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  1. #241
    Might as well be part of the furniture.
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    I like that

  2. #242
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    Well hello again!
    After what seems like a life time, I'm back in the garage
    Almost a year has passed with nothing done on the car, loads done on and in the house!
    I've been finding excuses to not do the drivers door lock for to long, so on Monday I just got on with it.
    Its difficult to get to as its on the wall side of the car and quite close.
    I can't turn the car round as yet as the engine hasn't been run in 11 months and will need a check over and the brakes need fluid.
    Managed to drag the tools I needed through the car and got to work.

    Cut out the offending badly welded piece of steel.


    Then with my new toy I bent up a new steel insert.


    Welded on some tabs.... then it was time to take the dogs out for a walk....


    I've set myself a deadline of next August to have it all back on the road for the 50th Anniversary NSRA meet at Old Warden.

  3. #243
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    WooHoo, sounds like a great deadline to aim for.

  4. #244
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    This post covers several weekends.
    Well after a total of two days on the lock the door part is mounted fine.
    The door just didn't sit right so...
    I grabbed the top and bottom and twisted, there was a few creaks, I felt the frame move a bit and now the door closes properly into the gap, result

    Just as things were going so well... you all know what happens.
    The pin the bear claw latches on to was now 1/2" to low, this is the cause of the door not fitting.

    The pin is screwed into a thread behind the glass door frame.
    Out with the cutting disc and this is what I found.



    Cutter again and removed the steel block to find the frame behind completely missing.
    Chucked my toys out the pram and gave up for the day.

    Back again, made a small repair patch for the frame and welded into place.
    Its like doing keyhole surgery with a hammer, chisel and a MIG welder!

    Got the nut welded back on only to find it had slipped during welding and was now 5mm to far to the left, so although the right height now the bear claw won't engage fully.

    Got to cut it all out again, bugger!!!
    Gave up for the day....again.

    Can't face the lock at the moment so removed all the rear lights, etc on the back panel, rubbed down the various filler patches and gave a coat of etching primer. Little bit of stopper to sort the small imperfections and on with the gloss black.

    The trunk lid has never fitted/locked properly either so trying to sort that as well.
    Some one on The HAMB used a VW Type 3 bonnet lock.
    This looked like it would fit the bill so ordered on on the Bay from China!
    Will be here 11th October...
    Onward and upward

  5. #245
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    Would it be worth welding a 10mm thick plate in place then drill and tap it to suit ?

  6. #246
    Might as well be part of the furniture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsf55 View Post
    Would it be worth welding a 10mm thick plate in place then drill and tap it to suit ?
    That's a far to simple solution to a big problem that's been driving me nuts

    Another pair of eyes as they say....

    I've got some 10mm steel and a 7/16" tap. Happy days

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