Always make sure you have plenty of time left

Everything always takes longer than you planned, doesn’t it?  I gave the tailgate frame a couple of coats of Corsican Blue, sorted for me by Wigan Car Paints. There’s a distinct edge between the old and new, but the tailgate’s probably the most faded panel on what is after all a near thirty year old…

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,…