good evening chaps,
sadly, i'm flat put with lots of other stuff, so not a lot to report on my own 33, but a few things of interest that you can feel free to discuss on my thread, i don't care, thats just the kinda guy i am,
firstly, thanks to Yorksud, Richard, for the loan of his trailer, you're a gent sir, much appreciated, a pint or two for you at first opportunity, which leads me nicely on to the reason i've been busy with other things,
cos we've now also got a 1987 Mini 1000 to rebuild! Gulp!
however, its a rolling shell, solid as a rock, all brand new body panels, wings, bonnet, a panels, sils, boot lid, door skins, etc and what little work needed doing, has been done, a couple of small stitches to the floor and a single patch in the boot, refurbed and rebuilt subframes too, marvellous
judging by the boxes we have everything except a front windscreen to complete the build, but i doubt very much if i'll be using the supplied interior, very drab!
its got a german import brand new electric full length webasto sunblind, which cost him more than i paid for the whole project i suspect, the obligatory bubble arches, and later 12" minilites, but i don't like them either, they look pathetic against the arches so they'll have to go for something nice and old skool, maybe a dish too.
brand new exhaust, well that won't be going on either will it? all brand new trim and brightwork, and a full width walnut dash and clock set, very cooool!
a rebuilt but standard 1000cc stonker! many new parts inside it we're told, fully dressed and painted like an old Gold Seal engine, and what looks like a 1.5" twin su at the moment,
but i can't help wondering if the 145 cloverleaf's 2.0 TS sat doing nothing in the yard would possibly fit, no? surely not?
its possible i reckon, i have heard of one running a 16v Integrale motor, not dis-similar until the gearboxes i should think,
anyway, that should keep my dad off the streets for a while eh, as no-one knows more on the old mini's than him, so i'm using it as a way to occupy his mind and give him a reason not to go to bed all afternoon! ha ha!
Also, one for johnboy this, ive been clearing out and moving around, partly to get the mini and parts in somewhere, but also to make way for my new compressor, and only john would get excited about a thing like that i reckon, oh, and me!
i thought if i'm going to have a go at this spraying lark, i'd better have a newer more efficient compressor, but got a bit carried away i think.
its about as big as a single phase supply will cope with, in fact at first it was tripping out the overload MCB under the surge of start up but thats sorted now, foil wrapped nails are great for nuisance tripping scenarios (what do you mean "do i have a fire extinguisher?")
3hp motor, twin cylinder air pump, 150 litre tank, all the isolators and shuts off work perfectly, and the tank was bone dry too, so it looks well looked after, and apart from the wind noise off the pulleys, its really quiet, and will top up 150 litre of air at another 2 bar in no time, delivering about 14/15cfm i think, so fit as a fiddle i reckon.
i have another sub tank out the back, which would probably give me about another 100 litres, but i doubt i'll ever need it now, i only had it before because my old little compressor only had about a 30litre tank of its own.
incredibly, my little old one, weighs about twice as much, yet half the physical size!
i suspect it is victorian! but in all honesty, it still works fine, just a little noisy and limited to less cfm, so if you try and run a DA or somthing very wasteful like a DA, it just can't keep up,
if anybody fancies a working classic compressor, and collecting it, she will go to a good home for little more than a good drink, which is less than i'd get weighing it in, it really does weigh a ton for its small size!
so, new compressor, a decent pair of spray guns, a cupboard full of assorted papers, primers, fillers, paint etc,
what am i messing about at eh?
well actually i've got to plumb the compressor in first before i can use it properly, as the old compressor was all Fred Dibner size and shape connections i reckon, no good to me now!
and finally, something we can all get excited about, alloy fuel tanks!!!!
finally a prototype solution to the metal worm issues that our elderley cars suffer from on the the old go go container, has been finished, and here it is...
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looks like a pretty darn good idea to me,
but what do you lot think?????