So, I am nearly back up and about, I am back at work but can only do so much physical stuff, so kneeling next to a mini on axle stands with my head in the arch isnt/wasnt a great way to spend yesterday, but thanks to a days holiday that what I did.
So I wanted to get the cones swapped, main problem the compressor wont thread into the current cones as the threads are heavily corroded, so I took the shock off the front tie bar and the bump stop and then wound the hi-lo all the way down, and it just didnt quite clear so I had to take a pair of snips to the leading edge of the cup and trim it away to allow for enough room so that the knuckle could clear, not a major hassle, and I was replacing the cups anyway.
Then I had fun and games, the cone was stuck, but once covered in plus gas an using a drift and hammer it dropped out of the subframe, now I have read that you can coax the cone out past the upper arm.
BullSh17 you can. I spent about 5 mins looking at it and then decided even if you could (I maintain you cant) youd never get a new cone that hasnt been squashed a bit back in without taking the top arm off. I undid the rear bolt off the pin, then did the bolt nearest the wheel from the thrust plate but could get the the rear bolt, as much as I didnt want to I had to resort to bending the inner wing up and out the way a little. That done I the pin was easy to slide 2/3rdes the way out, but then it was getting stuck on something at the front end of the pin. I was hoping I could swivel out the arm enough to allow me to remove the arm from the pin with the top ball joint intact. As I had left the ball joint splitter at my dads. I gave it a try for a bit but wasnt having much luck so slid the pin back in and will take the top ball joint off this weekend and complete the passenger side with a bit of luck.
No the shed where the car is, is about 50yards down the lane from the house, it has no power to it and no option to put elec into it. So my plan is to use my 5kva genny to power it. Ill put a RCD into it then run 2 ring mains one for lights and one for sockets, Ill put 3 double sockets into it although Ill prob only ever use one at a time but want to be able to move around the car an plug in easily. Lights I am just going to use 4 or 6 angled pendant bayonet fittings with 10w led bulbs in them.
Now the genny I need to make a little lean to with sloped sides to control the noise a little, and I think I will get a set of wheels so I dont have to pick the thing up and move it as its heavy. I am hoping that I can run my new mig welder from it. I had a SIP Migmate130 but its not the best and regularly gets a beating on the mig welding forum. So I decided to treat myself to this - https://www.weldequi...eld-xte171c.htm
The spec says it needs a 6.45kva input to run, but having spoke to the guy from weldequipe he said that on the lower settings I will need then the welder will be fine from my 5kva. To be honest if I can do everything other than weld in the shed than thats fine as I can soon drive it the 50yrds across to my house and garage to do the welding.
Now one thing I hadnt thought about when I bought this was that it becomes MOT Exempt as of May18, now I want to be using it before May, and even if I didnt Id not be using it till its been MOTd/checked even if it is exempt, but has anyone heard anything regarding insurance companies etc and their take on this?
Edited by 28hodge, 16 November 2017 - 08:46 PM.