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 on: April 05, 2020, 11:06:22 PM 
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 on: April 05, 2020, 11:05:17 PM 
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The number plate lights are reproduction vintage tractor dashboard lights, powder coated black. They bolt through the new plate into captive nuts in the original plate underneath. The wires run inside steel conduits through the tube & come out at the back.
Obviously the powder coater's closed for the foreseeable future, so I'll prime & paint this tomorrow, (black).
I've ordered some self adhesive number plate mounting strips from Ebay as my local Halfords are only selling essential items at the moment.

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 on: April 05, 2020, 10:59:30 PM 
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There's a tube slung under the back of the chassis that will be filled with lead shot, or probably waste shotblasting grit as I can get that for free. It's to add some weight to the back end so I can run the Pop without the big heavy pick-up bed to start with & should give the tyres some traction, so the brakes don't lock up every time I step on the pedal.
I took it to a local welder to be stitched together, but the number plate mount ended up at an odd angle.
So I made another plate to bolt over the original to correct it. A bit of faffing about today, drilling holes with my newly purchased generator, & it fits. Much better.

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 on: April 05, 2020, 10:52:24 PM 
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That was yesterday.
Today's garage self isolating involved drilling holes in the weight tube at the back of the chassis, tapping threads in them & fitting the new number plate mount.

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 on: April 05, 2020, 10:50:22 PM 
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I almost forgot to route the handbrake cable between the upper & lower rods. The outer sleeve has fixings that will bolt to the underside of the main fuel tank mount.

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 on: April 05, 2020, 10:48:18 PM 
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I had to jack up the back of the chassis & move the stands to fit the axle, so now I need to fix the paintwork under the cross member where they've been, as well as a couple of other spots. So I've flatted back the affected areas, ready for a couple of coats of black & lacquer.

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 on: April 05, 2020, 10:43:58 PM 
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The front end of the lower rods attach to the chassis under the back of the cab. The rose joints bolt to captive nuts welded inside the chassis rails. If I'd messed the threads up they would've been a nightmare to fix, so lots of copper grease & gently winding the bolts back & forth eventually cleared 6 or 7 years worth of crud & paint. Job done.

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 on: April 05, 2020, 10:40:12 PM 
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Each rod has a right hand threaded joint on o e end & a left hand one on the other. So once they're fitted, their overall length can be adjusted, (to sit the axle level & true), by just undoing the lock nuts & turning the rod. Unfortunately they turn easily by hand to a certain point, then stiffen up under load. In hindsight, I should've drilled a hole through each rod before painting, so I could use a screwdriver to turn them. I had to resort to a thick wad of cardboard around the tube & Molegrips. Amazingly, they seem to have survived intact.

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 on: April 05, 2020, 10:33:40 PM 
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After waiting a week for the rose joint spacers & a new pair of rubber boots to arrive, (dust boots for the rose joints, not footwear for me), it transpired they'd been delivered to the wrong house. So having rescued them, I greased up the joints, slipped on the boots & cursed for a couple of hours to fit them to the axle. Now everything's painted, there's no clearance on anything. It was a level 3 swearing job, but I got there in the end.

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 on: April 05, 2020, 10:27:13 PM 
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Summer madness.

Tinkering in my garage this afternoon,
warm sunshine,
a cold Coke,
a packet of chocolate digestives all to myself, (dark chocolate, obviously),
not another person in sight,
for once I didn't break, scratch or lose anything,
listening to Kool & the Gang.

I'm quite enjoying this social distancing thing.

https://youtu.be/2SFt7JHwJeg

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