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by GavinL
Sat Aug 08, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: Vanessa '68 2dr saloon
Replies: 73
Views: 9770

Re: Vanessa '68 2dr saloon

inner nearside rear wing removed - although the central part was OK it had completely disintegrated round the wheel arch and front and rear corners so I decided that it was easier to replace the whole inner wing than multiple repairs. I've cut out the lower rear suspension mount so that I can replac...
by GavinL
Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Other
Topic: Damper oil options
Replies: 18
Views: 3813

Re: Damper oil options

I've used motorcycle fork oil in my Midget dampers on the basis that it is designed for dampers and has antifoamong additives, although not probably really necessary in car dampers. I used SAE20 ( as recommended in the workshop manual) but having read this thread I realise it is too thin as the fron...
by GavinL
Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:24 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Waterless Coolant: suitable for classic engines or not?
Replies: 8
Views: 302

Re: Waterless Coolant: suitable for classic engines or not?

Evans claim to be the makers of this - their website faqs include a lot of classic car examples so looks like they have no issues providing a warranty for its use in older cars https://www.evanscoolant.com/how-it-works/forum/
by GavinL
Sun Jul 26, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: Vanessa '68 2dr saloon
Replies: 73
Views: 9770

Re: Vanessa '68 2dr saloon

Made progress this morning whilst listening to the cricket. Drilled out the spot welds so that I can remove the inner wing started by spotting them so as to leave flange intact, but changed my mind half way through to drill through and I will plug weld from the rear. 20200726_111336_resize_49.jpg 20...
by GavinL
Sun Jul 26, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: Vanessa '68 2dr saloon
Replies: 73
Views: 9770

Re: Vanessa '68 2dr saloon

Bit more progress made. The bottom of both vertical panels below the rear seat had rotted, so I made repair panels and welded in. Not my best welding, but adequate, the issue was access, with the car on a spit I could rotate it be 90° so that the panel was vertical, but the cross brace welded betwee...
by GavinL
Thu Jul 09, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Pinion setting gauge 18G191
Replies: 1
Views: 79

Pinion setting gauge 18G191

Does anyone have one of these, and if so would they be willing to post the heights of the three steps on the setting gauge, A, B and C? Having searched the web i can only find the height of step B as 0.820", which is for an MGA apparently. I know that there are threads explaining how to set the pini...
by GavinL
Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Spring hanger front collapsed - repair strategy
Replies: 30
Views: 5302

Re: Spring hanger front collapsed - repair strategy

Try this thread I started https://www.mmoc.org.uk/Messageboard/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=68421#p624443 Are your bump stops still in place? My strategy was to make a jig with a straight angle between spring mounts and weld a leg to the bump stop to locate the angle vertically ( see restoration thread for V...
by GavinL
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Thread sizes
Replies: 116
Views: 61691

Re: Thread sizes

Assume it was 60° thread form?
by GavinL
Sat Jun 20, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Central locking - adapting a standard door lock
Replies: 5
Views: 223

Re: Central locking - adapting a standard door lock

So I've been developing the theme of adding central locking via the standard door locks, and have come up with the solution below. 20200620_212633_compress80.jpg What I've done is make a pin that replaces the original locking pin which is driven by the lock barrel, and drive it by a door motor. 2020...
by GavinL
Thu Jun 18, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: welded join in roofline saloon
Replies: 4
Views: 248

Re: welded join in roofline saloon

i've got one in exactly the same place - i suspect it was to do with the length of available steel being shorter than the required length for the roof?
by GavinL
Mon Jun 15, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Tracker Systems
Replies: 10
Views: 226

Re: Tracker Systems

There are a lot of relatively cheap similar trackers on the market such as https://uk.banggood.com/Enusic-9V-75V-Micro-GPS-Tracker-Waterproof-Locator-Motorcycle-Car-Electric-Bike-Scooter-Power-Standby-Burglar-Alarm-p-1666364.html?rmmds=search&cur_warehouse=CN The reviews appear good, and i've bought...
by GavinL
Sun Jun 14, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Central locking - adapting a standard door lock
Replies: 5
Views: 223

Re: Central locking - adapting a standard door lock

Thanks John. Yes I also considered locking the bar as an approach- very interesting thanks. I've started fabricating the door lock modifications so will finish it and see how it works. Which alarm did you use to control the locks? I'm considering one of the various alarms from Banggood. I've had ele...
by GavinL
Sun Jun 14, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Central locking - adapting a standard door lock
Replies: 5
Views: 223

Central locking - adapting a standard door lock

So I want to add central locking to my 2 door Minor ( when I've finished welding it 8) keeping the original door locks and without adding additional dead bolts etc. Looking at the door lock there is already a hole for a locking pin which is an extension of the hole provided for the door key lock. So...
by GavinL
Sat Jun 13, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: Vanessa '68 2dr saloon
Replies: 73
Views: 9770

Re: Vanessa '68 2dr saloon

Next up was a repair to the off side wheel arch. This had been badly repaired on the past so I cut back to clean metal and made a repair section using a home made tucking fork. I joddled the panel which i prefer as it makes fitting easier and welding easier. So I have a nice continuous weld in the w...
by GavinL
Sat Jun 13, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: Vanessa '68 2dr saloon
Replies: 73
Views: 9770

Re: Vanessa '68 2dr saloon

So I’ve completed welding the cross member as described in the last post and it all appears to have worked ok. I’ve also added patches to the floor where it passes over the cross member.
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by GavinL
Sun Jun 07, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: de-greaser
Replies: 8
Views: 252

Re: de-greaser

Apparently paraffin contains a small amount of water so needs drying well after. When cleaning individual items I use Comma hyperclean and then wash it off with hot water. If the water is hot enough it will dry almost instantly, a run over with compressed air then leave it in the warm airing cupboar...
by GavinL
Sun May 31, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: Vanessa '68 2dr saloon
Replies: 73
Views: 9770

Re: Vanessa '68 2dr saloon

So, after posting the above I thought a bit more about it and if the sill box wasn't moving something else must be, so I attached a DTI to the tube which forms the spindle of the roll over jig I've got Vanessa on and clamped both crossmember end tight to the underside of the sill boxes. When I did t...
by GavinL
Sun May 31, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: Vanessa '68 2dr saloon
Replies: 73
Views: 9770

Re: Vanessa '68 2dr saloon

So I’ve removed the old cross member, leaving the tongues on the chassis legs as discussed on another thread. I’ve bolted the new crossmember in place and clamped the cross member to the torsion bar mounting using the stepped washers and a bolt. So the central part of the crossmember is tight to the...
by GavinL
Fri May 29, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: STAYHOME RALLY PLAQUE
Replies: 36
Views: 4800

Re: STAYHOME RALLY PLAQUE

These have raised £15k, so a not inconsiderable sum. A good effort.

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by GavinL
Tue May 26, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Chassis legs to cross member connection
Replies: 9
Views: 379

Re: Chassis legs to cross member connection

So having followed Phil’s excellent advice I cut out the cross member either side and in between the chassis legs, split the remaining sections of the cross member behind the chassis legs, leaving the section welded to the chassis leg. 50FE1CCD-5B5E-4124-B5B0-5F7FB8531ADC.jpeg I'll leave this as the...