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Friday, 25 September 2020

Matching colours and blue box


I ordered a matched can of paint for the pickup and sprayed the sill and part of the rear sill under the box. 

 Though the colour was scanned with a special device, the colour is almost correct, but a little bit too blue, so I'll ask if another can can be made to match.

Meanwhile I used the remainder of the can to paint a steel box to use as covered storage. 

Thursday, 24 September 2020

Last day of summer


The last day of summer (officially) gave us it's best light into this covered cove. The river is low, so the cove is almost dry. 
Not a ripple. 
At this water level all sorts of artifacts come to light. Not sure what this anchor is anchoring, but you can see there is a rusty chain going up the bank, vanishing under the basalt boulders. 
This yacht could be as old as eighty years, but the fort on the other bank was built around 1870. 
Looking upriver towards the German border.

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Paddle into town (Arnhem)

A fine day to paddle down river to Arnhem
The town looks tranquil from the river, but there is a buzzing town beyond the tower. 
One of the "new bridges"
After a rest we paddle back upriver. 

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Austin A55 Pickup: fixing a rusty sill and a rename to "Ziggy"

This is another messy job.  I knew there was a hole in the sill, but always when you start poking a little hole, there is more.
Starting with a hole drill shows how far the weak metal reaches. 
Inevitably it turns into a large hole
After a short time it was clear that the lower part of the sill under the door was bad. The interesting thing was that the rusty sill was mostly limited to the part that had been repaired about a decade ago. There was no cavity wax or other protection inside. 

The light through his part of the sill had a certain "Stardust" view, so it seems we're stuck on the name "Ziggy" now.    

Even the inner sill needed a new patch that had been patched before. 

L-shaped steel for the inner sill, so the outer sill can be attached later. 
The new sill ready for welding. I bought 1mm steel, but when I started working on it I found it hard to bend. Turned out it was 1.25mm when I measured it.  Took a lot of pounding and bending. 
Outer sill in place. First coat of primer on.
A little repair patch ready for fitting  to the floor. 
Almost done. I will get the correct shade of blue soon. 
Next hurdle was the safety test that star struck Ziggy passed without throwing a tantrum. Isn't that a relief?  

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

MGF Headlamp failure and door handle failure


After buying a set of refurbished headlamps I was confident the MGF would pass the annual safety test, but I was very disappointed that the tester could not adjust one of the lights correctly. It took us quite a while to see that the culprit was an incorrect lens fitted to the right hand headlamp. It had a left hand lens fitted. 
With the headlamp apart the nice new reflector is evident. 
Here they are two identical left hand lenses. They are handed. The tester removed the correct lens from the old headlamp to fit it to the new one. 
Of course the bumper needed to come off again. Not so bad now we know how to. 
Here the headlamps are back in the car and it's a pass?
Well..actually no ! Now the door handle does not open the door anymore, so we have another fail situation. It was working fine yesterday, so something must have dropped off. I couldn't see very well into the door, so I took the car home to fix. 
After some fiddling (took a while) the handle is out and I could see this rather short screw has broken out of the plastic. Using a longer screw and superglue I could refit the plastic and a new screw. 
It attaches to this lever. 
Here the new screw is back in place and the handle works again. 
Finally we have a pass! Isn't it fun playing with old cars? 

Monday, 31 August 2020

Austin a55 Pickup: Service and brake time

We're getting well acquainted with our little Half ton. Now it was time for some proper servicing.
The air filter really needed renewal. The smelly item on the left is the old one. 
Even though there was a hefty washer pump fitted, it didn't work at all. Turned out the push button inside was defective, so I fitted a new heavy duty one. 
Now the oil and oil filter: not easy to reach and I found access was much improved by removing the starter and bending a 5/8 spanner to reach the bolt. Still it was hard to see the little seal and the new filter leaked because the paper top caught between the seal and the bowl Another brand of filter had a sturdy metal top and the correct size seal. 
So I performed the replacement trick a second time. This time the filter worked well and without leaking.  The Unipart kit contained a selection of three different seals.  
Next for the brake service. Several wheel cylinders were leaking a bit, so the seals were replaced after honing the cylinder bore.  
The pistons looked shiny and smooth. Worth fitting new seals. These are A60 seals. 
New seals and brake shoes in place.  
I had cleaned and adjusted the rear brakes a while ago when I fitted the new adjuster. Everything looked fine, so I cleaned them again. Cylinders look new and do not leak. 
I noticed I didn't have one of my homemade hub cap pullers on my tool board, so I made a MK2 version out of an old paint roller. Easier to hold and with a hole to mount it on the board. 


Friday, 28 August 2020

MGF Headlight swap: a set of new Bifocals

One of the issues of the MGF is that the reflectors in the headlamps go dull. Not the lens as it's made of glass, but the plastic reflector. 
Here you can see it clearly. This will not pass the safety inspection, so we'll need to change the lamp. 
Though reflectors are available separately, they are hard to find, so it is best to use a set of "refurbished" headlamps fitted with new reflectors. To replace the headlights the bumper needs to come off. Though inconvenient and time consuming it is surprisingly easy. 
After carefully unclipping he indicators there are two large bolts at the front. And several more under the bonnet. 
And two on either side of the bumper inside the wing. For this the front of the plastic wing liner needs to be unscrewed and moved aside. While I had these parts exposed I soaked the inner wing and chassis parts with Waxoyl to prevent rust. 
With the bumper removed it is easy to reach the fittings of the lamps. There are two nuts on top and one screw on the side under the front of the wing. 
With the new lamps in place and tested it was time to refit the bumper. 
Job done. Now I can clearly see a bright future ahead for the MGF!