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Thread: Druidic exploits of a various nature!!

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    Well Cyril the squirrel was lucky his 'cob' didn't go in the burning drum the other day ...... he obviously came back and finished his brekky at some point ...





    pretty comprehensive clean up I'd say LOL ..... went in the bin this afters though


    Just noticed that half a nail there too will have a look for that tomorrow ... I'm a bit paranoid about that sort of crap lying about
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    Well he was told not to buy a ****ing transit ... suddenly been told that said van ISN'T here for the winter, parked up and he might be coming up next weekend to collect it !!!!!


    Don't think we've had two days on the trot, dry, since it's been here .... HTF am i supposed to do anything to it in the p**sing rain


    Dry afternoon Sunday so uncovered the N/S inner step trim to look for the 2p piece sized hole that needed a patch ...... OMG !!!





    bit bigger than tuppence .... to say **** all about the rest of the sh1t awaiting the unwary druid



    It may drive superbly, be very low mileage, etc., but I wish to **** he'd stuck his head under it first


    templated it up



    and set about it ......



    cardboard is one thing ... recreating 'em in steel is another ..







    actually attaching it all, has been seriously uphill .... like welding thick card to paper


    'Tain't pretty but it's in there and a lot more solid than it was ..... no close ups on this guys ... end of my tether jobby .... will look better with a some shiny shit over it after a touch up with a 70mm disc here and there ........I'd forgotten just HOW MUCH I ****ing hate welding cars .





    me little MIG that I've had donkey's got dragged out, for this ... it gets saved for just this sort of crap ....









    it's so small in the hand and has a great neck on it ....
    bought this off an old customer ... who used to use it to weld his canal boat fleet when they sprung a leak ...
    it's earned its corn in its time ... he put the hideous trolley under it, for use on his rough yard


    sold him a single phase 250 Thermal Arc ... and had a deal against this 'un ...
    owed me sod all 20 years ago .... and owes me even less now


    well made little thing - in Exeter !!





    never seen another one


    as for the bloody rot box .... coat of tish on the top and a damned good layer of tar underneath tomorrow ....
    Pam really made my day when I came in when the light let me down, saying "what's the other side like??" ....
    I daren't look ..... but looks like I may have to !!
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    so ...... today's efforts ...


    three coats of HBZP primer does a reasonable job ......



    as does Holts underbody sealer ..... 'specially when it's like tar ....





    should keep the weather at bay for a while. At least it's solid now and will stand the MOT man's hammer .... 'til everything around it gives up
    this has already had some pretty extensive patching ... all on the nearside .. thanks mostly to running in the gutters, I'd guess, accumulating all manner of crud


    Has completely burgered me up this afters, working overhead, arms above me head .... body just does not like it AT ALL ...
    off me face on a Tramadol cocktail this evening ....... not quite Rioja .. but a similar effect .....
    and zero pain which beat me about four o'clock .... that and the cold !!


    Frost was down here last night before six .. car was white ... whiter still by ten ...




    well frosted by 11 ......





    and sugar coated by half midnight ......



    coldest night we've had in a while ... -4.4 C, according to me thermometer .. but it's better than the rain

    Was still frost on the ground first thing when Clara arrived ... but foggy as hell ...
    lifted here by the time she went off to nursery at 8.45 ...
    here at least ... was pretty dense down below us though ...













    been a seriously cold little breeze most of the day and really chilled the old bones ..... has warmed up this evening ... can't see yer breff tonight
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    we've waited well over ten weeks for this ...... looooooong weeks .... but finally worth the wait ....... arrived Wednesday afternoon





    the wound from the surgery has damned near completely healed and disappeared ... terrific job on the consultant surgeons part
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    well the builders ain't getting very far next door, ATM ..... has pissed down here for days ... didn't turn up at all yesterday morning .... they should have heeded the forecast ... wasn't a bad day from 11-ish ..... managed to get a little bit done for me, after I delivered Clara to nursery .. for the day


    thought i'd have a crack at getting the pins out o' the SEC .....








    hard fought, this bugger was, even after a bit of a clean off ..... but got the lil' sod eventually ....







    T'other one was a POP .... aside from being 'kin heavy ... would not want one of these on yer foot toe caps or not ... had to start with the right lil' b'stard ... but at least the easy one was a pleasant surprise


    .... as suspected ... not through bosses .. face fixed and plates bored at pin sizes .....





    got them all cleaned out and polished up a bit, before giving 'em a good coat o' grease, ... as the bloody rain kicked off again .... and the day light disappeared


    regrettably these are at 18" ctrs ..... 'Drema's Miller is 400s, so can't just either, bush it down, or get the pins reduced in the middle 280mm ... but as said before, I have a few ideas ... just deciding on the easiest / most convenient / least effort way to get there .... the one quandry I really have is whether to adapt, so's it'll revert to original or simply alter it permanently ??? 'sahelluva weapon though .... build quality is real nice


    Pins cleaned up well on the bench .. even the grease ports took lube and ejected what was in there ... went round this with the gun while it was in me mitts and all took very little TBF ... I'd be surprised if this has ever done any work .... now all I need is some dryness ...... absoluuuutely lashing it down here again last night ... bouncing off the Veluxes upstairs ... could hear it down here -- above Pam's TV volume

    OK . decision made .... this came up last night in me ebay saved searches ......





    much quicker than machining out a 70mm with a boring head ..... might have to give this a touch ..see once I've made a hole with it ... might be here in the morning ..hopefully .. 1st class tracked ..... but I'll be surprised if it is


    been 'shopping' this afternoon to me mate's with the lil' fab shop, down the road .... .. he didn't quite have enough of what i wanted, in stock .... but I do have some, that will make up the shortfall, already


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    let's hope it's dry tomorrow ... no Clara (had to cut my chat short with me mate, to rush back to collect her from nursery) ... and Pam is out at her dance class in the morning, so might just get something done ... especially if that 80mm broach turns up ..... but got a bit to do otherwise
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    Friday evening ..... came down about 5pm ......





    then just after midnight the temp. noticeably leapt up and it all vanished
    .... must've risen by 10 deg.s in a matter of half an hour ?


    got these set out Saturday, between barrowing piles of garden crap and burning it for Pam ....





    Mr Hermes arrived Saturday evening about 7.30 ...... with these








    fifty quid each ... had to be had ... third of new price ... not a mark on the one and t'other's done maybe a couple of holes at best .... can never have enough tools


    Set up the 70 mil.s yesterday ..... between yet more barrow fulls of prunings for burning ..








    was gonna have a day on 'em all today .... bad night last night though ... didn't surface 'til mid morning - pissed ... and was reminded it's Monday ... so that was another two hours shot, when we got me 'plugged in' ...... was hoping to get to run the genny up after lunch 'praps but Pam had other plans !! .... tomorrow's another day


    lovely sky last night ......








    and was pretty crisp, 'bout half six, this morning ... -6C .... not long before I eventually got to sleep !!


    last night was even 'whiter' than Friday ...





    and still pretty white this morning





    another stunningly different sky tonight








    supposed to be a blue sky day tomorrow
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    DPD have a new service ...... next ****ing month delivery ..... dunno WTF this has been ... been reimbursed by seller and assumed I'd never see it so got another from elsewhere ?? (phone battery)


    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    Tuesday however was a different story .... least it was 'til I had to go 'grand-dad-ing' about half two ... to watch Clara's second swimming lesson ... after my presence was 'requested', as she left for nursery, in the morning!!


    kicked off the day with some 70 mil.s .... genny ran up fine and we were in business ...





    although I'd set this out already, it was nice to check me measurements with the DRO on the Ajax ..





    Spot on would adequately describe it


    the broach presented a lovely 70.1 mil hole ... which was perfect for the pins, as a nice slide fit










    then it was time to give the 80 mil.s a try











    these were a tad more 'interesting to hang on to ... didn't want to trust them to a machine vise ... can never guarantee parallel in the bar stock and DID NOT want anything hopping about with 150 quidsworth of new broach buried elbow deep .... miss my old off cut stocks from work when it comes to packing summat ... wish I'd kept more


    .....Anyway, got it set up and .......


    pressed the go button on't genny ....... and ****ing sod all ... done it to me again !! earths off re-cleaned, although they looked perfect ... nothing ... going through the motions, but still sod all


    fannied about checking all sorts and was contemplating 'jumping' the low current solenoid, to kick the starter's solenoid in, when i noticed a diode straddling the live terminal and earth on it??? Curious?? ... had it off, crimped up the spade a tad .. pressed the go button and we were in biz .. again??


    one 80.15 mil hole later ......



    ........and a sweet as fit on a well greased pin ... jeez they'm heavy lil' sods .. and on to the next ...










    it's fast approaching half two and I had to give up for the day .... would've liked to have stuck this in the band saw and sized them up, before shutting the genny off, but .....
    it'll start in the morning ... it better had anyway


    just to give you an inkling ......








    can you see where this is going???


    hopefully ... a lot more to come, tomorrow ...... forecast is dry
    Bit more machining and it'll be MIG time
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    well she started first flick Wednesday morning ... and no grief all day


    first up to bat was the Startrite .....








    get a truer cut elevating it off the bed and kinder to the blade .. not running in a looong curf


    Ajax was next up .... playing drilling machine this morning ...





    I don't bother clamping anything under 16 mil. .... much quicker ...


    Out with the M16 taps ...





    pin retainers tapped in both plates and on to splitting me spreader tubes ... 88.9 CHS with a 5mm wall just ain't quite big enough inside ... 4mm wall would've been, but didn't have any/couldn't get any ..... so







    and re-set the carrier, ready to set up the pins parallel with each other ... in every plane





    and stitched the one on ... followed by some very careful measuring ... in every plane to get t'other one dead on













    before adding a few tacks to that one too ....... then the light and the bloody cold beat me ....
    been raw here today, for standing about, fiddling, with a N Easterly to take your ears off


    All ready for the morning ..... hoik the SEC out the trailer and get it over to the bench for a trial ... this is gonna be a 'Drema to handle it jobbie ... the 80 mm pins on their own are a handful .. two o' them and two 70,s plus all the ironmongery is waaaaaay too much for one pair of hands ... plus I'll need 'em to align everything
    if it fits it'll get braced up in position, then off for a weld up and get some bosses made up for the 70,s
    the spreader tubes for the 80,s'll get crammed full of grease ... don't want them getting stuck ............... and I can see how it looks on't Miller


    then it'll be a case of lose all the sharp edges and corners ............ after Clara has been delivered to nursery .. there all day tomorrow and it's 'sposed to be dry yet again
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    Well as you see above the SEC got a lift out of where it was sat in Ollie's old trailer, for a trip to me bench


    Took Clara to nursery for 9 and got back for some brekky and drag me 'working rags' on .... Pam says "you're not seriously going out there again today?" was seriously brass monkeys again this morning with a small hooley howling, but it had to be done .. woolly hat today though ... my ears suffered yesterday


    sat the SEC down by me bench and relocated the 80 mm pins, ready for action





    picked this up off the bench first, to check it'd fit ... was pretty certain it'd go on ... but yer never know ... 'til you try when you're building on a tight tolerance





    dropped it back on the bench .... and slung it for a trial fit .....




    Alignment doesn't get any better than this ...





    pins went in sweet as ......





    gonna need a slight chamfer mod on the one 70 mm when I fit the bosses .. but only slight ...





    then it was back on the bench for a full weld up consolidation ... once i'd got the brace in place and stitched into spot .. and got the G clamp out the way ..





    'fore it got the hot stick ...... was way too breezy today for me MIG .... didn't bother with any pix of the weld up process ... you've all seen me welding before .. suffice to say it got well vee-ed out and burnt in

    70 mili. pins secured and it got lifted back into the SEC ..... re-pinned with the 80s and got airborne ...








    might put the adapter back on t'other way round (as originally planned) when it comes off again for bossing up and some shiny tish .... difficult to tell which is optimum with a 'floppy leg' ATM...


    Parked it on't bench, in readiness for getting de-oiled, possibly tomorrow


    gotsta get all (as much as poss.) of the mineral oil out of the ram and plumbing, ready to get 'converted to Plantohyd bio. and minimize polluting the 'Drema's tank full of bio. ......... before dashing off down for Clara .... Pam's not 'well' ATM ... barking like a dog, so is sensibly staying in the warm, indoors !








    'Sposed to rain tomorrow, so may have t' wait ....


    Little un'll be here again at 7.45, so after I've taken her to nursery, I may well set up the Ajax with Rob65 's chuck I had off him and have a session boring out a load of bosses ...
    got a good dozen or more ready for opening up to 70.2 mil. for this and a few other att.s that've been awaiting their bosses for some time ....


    Clara's only half day tomorrow though .. see how it goes


    One thing for sure .... SEC's gonna be a beast you'd not want to upset .... and it might develop a taste for Ford Rangers .. would shake 'em like a terrier with a rat
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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