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Ron Lawson

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  1. 1 hour ago, Mattml430 said:

    Hahahaha Will always have a go at anything Ron. I do have a big scrap bin that is always full. 😉
    Now this is coming from a man that carved out a Senior radiator badge from a block of brass and it looked like an original. 

    Yeah mate ya do things for your cobbers especially when he seen it ,it was "I want that" so I made it so he wouldn't pinch mine Not that he would haha

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  2. 6 hours ago, Mattml430 said:

    Nice to have you safely back Doug. Hope you had a great holiday away. 

    Progressing along with my luggage trunk this afternoon. Had 2 attempts at making the top it can be tricky getting all the measurements correct on the rolls and then have them line up square on the edges. My first fail at the lid here. 

    Second attempt went a little better. 

    Just one end to weld up now and the fit the piano hinge. Thank god cold rolled sheet it reasonably cheap. 

    Is there anything that you can't make? !!!


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  3. 1 hour ago, Mattml430 said:

    Looks really nice with the rubber to mate. Rich gave me some for my screen and it fitted and looks great. 
    You do know by cleaning up the shed Ron you’ll loose 2 days not just one. It takes another day to find everything once you’ve cleaned up. 

    Nah mate I have to service the D Max on Saturday and fit a tranny cooler to it as well so I have to re organise the cave to free up my hoist and move the Buuhick down into the back corner My mate Ray is coming over to lend a hand 

  4. 11 hours ago, Mattml430 said:

    The windscreen frame is all but completed I still have to drill the holes for the handles and fot the rear view mirror I can't find the mirror bracket that I put away in a safe place. I think we have all done this before 


    Took the frame into the windscreen people today for the glass to be cut and fitted The guy was insisting that they would have to use a Rubber sealing compound to set the screen I insisted that they use the rubber that I supplied because the frame has to come apart  to fit the glass After he retrieved his brain from under the pillow and with me showing him how it came apart all was well There won't be anything happening tomorrow as a shed clean up is on the agenda 

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  5. 1 hour ago, Mattml430 said:


    Kick panels are done 


    Haven’t you slept Ron at this rate you’ll have it finished soon. 

    Don't worry cobber I slept Had too many long nights of when I was an Owner Driver trying to put a quid together I went up to the Car Club facilities where we can work under instruction from an upholsterer  Next is the Door cards with pockets Lookin forward to that 

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  6.  Make up a mixture of half and half acetone and power steering fluid and spray all of your rusty bolts and nuts works great If that fails after about a week then get the Blue Tongued Lizard (Oxy and acetelene ) out and warm them up I don't know how original you are going to restore your doodlebug but remember period slotted screws are getting harder to find

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  7. 10 hours ago, gundog99 said:

    I used Fernox Cleaner F3 used in central heating systems in the UK, then Thermocure; I think it is much the same as Evapo Rust rust, remover possibly a refined molasses liquid. I have a major problem flushing the system out, very hard mains water. I am still flushing out rust as brown water and flacks of iron by running the car filled with distilled water which I drain when hot and refill at regular intervals. Ron has confirmed my suspicion that  a lot of gunk still remains in the base of the water chamber.

    Anthony It is not such a big job to remove the side plate to check your block for gunk I would also check to make sure that the impellor on the water pump is not spinning on the shaft  Are you reverse flushing the radiator when you flush it or are you just removing the lower hose and letting the water run out  I sincerely hope that you can find a solution to your overheating problem

  8. Matt as Doug said, It takes bollocks to take on a job like this for the first time I am still plucking up the courage to start my upholstery Mate it isn't perfect but you have done your best AND it's not a "cheque book " restoration that has been shopped out Accolades to you mate you are a legend 

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  9. 1 hour ago, Mattml430 said:

    It’s almost a 2 man job which ever way you do it isn’t it. 

    That's why a lot of our old cars don't have them on any more The old bush mechanics deemed them to be useless and to much of a hassle so the were chucked away 

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  10. 6 hours ago, jari12 said:

    Tried the oven cleaner.  Worked great on the grease but also took the original paint off the engine block.  Softened the paint up almost immediately.  so much for leaving an original paint patina on the motor.  I will now have to think about new paint or repainting to look old. The oil stained original paint almost looked like olive drab in places but  also looked light mint green in places. Bought new steel to patch the splash pans today.  I will post before and after pics of the pans.  I can't find postings on this forum of Fast four engine splash pans so I will try to provide some info on them.  Right hand side is 30" long, left is 29".  Mine were mounted with the left side above the bottom frame rail and right side below the bottom of the frame rail.  How were the frame sides of the pans mounted originally? 

    On the 28 senior they both mount below the frame I cant see them being different on your car 


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