Post by johnthesparky on Jan 21, 2017 16:53:11 GMT
We have been doing little bits, but with colds, chest infections and generally cold weather (and having to work outside) it's quite slow.
I have scored a set of layback seats from Someone on the fugitive forum.
And got a set of low profile sliding mechanisms
My plan is to make the seats moveable and fit an adjustable pedal box (like Crossbones, of this parish) and hopefully that will give enough adjustment to allow both my wife and me to drive (Lucy's 5'1, I'm 6'1..... and I imagine Tom will be somewhere between)
I'd had a call out to fix a lighting fault at the farm, so Tom shooed the chickens whilst I changed a fitting, then we went and stripped a bit more off of the Fug, got rid of the old seats, took the rear mudguards off, stripped off one of the side bars... didn't take many photos though, but it obvious most of it has just been bodged together for speed (which I'm guessing was for a VW festival in July 2006, so a good thing as it got registered and used on the road.... and a bad thing as there is more to sort out)
Will try to get back and strip the rest of the space frame and get that off for blasting sometime. And need to finish off the engine (but Lucy worked last night and is back tonight so we went to the farm to make noise)
Also the stripped beam went to sandblasters, I got that back and dropped it at blacksmiths to have some holes filled (but took no photos)
Since the hospital my wife works at stopped self rostering and got a computer to do it, she seems to work loads of weekends... and this one was another Saturday/Sunday shift.. so asleep all day
So me and Tom went and stripped some more off of the buggy,
We took the layback bucket seats and steering wheel, and I'd also picked up a opb pedalbox so we could have a play as well
I think that if I move the pedalbox between the 2 crossbraces it is sat between, that should give loads of potential
We flipped it on its side, and drilled out the rivets and removed the floor.
Took the fibreglass sides off, and got rid of all the scruffy ally panelling from the insides. Got rid of the rotten ply roof, and the screen.... everything fitted had moisture behind the sealant and had started to rust
But we got it mostly stripped
With just the rear suspension and a few other bits left
Post by johnthesparky on Feb 12, 2017 18:48:19 GMT
Not a lot to report, like everyone else who has to work outside I imagine.... we struggled to get much enthusiasm!
But I did pick the beam back up from Beefy, who had welded it up for me
It's lost the drain hole in the flange at the bottom, but looking at the rot I'm not sure they are that useful anyway
So Tom primered that up, to stop any rust to the bare metal
It'll need a bit of tidying if we use it in the final build.... but I'll keep an ear out and if a tidy one turns up at the right price grab it.
We then sorted a pile of scrap out, ready for weigh in later in the week. Since the project started, I now get given bags of scrap by other tradeys for 'Toms buggy' so I seem to be getting quite a bit more than I was last year, this time I've got a whole bag of copper pipe that was donated to the cause!
So that lot got graded and bagged accordingly!
Then we went inside in the warm (until I had to go and run 24km as training for the marathon!)
Post by enginewizard1969 on Feb 16, 2017 21:53:01 GMT
Its get to see youngsters having projects. I have pictures of my kids helping me strip some of my project cars. Now my oldest son who is now 17 got a paper round at 14 and brought a classic mini from a friend of mine. work on it is slow but its now rust free and will soon be back on its wheels hopefully next week and the engine that we have rebuilt in the next few weeks!! I picked up a 1966 Austin A40 farina countryman that my other son now 14 has agreed to own and restore with my help.
Yours looks like a great starter project which will keep the project going. Tom looks like he is loving it. Keep the updates coming booked marked to watch the progress. Good luck looks like Tom will have great car at the end
is that decent on your copper? I weighed in at 4250 clean and 4000 dirty the other week.
Anyway, super cool project and I always keep an eye out for it in the readers rides, have followed it for a while now. Mainly because I think these style things are awesome! I regularly trawl eBay for sand rails. Will be a very cool thing to have, plus a lot of these father son projects last a very long time due to centimental reasons and rightly so.
My problem is space, I collect it off of jobs as I go along and it gets stored in the same shed as the engine and buggy parts, so there comes a point that I haven't got room..... which is where we got to last weekend. Can't get to the engine for the pile of scrap blocking the way. So we drag it out and sort it, then it takes up more space! So it really has got to go at that point.... I've weighed it in last year when bright was only about 2500 (which I heartbreaking but again couldn't move for bags of cable) so I try not to worry about it too much... it's all a bit of a bonus anyway
Post by johnthesparky on Feb 19, 2017 17:10:49 GMT
Since we last worked on the engine, we had to remove the heads again to get a couple of studs removed (they were too long because we swapped from the exhaust it came with to the buggy exhaust as an afterthought)
So the day started with fitting the heads again
He knows what he's doing now though! So I went and made a brew
We then bolted on exhausts and tinware
I'm waiting for a single heater pipe manifold (my brother in law got it for me, I'm waiting for parents to deliver it) had a look at the twin hotspot one I had, and one of the heater pipes was badly rusted, the other had a split near the exhaust manifold join) so I cut the pipes off and we carried on building up
It'll have to come apart again when I get the other manifold... but it meant we could keep going. Fitted the rest of the intake, the carb, the plugs, leads, dizzy cap and rotor and a nice shiny filter that I think will last minutes until it starts to rust
But it nearly looks like it's ready to start!
Just got to set the tappets, timing, a bit of wiring bodge to make it run... and it should be ready to go.... but the next couple of weekends are booked to other things
Not much progress, went walking with my daughter at the weekend,
80km hike around the Chilterns, which can mess with your feet a bit!
They aren't actually blisters, just the effects of walking around for 20 hours in mud!! Anyway this isn't about my feet :O
In readiness for doing some work, we have bought a few bits for the dash, switches and digital speedo to integrate into It when we start the welding on the frame (don't want to have centre console, so we are going to fit a dash panel all the way across, so need to know how deep and wide to make it) And a steering wheel boss for 10yo mojo (and he mentioned it would be cool... so I score Dad points )
One of the indicator switches was short shipped though
Post by johnthesparky on Mar 12, 2017 15:17:31 GMT
Today, we got some time on the engine.. yesterday was a lovely day, which obviously meant I was crawling around in someone's loft!
So today we got to play......We fitted the intake manifold that we'd been waiting for. Which involved removing the dynamo and fan housing to get it in the gap Then we got on with setting the valve clearances, setting the distributor shaft, static timing the distributor and filling with oil.
Then put the engine down on the ground, bolted the gearbox onto the back (we've not fitted the clutch as we've not looked at the gearbox (don't even know if it's in gear)) Then made a bit of a loom up (to make starting it up a bit safer) and so we could monitor the oil pressure. After getting a gallon of petrol (and being told off for walking there with a 10yo, and exposing him to potential fumes etc (they wouldn't turn the pump on until he took a step back (not sure how we'll manage to fill the finished buggy as it'll have about the same protection s standing next to the pump!)) We gave starting it up a go... it wasn't sucking any fuel through, so I filled the float bowl and dribbled some fuel into the carb, and it tried to start and we got some pops and bangs in the exhaust.... but wouldn't run We checked the plugs and have a good spark, bug everything seems fuel deficient. Looking into the fuel can, I get bubbles from the end of the pipe, so it looks like the diaphragm has split on the fuel pump, and this ones not rebuildable (so I've just ordered a replacement for £18) I did consider gravity feeding the carb, but decided that I should probably try to set an example, and as the battery was nearly flat anyway......
But here's a video of it building oil pressure and then the oil light coming back on after we stop cranking it over
And we'll try to have a play after school and work when the replacement fuel pump arrives (and the battery is charged)