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Steve's unexpected Series 3 rebuild.

Discussion in 'Members Vehicles/Projects' started by LincolnSteve, Nov 28, 2015.

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  1. auld duffer

    auld duffer Well-Known Member

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    Excellent thread . Great work and as others have said, great attention to detail. Im still reading thrugh the posts but the chassis save was superb.
     
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    A little more progress. This little brace thingy had to go back in.
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    I've started on the drivers side of the bulkhead and it is much worse than the passenger side was.
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    This actually isn't as bad as the other one was but again the bolt hole isn't in the right place. I've already started modifying it but you can see it's nowhere near.
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    It was about now that that there was a runaway hammer incident. MAN DOWN!
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    After the urge to faint or puke or both subsided I carried on.
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    That's going to need some work but the door pillar has to come off next.
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    The pillar is not bad further up but where the door check thingy attaches it's in a bad way.
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    I was going to repair one small area at a time but then I went a bit mad and thought it would be better to cut all the old rusty stuff out so I could offer in the foot, the pillar and the footwell all in one go and hopefully get the best fit. Doing the other side has given me a bit of confidence. I took more and more out and realised that the bulkhead would stay nicely in place even with the footwell and door pillar removed.
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    I would never have had the nerve to do this on the other side. But it's done now so I had better get some new bits put in.
     
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    that was nothing as injuries go:)
     
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    just spent the last hours reading and digesting the restoration and the effort you have put in. Excellent work . Shame about the quality of parts, Im sure they must all be made in the same place as VW camper parts and Hot rod parts, nothing ever seems to fit .. One thing that was confusing me was on the rebuild of the steering idler, how cone the spring doest fire the bushes out when the compression tool is removed and before the cap goes on ?
     
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    Thanks for the kind words.
    The spring in the relay is a monster but because the bushes are tapered and the shaft has the opposite tapers once it's all contained in the body of the relay it can't go anywhere.
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    The spring ends up in the narrow centre area of the shaft and the bushes can't be forced past the wider end of the taper. So you can remove both caps without the spring shooting out but I still wouldn't open it up without care and something to contain the spring if it should happen to fly. I read about one where the previous owner had not bothered with one set of bushes so that would explode as soon as a cap was removed.
    Hope that helps and makes sense. Steve.
     
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    I'm a bit of big jessie when it comes to injuries. I've been lucky and not had many.

    I did drop an MG Midget on myself once though.
     
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    perfect sense the bushes are just like a collet, you dont see that in the pics but the diagram and explanation clear that up.. Thankfully not a job that needs done on mine but interesting to see how its done . Thanks again ..
     
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    I could have done with these door pillars before I started.
     
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    Looking at all that rust makes me wonder what mine is like in all the hidden places, I'm hoping it just lasts longer than me.

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    Morning Col.
    I know what you mean. Every time I peel back a layer of metal there's rust so it must be everywhere throughout the whole bulkhead. So the only thing to do is fix it where there's a visible problem and try not to worry about the rest.
     
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    Well you're doing a great job. I don't mind unbolting things but when it come to welding, I'm a scaredy cat which isn't helped when I see pictures of new parts with holes in the wrong places, that must be very frustrating for you.

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    It's properly frustrating at the moment I must say. Working from home so literally sitting in the back bedroom right above the garage all week, bored to tears wishing I could get on with it. Then get to the weekend and my wife brings out the 'to do' list. o_O I'm not going to whinge too much about work because I know i'm lucky to be in work.
     
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    Right. Done french and geography homework, cleaned his school shoes and football boots, wife's sciatica has calmed down so she's not in agony at the moment, can't walk the neighbours dogs until 2 and the grass is too wet to cut until this afternoon.

    LANDY TIME!!!!!!!!
     
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