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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
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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

  7. #247
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    Well...it's now January! Where did the last 2 1/2 months go?
    Got some time on the car on Saturday so finally decided to sort out the boot lock.
    First things first... warm things up. Temp in the garage was one degree above!



    Once the air was warm things seemed better. Only problem now was everything that had got cold was condensing up including the floor.

    Went in an had lunch, then got kicked out by the wife and told to do something!

    Scratched the head a bit then got out the air saw and burr grinder and made a hole.

    After a bit of fiddling the lock plate was fitted in place.
    It is straight but the photo makes it look a bit off.

    The surface it mounts to is glass with a steel frame bent up inside.
    Its very awkward to work on so the top edge is sticking proud until I can think of a nice way to finish it off.


    The pin with the spring on has been mounted on the boot lid.

    Had to fit some new bolts to the lid, bonded in place. Then had to try and get the angle of entry right.
    I used various sockets as spacers on the back edge until a 13mm one gave me the right action.

    The release cable was moved to the drivers side of the car and when I pull the handle the boot just pops open, result.
    First time that's worked properly since I got the car.

    Now I'm waiting for some glass resin to arrive so I can build a glass platform at the right angle for the pin to sit at.

  8. #248
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    Progress is progress no mater how small.

  9. #249
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    I've sorted out the boot latch and found I had a free Day last Friday and it was sunny!
    So out with the spray gun.

    The first coat went on fine.
    Then I pushed my luck. I'd run out of paint filters so just mixed and tipped into the gun.
    A few passes later the gun started spitting out all sorts of lumps
    I had to carry on to finish the pot so looks like I will have some cutting back to do!


    Into the make shift booth!!!
    The plastic is great as it attracts the air born paint and stops over spray going everywhere.


    After a while to let the paint flash off I removed the tent and am happy with the results, loads of paint on so can polish back with hopefully no problems.
    Just got to blend into the original roof which turns out to be the original gel coat not paint.
    Last edited by fabphil; 21-03-22 at 12:59 PM.

  10. #250
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    The boot lid and front cowel have now had a cut and polish. There are still a few swirls to lose but these can be done later.
    Some new vinyls applied.
    Just need to get the new screen cut from a LandRover Mk 2 glass so it has the correct markings for the test.


    Finally bit the bullet and got the blast cabinet sorted. I went for the bigger one as I didn't want to find out in a couple of months I'd gone to small.
    As with all things Chinese all went well until.... Book says to use a 1/2" air hose, no problem I have one.
    The fitting to the regulator supplied is 3/8"BSP not 1/2". Now waiting for an adapter


    Can fit an 18" wheel in here


    Now just insulating the shed to keep a bit of heat in during the winter.
    Then the powder oven will join the party
    Last edited by fabphil; 03-04-22 at 12:31 PM.

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