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Just completed converting Matilda 2 (I like to keep the same name. Named after the House Robot on Robot Wars) from a pile of bits all of which were attached to each other into a pile of bits none of which are attached to anything. I'll post some pics on the way of what will be a long, long bare-shell rebuild.
To make space for the big pile of labelled, bagged and boxed pile of bits I am having a clear-out exhaust manifolds, carb, steering wheels, crank, dynamo. I'll post details on the 'Free' section.


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When I originally looked for a project I nearly walked away from this one - I'm beginning to think my instinct was correct. This is the top end of the B-post. How in heaven's name do you repair that?
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Good luck to you :shock: Knowing what I know now I'd have probably walked away from that.
I had a similar issue on my Traveller and I was able to cut a whole pillar out of another scrap car and weld in. This was a lot simpler than trying to repair it :)



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It was well hidden with a big dollop of cataloy. Trying to find a donor is a great idea - thanks


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I have a 'rotisserie' type roll over jig as I don't like the idea of doing a lot of welding underneath the car. I had intended to keep the woodwork in place to give some sort of strength to the backend whilst I did all of the work from the B-post forward but bearing in mind the rotten condition of the driver's side post should I just take the wood off (to be replaced anyway) and if so any recommendation about bracing the backend if required at all.
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I would replace the rotten section of wood before doing any cutting or welding, it'll be easier to make the metal fit to the wood than make the wood fit to the metal, plus it would give rigidity to the entire Ash frame whilst rotating the car.


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Hi

I saw a NOS entire Traveller B post on e bay a couple of days ago. Very pricey though and a lot of surface rust.

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Thanks Don, I did contact them with a sensible offer but they weren't interested and subsequently received no bids. I'm awaiting delivery of a used one at a very decent price.


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Receive the B-Post this morning it will need the bottom repair panels but most of it is reasonably sound - another box ticked


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One last thing to leave me with a bare shell - how do you remove the front headlining. I've reads the bits that mention the wire and attaching the string and I've found the ends with the remains of bits of string but I'm a bit lost - Help! Please.


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It is a bit of a fiddle - and hard to explain without pictures but the front of the headlining is stapled to a plywood board. This is held at the front by 2 springclips within the header rail - the painted top rail which the visors and mirror are screw to.
To remove the headlining, you have to locate these 2 clips by sliding something along between the painted rail and the headlining until you locate the clips. You then have to release them by getting something underneath them and pushing upwards to release them. I think I used a bent scraper.
I think the procedure is mentioned in the workshop manual?

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I haven't any tricks other than a bit of perseverance and ingenuity in making a tool that as described will slide in and hook sideways to depress the spring.

If pushing a scraper in directly onto the clip I would tape the edge to hopefully not cut the headlining. Insulating tape is stronger and more slippy than masking tape.

If you have found the old string I would replace it with new string if in doubt about the strength. Ideally the string needs to be more than twice the length of the rear pillars. Then when you remove the headlining you can tie the two ends together and have a loop that can't be lost and its still there when you want to refit and use it to drag the wire through. Its not the end of the world if it goes AWOL as some suitable electrical wire can usually be threaded through relatively easily.

Pictures of the bits you are dealing with below so at least you know what you are trying to get out.
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Clip same way up as in the car, windscreen to the right. So it shoves in and the clip springs down behind the steel above the windscreen.
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Clip on the wood (Apologies can't do photography like Big Al).

The headlining will be wrapped round the wood then the clip put on. Also if its been out before and someone like me has done it there may be more than two clips. For the price I put two either side.

Once your plywood is out and the cable is released from the four screws two at the back, two at the front the transverse hoops which are where the stitching is in the headlining can be persuaded towards the middle of the car and lifted out of the side rails. May need to push one side further forward than the other to get a little more room on the diagonal. I think I managed to roll mine down a bit like a pram hood.

Its a bit like a pick up canvas but inside.

Hope that helps.

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I remembered I have an old one kept in case I needed a template.

The plywood bit has gone and this is the side that would have been next to the metal roof.
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You can see from the last one that there is a width to the hoop, its not just like a round bike spoke.

And the cable through the two holes at the bottom pull it down into the side rails and having the two makes it stand up straight better.

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Now I remember why I joined this forum in the first place - thanks guys that's really helpful. Tomorrow - hopefully without ripping it :D


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