My traveller Maude

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Re: My traveller Maude

Postby woodywoodchipper » Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:09 pm

here you go,

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Re: My traveller Maude

Postby The vast minority » Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:38 pm

Blimey, that's the first I've ever seen.

Every days a school day eh....
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Re: My traveller Maude

Postby The vast minority » Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:17 pm

Well, the rotisserie is painted. Car just about stripped and I'm on with fabricating and welding the inner wing and flitch so I can replace the bumper mounting bar.

The steel of the flitch is surprisingly thin, welding it takes great care.

I've jacked her up on that orange bracket complete with axle and prop and wheels, no problem at all.

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Re: My traveller Maude

Postby The vast minority » Sat Apr 01, 2017 7:32 am

I broke my thumb on Maude last time I was in the garage so ive been taking it easy

My fault, amazing how much power a torsion bar has left even when the top wishbone is on the bottom stop. A wishbone/thumb interface from an instant unloading of the bar has the potential to burst a thumb and break the bone! I know this for a fact :roll:

Why was I doing this? Everything under there is so rusted together, the splines on the wishbone and bar were, and remain totally fused together with rust. There was simply no moving them. So, having removed the front arm and both nuts from the fulcrum-pin I reasoned that a swift blow with the lump hammer on the wishbone would see it part company from the pin and release the torsion. it worked a treat, but by crikey it was so fast the wishbone broke my thumb as the T bar unloaded on the first blow.

I know I should have taken the load like I did on the other side, the car is on a hydraulic lift so its as easy as pie to lower the car by the mm with a tube under the wishbone just as I did the other side to contain the torsion whilst freeing the wishbone BUT I knew the wishbone would only move downwards by an inch or so and thus,......I didnt :roll:

Other news, the axle and prop are out, I discovered why the car never sat properly, and why the axle hung lower at the nearside when off the ground. It had drastically different length spring hanger plates on each side! All seals in the axle are shot as well and so this is a full refurb job also.

Happy days..
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Re: My traveller Maude

Postby greendefender123 » Sat Apr 01, 2017 7:51 am

Oh no sorry to hear this. Hopefully you'll recover quickly. Iv just been doing my suspension aswell. My arm was stuck to the pin. Took ages to get off.
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Re: My traveller Maude

Postby The vast minority » Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:52 am

Thanks, it sure did smart, good luck with yours.
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Re: My traveller Maude

Postby MickEssex » Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:55 am

Ouch! I can only imagine the pain Al and how awkward it must be to do anything with a broken thumb, I hope it gets better soon.
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Re: My traveller Maude

Postby Plin » Sat Apr 01, 2017 11:50 am

:? Thanks for reminding us all to take a bit of care when in the garage - hope your thumb is healing well.
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Re: My traveller Maude

Postby woodywoodchipper » Sat Apr 01, 2017 6:08 pm

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Re: My traveller Maude

Postby The vast minority » Sat Apr 01, 2017 7:34 pm

Thanks all, good to know I can count on your sympathies ;)
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Re: My traveller Maude

Postby ruairidh » Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:47 pm

You'll have bother picking your nose if its your left hand.
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Re: My traveller Maude

Postby The vast minority » Sun May 14, 2017 6:45 pm

Right, thumb healed as much as it can be, still hurts and only bends half as far as it used to but its my own idiot fault :oops:

A flurry of activity has occurred in recent days, the car lift made placing her on the spit as easy as pushing a button so im delighted with that.
Now i'm on with the dreadful task of removing underseal and discovering the true extent of the job ahead.

a lot of holes were filled with underseal and then undersealed over, the main crossmember was also undersealed to oblivion, it is sadly as rotten as a pear and will be replaced with the chassis legs. The legs are very poor in the eyebolt area and i'm just going to fully replace rather than fix any of these bits.

My only welding to date on the project is the inner wing repair and bolt on bumper mounting. This as you can see is working well :D. However, now ive got the car on the spit ill be making faster progress. 6 hours today removing just some of the underseal.

Will I be ready for Pateley...............I don't know but am thinking of a big jag as a back-up
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once upon a time there lived a crossmember

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Oh ho,, spaghettiooos

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floor, sills,boxing plates, both sides

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Pay attention at the back! this looked lovely and straight with a lovely smooth underseal job covering it.
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Re: My traveller Maude

Postby The vast minority » Sun May 14, 2017 6:49 pm

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The axle was hanging lower at one side because of drastically longer hanger plates on that side of the car

Oh yes, ive found out why the car always listed, see the photo above with the axle hanging lower at one side? the spring hanger plates at the rear were 1.5 inches longer on one side of the car than the other!
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Re: My traveller Maude

Postby greendefender123 » Sun May 14, 2017 7:13 pm

Glad your ok now and can crack on with it. My father went jag and I bought the traveller :lol:
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