Now he’s going round the bend

It’s all practice, practice, practice as far as bodywork goes I guess  Generally speaking, a bolt either fits a nut or it doesn’t – whereas there’s a million and one things that can affect a weld  Even if I totally bodge it up, I can still pick up another tailgate and call this a test piece  On…

Bend, fold, bend, fold, cut, weld, despair

Spent an afternoon laboriously hand-fabricating some pieces to fill the holes in the frame, and to be brutally honest, they looked like my five year old neice could have done better  I’ll not even show you them, you’ll laugh too much  Popped out to Machine Mart and got one of their vice-mounted metal folders, together with a…

A small surgical incision is needed

Chopped out the rust on the inside of the screen frame last night and even managed to find some good metal to leave in the middle as a reference  A small amount of the outside of the frame will need chopping out too, but I’m planning to get the inside done first so I can…

Tailgate trouble

Concensus on the oil leak seems to be that they pretty much all do that anyway and I should just keep an eye on it until I either replace the head gasket or it gets worse – I can live with that  This weekend I spent most of Sunday mixing filler, applying it really carefully,…

Sprung a leak somewhere

Now that the car’s safely back home and I’ve had a bit of a break from the garage, I popped out tonight to take a look at the plugs following their first few hundred miles. They were all pretty sooty, more so on the rear ones than the front – I’m sure that means something …

… and continues after lunch

Right, catch-up time  Started off with some glass fibre compound to fill in the gaps and take out the crease from the old bump, then ran some filler over the top. Unfortunately, I forgot I didn’t have the air sander I’d used at college and probably got a bit carried away and put too much…

Cosmetic surgery commences

Doesn’t time fly when you’re out in the garage – one minute I’m happily grinding away thinking what I’m going to have for lunch, then a couple of moments pass and I’m running late for getting to an evening course at college  I’ve been poking at stuff with the screwdriver, and the bit that’s annoyed…

Must be time for a list

Part of the problem (with being isolated in the garage) is that I can’t bring myself to traipse through my nice new house in grubby overalls (to scour the interwebs for help), and even if I could, I’d never be able to bear the sight of oily fingerprints on the keyboard  Logical answer then, I guess,…

No really, stop that

The new calipers went on nice and easy, and whilst I was doing the job, I thought I might as well also fit the braided hoses I picked up at the NEC Classic Motorshow a few months ago. The new hoses all went on fairly easily, once I’d worked out which nut of the brake…

Stop that

After lots of to-ing and fro-ing the pistons on the passenger side caliper showed no signs of shifting  With the memory of a rather unamusing Renault 5 crash in the back of my mind, I decided not to bother with cleaning up the old calipers and getting a service kit, so one call to the…