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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: 194

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...
by GavinL
Mon May 25, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Chassis legs to cross member connection
Replies: 9
Views: 194

Re: Chassis legs to cross member connection

Agreed, I intend leaving the jacking points off as I always jack under chassis members. I am also intending to seal the flanges and gaps on the cross member with seam sealer.
by GavinL
Mon May 25, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Chassis legs to cross member connection
Replies: 9
Views: 194

Re: Chassis legs to cross member connection

Just had another look and the grinding from the back might be easier than I thought - I’ve cut the flange off and the cross member has delaminated so much I can see daylight, so I will only have one thickness of metal to deal with.
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by GavinL
Mon May 25, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Chassis legs to cross member connection
Replies: 9
Views: 194

Re: Chassis legs to cross member connection

Thanks Phil, good idea, although having pushed an endoscope down the inside of the chassis leg I do wonder how thick the leg walls are at the cross member end. I'll give it a go and see how I get on. Worst case is I have to make right angle patches.
by GavinL
Mon May 25, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Chassis legs to cross member connection
Replies: 9
Views: 194

Chassis legs to cross member connection

Having finished the sills and A posts on both sides of Vanessa it’s time to replace the heavily patched cross member. My plan was to try and preserve the flanges on the ends of the chassis legs, but having cleaned them up I think by the time I’ve drilled out the spot welds there will be virtually no...
by GavinL
Thu May 21, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: Vanessa '68 2dr saloon
Replies: 63
Views: 8712

Re: Vanessa '68 2dr saloon

So I’ve welded the drivers side floor repair panel in, and have the opportunity to compare the welding with the nearside which is where I started. Can you guess which is which?😀 4FA45A86-AF40-474F-9FC7-B866DB7A9211.jpeg 8DE44A15-C9EA-4158-B2FF-33E648C8100E.jpeg I now see why many people say that the...
by GavinL
Wed May 20, 2020 8:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: longer choke cable
Replies: 4
Views: 128

Re: longer choke cable

Had the same issue when fitting the HIF44 to my midget, pretty sure I used a 36" Mini choke cable. Try any of the Mini parts suppliers.

Thinking about it the midget problem was probably the accelerator cable, but same solution applies - look at Mini spares as the cable ends are usually the same.
by GavinL
Wed May 20, 2020 8:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: WD 40
Replies: 26
Views: 389

Re: WD 40

I use it as a cutting fluid when milling or turning aluminium, probably more the cooling effect than lubrication but gives a decent finish.
by GavinL
Mon May 18, 2020 8:24 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: E scooters
Replies: 22
Views: 447

Re: E scooters

As long as they stay on the roads or in cycle lanes with other motorised vehicles I haven't got an issue with them - afterall you can already buy motorised bicycles which do 15mph. My mother in law had a BSA Winged wheel on her bike back in the 1950s so nothings new :D
by GavinL
Sun May 17, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: forward spring hanger
Replies: 2
Views: 147

Re: forward spring hanger

by GavinL
Sun May 17, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: Vanessa '68 2dr saloon
Replies: 63
Views: 8712

Re: Vanessa '68 2dr saloon

Taken a while but I’ve now finished welding the drivers side A pillar in place after lots of screwing in place, hanging the door, adjusting, hanging the door, etc. Made more awkward as the car is close to a wall so hanging the door is knuckle shredding. Result is that the door fits with a uniform ga...
by GavinL
Wed Apr 22, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New member
Replies: 19
Views: 452

Re: New member

Welcome Brian, where abouts in the country are you?
by GavinL
Wed Apr 22, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Removing paint gently
Replies: 3
Views: 223

Re: Removing paint gently

Thanks. All the evidence is that the white is the only additional layer of paint over the original Peat Brown, as where i have rubbed through the brown, there is only the original red and green basecoat and primer evident, and the underside of the dash and door inners are Peat Brown.
by GavinL
Wed Apr 22, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cavity Wax Drilling Positions
Replies: 5
Views: 218

Re: Cavity Wax Drilling Positions

Mine additionally has holes in each of the rear chassis rails, one behind the rear seat cross member, just above and behind the front spring hanger, and the other in the boot, between the shock absorber mount and the bump stop. Since the bump stop appears to be prone to rusting, getting cavity wax i...
by GavinL
Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Removing paint gently
Replies: 3
Views: 223

Removing paint gently

My car was painted white badly by the last owner in cellulose over the original peat brown. The paint was applied so badly that it has crazed all across the roof and in places can be scraped off with careful use of a Stanley knife blade scraper, exposing the original paint intact. Any suggestions on...
by GavinL
Tue Apr 21, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Compression testers
Replies: 11
Views: 459

Re: Compression testers

Phil, why does the throttle need to be held open? Ensure reasonable air flow into the cylinders?
by GavinL
Sat Apr 18, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: STAYHOME RALLY PLAQUE
Replies: 34
Views: 2135

Re: STAYHOME RALLY PLAQUE

Ordered mine - might fix it to the garage door until we can go to rallies again
by GavinL
Wed Apr 15, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: Vanessa '68 2dr saloon
Replies: 63
Views: 8712

Re: Vanessa '68 2dr saloon

On the driver's side i have had to replace the front end of the inner sill, which had rotted away with the floor edge and inner wing ( which has been badly repaired in the past. The challenge has been to work out the position for the inner sill, relative to the floor both vertically and horizontally...
by GavinL
Mon Apr 13, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Clutch release bearing
Replies: 3
Views: 206

Re: Clutch release bearing

In support of Phil's post, back in the '80s when roller replacements first became available I fitted one to my 1275 Midget. It never worked properly, and dragged, the only way I could get the hydraulic clutch to work was to pump it ( the hydraulic system was all in good condition). A mechanical clut...
by GavinL
Sun Apr 12, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: Vanessa '68 2dr saloon
Replies: 63
Views: 8712

Re: Vanessa '68 2dr saloon

Thanks for all the positive posts. I’ve now completed the repairs to the chassis leg, complete with a fixed nut for the seat belt. 18D74083-DFBD-437C-A086-A560B678C1A3.jpeg I’ve also completed welding on the spring hanger, the welds to the floor edge are joddled, with good penetration, so from under...