Maurice - a very long term project

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Re: Maurice - a very long term project

Postby Nourish » Thu Oct 20, 2016 7:23 pm

What's a board spreader?
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Re: Maurice - a very long term project

Postby Custard » Fri Oct 21, 2016 4:11 pm

Big lump of wood, floorboard is a bit thin, but old stairs are good, or bit of builders plank to spread the load and stop the edges of the jack digging in weak metal.

Take care, I know of one bad accident where the axles stands punched through the vehicle and it came down.

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Re: Maurice - a very long term project

Postby Nourish » Wed Oct 26, 2016 9:05 pm

Popped in to Charley Wares this afternoon and picked up the rear wheel arch repair panels (two pieces) that the rear wing bolts to.
It has nuts welded to it and not the caged nuts - which is better?
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Re: Maurice - a very long term project

Postby Nourish » Thu Oct 27, 2016 1:07 pm

Got my rear inner wing today and so I placed it on but of coarse it doesn't fit!
I'd left of what remains of the body lip so that I had reference points for the inners position.
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It's a good 1/4" out at the back going up to the top where it's somewhere near.
Now I know I have to manipulate the panel to fit - But how?
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Re: Maurice - a very long term project

Postby Nourish » Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:29 pm

Well that was a balls ache of a job.

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It was easier to replace the body lip first - I thought these sri lanken parts fitted quite well although I did weld up all but two of the bolt holes.

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This wasn't easy and has now lots of hammer marks so will probably need a skim of filler should I get that anal over it!
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Re: Maurice - a very long term project

Postby Nourish » Tue Nov 08, 2016 7:43 am

Nourish wrote: Screw fix sell a weld through Zinc Galvaniseing Spray for £4.49 if you didn't know!


They've changed the recipe - it was a bright silver metalic type paint - you could see particles in it and dried quickly but now it's a flat grey, takes ages to dry and it burns when welding!
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Well done, not the easiest thing to replace but worth the effort, ;)
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Re: Maurice - a very long term project

Postby Nourish » Tue Nov 08, 2016 8:08 pm

Thank you but it doesnt seem to get easier - I've clamped up the outer sill to where the original sat and offered up the outer floor panels
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As you can see the outer floor panel is sitting much lower then the outer sill.
I can only presume that the box panel is sitting too high - when I welded it in I just fitted it flush to the top of the inner step instead of perhaps measuring from the top of the step to bottom of the old box panel.
The only thing I can think of doing is to lengthen the lip on the outer sill. Any comments?
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Re: Maurice - a very long term project

Postby Big Jim » Wed Nov 09, 2016 8:59 am

Can you fit the door to see which panel is a bit out of line ? That was my approach to a similar problem .
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Re: Maurice - a very long term project

Postby Nourish » Wed Nov 09, 2016 3:30 pm

I placed a door on it and as expected that shows me that the outer sill is in the right place, but not the outer floor panels or the box panel.
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Re: Maurice - a very long term project

Postby austin » Thu Nov 10, 2016 12:03 pm

Nourish wrote:Holes - I'm spending most of my time trying to fill in the holes I've burnt attempting to butt weld my floor pan.
The lowest setting on my SIP welder is just spitting and difficult to start - the next setting up with the wire feed wound down and I'm burning holes. I'm using 0.8mm wire - would using 0.6mm be easier to control?


I find that if the welder is spitting and/or burning holes then reducing power and/or wire speed is not the way to go. Not always anyway. With power and feed a bit higher it feeds better and arcs better. Then get on and weld, but not continuously. Try... weld - rest - weld - rest - weld - rest. with welding for maybe 4 seconds and resting for maybe 3 seconds.
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Re: Maurice - a very long term project

Postby Nourish » Thu Nov 10, 2016 1:25 pm

I'm not safe to continuosly weld for 4 seconds - I'd melt half the car! :oops:
I am finding now it's better to put a spot down - leaving the torch there wait just a second for it to cool a little and then move to the edge of that spot and lay down another and so on till I've done 3/4" - 1" and then move somewhere else.
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Re: Maurice - a very long term project

Postby Nourish » Sun Nov 13, 2016 8:30 pm

Well no advice from you guys so I extended the outer by 1/2" and welded the front one in - no cocours winner but looks good - well I think so!

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Re: Maurice - a very long term project

Postby Nourish » Sat Dec 03, 2016 10:22 pm

I'm trying to weld a patch in the boot lid apeture but keep blowing hole, trying to fill them in but a lamp behing keeps showing up pinholes.
Do I need to fill these in or will paint cover them up - 'cause I keep blowing more holes and I'm just chasing my tail!
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Re: Maurice - a very long term project

Postby Panky » Sat Dec 03, 2016 10:51 pm

If you can clamp a piece of flattened copper tube behind the weld, it will help dissipate the heat and prevent the blow holes.
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