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2 minutes ago, Bren said:

Did the insignias' diesel filter.

A plastic cover hides the tank and the housing. I saw my arse when I realised I had no 36mm socket in my socket set - I messaged my mate to see if he had one - I found one I bought ages ago at the back of one of my roll cab's drawers.

Just glad I never bought another.

The only time my 1 inch socket set saw any use was when my neighbour was doing the fuel filter on his insignia and realised he didn’t have a 36mm socket!

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23 hours ago, grogee said:

I think I bought the same thing, the assembly method relies on tabs in slots but it's possible to misalign one tab, which might have lead to the 'falling apart' review. 

Was yours made of tinfoil? It arrived today, and christ is the metal flimsy.

I've had to take a break from assembling the first one because I'm getting so pissed off with things bending in ways they're not supposed to.

I know I'm a ham-fisted orangutan but this is ridiculous!

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4 minutes ago, reb said:

Was yours made of tinfoil? It arrived today, and christ is the metal flimsy.

I've had to take a break from assembling the first one because I'm getting so pissed off with things bending in ways they're not supposed to.

I know I'm a ham-fisted orangutan but this is ridiculous!

I have Clarke machine mart ones. Went together fine but occasionally the tabs get on the wrong side. Definitely don't force them otherwise they'll bend the wrong way. Some of them I had to use a flat headed screwdriver to get them started on the right side first and some persuasion to make sure they go through both holes. 

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1 minute ago, SiC said:

I have Clarke machine mart ones. Went together fine but occasionally the tabs get on the wrong side. Definitely don't force them otherwise they'll bend the wrong way. Some of them I had to use a flat headed screwdriver to get them started on the right side first and some persuasion to make sure they go through both holes. 

The part that has gone the worst so far is the couplers between the halves of the legs. The first 3 have gone in ok (well, there's about a 2mm gap that looks like it shouldn't be there, but I'm sure it'll be fine if they're all like that) but the last one has got stuck with a 2cm gap.

Not to mention that when I was fitting them to the tops of the bottom halves of the leg I followed exactly what it said to do, and yet they still got all fucked up and bent!

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The part that has gone the worst so far is the couplers between the halves of the legs. The first 3 have gone in ok (well, there's about a 2mm gap that looks like it shouldn't be there, but I'm sure it'll be fine if they're all like that) but the last one has got stuck with a 2cm gap.
Not to mention that when I was fitting them to the tops of the bottom halves of the leg I followed exactly what it said to do, and yet they still got all fucked up and bent!
Some of it needed a good few taps of the mallet to seat things home.
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2 minutes ago, SiC said:
3 minutes ago, reb said:
The part that has gone the worst so far is the couplers between the halves of the legs. The first 3 have gone in ok (well, there's about a 2mm gap that looks like it shouldn't be there, but I'm sure it'll be fine if they're all like that) but the last one has got stuck with a 2cm gap.
Not to mention that when I was fitting them to the tops of the bottom halves of the leg I followed exactly what it said to do, and yet they still got all fucked up and bent!

Some of it needed a good few taps of the mallet to seat things home.

I will admit that it would probably be going slightly more smoothly if my "mallet" wasn't an old thermos flask.

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Just now, reb said:

I will admit that it would probably be going slightly more smoothly if my "mallet" wasn't an old thermos flask.

Yeah I definitely would use a rubber mallet. Not only to reduce the damage but the weight of it gives a proper push down.  

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2 minutes ago, SiC said:

Yeah I definitely would use a rubber mallet. Not only to reduce the damage but the weight of it gives a proper push down.  

All of my tools are at my unit and I can't get there until probably saturday (maybe even not until next saturday) and I need/want to get these sorted by the weekend.

 

I think I maybe have a normal hammer somewhere, which would be both better and worse at the same time.

 

I can only assume the Halfords and other "proper" brands that sell what look to be identical shelving must actually be a bit better made

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30 minutes ago, reb said:

Was yours made of tinfoil? It arrived today, and christ is the metal flimsy.

I've had to take a break from assembling the first one because I'm getting so pissed off with things bending in ways they're not supposed to.

I know I'm a ham-fisted orangutan but this is ridiculous!

Erm, I mean yeah it's made from Chinese pressed "steel" but it's man enough to support a load of tools and stuff. 

I seem to remember there was a knack, and a hammer was useful. 

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13 minutes ago, reb said:

All of my tools are at my unit and I can't get there until probably saturday (maybe even not until next saturday) and I need/want to get these sorted by the weekend.

 

I think I maybe have a normal hammer somewhere, which would be both better and worse at the same time.

 

I can only assume the Halfords and other "proper" brands that sell what look to be identical shelving must actually be a bit better made

I would use a piece of wood between metal and hammer if no mallet available.

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I found a lump hammer, and it made the process about 420% easier.

Taking a break now, then I have to move some stuff to put the first one in place, then I can put the second one together.

Though having just looked at the time I should probably do it tomorrow since I doubt my neighbours would appreciate loud hammering at 9pm.

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3 hours ago, reb said:

All of my tools are at my unit and I can't get there until probably saturday (maybe even not until next saturday) and I need/want to get these sorted by the weekend.

 

I think I maybe have a normal hammer somewhere, which would be both better and worse at the same time.

 

I can only assume the Halfords and other "proper" brands that sell what look to be identical shelving must actually be a bit better made

No, they all the same quality. Fairly rigid when up. I increased strength with a screw into the wall on each back leg.

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Got little Zetor fixed today. Had the old exhaust manifold fitted with new gaskets and the new exhaust part in red fitted but reused the old exhaust pipe as it has a few years left in it and replaced the leaking frost plug.

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I also had the new coolant tool kit tested to pressure test the cooling system and it worked well and the system held pressure. So now it is ready for use again.

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8 minutes ago, HillmanImp said:

Anyhow, looking at it myself I'm not sure whether I should go through Iran or Russia? 

Iran. Believe Ed March said that Iranians were one of the friendliest people he had met and if he had to choose a place where he would have woken up naked with nothing, it would have been Iran.

Ed March drove from Thailand? to the UK on a Honda C90.

https://www.youtube.com/c/c90adventures/videos

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