I'm honored.. The man of many a mad Rover and many a mad engine conversion, he says "yes"! Thank you Sowen
Flames eh, Who's idea was that?
As it turned out the only way we could get the mix (a strong TVO mix, 50/50 paraffin and petrol) to light was in the workshop in controlled conditions! Which means we put a very small amount in a tin lid and checked to see if the spark plug would light it. It did!!
But pump the warmed up mix into the end of an exhaust and give it a spark... No Joy! Even trying to light it with a blow torch didn't work, it just kept blowing the torch out even at tick-over!
And there chaps is the root of the flame thrower problem, the exhaust gasses are so great they blow the spark on the plugs out! I could change the spark plugs for glow plugs, but as a blow torch won't light it I can't see that glow plugs would!
I know that a lack of oxygen in the mix might have something to do with it, I do have an interesting idea that would give me full control on how much air, how much mix goes into the exhaust and it would also atomize the mix better..
Sooooo.... Flames are out (for now) I'm afraid but.... I do have another idea.. I won't give anything away other than despite spending a long time trawling the internet, I can't find any sign of anyone anywhere trying this or even asking if it's possible.. It should be interesting
In other news I have a pair of small headlamps for Why Not... I'm sure some of you can guess where they came from They need a bit of work, the chrome is too far gone with deep rust pitting for them to be re-chromed and the yellow bulbs just have to go..
It was a bit hard to hold a lamp in place and take a photo at the same time, but this will give you an idea... I need to mock up some brackets and roll WN outside so I can get a good look, hopefully they won't make WN look all "Toy Town"
This is a good point to drop in the latest WN video as it deals with the above..
Friday the front of my workshop looked like a mower dealers... Two of them are for sale as it happens, just not my two
Other than having a bit of tidy up (the workshop needed it) the reason for parking everything out front was to make space for putting my big bench up again so WN can get stripped down and painted..
For the past er... 8 odd years I've been using a bench that basically was a large computer desk with a very large slab of thick chipboard as a top. It served me well for many a year with WN, the 6x6 and others being built on it.. However when WN was taken off the bench late last year it didn't fair too well, broke a few welds and the frame got twisted..
So Friday a new bench frame was constructed.... Thanks for all you help and welding Nigel
It's a bit hard to tell from this photo but it has a hanging shelf frame.. I just need to add a few more bit's of box and some boards.. When I find some I will be fitting some strong castor wheels to the legs so I can move the bench about when I need to..
Hi Guy's n Girls, sorry for the lack of updates from me for the past month, I've been suffering a huge amount of pain for a while now and battling with side effects of very strong pain killers, so my life has basically been, do a bit at the workshop, eat and sleep.. This pain lark is so tiring and I've just been so shattered! This old age lark isn't what it cracked up to be!
I've been playing with headlamp positions, bearing in mind if I do decide to fit them they will have much better looking "hot rod" curved brackets.. So the question is.... Do the lamps make WN look all "toy Town" or not? Afraid it does.. The lamps look good but add a "cutie and cuddly" look where as I want a "mean and evil" look, so the lamps won't be going on.
Then one day this happened.. WN being winched onto the big bench.. Thanks for your help Nigel
Then this happened
The naked chassis...
And a few of the parts which need cleaning and painting.
I was asked if there was room to put the lights in the normal place behind the hood.. So I thought I'd have a look..
It was close but not quite enough space... However if I trim a bit off the top of the light backing then it should just slide in
With the chassis cleaned up and coated in the red stuff, I started to look at the vast amount of smaller parts that need cleaning up... Which got me thinking that I have a blasting cabinet and compressor both of which had not been used since I moved workshops well over a year ago!
As the compressor is a tad on the large side the fear was the current drawn when starting it up would cause problems with the workshop wiring which could best be described as "needs work"! Anyway, nothing went bang or produced any smoke so a clutch pedal went into the blasting cabinet....
Not bad, maybe the blasting medium is a little coarse but we shall see what it looks like with a couple of coats of red oxide.
Only a couple of problems with the blast cabinet... It needs to be raised by 6 inches or so so I'm not bent over using it.. And I need to sort out a dust extraction system as despite a good vent pipe it can get a bit hard to see what's going on..
So I built this thing
This kinda worked, doubling up the fan helped a bit more but is far from ideal.... And then yesterday I lifted the cabinet lid a little with the extraction fans on, and all the dust cleared in couple of seconds!!
Me thinks another filtered hole in the side of the cabinet is needed!!
Well, you know what they say about blokes and instructions........
Thursday my mission was to get my blast cabinet working which meant sorting out the dust extraction once and for all..
After drilling a big hole and a couple of bolt holes in the side of the cabinet, I bolted this filter on that had been kicking about for years... It did come with the blast cabinet which I found a bit strange as the only "hole with bolt holes" was way bigger with 3 not 2 bolt holes.... So it got wrapped up in a random bit of paper and stuffed in a draw until today..
On the inside I folded up this cover to stop the inside of the filter from getting blasted away..
It was whilst bolting the inside cover on that I noticed this strange box like thing at the back of the cabinet under the light! Can you guess what's behind it?
As it happens the space behind the cabinet is so tight the filter wouldn't of been able to let any air in anyway, so it kinda all worked out for the best!
Oh... And the random bit of paper the filter was wrapped in all those years ago... Were the instructions!
A few of the bits that have been blasted and coated in the red stuff.. The cabinet is working really well now with Nigel's shop vac connected.
As WN's dash panel had started to rust under the clear coat, it got blasted and hit with clear again.. It's a bit hard to make out but it almost looks like metallic silver only with more metallic showing.. Get it in the right light and it almost sparkles..
A few more photo's for ya all.. Freshly blasted and red oxided steering wheel boss and one of the brake drums.
The air pressure was turned down so it only just took the old paint off without any damage to the ally dash surround.. The inside has already been re-reded if the is such a word
The ally diff case was cleaned up using a soft-ish wire brush on a drill.... I may polish it up, I may not.. We shall see..
The rest of the rear axle cleaned up and painted ready for it's top coat of black paint.
Speaking of paint, it has been ordered and should arrive this week.. No clues to the colour/shade though
I think that the best way to test the strength of the chassis would be a jump
How's this? Not a huge amount of height but airborne all the same
Well, due to the bank holiday still no top coat but keeping fingers crossed for Tuesday..
But as the black paint for the rear axle and a few other parts turned up I thought I'd get it painted as it was a nice warm day for a change..
The ally diff case was clear coated at the same time as the black.. Well, it will save me having to keep polishing it
"Clear Lacquer... For when that bald patch just isn't shiny enough"
The front brakes and steering were fully pulled apart for painting..
Some interesting masking opportunity's were presented by the front hubs/brake disks!
Painted and masking tape removed...Any paint on the disks that shouldn't be there will soon get worn off by the brake pads.
Why Not's engine was lifted up onto the bench Thursday, thanks for your help Karl and Matt. Coils, carbs, wiring and radiator were removed so I could make a start on cleaning the engine up for painting.. Oh, and to sort out a couple of small oil leaks!
And for your viewing pleasure here's the latest Why Not video.. Enjoy.
Thanks Ash, I didn't aim to get her airborne I just forgot about the large ridge in the car park!
Well... Everything I need to finish off the bodywork has arrived, filler, primer, topcoat etc but I found a slight problem!
As I started to clean up the fender pan I kept finding more and more stress cracks! I'm not surprised as WN has had a huge amount of being thrashing about and the arch bits of the fender pan were not as strong as they could of been..
The hard part was coming up with a way of adding strength that didn't change the look of the fender pan... Until...
A few welding burn marks!
I need to tidy up a few welds but you won't see the strengthening frame unless you on your hands and knees looking under the arch.. Oh, and it's added a huge amount of strength that should stop things from flexing
The underside of the fender pan has been cleaned up and red oxided..
Filler on, filler off! I hate fillering but it's got to be done..
The bonnet got a light skim of filler too..
The extra cooling slots I cut in the front were made wider so they match the originals, a new bit of "grill mesh" was fitted behind as well.
The top of the bonnet/hood had got to the point where it looked good and felt smooth..
Only one way to find out, hit it with primer.. Which I did and left it to dry overnight.
Much to my shock the next day I found only a couple of high spots, a small low spot and a few pin holes in the filler.. So... More sanding, 3 good coats of primer, flatten back the primer and hit it with 3 more good coats..... A bit of wet and dry work today will leave a very nice smooth finish for the top coats
I have been working on the smaller panels as well, a bit of sun to help dry them..
Quite fun as I had to keep moving bits inside to avoid rain/hail/snow showers! Here's the next shower approaching!