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#46 MikeRotherham

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Posted 10 October 2018 - 01:23 PM

Incredible, you make it look so easy.



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Posted 10 October 2018 - 05:44 PM

Mr Rubble, your car is ready !!

 

one question - what's the bulge in the new toe board for ?



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Posted 10 October 2018 - 06:21 PM

Mr Rubble, your car is ready !!

 

one question - what's the bulge in the new toe board for ?

The toe board is for Injection Mini's so will be modified to the correct spec before fitting.

The bulge is to make clearance for the fuel lines.

 

Cheers

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 12:04 PM

I have started the clean up now which isn't going as smoothly as planned.

The last heelboard this car had hadn't been fitted terribly well leaving the load bed floor in quite a state where the top had been plug welded to it.

 

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Most of it will straighten and clean up but I am going to need to fabricate up some sections to let in.

 

The rest of the clean up is pretty standard stuff.

 

Like the closing panels

 

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And inner sill remains on the steps

 

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I am going to be replacing the steps but want to retain them for now until the floor is in.

 

Cheers

 

Ben



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Posted 11 October 2018 - 02:34 PM

..what a mess.  hopefully that's the last of the really nasty stuff.. 



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Posted 11 October 2018 - 02:54 PM

..what a mess.  hopefully that's the last of the really nasty stuff.. 

It should be now.

 

I have started repairing it now and all is going well.

 

Cheers

 

Ben



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Posted 11 October 2018 - 04:04 PM

Another great job shaping up - and beautifully photographed as usual

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Posted 12 October 2018 - 03:56 PM

I have started repairing the load floor now.

 

The first piece to go was this

 

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I made a replacement section

 

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And welded it in

 

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Before grinding it up

 

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Then onto the other side

 

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I removed the old closing panel

 

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And then cut out the bad bit

 

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Then I made up a new piece

 

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And after making the folds and shapes, I clamped it in place to have a look

 

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A few adjustments were made before tacking into place

 

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And then I clamped a piece of box section across the floor where the heel board fits to keep everything straight

 

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And then welded it in

 

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Getting there!

 

Cheers

 

Ben



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Posted 12 October 2018 - 05:07 PM

very neat & tidy Ben - quality workmanship as always !!  



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Posted 12 October 2018 - 07:05 PM

Not sure how you always manage to get flush cleaned invisible welds. I either end up warping the steel with to much heat or not getting good penetration making the weld weak.
Great work ben your skills are outstanding. Look forward to more updates.

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Posted 12 October 2018 - 09:34 PM

Not sure how you always manage to get flush cleaned invisible welds. I either end up warping the steel with to much heat or not getting good penetration making the weld weak.
Great work ben your skills are outstanding. Look forward to more updates.

Cheers. :-)

I believe the most important thing is having the welder set correctly. Having it set wrong does tend to cause most problems like warping, blowing through or poor penetration.

I always make sure that I have a 1-2mm gap between the join to fill in with the weld. This also helps prevent the steel from buckling with the heat.

The only other thing I do quite often is back the butt joins with an 8mm thick piece of copper prior to welding to help dissipate heat. The other advantage is you can get a longer pulse without blowing through and it keeps the back side of the weld (penetration) even and flat making it much easier to grind back.

 

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Posted 17 October 2018 - 08:53 AM

I finished welding in the latest repair piece

 

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And then moved onto the next.

 

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Next up is the heelboard.

 

I fitted new trunnions to the subframe and lifted it into place

 

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And then bolted the subframe to the heelboard

 

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And then clamped in the  inner sill closers and floor extension

 

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Next up was removing the bottom of the battery box which is beyond repair

 

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I made a replacement

 

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I think ill wait until the floor is clamped in place, mark its position to the floor and weld it to the floor first. Then I can weld it to the box once the floor is in ensuring that everything fits properly.

Cheers

 

Ben



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Posted 17 October 2018 - 10:48 AM

that's coming along nicely - great job on the replacement parts fabrication !



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Posted 17 October 2018 - 11:54 AM

I have now screwed the extension piece and heelboard into position ensuring that the heelboard is square to the floor.

 

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This enabled me to move the clamps to allow the floor to fit in too.

 

Before trying the floor, I needed to remove this old piece of floor

 

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And trim the return from the back of the saloon floor

 

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And fit the crossmember to the jig

 

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Before slotting the floor in

 

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Once it was squared up, I screwed it into place

 

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And then tried on the outer sills

 

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I'm so glad we went with this floor arrangement. It's a much neater solution.

 

Cheers

 

Ben



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Posted 17 October 2018 - 12:10 PM

Fantastic to watch Ben. Great work as always. 


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