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@nickwheeler knocked on the door

But

But

But

But…….. it is only Tuesday evening.

Sally was having dinner, I had already eaten, so we decamped to the kitchen.

Nick is amazing in the way he can contain his obvious excitement and pride.

Pride - rightfully so.

Excitement at completing this bit of reconstructive surgery on the MX5 cooling system pipework that he knocked out in no time.

I was super chuffed and impressed, thankful, pleased, all of the above.

Mr Smug-Mug



Love the detail he turned in here.





Final fine tuning to be done when fitting back on the car.



And of course the whole problem solver.



Thanks a million Nick.

The highlight of the week became even Highlightererer.
 

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Cleaned the pavers this morning before work.



Yup, that works.



Boom.

Ready to be buried.



Cut the grass around lunch time as well, between customer calls.,

And could not wait for my 4.00pm customer Teams call yo come and go.

It eventually concluded by 4.50pm and my weekend started.
 

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So at last.

Carpet time.

Transferring the shapes to the carpet…… know how to do it?

Use blackboard chalk, draw the edges, and push the carpet down on it.

Cut out.

Job done.



Prepped the hold down as well, as I do not have any more vinyl left over, and am not buying a massive piece just to get a small 12x12 inch pice to cut out.





Next up………..

Glue time.

Contact glue is an absolute barsteward.

But the first tunnel section was down, after getting the safety harness bolts ready, cutting the holes in the carpet.



Fine threaded bolts with thin heads.



Using the Hooker Harness on the drivers side and the Simpson on the passenger side meant different fixings.

Fortunately it all works.



Passenger side.



One small job to do was to seal all the original MX5 gearshift plate to the transmission tunnel.



Next up was the big butterfly piece.

Thankfully David was out for a smoke, so I pulled him into the job as it needed four hands.

The contact adhesive is strong, and goes off really fast.




Pleased with the outcome so far.

Then Sally came and I came indoors to cook dinner.

Mote in a bit for those awake, interested, bothered to check in.


Back in a bit.
 

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Visiting mate Craig for the weekend in Shropshire to help him finish various jobs.

When you want to buy a friends wife’s birthday present and realise it is not a good idea.



‘Schmidt used to run a 400cc super scooter engine, “too scary” so downgraded to 250cc



Next door neighbour has some interesting, weird, rare, unusual stuff.

RO/80 is fitted with a V4 Ford engine.





Two owner 1937 Ford Flathead V8

Was replaced with the Jag that had the bonnet above.

 

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After dinner I cable tied and stapled the gaiter to the stick and also the anchor surround.



From the top.



Carpets and floor sections in.

Not yet got carpet for the firewall, so just gave it some satin black.



Dash added in just to get an idea of how it looks.



Closer up look.



And close up of the completed gearshift gaiter.

Some more detail work to be done.




I have to say, I am pretty pleased with the outcome so far.

Later.
 

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Look around.

Some nice stuff out there.

Over at Craigs for the Queens Jubilee weekend.












Last night Craig brought me some items I had asked him to collect for me………



Today Craigs wife, Lorraine asked me to make her a rustic garden bench using one of the new sleepers they have stashed out back.

So of course I could not just screw some bits together.

Went for a rummage in Craigs woodpile.

Found so e very green, moss covered wood.

Pressure cleaner to the rescue.





Measured and cut the sleeper.



While I was in an artistic mood, I called Elli, and asked her to draw me a cat……….



Got going with the router.

Result



Going further with the router, I managed to spell PEACE correctly.



Test fit.



Then made a backrest.



And job done.



Lorraine was very pleased. Even cooked me dinner.

I also cut a Hawthorn hedge which is a nightmare.

Couple of beers next.
 

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Saturday at Craigs.

Weirdly slow, but busy.

We prepped the American mail box mounting that had to wait this long until the gate post was repaired, two large trucks had managed to hit it last year.



And weirdly, in the old mailbox were all these address change documents from DVLA. Seems a few more came before.

Who needs this many V5c documents.

Craig does.



After this we headed into Whitchurch for a few hours.

I needed a few things, including a small gift and a card for Sally, turns out that I needed a bottle of Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey to celebrate the Queens Platinum Jubilee with.

Saw a few older cars, some lovely British vintage stuff.

Including this mechanically fully restored Land Rover, a double mailbox with patriotic crocheted cover and a lovely large cast iron drain cover. Foot added for perspective of size.







Back home we unloaded the 8 foot concrete posts and carried them around to where the reclaimed/recycled greenhouse would ho.

A bit of digging and levelling to get the foundation work sorted.

Lunch on the job was curried beef mince on rice, on site and a cuppe later.



Then I spent an hour cleaning it all up.



While I was doing this, Craig burned and cleared a load of his hedges where the previous owner had for years just dumped all cuttings and garden waste.

It took a few hours but made a huge difference to the fences and underhedge spaces.

Much better.

Glass next.



After the greenhouse, I got the super long extension put and got my personal hedge trimmer from the car.

Then went up to the rear and side boundaries and hard cut the hawthorn horse paddock hedges back.

They have not been cut since last year and needed a good meter or 3 foot cut back.

Once done and cleared up, it looked a whole lot tidier too.

We decided to shut shop by 6.00pm and relax with the Queens Jubilee etc.

Dinner was pretty much unsurpassed.

Meatballs in Tiger bread baguette rolls, followed by another bowl of trifle.



Overnight rain set in, so the planned bootfair today was shelved.

Watching the rain is rather enjoyable too.

Headed home, down South Later.
 

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Well.


Alllll the way from Mumbai (Bombay if you are older) via Shropshire…….


New headlights.






I really do hope they look as good in reality as it did in concept.


We will see, later.
 

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Nice fix, Nick (not sure if Nick reads Nutz, but please pass on my regards when you next see him, Grizz).

It's always handy having a lathe but I do find it makes it easy to get sucked into time intensive fixes. It's nice having bespoke bits though. I ended up making front caliper pistons, a full set of bleed nipples and the turnbuckle and lock nuts for the strut brace all in stainless while restoring my MX5. The lathe was worth its weight in gold when I could make a new bronze bearing for the central heating boiler fan on new years day morning last year though.

For anyone else tackling this fix, as I remember it, you'll only be able to fit a full elbow if the water pump inlet is off the car or you take the water pump pulley off, as the hose tail will hit the pulley. If you fit the elbow first and then fit the hosetail, nothing needs disassembling
 

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Popped over to my friend Kevin this afternoon to use his hydraulic pipe bender to try and see if I can actually make up my own roll bar as local builders are too busy to take on a small job like this.

He has completed his build too.

Not bad for a first build done in your 70’s





 

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Popped over to my friend Kevin this afternoon to use his hydraulic pipe bender to try and see if I can actually make up my own roll bar as local builders are too busy to take on a small job like this.

I took my template and a length of scaffolding pipe.

Resulting in.



And realising that I should be able to pull it off.



I will have to find a 14 foot length of scaffolding pipe to use.

Also important is to keep in mind the amount the metal moves when you bend it in the hydraulic press.

Pretty chuffed with this tonight.
 

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important is to keep in mind the amount the metal moves when you bend it in the hydraulic press.
yup, amazing the Swearing waste that can be generated if you mis-calculate 🥴

I've a similar 'Tubella' hydro-bender, beware of crimpped or collapsed bends:unsure:

I will have to find a 14 foot length of scaffolding pipe to use.
scaf-pole is seamed (erw) pipe, for any rollover protection consider seamless (cold drawn) as a slightly safer (& lighter!) option(y)

cds also bends nicer as erw can 'open' if you're unluckyo_O

Rich.
 

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Went out to walk Bonnie tonight.

Up,a lane I saw a pile of scrap.

And a nice wrought iron bracket.

On the way back, I went and knocked on the door and asked if I could rummage in the junk.

Yes of course came the reply.

Walking back toward the car, carrying this lot for 2km had Sally taking a pic of just how good I look scavenging.

Do I care?




Back home I checked it out.

Thermometer one side,



Clock, that works and barometer on the other side.

And it all works.



Chuffed for sure, a nice thing to hang somewhere..
 

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I see no bucket :unsure:

Rich.
Bucket?








Went for a walk with the dog out toward Cliffe and Cooling.

Saw a few intersting things

Last on the road in 2017

Dodge Polara.

Is it valuable, covetable? Who knows.



Empty barn near it.

I could fill it fast.



Some real beauty out there.

Also a few retros in farm yards with a lot of long grass around them.

I may investigate some more in future.











Part of the walk passed Cooling Castle.

Owned by Jools Holland.

For the uninformed……..




A nice place to call home.






Also walked through the Parish Church yard.



Home to some history.





And description below.






Spoke to some other interesting people on the walk.

One guy with a few motorcycles inside his house in the lounge and large entrance.

I am not the only one then it seems.
 

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