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Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« Reply #15900 on: 17 March 2018, 10:29:45 »

Got the right royal hump making a brake reservoir bracket up.
Walked away.
Thought about it.
Stewed a bit.
Decided it will not defeat me  ;D

Gotta love kit cars.. Right, this should bolt straight on.. Grr! @rse! Fettle, fettle, fettle... ::)

Still, I was talking to a guy who's building one of these recently : http://www.supermarineaircraft.com/

Think kit car project with the same quirks but all has to be sorted to a much higher standard at massively higher expense!

He's been working on it for 11 years and hopes to fly it sometime in May. 8)
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Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« Reply #15901 on: 17 March 2018, 12:59:20 »

Got the right royal hump making a brake reservoir bracket up.
Walked away.
Thought about it.
Stewed a bit.
Decided it will not defeat me  ;D

Gotta love kit cars.. Right, this should bolt straight on.. Grr! @rse! Fettle, fettle, fettle... ::)

Still, I was talking to a guy who's building one of these recently : http://www.supet.com/rmarineaircraf

Think kit car project with the same quirks but all has to be sorted to a much higher standard at massively higher expense!

He's been working on it for 11 years and hopes to fly it sometime in May. 8)

Sweet Jesus I need that lottery win :'(
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Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« Reply #15902 on: 17 March 2018, 13:51:38 »

Dropped 3.2 down for MOT, got a pass  8)

Rear number plate received an advisory, been like that for years but for the reasonable cost asked them to fit a new one.

Shocks are misting, I politely declined £440 for a pair of self levelling shocks fitted.

Iíll pop some Sachs regulars on in the summer instead.
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Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« Reply #15903 on: 17 March 2018, 16:40:25 »

Good news tunnie. A tenner for a new numberplate every 16yrs can't really be grumbled at :)
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Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« Reply #15904 on: 17 March 2018, 16:42:03 »

Today, I have been driving the Bus of many Battles through snow, puddles and sunshine.  Its filthy.

And today I have remembered I still haven't fixed the piss poor red wiper, bugger  :-[
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« Reply #15905 on: 17 March 2018, 17:18:17 »

Good news tunnie. A tenner for a new numberplate every 16yrs can't really be grumbled at :)

Yeah happy with Pass, had a feeling it would fail.

Surprised front brakes got no mention, rusted on inside outer sections.
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Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« Reply #15906 on: 17 March 2018, 17:26:13 »

Got the right royal hump making a brake reservoir bracket up.
Walked away.
Thought about it.
Stewed a bit.
Decided it will not defeat me  ;D

Gotta love kit cars.. Right, this should bolt straight on.. Grr! @rse! Fettle, fettle, fettle... ::)

Still, I was talking to a guy who's building one of these recently : http://www.supet.com/rmarineaircraf

Think kit car project with the same quirks but all has to be sorted to a much higher standard at massively higher expense!

He's been working on it for 11 years and hopes to fly it sometime in May. 8)

Sweet Jesus I need that lottery win :'(

Yep. Me too. His is powered by a gm v6 too. 3.5 litres and about 270 hp @5500 rpm. Iirc.
Given the 80% scale and lack of weapons it apparently doesn't fly much different from the original. Top speed is a bit less but still adequate.
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Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« Reply #15907 on: 17 March 2018, 18:07:09 »

Good news tunnie. A tenner for a new numberplate every 16yrs can't really be grumbled at :)

Yeah happy with Pass, had a feeling it would fail.

Surprised front brakes got no mention, rusted on inside outer sections.
Get the brakes changed as soon as it warms up as well then :y

I think we have to accept that front discs are items that need to be replaced every 2 to 3 yrs.  There are rumours that painting the diameter edge with calliper paint might prolong this.  I might try this on my next set.
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Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« Reply #15908 on: 17 March 2018, 21:27:27 »

I fitted a new wing mirror, yesterday. :o
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Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« Reply #15909 on: 17 March 2018, 22:00:10 »

Still waiting for my new Front disc & pads and Condenser and Dryer to arrive.  So this afternoon I took the scuttle off and repaired one of the split vacuum pipes at the back of the engine.

I also removed the two seized screws that had resulted in the previous owner breaking the radiator cover.  I have a good one to fit courtesy of omegod. 

During my tinkering I noticed that the battery clamp was missing and the bolt for it was sheared.  I'll have to see if my neighbour has an easyout I can make use of and I'm now on the hunt for a battery clamp.

When I took the scuttle off I found some sound deadening on the back which was absolutely saturated.  I decided to remove and discard it.

I also found the power sounder had been removed (no big surprise)  The alarm horn had also been disconnected for some reason.
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Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« Reply #15910 on: 18 March 2018, 21:01:37 »

Too cold to do anything this morning but by this afternoon the snow had melted and I wrapped up to do more tinkering.  I gave the headlamps a good buffing with some wonderwheels glass cleaner and while the result wasn't perfect, they now look clear rather than opaque.

Stripping down the front brakes revealed that the pads and discs had very little wear but were very heavily corroded and there was a couple of ridges in the discs which told me they would never be right even if the car had more regular use. 

The discs and pads in the now in the bin, I found another issue which has me beginning to think that the garage the previous owner had spent so much money on were not very professional.  The offside dust sheild was heavily corroded and when they had replaced the wishbones (only last year looking at the invoices), they managed to trap the bottom of the dust shield against the bottom balljoint, tearing the rubber wide open.  I also found one of the caliper pins was not sliding cleanly and that the rubber boots were split.  Thawing out later on, I had new rubbers for the balljoints and calipers ordered up.

This Omega is doing wonders for my ebay rating!
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Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« Reply #15911 on: 19 March 2018, 08:41:13 »

When I took the scuttle off I found some sound deadening on the back which was absolutely saturated.  I decided to remove and discard it.

Worth making sure the windscreen sealing strip is secure and sealing the scuttle panel well on reassembly or you'll get water in the plug wells. :y
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« Reply #15912 on: 19 March 2018, 09:06:11 »

Yep. Me too. His is powered by a gm v6 too. 3.5 litres and about 270 hp @5500 rpm. Iirc.
Given the 80% scale and lack of weapons it apparently doesn't fly much different from the original. Top speed is a bit less but still adequate.

I didn't read the site too closely so I was wondering where they were finding spare Merlin engines ;D that answers that question..

..but yes, having worked at building something infinitely more simple for some time now, I don't think I'd be tackling an aircraft! Does the CAA (who, I assume, make the regs) "do a VOSA" and change the rules on everyone as frequently as possible, too?
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« Reply #15913 on: 19 March 2018, 12:39:42 »

Yep. Me too. His is powered by a gm v6 too. 3.5 litres and about 270 hp @5500 rpm. Iirc.
Given the 80% scale and lack of weapons it apparently doesn't fly much different from the original. Top speed is a bit less but still adequate.

I didn't read the site too closely so I was wondering where they were finding spare Merlin engines ;D that answers that question..

..but yes, having worked at building something infinitely more simple for some time now, I don't think I'd be tackling an aircraft! Does the CAA (who, I assume, make the regs) "do a VOSA" and change the rules on everyone as frequently as possible, too?

CAA are a PITA too but I think this sort of thing is more self-regulating via the various associations who look after people building kits. CAA don't seem to employ anyone who knows the difference between an aileron and an afterburner. ::)

Standards are, necessarily, high, though. That's not going to be an especially forgiving aircraft even when built absolutely to the book...
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Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« Reply #15914 on: 20 March 2018, 19:26:53 »

Was going to wash it and do a few other little jobs, but decided to install a new bath indoors instead. Never done it before, but it went well. Getting ambitious now. Am going to fit a new sink / vanity unit tomorrow.
It could yet end in tears.  ;D
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