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  1. Two or Four post lift

    Two post every time. I run a fairly decent size automotive business and work with ramps every day pretty much. Re. The load nut failure, these are legally required to be tested in the uk by a third party, as “notifiable equipment” a vehicle lift must be inspected etc and it’s criminal law involved not civil. Ours is a used screw type lift from the late nineties and the original load nuts are to quote the inspector “still like new” so they do last pretty well
  2. Not quite like that, but sort of! They do “dip” shells but that process isn’t just dipping and is more to remove weight by removing all sealants etc. They bake them in an oven then jetwash then phosphoric acid dip to remove any rust. No acid process removes sealer etc, some places use a hot caustic dip to do this but most use a pyrolysis oven. The “dip” you used to see on American hot rod tv show was actually caustic not acid as said on the program. The big thing with rally car shells etc is that after cleaning, they are regularly dismantled, many pressings removed from hollow areas and then put back together before the cage fabrication work. This way a chunk of the weight of the cage can be off set
  3. I took the front off very early on (it was all pretty rotten as they usually are!) and just haven’t properly pit the new one on, it has been changed to bolt-on. I’m fitting the engine etc before it goes back on. No issues with warping (we do a lot of blasting on delicate classic cars etc). We don’t like acid dipping for several reasons, mainly that it doesnt really dig into serious rot and can leave very thin steel that looks ok but is seriously weakened. A good number of the uk top restoration companies agree with us on that one (jaguar Land Rover heritage for one) the coating sequence is blast to SA2.5, zinc flame spray, zinc phosphate etch prime, raptor coat (2k urethane truck bed liner thinned and sprayed with primer gun)
  4. Got the front floor and tunnel dynamatted, then fitted the front wiring loom loosely as it goes behind the heater (for once, this is almost completely intact and in perfect condition!!) and the heater. Then dug out the pedal box, replaced the clutch pedal return spring with a disco one robbed from spare disco pedal box and disco servo and master cyl which are in perfect nick. Fitted the column/dash support then got the loom all roughly routed and relays all clipped up etc. Chucked the dash top on ready to start on that and column there ready to fit. Felt like a good progress day after a slow start with the strip and rebuild of the heater! Ah yes just remembered I fitted the “new” replacement wiper motor and linkage too!
  5. Few more bits done today! Not the most photogenic, and in my usual style, none of the best bits have pictures!! First job, one of the first bits of interior to go in is the heater unit. Had a peek at it and sure enough it needed work! All the foam on all the various flaps etc had turned very brittle and would turn to dust when touched, so I completely dismantled the unit, refaced all the moving parts with 3mm or 6mm neoprene foam and then cleaned and pressure tested then painted the matrix, then re-assembled it all. Found that the fan rotor was loose on the motor shaft which made me very glad to have stripped it down as finding a friction drive fan after putting the full interior in would have been a major kick in the nuts!!!
  6. Ps I did keep the kit for odd bolts etc when we needed them but these days we send a batch most weeks anyway so it’s not worth having. The chemical disposal is also an issue to do “correctly”
  7. I bought a plating kit a few years back and got on well for a few parts but it quickly went downhill and keeping the conditions correct particularly for the passivating is a major pain. The plating company we use now are so cheap that it’s not worth messing about. I normally send batches of around 750 parts and they charge £50 to do the lot
  8. Tailgate painted, great to have a completely rust free one, less great that it doesn’t fit properly, but not too much to sort it. Also zincy hinges as I didn’t like the stock painted finish!
  9. Starting to refit a few panels!!! Finally!
  10. Well, a few more bits done! I never want to build up another Range Rover door from scratch that much I do know! Doors, quarters, rear corners, lower tailgate, fuel flap, roof and sunroof panel all now painted. Roof fitted but not sunroof yet. Tailgate fitted but discovered that my lovely new one isn’t a straightforward fit as they changed in ‘89 when they went to steel boot floor! Mine is ally floor ‘89 and tailgate is ‘91. Nothing too serious just a bit more work as usual!! first off a load of bits bead blasted ready for zinc plating. Had to laugh at the letters on the panhard rod bracket steady forging!!! I had two and the other was a different code so picked this one!!!
  11. You're more than welcome any time! Always open to visitors as long as we are there, which is most of the time lol
  12. Thanks! To be honest the rangey is a bit rough n ready by comparison as it’s my own so I can get away with the odd shortcut. Nothing silly obviously but my metalwork on customer stuff is rather nicer but somewhat slower!!
  13. The guilia is rather nice! 2.7ltr millington engine and sadev 6 speed sequential box plus carbon panels with a lot of careful prep so you can’t tell they are carbon! :-) The stratos engine is an Alfa 3.2 24v v6 with forged pistons and steel rods and an Eaton m112 supercharger from a v8 jaguar and fabricated charge cooled inlet manifold etc etc. should make 450hp ish and completely flat torque curve. Did a similar setup on a 2ltr Vauxhall xe using an m90 xjr6 jag blower and it made 85% of its peak torque everywhere from 1800rpm to 7000rpm!!
  14. Got a few excuses though for the slow progress, amongst the vehicles we are building is one for car designer Gordon Murray which is understandably occupying some of my brain plus we are in the current months “car” magazine. We’ve been in many magazines but not a big mainstream one before. Nicely written article too! Here’s a couple of pages from it!
  15. Long slow slog of panel prep with maybe 1.5 days a month available to work on it....getting there though in baby steps