061f.jpg

There is shit loads of work in this but I reckon a good honest no frills weld up and recommision will see it grace the black top once more.

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Haha true the timing was fairly apt I must admit as it was a total state inside due to damp,creatures,organic matter etc ,care was taken when vacuuming out although that's all somewhat elementary now lol.

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This all happened inbetween being too rough to crack on, decided to get the engine to run, 30years meant the valves were siezed so the head had to come off. IMG-20210222-WA0006.thumb.jpeg.14b7e9231730f5dc2a83fc785a0c51a1.jpeg

Nice easy job to free them off and clean it all up, double valve springs for high performance! Well not quite as all versions had them lol.20210225_181037.thumb.jpg.3638ebce6d694879420ca7045ce73928.jpg

Hammerite thyme got a workout again.

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I cheated here because I had a previously rebuilt carb to just fit without any hassle.20210228_115634.thumb.jpg.f84c693c74643bdf342d48b350e0bb1b.jpg

So next up the starter motor was fully siezed up so was a nice quick job to remove, erm no as corrosion had set in big style.20210226_201910.thumb.jpg.2959c6dfeddc7e347aa81f22830321e1.jpg

eventually it came off but the replacement I had was a bloody FWD unit with a smaller pinion matched to its motor shaft, so had to fit the rwd innards to the fwd body.20210227_123856.thumb.jpg.83eba014cbe686d2833dd1ec5aca2f33.jpg

Connecting a battery saw it fire up instantly for the first time since 1991.20210228_113333.thumb.jpg.f68afa717dd075c2035861b750ec34d3.jpg

Also the alternator was rust siezed so that had to be hammered apart 

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Just wanted a quick clean and it worked amazingly! 

Also up every door was siezed shut and had broken rods etc.20210228_152150.thumb.jpg.eaadc041037bcf70a9ddaa00e0c59d98.jpg

Fixed up all 4 doors and lubricated them so they now work nicely.

Looking ahead to panels it will eventually need I bought this and @worldofceri brought it to my door, a true professional and an excellent price!

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I stripped it of as much reusable parts and the front end for the lse.

The neighbours were understanding...20210319_162055.thumb.jpg.c2b8de02493149e4b8411189481c8b6c.jpg

And the understanding continued a smidge....20210322_144126.thumb.jpg.8c99a126e45cea662a04538404f5b989.jpg

My neighbours are awesome ( I didn't make hardly any noise though) just now need to regain sustained health if possible.

 

 

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In a fit of needing to be productive , a carport was deemed necessary to be able to function in the rain, so good old facebook market place came up trumps with some massively overkill 6x4 timber for pocket money and 4x2 3m length rafters.

First job was to move the proton out the way which wasn't too impossible of a task once filled with fuel, and a decent battery.

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2 cars very similar in ethos but so very different under the skin. 

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First up I made some wall mount blocks for the joist rail and bothered to get the router out to tart it up.

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I had to dig some time team trenches to middle the bricks and expose them for the masonry through bolts.

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Wall mounts could then tighten up and I found the aggregate dug into and locked the timber to the wall!

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Then the joist rail could secure into place and the 2 upright post holes were dug, and leveled concrete pads poured at the desired level. 

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Upright to cross bar fitted with M8 stud bar intersecting 20mm rod.

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Needless stiffening!

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And it's up there! 

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1 hour ago, spartacus said:

Wow, that's looking great, birdsmouth joints and everything.

Impressive, I'll be taking a slow drive-by next week to check it out!

Social distanced visitors are always welcome as I'm outside as much as the weather allows, which is partly the reason for the carport haha! 

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27 minutes ago, Jim Bell said:

Impressive erection. 

What are you doing for the ground man? 

Aye good question, likely will lay flags down as the whole deal is sort of temporary, long term a single and a half garage will take its place so can't really pour concrete down yet.

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Aye i can't go anywhere now there are facebook groups for old car spotting,  i get alot of screen shots sent to me after every trip further afield!

First task today was to joint the crossbar sections properly, 2 M8 studs into 20mm bar and really thick washers did the  trick although as seen I didn't line up the side hole properly on the first go, middled it on the second though , the gap is there purely as the timber wants that angle and even 1600kg of M8 compression won't persuade it! 20210402_190732.thumb.jpg.acbec3db56ea6c2be79330e495344fcb.jpg

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I felt the need to run the router around to give a slither of sophistication and class to go with the sort of motor that will be caressed beneath it.20210402_195129.thumb.jpg.c0724f4ec9f972714afae3a68755ac58.jpg

So now that the tedious shit is out of the way i can think about what roof material to try and get for pittance and how to sort the 'work/terrace' area

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Just a small update, I was scanning around for bargains to complete this and eventually found 8x4 OSB sheet to go up and then subsequently a garage roof that had recently been removed so all in I'm about £230 into it which will go up a smidge due to guttering ,strip light and outdoor socket.

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Always a fan of the tiny wheel flatbed20210407_192034.thumb.jpg.cd6bf072477bf2f4bf1f642bb67ff09a.jpg

It snowed heavily whilst I slapped on the preservative but I persevered due to just wanting it done!20210408_172818.thumb.jpg.3c85015a8c864dbc8f18f0f88480f86b.jpg20210408_172840.thumb.jpg.aa860334f4886200f998dc15e2bb1d09.jpg

The osb flew up no bother and similarly the underlay and steel was no issue to shorten a smidge and the stiffness of the metal made it feel very firm underfoot , next up will be to excavate and flag the area under it, by hand in the main! 

 

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I pulled the hulk into the work arena and was straight away distracted by picking off the vinyl roof and rubbing shitty old glue off the pillars etc, ideally it wants a roof skin but it looks like the one it had will do for now.

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The car is the wrong way round really as the front is looking terrible compared to the back so ideally hiding that would have been preferable

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So with this I want to fly through the core of the shell before dealing with the usual accessible outer rot so the interior was first to be evicted.20210410_210239.thumb.jpg.4c361b17706b6c9a4436afc05c4afe67.jpg

along with the soaking wet sound mat and bitumen coating.

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The floor is finally dried out and I'm leaving the sill repair till after the floor is sorted as they do retain a decent level of strength till I mercilessly chop them off!

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Next up, to remove the axle I removed the brake line, anti roll bar, dampers and undid the 8 bolts and nuts holding it in.

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Was 17mm, now rusted down to a perfect 16mm 

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I forgot the steering column so tried to spread the splined clamp and heat it up but it wasn't having any of it.

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So it just had to thread through the bulkhead with a level of ignorance and lacking in grace. 

Getting the axle off allowed the water pipes to drop off also improving access to the metal work.20210414_225705.thumb.jpg.a9124640c73609db4cc2d61f538af357.jpg

Next up welding prep!

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As the buggy is basically unsaleable and worthless I thought I might aswell tinker on with it as and when, the steering was thought to be a massively faff but actually the saxo rack and quadrants etc all play nicely with each other. The quadrant is a brake pedal as it has a nice pivot point.

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the rack mount was welded to the chassis rails to initially position the rack with a view that the drag link follows the average arc of the suspension links.20210424_190329.thumb.jpg.a4fc8312cb525d5f9912b9ce5e87a426.jpg

Steering column is the saxo up joint, a piece of lawnmower and a m12 bolt with a flange welded on.20210424_184321.thumb.jpg.7341e8954b070bd1352b89d26e305277.jpg

The steering quadrant pivot got a decent beef up as I predict the thing is likely to be getting its face smashed in rather than a quiet bimble although thinking further a bump stop would be helpful as bottoming the dampers would strain the arms a fair bit.20210426_120541.thumb.jpg.c749e4b0aa7f2b302ccfc73d882efaf4.jpg

I knocked up a front bumper as it wants a decent location for some D shackles, basically because why not!20210426_173840.thumb.jpg.020c93f7921fe6adca863764220ecfd0.jpg

So as the HDPE 1000litre containers worked out so well previously I picked up 2 inner bottles locally for a tenner, as can be seen when you saw them into a net they are a good 7m² of decent 3mm sheet which cut and shape very easily, I would have used then on a shed roof zero bother! 20210428_140733.thumb.jpg.13c9d1b280fc5e01ac75631f68d56570.jpg20210428_161032.thumb.jpg.cdf8326c5592ea2b54032c562a21ad90.jpg

With the front getting resolved I wanted to sort the unfinished rear so back out with the pipe bender and bandsaw to make a bumper and wheel slider rails.20210430_212110.thumb.jpg.f17f3f8df36310e08a097875cb3be360.jpg

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Next up will be a roll over cage! 

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