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Re: This Week in Wheeler's Workshop
« Reply #90 on: 11 November 2017, 19:20:48 »

I've made a number of bits for work, but they're just boring round stuff.


I have been acquiring some bits though:





That's a standalone 4 axis CNC controller, stepper motor, driver, coupling and mount plus a 12mm ballscrew with bearings. The rest of the bits are in the box behind. The plan was to get this





converted before Christmas, but I suspect the fettling of my new car will prevent that. The welding will probably start tomorrow.
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Re: This Week in Wheeler's Workshop
« Reply #91 on: 11 November 2017, 21:03:41 »

Have you got a designated workshop Nick, or is it part of your garage? After a life of working on centre lathes and milling machines, i now don,t feel a need to start doing it in retirement. :D
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Re: This Week in Wheeler's Workshop
« Reply #92 on: 11 November 2017, 21:19:42 »

Garage? Dedicated workshop? Off-road parking? What are they? ;D


My cars have always lived in the street, and my tools are in the cellar; which is home to  the fridge, freezer, storage, coats, indoor washing line and the door we use most of the time. I keep the MIG in the front porch, hydraulic press on the back court and a load of small stuff in the outside bog.


That's the real reason for converting the mini-mill to CNC, if I had the space I would buy a small turret mill for the productivity increase I'm after.
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Re: This Week in Wheeler's Workshop
« Reply #93 on: 11 November 2017, 21:50:45 »

Garage? Dedicated workshop? Off-road parking? What are they? ;D


My cars have always lived in the street, and my tools are in the cellar; which is home to  the fridge, freezer, storage, coats, indoor washing line and the door we use most of the time. I keep the MIG in the front porch, hydraulic press on the back court and a load of small stuff in the outside bog.


That's the real reason for converting the mini-mill to CNC, if I had the space I would buy a small turret mill for the productivity increase I'm after.

I like your enthusiasm Nick, proper British back yard engineering  :y
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Re: This Week in Wheeler's Workshop
« Reply #94 on: 11 November 2017, 22:18:19 »

Garage? Dedicated workshop? Off-road parking? What are they? ;D


My cars have always lived in the street, and my tools are in the cellar; which is home to  the fridge, freezer, storage, coats, indoor washing line and the door we use most of the time. I keep the MIG in the front porch, hydraulic press on the back court and a load of small stuff in the outside bog.


That's the real reason for converting the mini-mill to CNC, if I had the space I would buy a small turret mill for the productivity increase I'm after.
Blimey, i admire your ingenuity  :o :y
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Re: This Week in Wheeler's Workshop
« Reply #95 on: 15 November 2017, 12:01:55 »

I fitted a replacement battery to the new toy so it now starts on the button. Then I refitted all of the loose bits of dash that the PO hadn't bothered doing after installing a new heater matrix. I also connected the two hoses that he had joined together for some reason. Now the heater works, which is quite important in November.

I've also ordered a pair of sills to sort the crusty originals, and a bonnet latch so I can lose the hideous bonnet pins. Nor do I see any need for the radiator fan switch to be bypassed for a manual one; I'll buy a new switch to be sure and reinstate it. Taking chances with cooling on a K-series is bloody stupid.

I'd forgotten just how much fun small cars with decent size engines are, it's impossible to get out of this thing without a big smile.
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Re: This Week in Wheeler's Workshop
« Reply #96 on: 15 November 2017, 12:12:18 »

Small car with K series..hmm..

Can't be an Elise, the sills are plastic fibreglass.
Can't be a Caterfield, there's no need for a heater in a car with no roof.

MGTF?
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Re: This Week in Wheeler's Workshop
« Reply #97 on: 15 November 2017, 12:47:02 »

Small car with K series..hmm..

Can't be an Elise, the sills are plastic fibreglass.
Can't be a Caterfield, there's no need for a heater in a car with no roof.

MGTF?

No roof increases the need for a good heater!

Good guess on the MGTF, but wrong. I think the TF changes spoilt the earlier car. And it isn't one of those either.
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Re: This Week in Wheeler's Workshop
« Reply #98 on: 15 November 2017, 12:58:06 »

Left field suggestion:

Rover Tomcat with a targa roof?  :-\
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Re: This Week in Wheeler's Workshop
« Reply #99 on: 15 November 2017, 13:00:45 »

Stimson Scorcher? :)
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Re: This Week in Wheeler's Workshop
« Reply #100 on: 15 November 2017, 13:03:43 »

Left field suggestion:

Rover Tomcat with a targa roof?  :-\

I know where there is a good cheap one, but no. And I'd buy a turbo Astra coupe if in the market for that sort of thing.
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Re: This Week in Wheeler's Workshop
« Reply #101 on: 15 November 2017, 18:44:52 »

Rover 75?
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Re: This Week in Wheeler's Workshop
« Reply #102 on: 15 November 2017, 19:03:10 »

Rover 75?


Small car? And they're hardly suitable as a toy ;D
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Re: This Week in Wheeler's Workshop
« Reply #103 on: 15 November 2017, 19:07:07 »

Stimson Scorcher? :)


I'm slightly disappointed that I had to google that.
It's certainly left field
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Re: This Week in Wheeler's Workshop
« Reply #104 on: 15 November 2017, 19:26:15 »

Metro or Maestro?
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