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Pit of despair

Well the one and a half foot pit is now nearly finished, one more row of blocks and finish off around the floor and I'll have a working pit. (I christened it the Pit of despair after many an evening standing in a six foot deep hole looking up and thinking why oh why did I start this??) I'm hoping to be finished this weekend, first job move all the cars and get the 166 in for Timing Belt, water pump, variator kit and full service.
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It'll be really worth it when it's done..... lucky man.

Sounds like building the pit is the easy bit; you're about to do a timing belt on a TS engine!!
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It'll be really worth it when it's done..... lucky man.

Sounds like building the pit is the easy bit; you're about to do a timing belt on a TS engine!!
+1 scary biscuits!!!
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Yea, it sounds easy when you say it...... can't be that hard, can it?
But the Pit was murder!!! 140 blocks and a bad back are not a good combination, I dug the first one and a half feet by hand and it nearly killed me so I payed a gravedigger with a mini digger to do it, took him nearly 5 hoursP1100880rz.jpg
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Gravedigger! That's a bit ominous given herself still needs to find out about the Sud!!!
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Good point Gav, I'll watch my back
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Keep a foam extinguisher down there, nothing like the shit attack if fuel spills and you have a few electrical gizmos on the floor :O
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Good idea, I've read all the stories of fuel vapour's being heavier than air and they filling the bottom of the pit.... fuel vapour + spark = boom. One suggestion was to fit an extractor duct from the bottom of the pit, this would have been easy enough to do but the difficult bit would have been the cutting of the existing floor to get that duct outside, that put me off doing it. What are the chances of something happening?? pretty slim I'd say. I was thinking of trying to see if a gas detector (I have one) would beep if it detected petrol fumes, if it did I'd fit one into the pit that would cover me.
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I know it sounds mad but be very. Careful of leaving cars running over or near the pit. The do fill with fumes easy. Oh anpther tip is to draw lines either side of the pit to line your tires up with. I have seen the damage done by dropping a wheel in... don't think it wont happen, this the bloke that drove a car off the top of a four post ramp...
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Just googled pits filing with fumes and found this thread over on octane. You might want to have a read man and seriously think about putting an extractor fan of some description in.

http://octane.ie/forum/showthread.php?t=32943&page=3

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Or use the coalminers trick and put a canary in a cage in?
Ah the tree huggers are after me....

(I was joking tree huggers - honest)
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