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    Quote Originally Posted by grizz View Post

    Love it!
    See, this is why trucks are so great. Try doing that with a car
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moparhemi345 View Post
    Love it!
    See, this is why trucks are so great. Try doing that with a car

    And that is one of the reasons I love this truck.


    Took the truck out for the day to Rochester, Kent today after we came back from a successful bootfair. Think Charles Dickens - Oliver Twist, Christmas Carol, Tale of two cities, David Copperfield for our foreign readers.

    Got loads of thumbs up, and pics taken.... Nicola said she forgets the truck has a distinct presence and does sound rather menacing when cruizing slowly by.

    When we came home, I got into the garage and got onto a job that has stared at me for three years....... I will not be saying too much, but this was one pic I took.....



    After this I removed the Transit's number plate from the rear and fitted the Chevy's plate to the Grizz-Pod. (In the UK, the trailer carries the same registration as the car towing it, and has no insurance or roadworthy testing, s you could tow a cardboard box on wheelbarrow wheels, as long as it has a number plate)

    This concluded a great weekend.

    I still do not have headlights, but many other odd jobs have been done.

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    Quick short update.

    Been a bit busy lately.

    Got the Grizz-Pod ready for Retro Rides Gathering '13




    Also went to the monthly car gathering with Nicola last week..... masses of cars and bikes attended.



    Last weekend at the bootfair, Nicola also found me this little guy to drive with me in the truck..... not bad for 10p



    Have decided after my fiddling about to take the truck to an auto electrician to try figure out why the headlights do not work, probably a 5 minute job, but I am stumped after pushing and pulling all over the place.

    Also bought Nicola a 1993 Mk1 Mazda MX5 1600cc car today, subject to exchange of paperwork and cash.

    It was our wedding anniversary yesterday, so the car was a present for her, she has never owned a totally impractical car and deserves it for putting up with me and letting me get away with so much, and making me buy the truck.

    It has a few small jobs to deal with, then she should be on her way.





    128800km which is not a lot for these little cars.

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    Drove my truck out the garage up into the garden at 06.30 this morning....My fix for the day.

    Since then....

    Been playing with the MX5 as I need to get it roadworthy so it can be MOT tested, Taxed and under Nicola's butt.

    Sanded back, primered and painted surface rust on sills.

    Polished stainless sill protectors.

    Washed, scrubbed, and fed leather seats with dubbin saddle feed.

    Cleaned dash, plastics etc with Auto Glym.

    Removed centre console, found ( I suspect) drivers window switch non functioning, converted ashtray to coin tray for car parking money.

    Wire brushed, sanded and repainted battery tray area as well as whole of boot area.

    Bought two front indicator light units of MX5Nutz to replace broken one on car, and possibly other one as well.

    Bought new leather handbrake and gearlever gaiters off Evilbay, as gear lever gaiter is holed a few places.

    Bought the top rubber gearbox gaiter on trans tunnel as that is totally knackered.

    Bought used power window switches with auto function to replace my suspect one.

    Bought Auto Glym fabric roof cleaner and waterproofing agent as roof has never been waterproofed since fitting, hope it helps.

    Cleaned and polished steering wheel leather (not sure how to do it really) Any tips on how welcome, or a Wood rimmed steering wheel for sale to replace this one, welcome.

    Sanded down and started re-sealing handbrake wooden handle with Danish oil.

    Polished Ally gear knob.... I just love the feel of it and the way it works when changing gears.

    Next job is to go back to the garage now and disconnect battery and cut out small section of rust in rear outer sill and let in new metal, then prep, prime and paint and tomorrow Waxoyl the new section. Followed by fresh underseal on the repaired section.

    Followed by getting onto the handbrake adjustment, which I need to feel out based on advice that I have been given.

    Monday I hope to get a discounted price for a pair of Bridgestone 195/50 15's for the front, to match whats on the rear.

    Photos to follow later.

    Really enjoying this car so far.
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    Right, back to the story of the purchase etc.

    As mentioned, I got given this Haynes book by the previous owner with the car, already used it a couple of times as reference.

    Great book if you have an MX5.



    Then he also added this huge woodwork vice in for me, got to be worth a few £££'s

    Will be mounting it to my woodwork bench in the shed.



    And lastly a tin of underbody sealant to use once I have finished the rust repairs.
    Thanks Paul !!



    I was up early as usual today, so once I had made the boss a cuppa tea in bed, I disappeared to the garage for large parts of the day.

    First job to address was the door sills, removing the stainless protective plates, I found some surface rust.
    Used an abrasive wheel to grind it back to clean metal, then primed and painted the marks after which I wet sanded them, and then gave it all a final pair of blending coats.
    Much of these repairs are hidden by the stainless protectors.







    Drivers side.



    Neighbour Mickey was on hand to help with keeping me company and taking photos.





    Between coats of primer and paint I kept busy with other jobs, like polishing stainless steel, removing the ashtray insert and then modding it to remobe the little grille inside to make an easy access coin holder for parking money. I did try to convince Nicola she needed a drinks holder.



    Amazingly as always, they looked good before, but afterward it was apparent that there was room for improvement.....



    More coats of paint followed, eventually the repairs had about 4 coats of paint.



    During one of my "breaks" I dismantled the handbrake lever.....wooden handle in a crappy before pic.



    Sanded all the old damaged varnish off, and also the stained wood.



    Then proceeded to give it coat after coat of Danish Oil.



    Another job that needed doing for now was to scrub and then nourish the leather.

    Before pic.



    Passenger side after. Distinct improvement.



    Throughout the day Harley the Fearless was on hand to help me.... she seems to really like the rear parcel shelf.



    Then started all the reassembly work, rather rewarding.



    During the day I had also stripped out the boot, wire brushed the battery clamp area and repainted it all, Nicola cleaned up the lining mats and I managed to buy a replacement battery cover with intact press studs of MX5Nutz.com ... The home of the Mazda MX-5

    Resulting in it looking like this.



    Also removed and polished the stainless speaker plates and ally gear knob.




    In the end I decided not to cut out the rust in the sill as I wanted to spend some time indoors with my wife....

    Still, interestingly the driver side of the car has much less rust (not that there is much anyway) than the passenger side.

    Rear drivers side sill



    Rear passenger side.

    This is now tomorrows job to cut out and let in fresh steel.



    So there you have today's progress.

    Bootfair in the morning, then have a mate over in the afternoon to look at the Chevy trucks lights.
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    Sorry, double post.
    Last edited by grizz; 10-08-2013 at 22:21.
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    Just a short update tonight as I need to get to bed.

    I had Martin, Amanda and Flash their Staffie over this afternoon.

    Flash had broken a tooth and had been to the vets to remove it, but it did not stop him from making me roll about on the grass with him.

    Martin started one end and went through the motions till he found the fault with faulty connectors as well as lubricating all connections, and the main switch in the dash.

    Happy to report we now have lights.......

    Martin had come over with his truck as well.





    Happy family.



    It's alive.



    Now I am really ready for the RR Gathering '13.
    Thanks to Martin.
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    So what happened next??

    Taken this afternoon....

    Full report tomorrow evening.

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    Up on the jack, axle stands, and off with the rear wheel.



    Clean up, measure out ....



    CUT !!



    Too late now for turning around.



    Plate cut to size.





    Bent to shape....



    Old speaker magnets help to hold plate in place, no burned fingers.



    Loads of tacking, to prevent warpage.






    Grind back, retack any potential misses.



    Then mix up some filler.....



    Thin skim over plate and weld.



    Sand back



    Mask up area, and spray on primer



    Add a few coats of black, allowing to dry between coats.



    Wet sanded again this morning early before work and did a final coat blending in with existing paint.





    Tonight after work I washed the car, dried it and then proceeded to polish it (as a surprise for Nicola) the paint was good, but I knew it could do with a bit of attention.

    So Harley and I decamped to the garage with the clean car.

    Here is a sample of the paint after and before Zymol polish.



    Harley supervising



    Finally it looked like this, ready for Nicola to take it for MOT testing on Wednesday afternoon.






    I am going to look out for a De-cat pipe as it is a 93 L-reg car, so has to have a catalytic converter fitted.

    Also want to add some clear side lights etc all the way around.
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    Worked in Central London today, so when I got home eventually I had a cuppa tea, and Google'd setting the handbrake on one of these. FAIL.

    So I referred to the Haynes book Paul the seller had given me, and managed to figure it out.

    You can either do some setting on the handbrake lever or you have a proper adjustment screw on the rear hub area.

    Once I had the car high on a jack, I did the two sides and believe we now have a handbrake worthy of an MOT.

    I also removed the rear Fog light ( and hope it does not constitute a fail)

    Some spares landed today as well, and will get fitted next weekend.




    Fingers crossed for the MOT test tomorrow.
    IF YOU CAN'T FIX IT WITH A HAMMER, YOU'VE GOT AN ELECTRICAL PROBLEM MATE.

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