Monday, 28 February 2011

Exhausting repairs on the taxi.

I thought the taxi was getting a bit noisy and today the exhaust decided to break.In the middle there's a sort of swivel joint that allows the exhaust to move about and where this joins the exhaust pipe it had split all the way round.Taking off the exhaust should have been easy,it's held on by rubber mounts and three nuts hold the front manifold on.These are hard to get to and had rusted solid.The studs in the manifold will probably shear off before ayhthing comes undone so I cut through the pipe under the cab,took the exhaust off,welded it all back together and then hung it in place and welded the cut down pipe back together.It means that at some time I'm going to have to work out a way of getting the nuts off but I just don't fancy doing it now in the cold and wet.
The odd thing was that with the pipe fixed the taxi seems to have a bit more go than it did before,I haven't a clue why but I',m not complaining.

Friday, 25 February 2011

Lathering leather.

I spent a fair few hours scrubbing the seats of the rover with saddle soap,then treating them with wax and polishing.I was told the secret was to keep doing it over and over again untill a piece of clean white cloth shows no marks when rubbed over the leather.same thing with the wax,a slow build up,polished off then redone time and time again.
It took a long while but the end results justify the hard work.

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

The transit and the flat battery

The old Mk1 transit has got some sort of electrical fault.After a run it seems as though every so often the battery is flat.I've had the starter off,the brushes are OK and the commutaors fine,I've checked all the leads,the earth strap,even rigged up temporary ones with jump leads and changed the battery.
All I can think of to try is the starter solenoid.The trouble is,if it's left for ten minutes it will then sometimes turn over and fire OK anyway and thats about the time it would take to fit another solenoid,and,it can go a week or more without doing it anyway.
Do you think my bum looks big in this?

Monday, 21 February 2011

Autojumble at the Rednecks diner.

Near Beccles Norfolk is a place called the Rednecks diner.I went to an autojumble there this Sunday.It was the first one they've done,there were a few stalls and I managed to pick up a fair few bits.Some sealed beam units that will always come in handy for the transit or the Rover p5b and odd tools,sprayguns and assorted spares.

They say they might do another one later in the year,it will definately be on the list of places to go.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

A couple of boats come calling.

These two seem to be regular visitors to lowestoft docks.Moored in the old trawler basin they bring a reminder of how the area looked in its busy times.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Ebay bargains?.

I saw a listing on ebay,no picture but it sounded too good to miss.
Penis enlargement.No drugs,instant results,no risk works everytime.
I sent off my fifty quid.

I got a magnifying glass.

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Welding finished

I finished welding the bumper on the Rover.
I though I'd repair the door cards,one of them looked a bit rough where the stitching had broken.Taking off the cards revealed the doors were reasonable although there was a bit of loose scale in the bottom.I got as much out as possible and treated the inside of the ddors with Fluid Film and then black Waxoyl.