I forgot I took this picture today where you can see the shell isn’t going to pass the brace. I will cut the work done today and try again and hopefully not waste another day. All the best and stay safe, Norman
I have a very special place in my heart for the Singer Vogue. My dad had a B plate 1600 with a skimmed alloy head and big weber carbs and flared arches. It's the car I was brought home in when I was born in 1979
Hi guys, I haven’t set fire to it and ran away. Friday was a bad day as I decided to turn the shell upside down. When I tried to turn it the roof gutter was hitting the brace that goes between the ends. Without my thinking hat on I raised the mount on the shell so I could turn it over, however I made the centre of gravity further off and could hardly turn the shell. I was totally done in from the amount of physical effort I expended and real cranky. I gave up at that and closed the garage in disgust. Now I had a rethink (thinking hat on now) and shifted the centre of gravity down by five inches this enabled me to swing the shell again. I then supported the shell and cut the end supports and raised the ends by six inches this now is nearly balanced and turns over easily.
Now back to work, this is the next area to tackle, it is where the spring mounts.
This area has been cleaned up, treated with hydrate 80 then weld through primer, I made up a repair panel which was painted inside with weld through primer.
Here is the last picture for today showing the repair panel fitted by spot welds and stitching. Tomorrow I hope to fit the spring mounting box and then it’s on to the other side.
Reminds me of a Fiat 126 I rescued years ago. It was literally a patchwork quilt underneath. Not a trace of the original floor left. Some times you just need to close the garage door leave it, when things aren’t going well. Just don’t leave it for 10 years like I did lol.
Here is today’s progress, I fitted the spring holder thing, does anyone know the correct name for it. The spring holder thing I made a few weeks ago but had to fettle it to get a decent fit. I then fabricated the strengthening piece and sprayed it with copper primer and spot and stitch welded the parts. The pictures give an idea of what’s going on. I will then move onto the other side which is probably worse.
That’s it for today, this took me about five hours! As an aside the welder I am using is a Clarke 160 TM if I remember correctly. The torch lead is ridiculously short, the Earth lead and mains lead are no better. The mains lead I did change but I will need to do something with the others.The old SIP welder I had previously was a fair bit longer. I never even thought about lead length when I bought it. Please feel free to comment good or bad, all the best and stay safe. Norman
I had a similar problem with short leads on my MIG. Mine’s a Sealey 180 amp job. I’ve had it a long time, and eventually when it needed a new torch liner I bit the bullet and bought a new Eurotorch, a much longer and heavier earth cable and suitable sockets for it. That transformed it, not just the ability to get where I needed to with the torch, but it performed much better and seemed very much smoother too. In the scheme of things, it wasn’t dear to do either.
My worst worry about dying is my wife selling my stuff for what I told her it cost...
Hi Glen, I had considered fitting a euro torch but wondered if the wire feed motor would be up to it. A few months back I was trying to weld something outside and I had to take the gas bottle off and lift the welder onto my workmate. Two metres would be ok three would be great, I will look into it, thanks to all for the encouragement. N
OK guys, This is the progress from the last couple of days. I started to cut out the spring hanger and there was lots of bits of plate in there to try and hold it together.
After cutting this away I repaired the chassis leg. I treated inside the leg with hydrate 80 and weld through primer.
I turned the shell over to attack the next piece from inside the cabin area, I made up a repair section and fitted it by tacking initially. I also repaired the rail that the sill fits to and made a repair section to tie all the parts together. Hope the pics are in the correct order.
Next I had another mishap with the grinder, I was cutting some sheet and as we all will have done the sparks were flying towards my leg. Yes my boiler suit caught fire, the flames were licking up my leg. I beat the flames out, I had gloves on but my jeans were burning too. I was lucky that my pocket and the fact my wallet was there that saved my leg from the flames. I think I am definitely getting banned from the grinder.
Here is the repair section on the cab side fitted and tacked into place and has now been fully welded. Next pic is the repaired sill piece which will hod the sill section.
This is a long winded post! I turned the shell over again, the rotisserie makes life so much easier as there is no upside down welding. We are back to the area the spring hanger mounts to, again I made up a repair section, primed the edges with weld through primer and prepared it for fitting over the weekend.
Well that’s me up to date, looking at my metal I have I am going to run out. I don’t know if I can get it anywhere local or if I will have to order it from somewhere. I prefer zintec but beggars can’t be choosers. Please feel free to comment on the progress etc. All the best and stay as safe as you can. Norman
OK today’s progress, after cutting the hedges first. I fitted the box thing I made yesterday and fitted the spring hanger to that. I took a lot of measurements before I welded this and you can “eye through” the four spring mount fixings.
Next I made the strengthened piece twice as I fitted the flange on the wrong side. I had a seat at this point as I was making mistakes due to tiredness. It’s not welded in yet as I stopped for food.
That’s me up to date now, I will need to do some measuring up and see what metal I need. I am sure I could get something at the local engineering places but as a designated at risk person I should stay at home! Please feel free to comment even if its just to say only a looney would take this on. All the best, Norman