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« Reply #11160 on: September 26, 2019, 03:51:23 PM »

Get her to come and lift that axle around for you. Could be the start of something  Grin
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« Reply #11161 on: September 26, 2019, 04:46:22 PM »

Yeah -a health & safety lawsuit Smiley
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« Reply #11162 on: September 26, 2019, 07:50:04 PM »

A little take-home job this evening.
I've labelled the switches that sit on top of the gearbox tunnel. I was in two minds whether to do this or leave them blank.
I know what each switch does, but no-one else would. I know it's stupid, but while I've been rebuilding the Pop I've been trying to make it more user-friendly -so anyone could get in it & be able to operate everything. No real reason -I don't ever plan to sell it & hopefully I've got a few more driving years left in me yet, but at some point someone might have to move it, (MOT testers, my brother when I loan it to him as a tow vehicle for his drag car, my chauffeur when I win the lottery etc).
So I bought a sheet of 5mm self adhesive letters from Ebay for a couple of quid. Spent ages trying to lay lines of masking tape to space them equally, not helped by the buttons being staggered slightly to allow for the size of the switch bodies behind the panel, before pulling it all off again & just doing it by eye.
I did wonder if it'd look like the Batmobile, with every gadget labelled, & if it hadn't worked out I would've just left them blank, but I quite like it. I'm going to replace the symbols on the dash warning lights with these smaller ones too.
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« Reply #11163 on: September 26, 2019, 08:04:39 PM »

The switches are a mixture of American auto & marine units. I bought them from an Ebay seller called "Mr Dash". He'll put together a batch of switches for you with whatever functions you need, then fit matching knobs. These are all pull switches, except the 2 speed wiper one, which turns & pushes in for the washers. The auxillary power socket uses an old cigarette lighter, modified by Mr Olds. When I want to use the SatNav on my phone I just pull out the plug, chuck it in the glove box & plug in a cigarette lighter socket/USB plug adaptor.
This is another modification made while the Pop's been off the road. When we first built it I used a row of Lucas toggle switches fitted to the fibreglass dash behind the steering wheel. That dash was replaced with an original bakelite one. The switches were awkward to reach & terrible quality. Cheap plastic, rather than the nice, clunky metal ones Lucas used to make. In the year the Pop was on the road, 3 of them literally fell apart.
So hopefully the new set-up will be more user friendly Smiley
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« Reply #11164 on: October 03, 2019, 01:44:36 AM »

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« Reply #11165 on: October 16, 2019, 08:34:16 PM »

First afternoon back in the garage after a 2 week holiday. Just sanding down filler on the back axle. Need to get this painted before the cold weather sets in.
Miles, of Jackhammer hotrods in Farnborough, has just reminded everyone it's only 6 months until his Motorama show in Holland, which is my target for getting this back on the road. No pressure then!
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« Reply #11166 on: October 18, 2019, 06:29:02 PM »

Rather you than me lifting that axle onto the workmate. It's damned heavy.
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« Reply #11167 on: October 19, 2019, 02:00:33 PM »

Don't I know it!
I worked on it for a couple of afternoons a few weeks ago, then wondered why I had backache. It needs to be that high or I get back ache bending over to work on it. I also need to do it outside the garage so I don't cover everything g else in filler dust & paint overspray. So I'm dragging the workmate in & out of the garage, with the axle on it.
I could really do with a workbench on wheels.
This is the last heavy bit to do though really, so I'll make do, but I am being careful.
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« Reply #11168 on: October 19, 2019, 02:21:15 PM »

Maybe pop (geddit!) the workmate on a trolley? Would save at least some lifting.............

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« Reply #11169 on: October 19, 2019, 08:20:45 PM »

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I've barely got room to fit the workmate in, in it's upright position, (it usually lays flat against the wall), let alone a trolley, but nice idea. Hopefully it's the last heavy job to do, so I'll put up with it.
There's a real Wintry chill in the air this evening. It's going to be a pain trying to spray it.
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« Reply #11170 on: October 19, 2019, 08:21:16 PM »

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« Reply #11171 on: October 19, 2019, 08:26:54 PM »

This is the Dutch hotrod show I'm aiming to be ready for in April. I've just booked the accommodation for it. Now all I need to do is finish the damn car!

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« Reply #11172 on: October 29, 2019, 10:53:27 PM »

Still buggering about with the axle. Now the cold weather's suddenly arrived, everything takes twice as long -filler & paint won't dry properly & I work slower Sad
I'm spending an hour or 2 each evening in the garage with the door shut & the heater on, just trying to smooth out the diff' housing. It's quite a rough casting, so I'm smearing a thin film of filler over it & sanding it back to fill the low spots -trying to turn a golf ball into a billiard ball. I know it'll never be perfect, but it's slowly getting there ...then I squirt some grey primer on it & realise how much more work I need to do on it.
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« Reply #11173 on: October 29, 2019, 10:53:50 PM »

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« Reply #11174 on: October 29, 2019, 10:54:15 PM »

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