Hi Guys, Here is today’s progress, again not a lot. I started cutting out the rear corner of the floor to discover the horrors beneath. Again the bodger has been here plating over rust. There are multi layers of metal here needing unpicked, anyhow I decided I should continue with my floor repairs around the b post before something moves.
Here is the work done on the rest of the floor, rust chopped out, flanges cleaned and painted with weld through primer and tacked in place, it will be fully welded over the weekend.
Now here is a lesson on personal safety, don’t be an idiot like me. The guard on my grinder is slightly loose (I think we know where this is going) which I find useful as I can move it around to gain access to various places. Anyhow I was moving the guard, grinder running, and ithe guard was stiff, as I tried to move it further it gave way and I was blooming lucky to escape injury. Please take heed and stop the machines before doing anything. As an aside I am still having problems with the welder, I don’t know if it’s because I am using different gas. I was using Argoshield Heavy which I was getting on fine with although I realise it’s not suitable for thin metal. I am now using Argoshield Universal which states 4-10mm which should be better. I used to use Argoshield Light which is what I should use but I use whatever I can get my hands on.
That doesn’t look too bad in the picture but it’s right through to the skin, I was very very lucky. As usual please feel free to comment even on my stupidity. All the best, Norman
Lucky there,last thing anyone wants at the moment is a trip to the local hospital,I use a grinder most days at work and I've never had a need to remove the guard to complete a job yet you see all the time on car restorations on you tube .
I never use the grinder with the guard off, when I had that close call today I was afraid to take my glove off although I didn’t feel anything. There wasn’t even a knick in the skin, I was lucky. Thanks for the comments, keep them coming. Norman
Hi guys, Not much to report today, it’s been slow going. I was having problems with my welder since I changed the gas bottle. It seemed to be too hot and blowing through. So back to the drawing board and practicing on some scrap. I now have the welder back in use. I fully welded the part I had partially fitted on Friday and made a section for the area where me panels meet. It isn’t pretty but it’s strong, the next problem was that my auto darkening helmet decided not to darken. Now this was a Christmas present from my wife and hasn’t been used till last week. The batteries are goosed, I don’t think these charge like my old helmet as they are just normal button cells, anyhow I have ordered new ones so it’s back to the old helmet. Here are the pics from today in whatever order they arrive, hopefully I will make better progress tomorrow. Feel free to respond and criticise my pigeon poop welding. All the best for now, Norman.
Here is the latest progress, I turned the shell on it side and wheeled it out the garage, turned it around and wheeled it back in. I was preparing flanges today and lifted the paint can and started spraying, wtf it was gloss black not my copper weld through primer. So had to clean that off and prep the area again. Here are the pics showing the chassis leg that was fabricated and fitted, there is also a closing section for the cross member. I did inside the crossmember with hydrate 80 and primer. It’s not perfect but some paint is better than none, you can imagine the mess I was in stuffing my hand down into the box section. I was covered in paint. Tomorrow I hope to get the spring mounts trimmed and fitted. If any of you have done anything like this before you will know how labour intensive it can be. I reached the stage today where I was constantly standing on things and knocking tools down so decided to have a tidy up and put everything away I am not using. As always please feel free to comment. Norman
Hi folks here is today’s progress, this is the area to be closed off, panel made and treated.
This grinder is definitely going to get me, I put it down it was still spinning and picked up the piece of metal I had just cut and it got me. The red juice was leaking this time. I think I will need to be like Basil Fawlty and skelp my own back side and call myself a naughty boy.
Here is the area with the closing panel fitted, welds to be dressed later.
Now we move onto the rear chassis leg where I had previously cut out the rust, I made a new section and treated it with weld through primer. I also fired some primer into the chassis leg as some paint is better than no paint.
That’s about it for today, it felt like I made better progress than yesterday. Please feel free to comment. All the best, Norman
That would have been worse without the glove. Lucky. I used to have an apprentice instructor who would bawl you out something dreadful if you put a grinder (or any other tool) down while it was still spinning. He even got shouty if you walked away from the bench grinder before the wheels had stopped. We thought he was mad at first, but a couple of near misses and a trip to the site doctors for one of my mates made us rethink. I’ve seen some horrendous grinder related injuries; they really do need treating with respect.
Hi Glen, I have been trying to be extra careful but obviously not careful enough. It’s the usual problem trying to make progress. It’s yet another wake up all. Another problem is cluttered up work area, I need to tidy up more. Norman
Yeah the rotisserie makes a big difference, if you car fits in the garage ok you should have room. Mine is on castors so when I turn the shell on its side I can push it near the wall and give me more room to work. I made this from bits of scrap I had laying around. Norman
Hi guys, Nothing really to report today. When I made my rotisserie I did some quick measurements to access centre of gravity and clearance when turning the shell over. Today I learnt I can’t measure as the roof hits the brace that fits between the two ends. So I moved the shell up on the frame which has made the centre of gravity worse and now the bottom of the door pillar hits the frame. Tomorrow I will lower the shell again and extend the height of the end frames. I am totally sick of today’s efforts however tomorrow is another day. I will need to search about the garage and see what metal I can come up with although there’s not much. As an aside, my two sons were reading about my episode with the grinder and have threatened to take it from me! All the best, Norman