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  • Yesterday, 22:03
    legendlives

    Hinge and Bracket

    Assumption, as they say, is a mother......

    I've spent lots of time making stuff for the door hinges only to discover that one side would never fit properly, so remade said items to discover that the other side would no longer fit.
    Well, it seems that back in 1938 on the Ford production lines there must have been at least one French person who had retreated to England even before the hostilities started.
    Picture the scene in black & white on the Dagenham production line. Whilst Bill was making the right hand hinges of my car using good old British feet and inches, Jean-Claude was making the other side in newfangled millimetres. Not only that but he must have put the steering wheel on the wrong side too (!).

    So having established that the hole spacing on the hinges was different left-to-right I set about correcting the issue and remaking the parts (yet again) to fit. A few of the hinges were actually bent, probably in the accident that made the front end over an inch shorter on one side, so all of them have been straightened in a hydraulic press.



    The bearing balls are now tack-welded to the lower hinges, lightening holes in the parts you won't see, and all of the countersinks equalised.



    Gone are the 5/16" pins, replaced by these aerospace 10mm locking pip-pins:





    Which should allow the doors to be easily removed and refitted.

    Top hinges work the same way:





    The lower hinge stiffening mounts have had these large triangular reinforcements added to the hinge-bolt mounts.



    Hopefully everything will fit and work now!
  • 18-09-2019, 08:23
    legendlives
    A bit more interior.
    These 4 top panels are all 'joggled' so that when they are eventually riveted together the panel will be totally flat.



    Except for the neat little 'power bulge':



    Which gives clearance for the fuel tank roll-over valve and breather hose:



    Just another 4 or 5 panels and the interior is done!
  • 04-09-2019, 07:11
    ivanhoew
    quality vulturing .
  • 04-09-2019, 03:08
    legendlives

    A bit on the side part 2

    Having stripped the trailer and measured how long/wide it would need to be I set about the modifications.
    First off: frame extension. This overlaps the main frame rail and extends it by only 300mm:



    Then, as it's going to have some kind of board bed I made an external frame from angle steel. This is stitch-welded to the main frame (where it touches).



    Behind the wheel arches it was necessary to widen the bed a bit, thanks to the ridiculous tyres I've got on the back of the car:





    The trailer came without a jockey wheel, so I scored this for $12NZ. It had a bent mount bracket which was why it was so cheap. OK now tho'



    For those of you interested in what a tight-arse I am, the budget so far is as follows:

    Trailer $100
    Angle Steel $20
    Jockey Wheel $12

    But against that I sold the old boat rollers for $40, and still have the winch for sale
  • 03-09-2019, 19:32
    mylesdw
    How about a spool gun for your MIG?
  • 03-09-2019, 18:16
    budetta
    I do have a TIG but its DC and as for the MIG it wont run .6 wire without kinking . Have tried loads of times. Looks like panel glue for the ali body work on the countryman------
  • 02-09-2019, 20:51
    mygasser
    Quote Originally Posted by legendlives View Post
    Or buy a TIG
    there's always that........
  • 02-09-2019, 20:36
    legendlives
    Quote Originally Posted by mygasser View Post
    most mig's will, you need a roll of ally wire, a teflon liner for the torch, silver plated tips 1 size up from normal and pure argon for gas. keep the torch as straight as possible (ally mig wire is soft so jams/kinks easily) and constantly wire brush the work clean.
    neil.
    Or buy a TIG
  • 02-09-2019, 20:34
    mygasser
    Quote Originally Posted by budetta View Post
    Very nice , coming along well (just catching up) wish my electric glue gun did ali----------
    most mig's will, you need a roll of ally wire, a teflon liner for the torch, silver plated tips 1 size up from normal and pure argon for gas. keep the torch as straight as possible (ally mig wire is soft so jams/kinks easily) and constantly wire brush the work clean.
    neil.
  • 02-09-2019, 16:49
    budetta
    Very nice , coming along well (just catching up) wish my electric glue gun did ali----------
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