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Discussion Starter · #4,181 ·
I forgot to post these pics.

Dennis had ordered me a super cool zip up hoody.

He felt the legend on the back was reflective of me…….

It was not delivered in time when I traveled there, so he sent it, along with some models along for me with Adam.

On display, pretty rare, collectable,

I just like them, from mate the late Ray, his wife Eve wanted me to have these.

So the Roadtrip just keeps giving.

Back in St Louis, Dennis was fitting a newly painted door to the race truck transporter yesterday.

That was until son Adam’s best mate since school, and all round great, not just good, guy, Tyler and he returned from Indiana where they had fetched Tyler’s dream-bucketlist car.

A 1960 VW Beetle.

All of 1100cc aircooled power.

For a guy in big displacement cars and trucks, including his “little” S10 4.3 liter, this is an interesting departure.

But we know about itches.

And typically, Dennis was straight in there to get it running.

Looking forward to seeing what Tyler does with this car.

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@nickwheeler popped in today for a coffee, a chat and to have a dig (around) Looks like there is a lot more to be done here.

And yes, it will get done. And if it turns into a majestic Clusterfück it may be a refrigerator sooner than you can say Jimny Cricket.

Not much else done today.

Cut the grass, finished up the small trailer I got on Tuesday.

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This morning I got going early and got the Micra up in the air.

Laid out the first job.

Prepping some of the parts and surfaces needed to reinstate the exhaust system.

Cleaned up, drilled out the studs to enable the use of nuts and bolts.

While crawling around I took a decent look at what the four corners looked like.

Not inspired.


I felt up to the challenge.

When @nickwheeler arrived with his welder we got straight to getting the bolts welded onto the catalytic converter

Once I reintroduced the downpipe and had the Lambda sensor refitted that Nick had removed from its plug, the rest of the refitting, including some clear silicone on the gaskets and contact surfaces (clear silicone does not degenerate with excess heat) it looked good.

Nick tried the start up and I could feel there was no leak or blowby.

Perfect, just bloody awesome.

Looking great.

That was a good way to start the day.

Coffee next.


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Once we assessed the rust damage, and what was needing attention….. including a lot of screwdriver poking, mashing and banging, it was time to make a few test bits up.

Once you go to complex folds, there is a better or worserer sequence in which to fold the metal in preparation for welding in.

Even a Z-fold with unequal sides has a sequence.

Tappy Tappy and away we go.

I took the wheels off as well, as it clears up space to work and get tools in.

And of course mounting the car as high as possible helps too.

Drivers seat removed, carpets and side panels out the way, rather safe than run for a fire extinguisher.

Going to the passenger side, more SPECTACULAR BODGERY became evident.

Bits of plate siliconed and then seam sealed over rust.

Impressive MOT you passed there mate.

And a lot more on both sides became evident as we proceeded.

So making two outer sill plates and everything else in a 600mm or 24 inch length became the plan of action.

Starting on the drivers side.

Then I climbed in with the grinder and Knotwheel of truth (TM @pauly) exposing as much healthy metal as I could, creating two existing reference points on the underside where plates joined.

Making sure these points are absolutely pristine, means the welder just does exactly what you ask of it.

After cutting some back, before cleaning.

Nick climbed in with the welder, fixing the first Z-folded plate at the ends, then carefully welded it all together down the inner seam

Fitting and finesse first.

Prepped for inside puddle welds.

Weld next.

After this, the outer plate was prepared for a load of puddle welds.

And welded on.

Patiently, with the use of multiple vise grips to prevent misplacing or distortion.

Once fully welded it was left to cool off.

At which point I got onto the welds, grinding them back to a decent finish.

At this point it was 18.30 so we stopped welding, things seem to take a touch longer when you start to chase previous mistakes, bodges and have to custom fit things.

Part 2 of side 1 was to create a plate, again multi-contoured for the back section of the repair, looks easy, but a few aspects to considder.

I made a CAD that works as a mirror, so both sides are created at the same time.

Cut them out of the 1mm plate and started the shaping, which Nick completed with a hammer and dolly shaper on the vice.


I will carry on with the welding as I get time after work this week

The preparation is what takes the most time.

And this is not an MOT bodge to squeeze another year or two from a car.

Have a good week.

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Discussion Starter · #4,186 ·
Got home from work and cooked dinner quickly, easy to heat up later

Then headed to the garage.

Unpacked tools.

I wanted to complete the rest of the drivers side rear arch repair.

So I continued shaping the plate for starters.

Offered up.

Welded in three pieces to make up a total repair.

The used some seam sealer to tidy up the joins after grinding the welds back.

Happy with that.

Passenger side next, and then underseal for both sides once I mask the sills off to prevent overspray.

Need to hope the weather plays along.

Getting chilly already.

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Discussion Starter · #4,187 ·
Part 2.

Unfortunately, the welder stopped feeding wire just when I wanted to infill the gaps.

Job for another day.

The passenger side was an even worse bodge, aluminium plate glued in over holes etc.

So I cut back to good metal brutally and started by making a new inner panel to be a foundation.


New back foundation.

Hole got to be a lot bigger.

More shaping due before I started welding it in.

Decent puddle welds along the bottom edge, and tacks along the top.

At which point the welder stopped feeding the wire.

I am sure it may just be a tension setting.

But I had enough and decided it was time to come in, my eyes were tired and spotlight was messing with my vision.

I packed away tools, which sometimes is the right thing to do.

And collected the excess material that had been removed so far to make it good.

Currently we have this.

Last MOT pass.

Bit more to do, then I will be happy.

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Discussion Starter · #4,188 ·
Got home after work and rechecked the welder, spool, feed etc, then pulled some of the wire out the tip……. Manually.


So I started where I left off last night, completing the welds as much as I could be bothered.

Miles from concourse but plenty strong enough imho.

Followed by some seam sealer

So, hopefully the next MOT will be a decent pass.

Not quite as good as the last one after it failed on the points below.


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Discussion Starter · #4,190 ·
Same garage that did both tests, no change in mileage would suggest they carried out the ‘repair’.

Perhaps worthwhile sharing some of the photos of this and the MOT certificate with trading standards and/or VOSA
I will keep it to myself.

Happy that I have fixed it right this time.

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Discussion Starter · #4,191 ·
Quick easy job today.

Undersealed the sills, first the inner part and wheel arch.

Then masked off the complete sill.

Body covered.


Happy so far.

More to come in a bit for the binge watchers.


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Discussion Starter · #4,192 ·
So after doing the sills, I refitted the wheels, got it on the floor, refitted the floor mat and seats

Then washed it as it was a bit grubby.

While cleaning it I found the rear wiper was dead, and needed replacing, so ran into the local village to grab a replacement.

Motor factors is adjacent a fish and chip shop.

That smell is irresistible, especially the smell of vinegar as well.

So I treated myself.

I hate eating in my car and as a rule do not allow it, a lesson learned 30 years ago.

But the smell got me to cheat.

Pensioners portion is a massive pile of chips and a smaller size piece of Cod.

All for £3.50 which to me is still a bargain.

After my fishy dinner, I checked up the car’s ULEZ status.

This is another London Stealth Tax.

If you read what you are paying £14.00 per day to cross a certain road boundary. (I actually drive outside the zone going to one of my hospitals, down the South Circular and technically inside coming back.


The Micra is Exempt from that coat, so saves an owner £280.00 or more per month.

Crazy Crazy this whole stealth taxation system.


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Discussion Starter · #4,195 ·
well done mate on getting the rot sorted :)

hope it sails through the MOT

I can't believe the last one :unsure:
Thank you buddy

Problem with that MOT is we all sometimes need one of them. So reporting etc closes the loopholes for all of us.
To me every MOT I go to is stressful. Regardless of what I am taking there.
You only need an angry/dickhead tester to screw up your day.

When one solution creates another problem.

Pumped all the tyres up this morning and took the Micra for a drive, suddenly the brakes worked perfectly, steering is straight.

Unequal tyre pressures clearly affect performance, reminder there.

Got home and thought I would drop both electric windows.

Drivers side, perfect behaviour.

Passengers side……. Worked last week. Today……. FCK FCK FCK ! Partially opened, then managed to get it closed,,sounds like the glass has jumped the rail.

Any experience or advice on short notice? No, crushing is not an option.


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Discussion Starter · #4,196 ·
MOT Pass.

Comment from tester was that it is a very clean car for 21 years and 130k miles or 210000km

Now of course, having kept my job and company car it will be surplus.

All up in the air.


Also no advisories, which is cool.



[quote author="[USER=42856]@Westbay[/USER]" source="/post/2753663/thread" timestamp="1665857263"]Well done …[/quote]

Thanks Tony.

[quote author="@commycouper" source="/post/2753665/thread" timestamp="1665857506"]Brilliant!......don't you just love it when a plan comes together!

Nice one 👍[/quote]

Thank you Dan.

Of course being as it was bought to use when I lost my company car with the redundancy, and everything now back to “normal” it has become surplus to my requirements.

So it needs to go back into the market, ULEZ exemption should appeal to some as well.

And a flashback, held back initially.

Looks a lot better now.

Still a 21 year old with it’s fair share of damage and scruffiness.

Someone will hopefully find it useful.

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Discussion Starter · #4,197 ·

Certainly was not part of the master plan.

I bought this to be able to get into and out of the London ULEZ ZONE for interviews and any potential jobs when I was made redundant.

ULEZ Zone is £300.00/month alone.

Of course I got re-employed, given a new title, small increase and got to keep my company car.

So now suddenly I have a surplus car, along with the S10 and soon (we hope) the Rezin Rockit, just too many wheels.

So I put it on the sidewalk this morning, incase a passerby sees and is interested in it.

Far from perfect, but beats riding a Halfords bicycle to work for some.

I feel somewhat guilty toward the car as I had some silly plans for it.

But it may be best to just sell it as it stands.

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Discussion Starter · #4,198 ·

Super strong, 4’ x3’ garden trailer with removable tailgate built on 14 inch wheels. Clean, freshly painted, lightboard untested, happy to keep it if you don’t want it.
Brand new 165/70 14 tyres fitted 3 weeks ago. So beats wheelbarrow wheels most small trailers have.
For sale or trade me a 14” wheeled trailer with flat bed chassis that has a 1.2 x 1.8 meter, or 4’ x 6’ potential to put a lawn tractor on.
Collection or inspection at St Mary Hoo near Rochester.

I would like £140.00 for it please

PM please.

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Some friends do love to spend your money for you.

So when Serendipity smiled upon the planets and @CraigRK sent me this Marketplace ad for another dubious item I coveted for a long time, while it lined up with the purchase of a load of serious industrial racking and shelving from “Deleted Profile”, plus collecting a load of American and bootfair stuff from my place, I had to take a look.

We all know those ads where the spelling is super terrible, the photos as spectacularly bad, but under it all sits an item you desperately want to pin some hope of redemption to.

[font size="7"][font color="e619a4"]Meet the HOPEMOBILE[/font][/font]

1994 Westwood 1012 - £100

The actual description read:

Westwood 1012 ride on mower/yard tractor 12.5hp Briggs and Stratton Engine £100

Photos as posted in the ad.

Yup, confidence inspired, so I said to Craig how far from his home, keeping in mind he is 205 miles from here.

Oh, not far, about half an hour, just into Wales.



That was Tuesday morning..

Sellers reply to Craig: SORRY, SOLD, Collection this afternoon.


Craig was in London for work by this time, till Thursday evening.

Late afternoon he texted to say seller messaged to say “available again”

No, there are no alarm bells here….l move along.

So I repeated……. Yes please, buy and collect it.

Seller agreed to Craig collecting Friday night after work.

I was excited……. At least the odds of me getting something was better than winning the lottery.

So I patiently waited.

Yeaaahhh Right.

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So, while Craig made some major business decisions and transactions in the Big Smoke and ate meals worth a small African countries GDP and shared his views…..

I did my day job, got a great email from my agency (about money) and got inquisitive and impatient about this thing I was hoping to buy.

So I messaged Emma, the seller to ask for some better photos.

I was being hopeful here, and did not identify myself as the actual finacier…..

So promptly I got these……

Followed by these.

Much better than the ones in the ad, you will agree.

They confirmed to me mainly that it seemed intact, the body was in really good condition for a 28 year old tractor.

Also, very importantly, in fact most important, that it was a steel bodied tractor.

I have been offered very kindly before, a complete, running lawn tractor by a very good man, but declined because it was modern plastic bodied one.

In retrospect of course, one could make up some body, or add a Dodgem body over it with some supports.

I forwarded the pics to Craig, without explanation and he assumed that I had pulled them off the internet.

When I told him on Thursday that it was the actual tractor, he was pretty chuffed for me.

I had hoped that the small trailer I recently tidied up and put new tyres on, would fit it, but it is longer and wider, so I have popped it onto FB marketplace for a trade or for sale, in order to get something a bit bigger or ideally a flatbed chassis that will take the tractor and on decent sized wheels like the 14” this one has fitted. Behind the Rezin Rockit.

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