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Post by qwakers » Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:03 pm

:notworthy: very nice. much nicer welding than mine :)


i have never and will never claim to be a fabricator. i have about 4 hours total welding time with tig, and i'm not very good yet. oh sure i can stick two bits of metal together, but this is my first try with Stainless, and thin stuff, at that.

so its not pretty, but nothing a grinder (and maybe another pass with the tig) won't solve.

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errg. spot the bits where i blew through and had to fill with weld! horrible. but we all have to start somewhere!

and bear in mind when i run a wire brush over it it'll be shinier!

next job was to fill the holes where i took the air pump pipes off...
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again, bit of dressing and you'd never know there where there...


and lastly, a diamond cut carbide burr to (in this photo start, its not done yet!) clean up the inside and bring the hole in the flange out to size.
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Post by qwakers » Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:04 pm

i wasn't going to show those pics, the welding is embarrassing, then i thought, im still learning, so there no shame in trying, as long as i improve, which i was starting too....
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Post by Ainmhidh » Thu Apr 04, 2019 2:43 pm

Better welds than I've ever made (i.e. never, yet) As you say - start somewhere!
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Post by qwakers » Thu Apr 04, 2019 4:40 pm

they look a bit better now i've run a wire brush over them...

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so look whats arrived! my precious!
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(in the back of my work van, i had it delivered to my dads place of work (which happens to be where i keep my lorry) so i bought it home today on my way past...)

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and the manifold fitted after a lot of rework of the longest pipe.
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as expected the bottom pipe hit the engine mount. i resolved that by heating the pipe up at the two bends, ant 'tweaking' it up 10mm with a big leaver, so it sits just high enough to miss the engine mount. barely.

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Post by bigpete8 » Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:27 pm

Bet you can't wait to get it fitted!
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Post by qwakers » Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:28 pm

:stpats: :race: :inlove: this weekend,
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Post by ChrisHolmes » Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:37 pm

That's cheating having it delivered back fully dressed. All that plumbing and wiring is the best bit, not!
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Post by warpc0il » Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:42 pm

Curious that they removed, or didn't fit, the oil filter.
Presumably so gives more clearance when refitting the engine in the bay.
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Post by qwakers » Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:45 pm

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That's cheating having it delivered back fully dressed. All that plumbing and wiring is the best bit, not!
now, why would i MAKE work for myself :D

my work has been, take engine out, drop from crane straight on pallet, pay MAHOOSIVE bill. receive engine back, bolt in.

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Post by qwakers » Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:51 pm

spent a hour on it this evening.
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Post by qwakers » Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:53 pm

and a couple of hours later...
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Post by qwakers » Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:05 pm

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ignore the rattling, its either the air con belt idler or the aircon pump. it stops when i take the aircon belt off.

it its currently completely unmapped (to be resolved later this week). but it braps :mrgreen:
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Post by ChrisHolmes » Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:19 pm

Nothing quite like those few minutes of initial engine running after a rebuild, the sweet sound of success and whole new life starting!!
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Post by qwakers » Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:29 pm

although that rattle made me crap myself for a couple of seconds til i realised it was a pulley.... :shock:
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Post by ChrisHolmes » Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:46 pm

Imagine the feeling I had when I thought it was my supercharger rattling but again it was the AC tensioner bouncing up and down!
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Post by qwakers » Fri Apr 12, 2019 5:58 pm




its now got the first map on it, i now need to run it in and map it again.

and

NO RATTLE!
new aircon belt and tensioner and all is well in the engine bay again.

just fitting the ramair scoop now then i can put the wheelarch liners back in, bonett on and boot back together (was getting round to painting it,) and i can start running it in :mrgreen:
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Post by qwakers » Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:01 pm

oh and the smoke? might have something to do with the insane amount of premix im running until im sure the sohn is working properly.
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Post by zippyonline » Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:29 pm

Hey Qwakers. The guys at Bad Obsession Motorsport have clearly been watching this thread and liked your work on the Hovis truck...!

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Post by qwakers » Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:31 pm

i thought that :D im actually watching it at the moment. they where hoping to get it under 4.5ton, when they said that i laughed and said add a ton.. guess what :lol:
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Post by qwakers » Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:42 pm

soo, it progresses!

last night i decided to fit the fakingbeat revi scoop.obviously as noted before by everyone that has fitted one, you need to cut the old duct up to make a extension so it fits properly.

slight issue with that imho is that it still doesn't fit, and the size difference is so large, that the scoop cant do anything!

so i decided to get modifying.

first, get the tape measure out and decide exactly where it needs to fit.

second make the bits sit in their relative positions.
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see the problem? :D
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third get mixing
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4th get wrapping
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not pictured is the work taken to make the fiberglass bond properly. (no dry spots) and the second wrap once it had started to go off. to add strength.

once that was all dry, i fitted it.
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making a crude bracket to hold it, as the crash bar has been binned (how heavy is that!) i've had a good long hard look and done some calculations and playing with the design in solidworks (or rather, a engineer mate has, as i have no clue!) and bar being there as a crash structure, it has no feature, it doesn't affect chassis flex in any way, and can be safely binned. (note this is opinion only and i wouldn't remove it from a road car)

next thing to sort therefore is the towing eye that is no longer present!
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out came mr tig and i made up a binky style (though less pro) CAD template and then made some bits of steel stick together.

end result?
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brappy goodness! (yes i did put the bonnet on!)

i've now done 30 miles of the running in schedule. 970 miles to go!
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Post by warpc0il » Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:48 pm

The genuine scoop has got a much longer exit tube.

I wonder why they made that shorter, as it clearly doesn't fit :shock:
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Post by qwakers » Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:00 pm

yuh it is also bigger than the hole in the bodywork, so it CANT be longer. so that's different from genuine too.

the modification wasn't hard once i got my head round how best to do it.
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Post by qwakers » Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:42 pm

today's episode is called oh bugger. or how to c**k up royally and fix it without causing (visible!) damage!

so i've been fiddling around with the central locking on the passenger door, as it wasnt locking or unlocking pretty much ever. in doing so i discovered (but not why) that if you just plug the electrical connector in to a (not yet fitted) locking mechanism, it wont do anything. that had me foxed for a little while.

so i went ahead and changed the c/l motor. now for reasons i wont bore you with, i decided to dismantle the locking mechanism and remove the 'new' motor, and fit it to the original lock. this went well and i reassembled it, fitted it back to the door, connected all the cables, put the door card back on and (do you see where i'm going here?) shut the door. then tried to open it again. locked. hmmm.

then i 'unlocked' it (both with the remote and the cable) nope still locked. both inside and outside handles u/s. ohhhhh boy........


so i had a look at the bits of lock that i had scattered around the garage and discovered i must have missed the cup with the ball joint that unlocks and locks the door, so it was waving around in free air and not doing anything. huh...

lots of head scratching later, i realised the first thing that had to happen (i might add without being able to open the door) was get the door card off. so the two bolts got undone and the door card got a yank. this dislodged it enough for me to be able to get to the rear door handle and open the doors a crack. but of course they are still locked together.


lots of butchery ideas came, and where dismissed, so the next plan was to give myself a LOT moor room to work, so i whipped the seat out. not something i would have been able to do with the original seat, but the bucket was easy, so that got thrown on the back seats, now i could wiggle the door card free.

that achieved i took the window winder motor off, got all the electrics out of the way, and undid as many of the inner card bolts as i could, and leavered it out of the way, giving me a small amount of room, and i can see the motor!

next i tried using a hole saw to cut through the inner door skin so i could get to the access hole in the catch to unlock it. unfortunately some irritating sod has put some really hard security metal in there, and i couldn't cut through it... so last resort, i undid the two visible bolts holding the motor onto the door, and yanked it out, breaking the third mounting. then i stuck my finger in the hole (ooer missus) ans flicked the lock to unlocked.


so the door is open, i plastic welded the motor mount back on, put it all back together, annnnd.....


SUCCESS... sorta


it now locks, every single time without fail. so that's good.

doesn't unlock though.

i think the motor is actually worn out, but a lot less worn out than the original, it locks reliably. so that's better than nothing.

but, boy! was the air blue for a while there...
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Post by warpc0il » Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:50 pm

It's one of those jobs you wish you hadn't started :roll:
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Post by qwakers » Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:50 pm

yeah, or wish id double checked before refitting the motor... :D
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